(Closed) Dress Preservation – In-store or DIY?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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queennen:  Ugh, every time I see one of the threads it reminds me that my dirty dress has been rolled up and stuck in a cardboard box in my spare closet for 5 years now!! I really need to do this.

If you have the time, go the DIY route, but otherwise I’d just send it in. Less work, more money, but less work and you won’t have to worry if you did it right or not. 

 

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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queennen: I got mine preserved through the bridal shop where I purchased it. Glad I did and as a pp said I didn’t have the worry of if I was doing it right, though it had a cathedral train so don’t know if I’d have had the space to do it myself. It wrapped in in tissue paper and in its box with a big bow on top. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I didn’t realize it was so expensive! Makes perfect sense though- will probably invest to have it done correctly. 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

A word of warning for those going through a store or cleaners to preserve their dress:

An older acquaintance did this (years ago) with a very expensive designer gown. When it came time for her own daughter to get married, she decided to open the box and present the gown to her daughter…. except it wasn’t her gown. Instead of her $$$ designer gown was someone elses’ used, DIRTY dress. The place she went saw her gown, stole it, and put in a cheap replacement.

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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queennen: Ooh from memory I think about £100 so about $144. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Just wondering, are you just able to get the dress cleaned, or do they specifically clean it and then pacakage it up so that it’s ‘preserved?’

Sorry the concept is kind of new to me. I definitely will need to clean my dress after my Hawaii wedding, but wasn’t sure if I need to get it preserved necessarily since I will try to sell the dress if possible ASAP

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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queennen:  My dress is filthy after walking around Times Square for pictures. I can’t imagine cleaning it myself! I’ve reached out to a lot of vendors who say their prices are $170 – $190 but a lot of them have offered deals that bring it down to $129 – $138, and I will likely go with one of them. Hopefully you’re able to find a deal! I tried looking on groupon but there was nothing local for me, and I don’t want to ship my dress off to some random company. Best of luck! 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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luvely:  I believe the preservation includes boxing it, so you might want to specify that you just want it cleaned. Hopefully that will knock something off the price, or you could go with a dry cleaner that does wedding dresses. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think if i wanted to preserve my dress I would get it done professionally. If you are considering this then it means your dress is important to you. I think it is worth the money to be sure it is done right.

I didn’t hold sentamental value to my dress. I washed my dress in the washing machine on gental cycle then sold it on kijiji. 

I looked at the tag (polyester) figured you can’t really ruin or shrink polyester, so in it went. I hung it to dry. I really dont think the cleaners could have done a better job. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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ladyvictoria: thanks for your reply 🙂 There actually is a dry cleaner by me that does dress cleaning/preservation so I’ll definitely be asking if there is a price difference. I just didn’t want it all nicely packed away if for some reason I am able to sell it sooner than I thought. 

 

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justagirlfirst:  That’s a good point, I’m sure the material is what matters most here. Mine is heavily beaded so I definitely know I can’t throw mine in the washer but glad to hear it worked out for you 🙂

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