- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
I am curious to hear what other bees did or are thinking about doing with the dresses they plan to keep.
My seamstress recommended a company to me, saying they do the best work of anyone she’s ever seen. Reason #1 they are awesome is that they pick up and drop off the dress from your home (they are 45 minutes away from me) and they take 3 to 4 weeks to do everything. They spot clean all stains, both visible and not visible (anywhere sweat might have changed the color over the years – under the arms, neckline, straps). Then they use museum-quality preservation techniques and package the dress into an archival-quality wedding gown chest. They are a member of all kinds of wedding dress care associations, and an association of museum preservation techniques. Basically they are the best of the best in my area, and therefor their prices reflect that. My over-the-phone quote based on some questions about the dress was between $350-$375. Now, that’s a LOT for dry cleaning that I’d rather spend on a million other things, but it won’t break the bank. And this is (theoretically) my one and only wedding dress, that has a really gorgeous lace/beading overlay that I’d love preserved for a daughter to use.
Am I crazy for even considering this?? I feel crazy. I don’t know many alternatives, other than the average dry cleaners on every corner in town and just “hope” for the best.