(Closed) Steaming Dress Question

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

It does seem really high, but I would be reluctant to do it yourself.  It looks like the dress is a satin material which could stain if the steam gets the dress wet. Also, I had a friend with a similar dress who had her dress steamed by her hotel and the pleats fell out (yes they just disappeared).

My hope would be that by getting the seamstress to do it she’ll take the extra care since its her name on the dress. Why don’t you ask her why its so much and what is involved in the service?

I called my bridal salon and they only charge $80 and that includes a spot cleaning incase any marks have been made to the dress during fittings & alterations.

Post # 4
6887 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I paid $100 for my steaming.  Just had my first fitting this past saturday and had to pay for all alterations up front, the steaming/pressing was part of it and the break down was $100 for that. 

Post # 5
13094 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I did mine at a local dry cleaner / steamer that is totally unaffiliated with the wedding world (although had a great reputation for their steaming and cleaning of gowns).

If I’m remembering correctly, steaming my dress and slip and veil was a little under $100 (and my dress was chiffon which you have to be extra careful steaming or you can easily ruin it).

I’d shop around – sounds to me like you’re being overcharged.

Post # 6
10361 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I paid $160 in San Diego. It will vary a lot depending on your location, whether you need them to steam and store it, and the material/how many layers you have. Satin is really delicate, so I bet that is more expensive.

Post # 7
519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

First, your dress is beautiful and looks great on you!

I am paying $100 to have my dress pressed. I was actually thinking it would be a lot more because I am paying $700 for the rest of my alterations which I think is a lot. So, $100 was a pleasant surprise, and makes me think that $245 is wayyy too much for you to pay. How much are your alterations costing? Maybe everything is just expensive where you are? 

If I were you, I would probably just pay the $245 because then you know it will be done well. I was prepared to pay $200-$300 to have my dress pressed, because even though it would have been painful, I wouldn’t have had to worry about something going wrong. 

Post # 9
40 posts

WOW!! I’m shocked!! The steaming should be included in the alterations – afterall most of the wrinkles were CAUSED when she was doing the work. It does take 1 to 2 hours to properly steam a dress….yours would actually be closer to an hour. I’d pay $50 to $100. Steaming a wedding dress can be a little tricky. If it’s a wrinkly mess, get a professional to do it. If there are only a few wrinkles, let the dress hang free for a while (most wrinkles will fall out) and use a home steamer to do the spots still requiring touch-ups

Post # 10
11 posts
  • Wedding: April 2015

They quoted me $45 for steaming here in Los Angeles. I did not realize that was actually super cheap.

Post # 11
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

That seems really high! I would call around to a few different places and see if they are anywhere close to that. I was told $60 at the bridal shop when I purchased my dress.

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