(Closed) Dress Preservation…or sell it?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

To preserve my gown at the local cleaners it was $200 for 3 pieces- so I had them do my dress and veil.  I think the prices can really range, though.

Post # 4
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1363 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I spent about $200 to clean and preserve my dress.  I do regret doing it so quickly–I kind of wish i had waited and could wear my dress around the house a bit!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I had my dress and veil cleaned and preserved at Kleinfelds.  The cost was $780.  I know that their prices vary on the complexity of the cleaning.  The customer service was amazing and the dress looks like brand new.  They were also able to repair a ribbon from the corset in the back.  The dress is now in a huge 36″X24″X9″ box that is on the bed in my guest room so I’m still trying to figure out what to do with it now.  I am happy that I did have it preserved.

Post # 6
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1813 posts
Buzzing bee

mine was <$200   I couldn’t bear to sell it, but I also didn’t spend a ton of $$$ on my dress and don’t expect to make a lot of $ if sold

Post # 7
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355 posts
Helper bee

i was quoted $200 too. i think that i will try and sell it though. i have a mermaid style dress that i figure would be difficult to alter to fit a daughter, which who knows if i will even have- with my exact measurments. i am wearing my moms veil though, so will re-preserve that. one size fits all there!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

i think the whole dress-preservation thing is mainly bridal markup. (i mean, if it doesn’t include actually physical repairs to the dress, as described above.)

if you want to save your dress, get it dry-cleaned, and pack it in non-staining archival tissue paper, in a box. this should cost a lot less than “dress preservation” services.

i have my grandma’s gorgeous satin and lace dress from the 1940s and it’s prisine and perfect and no one spent hundreds of $$ on preserving it. (if only i were a size 2, i would have worn it in a heartbeat.)

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

My dress is going to be around $600 to clean, repair and preserve.  Although I am hoping to sell it as soon as I get it back from them. 

The preservation stuff is for life and doesn’t require it to be in a box or not touched, so I can still get it out and everything.  The main cost, was cleaning and repairing tears and snags in the delicate tulle, from being outside.  It also needed a button on the belt fixed and a couple little minor touch-ups. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I had my dress cleaned and boxed for $180, and I’m happy I did.

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