(Closed) Is it worth it to use a special bridal dry cleaners? It costs a lot!

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Is it worth it?
    Yes! It's your wedding dress, idiot! Spare no expense! : (6 votes)
    40 %
    Maybe, but only if your dress is really important to you. : (5 votes)
    33 %
    No way. Any dry cleaner can clean a gown. Go for the cheapest option. : (4 votes)
    27 %
  • Post # 3
    4194 posts
    Honey bee
    • 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 # 5
    2610 posts
    Sugar bee
    • 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
    9955 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    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
    2359 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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
    5 posts

    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 # 10
    2607 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    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
    1278 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    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
    4676 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    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
    2082 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    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
    200 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    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
    181 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @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

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