(Closed) Old Wedding Dress

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

If you don’t get the answer for cleaning the dress don’t throw it away or keep it stashed in the closet.

Why don’t you make some lovely things out of it- like the ring pillow?  Even though I’m sure that would be hard to take apart the dress to do.  But why keep it ignored in the closet.

I hope you are able to restore the dress, it would be lovely 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Sorry- but you mentioned throwing it away…

Post # 6
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Worker bee

While I myself am completely cavalier about throwing vintage textiles in the washing machine with a capful of Woolite and a handful of Biz (and with good results usually), please do not take the chance with your grandmother’s wedding gown.  Take it to a cleaner who specializes in restoring vintage textiles.

You are very fortunate that your grandmother has saved the items from her wedding, and that you have the opportunity to preserve them.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

beesknees i think it was a resonable suggestion. sometimes the best way to preserve a memory of something is to reuse it in a way you can see it every day or reuse in other family weddings. my mother wore a bridal cap my dad’s mothers wore at her wedding which she added a veil to, & i am considering using a piece of my mother’s veil to make my hairpiece to preserve tradition in a new way. of course if it can be cleaned & displayed at a museum that would be super cool as well.

ALSO! I just remembered I saw a knot wedding (?) site (or somewhere) where the bride displayed her mother’s & grandmother’s dresses on dress forms near her guest book table. it wouldnt matter so much if it was cleaned but it’d be just so cute!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

There are several wedding dress cleaning companies that claim to be able to restore "museum quality dresses".  While I cannot attest to how well the dresses are restored, i do know it costs a fortune (at one bridal fair, I was quoted $450). 

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