Many brides choose to re-sell their used wedding gowns after the “Big Day”. But making sure your dress is clean and ready to go to a new bride is essential to the selling process. When choosing how to clean your wedding gown, dry cleaning is the safest and most affordable way to prepare your dress to be sold. But how much will it actually cost to dry clean your wedding dress?
How long does dry cleaning take?
Dry cleaning a wedding gown could take anywhere from a few days to a month depending on how many layers are on your dress and how busy the dry cleaning shop is. If you’re lucky and the shop isn’t busy, a quality dry cleaning for a wedding gown should take two- three days.
Making sure that you take your gown to a well-known cleaning and preservation company is the most important part of the cleaning process. Taking your gown to your local dry cleaning company runs the risk of having the company itself shipping off your gown to a wholesale dry-cleaning company.
Finding a company that dry cleans wedding dresses in their own shop is the safest way to go.
How should you transport your gown?
Transporting your wedding dress can be a tricky part of the dry cleaning process. You have the option to ship your gown to the shop or pack it in a container and bring the gown into the shop yourself. Although each option is different from one another, they have their own individual advantages.
Shipping your gown
Most brides would use this option as a last resort because trusting a shipping company with something so important and invaluable is honestly terrifying. But, at the same time, if the dry cleaning shop is far enough away from where you live, shipping takes the hassle out transporting your gown yourself.
Packing your gown in a container
The only risk with this option is wrinkling your gown more than it might already be, but if you’re taking it to the dry cleaner already, it shouldn’t matter too much. Packing your gown in a thin plastic bag or a garment bag is a foolproof way to transport your gown from your home to the dry cleaners. Folding layers of tissue paper in the dress folds would help to alleviate some of the damage that could possibly happen during the transportation. Check out our recommended Garment Bag.
The cost of dry cleaning:
Dry cleaning a wedding dress through a high-end dry cleaner can run you around $100. That’s just base line, though. If you have other special requirements, the price is likely to increase.
Wedding gown dry cleaning should never cost you more than $200; you’ll know that you’re not getting the best deal if you’re paying more than that; including upgrades and any special treatment your dress may need. Most dry cleaning services offer flat rate prices for your entire dress, but some places will charge you extra if they find that they have more work to do than average.
Wedding dresses made of lace or that have heavy beading could be the exception, some companies will charge as much as $500 for gowns made out of this material.
If you opt to have your dress professionally boxed up instead of just bagged, this will also cost extra, around $50- $125. The most expensive part of the dry cleaning process is pulling the oils out of the dress; dirt and grass stains are usually included in the base rate price. Pulling oils out of wedding gown can typically run you anywhere from $15-$50 extra.
And it's everything you envisioned - layers and layers of exquisite fabric in a sophisticated style that flatters your figure. On your wedding day, you'll walk down the aisle looking absolutely radiant. You've invested so much of your heart, time and money in your wedding dress, and you want it to last forever. Here is a complete guide to caring for your gown...
A Complete Guide to Caring for Your Gown
Before, During & After Your Wedding Day...
When your gown leaves our boutique:
TRANSPORT your gown in a vehicle where you can lay down the back seat. Your gown needs space as long as the gown with the train down. Your gown will be in a bust form & extra long bag, this helps eliminate the need for extra pressing or steaming.
HANG your gown as high as possible when you get home, perhaps a door frame. Leave in the bag to prevent dust or bugs from landing on your gown. Open the bottom of the bag and spread the train out to avoid wrinkles ~ lay a clean sheet on the floor if the bag is not big enough.
AVOID hanging your gown from a light fixture or ceiling fan. Accidental burns & damage can occur.
STEAM your gown ONLY if your gown needs it and the fabric can handle it! When traveling long distances with your gown, it may need to be touched up. If you cannot have it professionally pressed when you arrive at your location, make sure you use a white, flat sheet as a pressing cloth between the clean sole plate of your iron and your gown. A low heat setting with no steam for chiffon, organza, crepe, georgette, and chantilly lace. Medium heat for satin, mikado, alencon lace, and stretch fabrics. Higher heat may be used on cotton and linen, but must be done quickly & with the pressing cloth.
On Your Wedding Day:
APPLY perfume and hair spray before putting on your wedding gown as the mist from such products may cause stains. Use care in dressing to avoid staining your gown.
STEP into your gown and have your bridesmaids put your shoes on for you.
COVER your gown with a towel before applying any touch-up products such as hair spray or lipstick.
POLISH nails at least a day before your wedding. Wet nail polish on a silk garment can remove color, damaging the fabric permanently.
WATERMARKS: softly blot & dry with a clean towel. If possible lightly press with a hand iron when dry.
MAKEUP, LIPSTICK, or any OILY SPILL: lightly coat with CORNSTARCH or BABY POWDER to absorb the oil. Do not rub the area! Wait 15 minutes and gently remove the excess powder from fabric. This technique will mask unsightly spots & prepare the area for professional care after your wedding day.
WINE & BEVERAGE STAINS: do not apply water or other liquid that might disperse stain. Blot area dry with a towel & apply powder as for oily stains.
BLOOD: for minor blood stains, apply your own clean saliva with a dampened Q-tip. The enzymes will safely break down the stain, Blot to dry.
ASPHALT: It deteriorates the fibers of your gown while grinding the tar into the fabric and connot be removed. Have your bridesmaids hold up your skirt & train when walking on a driveway or street.
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HANG your wedding gown by loops inside the gown that are connected to sturdy side seams, never by fragile shoulder seams that can stretch or sag.
AVOID storing your worn wedding gown for a long period of time in plastic bags or vacuum-sealed, plastic wrapped containers because plastic emits fumes that can yellow your bridal gown and trap moisture that mildews your wedding gown.
BRING your gown for cleaning & preservation ASAP after your wedding day to avoid permanent staining & discoloration. Other items may be stored with your gown, such as your veil or sash. ALL BRIDES BEAUTIFUL can assist you in this process. Call 330-655-1339 for an appointment to inspect your gown.
STORE your cleaned & preserved wedding gown in an area of constant temperature (under the bed or in a living space closet work well). Avoid storing your bridal gown in the attic or basement where there are extreme changes in temperature or humidity, this can discolor your gown.
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Fire & Flood Restoration
We offer a specialty restoration service for customers who have had fire, smoke or water damage in their home. As a Certified Restoration Dry cleaner, we follow established guidelines for restoration work. We return your clothing and household contents to their previous condition at a fraction of the replacement cost. Not only do you save time and money, but you also keep your treasured possessions priceless.
We work closely with the insurance company and the insured to make claims processing more cost-effective, smooth and time efficient by:
Processing rush orders
working with the insured to identify garments that are outdated or those that are cheaper to replace than to clean
Ensuring that there are NO SURPRISES by submitting an itemized quote for approval prior to cleaning
Itemizing and documenting the Total Loss for your verification
On-site inventory when required
We take Digital Photos of damaged clothes
Delicate and exotic fabric expertise (including fine silks and Indian fabrics)
Response to initial call within an hour
Pick-up is within 12 hours of call and we determine the scope of the project
Pack out all items that need cleaning and determine the emergency clothing needs as specified by the insured
Emergency Dry Cleaning is returned to the insured as soon as possible
We get a written Work Authorization before we start the job and issue a Certificate of Completion after the job is complete.
Casa Cleaners use advanced equipment, special techniques and advanced processes to restore clothing and other textiles. We guarantee our work.
Making you look good is our business. When you look good, we look good. For this reason we are committed to treating your garments with the utmost care and quality. All dry cleaning and wet cleaning is done in house, and according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Our route drivers are also trained to provide the best care to your garments.
Executive Shirt Laundry
We don’t outsource your shirts to a big cleaner who doesn’t know your name, we do everything right here with the latest in shirt pressing technology. You will definitely look good in a shirt that has been professionally laundered and pressed. We always double check to make sure your buttons are not damaged or missing, and that your shirt is looking great, complete with a collar support. Ask for your shirts on hangers, or folded and boxed.
Comforters, blankets, duvet covers, bedspreads, down pillows, sleeping bags drapes, afghans, and other large household items should be cleaned professionally. Tablecloths, napkins, and small rugs also come out looking great. Let us also enhance the appearance of your home by cleaning these items regularly.
Wedding Gowns and Preservation
Let us help your wedding plans by making sure your dress looks perfect for that special day. After the wedding, we can clean the dress again and preserve in an acid-free, airtight Treasure Chest.
Using a special set of chemicals we can restore clothing and households damaged from fire or flood. We have the capacity to do large quantities in a short amount of time.
We can clean items you may not have thought about washing. Just about anything you can get dirty we can get clean. We clean everything from stuffed animals, to costumes, to luggage and dog beds. Forget the mess, send Fido’s bed to us.
Alterations and Mending
Any tailoring or mending job is simple for our seamstress who has more than 20 years experience. Simply mark the garment where alterations are needed, and a few days later it will fit you perfectly.
Cleaning your leather and suede jackets, pants, shirts, vests, etc. is no problem for us. We can also take care of your fur coats. Because leathers and furs require special chemicals and equipment for cleaning and dyeing, we have partnered with leather specialists that have been in business for decades.