Post # 1
So I have a family friend who owns a dry cleaner business. She said she would clean my dress for me and box it up (in a cardboard box?) for $80. Or for $150 they would clean it and box it up heritage preservation style (I think that means a better box with a see-through window, right?).
I was thinking of just going the $80 route. Would my dress not handle being stored in a box like that for many years though? I guess it could possibly turn yellow? And are you really not supposed to take the dress out of the box? I was hoping to take mine out to do some minor repairs after it has been cleaned. And ya never know, I might want to try it on again for fun someday. So are you really not supposed to do that?
Any ideas on which route I should take – $80 or $150? Or should I ask if they can just put the dress in its bag after cleaning and maybe I can store it in its own box later on when I’m ready?
Post # 3
Good post!! I’m wondering the same thing 🙂
Post # 4
I’m not sure what I would do out of those two options but I don’t know if you know there’s an online service that gives you a clear box and charges only $129 + insurance and it has a lifetime warranty and a window. Looks pretty good to me:
Post # 5
Im actually doing neither 🙂
Im going to have my dress cut shorter and then i will dye it either red or black and then ill be able to enjoy it all the time! 🙂
Post # 6
well when you get your dress heritage preserved, it is stored in a special paper and the box is acid free. A regualr cardboard box can harbor mildew and mold, and the chemicals in it can cause the dress to turn yellow after some years. So its not just the window, it is the chemical composite. Id go the heritage route, but ask her if the box and paper are both acid free
Post # 7
also with storing in the bag, you run the risk of yellowing as well…the checmicals in the plastic can stain
Post # 8
If you have the dress cleaned, the only way that companies guarantee that it won’t yellow with age is if you keep it stored in their box. This is the company that I used to preserve my dress: http://www.gownpreservation.com. I don’t think that you are supposed to take them out of the box if you want the warranty to last but I can’t seem to find the paperwork for mine right now so I can’t be sure.
Post # 9
hmmm maybe I should go with the preservation. The only problem is the family friend doesn’t actually do that in her shop, she apparently just ships it off to be done. Which isn’t really what I wanted. I wanted someone I know and trust to clean the dress.
Post # 10
I used WedClean and they did a great job cleaning and preserving it. The woman who did my alterations could have sent mine off to the company she uses (which was heritagegown.com), but it was a bit more expensive, and I had a coupon to WedClean.
I wouldn’t trust just anyone to my dress, so I personally wanted to use a company that only dealt with wedding gowns. And FYI: you should never leave your dress hanging in the bag….bad news.
Post # 11
Oh, and WedClean came with a note that said my dress would like to be taken out of the box and shaken-out every once and a while, so I’m interested in hearing if MissAsB found her paperwork and what gownpreservation suggested.