Post # 1
I still need to get my dress cleaned. Since it rained on our wedding day and we took pictures outside anyway, the dress is pretty filthy, especially on the bottom. It’s a lace dress with some beading.
Anyway, there is a place here called Syndal’s that specialises in cleaning only bridal gowns and apparently they use a different method than a standard dry cleaner would. I don’t know anything about dry cleaning, so it’s all gibberish to me.
Their prices start at $380 for a basic gown, but of course it’s more for a gown that has a lot of beading or delicate fabrics or is heavily stained. Mine could easily cost over $500 to be cleaned and preserved, which sounds really expensive to me.
Is it worth it to get it done by a “specialist” or will a normal dry cleaner be fine?
Also, can you say what you paid to have yours cleaned, just so I can get a basic idea of an acceptable price range?
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
The question is- do you want your dress cleaned or preserved? Mine was dry cleaned for under $150. I’m planning on selling it, so it was just cleaned- it’s not in a special box, etc.
Are you planning on saving it for a specific purpose that it needs preservation, or just cleaned?
Post # 4
I’m not selling it, so I’d like it to be preserved. The preservation cost is included in the price they gave me. I asked for their service where they put it in a garment bag instead of a box, because I might need to wear it again if we decide to re-do some pictures.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
I got quoted from a “regular” dry cleaners $120 to clean & preserve, but I also paid $80 before the wedding to have it steamed & what not from them so they’re giving me a ‘deal’. Oh also, my dress is satin with only some beading, so not super intracate.
Post # 6
A lot has to do with WHAT are fabrics in your gown, and HOW it was constructed. If any of the lace or beading is appliqued with glue vs hand sewn (hand stitched drives up the cost of a gown)… then regular drycleaning has a good chance of altering / destroying those effects on your gown (melting / eating away at the glue)
You can ask a reliable Drycleaner / Preserver for more info… and using GOOGLE should also turn up some info for you as well.
Post # 7
i just took mine today to be cleaned at a regular dry cleaners, cost me $100…. i hope it turns out ok, haha
Post # 8
I’m going to buy mine used and then hopefully resale it. The bride I bought it from only had it cleaned and I plan to do the same. Only if you intend to let it sit in the attic should you pay to preserve.
Post # 9
I dropped by a regular dry cleaners yesterday and asked them what they would charge and they said maybe about $60, but couldn’t say for sure without seeing the dress. That sounds very low to me, but then again, what do I know? However, I didn’t get the impression that they do a lot of wedding dresses… red flag or not?
Post # 10
I threw my dres. inthe washing machine… twice… sooooooo. 🙂
seriously though, I’ve seen posts about washing beaded gowns inside out and/or in a cloth bag, so I would never pay $500 for dry cleaning.
Post # 11
I washed my dress in the bath… If you’re planning on re-wearing and holding onto your dress for the long term then it might be worth spending the extra cash but otherwise that’s a whole lot of $$$!
Post # 12
My lace dress got very dirty too. I don’t have a specialty wedding dress dry cleaners in my area. I took mine to a dry cleaners with good ratings. It looks great, and I only spent $100.
Post # 13
I’d be careful, I recently read in a bridal book how a lot of these places that claim to “preserve” your dress just neatly place it in a fancy box. I would just take it to a regular dryer cleaner and pack it away myself. That way, you can see the results. I’ve even heard of people framing their gown and hanging it in their house or closet.
Post # 14
A friend of mine who used to work in bridal suggested that I get it cleaned (although she did say most gowns can go in the washing machine), but instead of preserving it, to wrap it in a king-sized white sheet and put it in a box. The said the chemicals they use to preserve cause yellowing after 20 years or so… which seems to defeat the purpose to me!
Post # 15
@Edelweiss: Are you from melb? Lol because I live close to syndal
Anyway I washed my chiffon wedding dress today. Put in a net and delicate machine washed. No fabric tears…
Waiting for it to dry as I type