Post # 1
So I’m married! YAY!!
What do I do with my dress now? It definitely needs to be cleaned – it’s filthy – but do I take it to any dry cleaner? They all seem to ‘specialize in wedding gowns’ around here.
Then what? I can’t imagine selling/donating it (at least not yet) I still have my prom dress from 13 years ago…I’m not giving up my wedding dress after a week!
What did you do with yours?
Post # 2
My dress will most likely be going on the auction block (eBay) quite soon. We just had bridal portraits made, and when my husband asked if it was time to clean and box the dress (I’ve only had it for our THREE YEAR-long engagement) I quickly replied with, “Nope. Gonna sell it.” I hope I didn’t hurt his feelings.
I’m planning to sell it dirty. It’s not body-odor smelly dirty; the hem is filthy from traipsing around our local bourbon distillery, and then downtown. I don’t plan to recoup a whole lot of money on the dress, so I’ll let somebody get it for a cheap price, and deal with the dirt.
But I’m pragmatic like that.
Post # 3
I’ve been married for over 2.5 years and still haven’t had it drycleaned. Just the hem/train is dirty, so it’s not stinky or anything. It’s currently sitting in one of my MIL’s closets because I just don’t know what to do with it. I too, still have my graduation dresses from junior high and high school…lol. I’m sentimental so it will be really hard for me to give it away or sell it, if I ever do.
Post # 4
I threw mine in my washing machine and hung it to dry, then put it back in the garment bag and it now sits in my closet (2 years later).
Depending on the fabric/embellishments and what type of washer you have, it’s possible to clean yourself.
I will be keeping mine forever. I’m just sentimental like that. Maybe one day my children will want to use it for christening gowns or something, who knows.
Post # 5
I had mine dry cleaned and boxed. Haven’t opened the box since so I don’t even know if they gave me back the right dress, ha ha. I am keeping it for sentimental reasons – we had a good laugh before my wedding when my Mum got out her dress from the seventies. I’d love to have that moment with my daughter one day. Maybe she’ll even want to wear it.
Post # 6
Mrs Canuck: FH is also super sentimental, I doubt he’ll be okay with selling it, at least not yet.
Ryansgirl: Mine’s the same, it’s not stinky or anything, but the hem is filthy
urchin: mine’s raw edge, bias cut, crinkle chiffon – it will fray really really badly if I throw it in the washer, it’s meant to fray a little, but that would be a disaster.
LaPetiote: I don’t think mine needs to be ‘preserved’ but I think cleaning it would be a good idea.
I’m seriously considering dyeing it red and wearing it to the black tie new years eve party we’re going to this year.