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    • DanielleS0709
      CommentAuthorDanielleS0709
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Jul 11th 2016
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    Hi all. Ok so I got a rough quote to have my wedding dress dry cleaned and put in box to preserve it. It was £200. The dressmaker who did my alterations told me to put my dress inside a duvet cover and put it in the washing machine. She said she tells all her brides to do this. I wasn't sure at first but to be honest I'm never going to wear it again and I don't fancy spending £200! However I'd be devastated if it got ruined. But I'm sure she wouldn't advise it if they got ruined. I've seen a storage box on the bay with acid free tissue paper to preserve it for £16. Has anyone ever done this??

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    • AnikaM60
      CommentAuthorAnikaM60
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Jul 11th 2016
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    Sorry don't really have advice but I'll be watching this thread, very interested in if people have done this since I also want to keep my dress, 200 does sound like a lot but I think I'd still spend it if that was the only option to preserve it
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    • Velcro
      CommentAuthorVelcro
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Jul 12th 2016
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    My friend has just recently washed her wedding dress in the bath with fairy non-bio and its come out just fine.

    Mine however is sat in a dress bag under the stairs because I don't want to pay £200 for dry cleaning w/storage box but it wont fit int he bath or the washing machine with it's 15 skirts lol

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    • Elinor Claire
      CommentAuthorElinor Claire
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Jul 12th 2016
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    I paid for mine, I think it was about £150. It included a box with acid free paper. It lives in the loft but I know it's safe. I don't expect to wear it again, although my mum wore hers on her silver wedding so I'd be tempted to try that if I can still get into it. Some people die their dresses and keep them as evening dresses.

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    • CommentAuthorNicolaB7220
      Posted: Jul 12th 2016
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    Mine went back to the shop where I brought it from (it's actually ready to be collected, I must do that today! lol) and they've told me a max of £120 for cleaning and boxing xx
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    • DanielleS0709
      CommentAuthorDanielleS0709
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Jul 12th 2016
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    Mines has quite a lot of detail - 3 layer lace, which is maybe why is its 200. I think I'm gonna chance it. The dress maker assured me it will be fine. I'll be so nervous waiting on the wash to finish lol

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    • clairenina
      CommentAuthorclairenina
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Jul 12th 2016
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    Isn't it so expensive. Possibly why mine is still in the dress bag uncleaned :/
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    • LauraH813
      CommentAuthorLauraH813
      Posted: Jul 12th 2016
     
    Too be honest I don't think 200 is that bad. Not for peace of mind that a professional is doing the job and your dress will be safe for years to come. As with everything wedding related I'm getting used to the added expense. Ultimately when you've already spent so much what's a couple hundred more to preserve the most important dress you'll ever wear. That's my philosophy :)
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    • StephanieM158
      CommentAuthorStephanieM158
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Jul 12th 2016
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    Would you not like to have it made into something else that you can wear again?
    I was going to keep my dress for my daughter when she had her kids christened in the future, but I'm actually considering having mine made into a wearable evening dress.

    £200 does seem a little steep but I wouldnt risk it in my washing machine so if I wanted to preserve it I would probably cough up the money/ shop around.

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    • AnikaM60
      CommentAuthorAnikaM60
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Jul 12th 2016
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    I can't even imagine mine as an evening dress. There's just so much dress.
    Wearing it again on her silver anniversary is so sweet elinor
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    • DanielleS0709
      CommentAuthorDanielleS0709
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Jul 13th 2016
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    No I'll never wear it again. The only thing I'd imagine id like to do with it is if I ever had a daughter to get a photo of her laying in it during the newborn shoot.

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    • DanielleS0709
      CommentAuthorDanielleS0709
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Jul 13th 2016
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    I know I'll prob never get round to having it done so I'm gonna wash it when I'm off on Friday and order a box off the bay. Sure what's the worst that can happen lol

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    • Glitterfairy
      CommentAuthorGlitterfairy
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: Jul 15th 2016
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    I think if you do it on a very delicate wash you might be ok, I was fortunate to get mine done cheap at the place I got my dress from, but I think I got it on offer. I got a box from the bay for about £40 to keep it in with acid free tissue paper.

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    • VikkiH53
      CommentAuthorVikkiH53
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Jul 15th 2016
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    5ains8ury's have quoted me £75 for dry cleaning my dress, though that is going on a picture rather than seeing the dress, not sure whether that comes with a box afterwards though.
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    • DanielleS0709
      CommentAuthorDanielleS0709
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Jul 15th 2016
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    That's a good price.

    So I put it in the wash on a delicate cycle. I put it inside a duvet cover. It's still a little dirty on the train but it's fine. I'm gonna do it ask on a slighter higher heat.

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    • StephH96
      CommentAuthorStephH96
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Jul 15th 2016
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    Was it easy to get your whole dress in the washer Danielle? I'm wondering whether I could do it with mine...
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    • DanielleS0709
      CommentAuthorDanielleS0709
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Jul 15th 2016
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    Yea, mines is a flit and flare so not too big. Went in no problem

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    • Glitterfairy
      CommentAuthorGlitterfairy
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: Jul 16th 2016
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    If you are using a non bio like fA1ry, maybe you could rub some of the liquid into the marks on the train before it goes into the wash?

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    • DanielleS0709
      CommentAuthorDanielleS0709
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Jul 16th 2016
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    That's a good idea GF. Thanks

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