(Closed) Gown preservation sticker shock!!!

posted 7 years ago in Boston
Post # 3
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Honey bee

I think you are cheaper than my SIL who paid just over $300 for hers outside Boston.  Another reason I am selling mine.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’ve read that “gown preservation” is mostly a scam. Get it cleaned, get some acid free tissue paper and put it in an acid free box. Acid free is so easy to find now that scrapbooking is so popular. En Except from an article on gown preservation: “If your bank account is dry as a desert post-wedding it is possible to preserve it at home <snip>. For storage, professionals recommend wrapping the gown in a white sheet or pre-washed unbleached muslin, and then placing it in a sturdy box under your bed.”

Like I said, have it cleaned first and there will be no worries about stains setting.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I used to work for a dry cleaners in MA and they actually charged more than $275- and that was over 6 yrs ago. While i don’t think it’s a ‘scam’, but gown preservation is mostly used for people that plan on keeping it for a long time/passing it on to someone. Once it’s preserved in the box, it’s recommended you don’t take it either – that ruins the purpose of the preservation.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

When you brought it in did you say it was your wedding dress? I know typically it’s more money to clean and preserve a ‘wedding’ dress. I would just tell them it’s a formal dress.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I see some kits online for around 150, you send in your dress and then they send it back preserved.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m in Waltham, and my local cleaners was $180. That’s the best price I’ve found by far!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I did mine with David’s Bridal and I think it was right around $150. They did an excellent job! I bought the kit, boxed it up, and got it back in a month or two!

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

Ugh! I got quoted $300. I only paid $350 for the damn dress in the first place!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011
Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I paid exactly that in Boston, as well. After getting overcharged for so many other “wedding” things, I actually yelled at the person. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I ended up going somewhere else (cause, you know, once I yelled at them I wasn’t handing my gown over…) and it was the same price. So glad everything wedding-related is over!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ok I got the ultimate scam :(.  I live in Ma also, paid about $500 because of the fabric and lace I am told (no beading).  Well u finally got to look at it yesterday after they misplaced it and had it sent to another store – they didn’t get all the dirt stains out, didn’t sew up the bottom fraying they said they would and removed the cups the seamstress put in (maybe this is normal?). Also they told me initially to include the sash but when I brought it in they said I’m not suppose to get it cleaned (it’s a satin ribbon with beading and jewels).  I have to speak to the cleaner on Monday but overall really upset 🙁 that for $500 this is what I get!

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