Everything you need to know about cleaning your wedding gown before you get married.
When To Clean Your Gown Before You Wear It
If you purchased a sample gown, chances are you'll want to get it cleaned before you wear it. Even if the gown looks clean, keep in mind that anywhere from a few to a few dozen people have tried that gown on before you purchased it.
Most vendors that sell will sell you a pre-worn (used) wedding gown require that it be cleaned first. This doesn't mean it was cleaned well. Look for dirt at the hemline (unless you are significantly shorter than the previous wearer). Open the hem with your hand and lay it flat to get a true sense of how dirty or clean it is. Also look at the bust area and near the under arm area. If there are any areas on concern, you will want to have those taken care of now, not later.
Maybe you are going to wear a dress that your mother or grandmother wore. Or maybe you found an amazing dress at a vintage shop. If you are going to be married in a vintage gown, you will most definitely want your gown cleaned first. In fact, what you want is a wedding gown restoration service.
Wedding Gown Restoration
Before Alterations or After?
Choosing A Wedding Dress Cleaning Specialist
There are a lot of options when it comes to cleaning your wedding gown, but I would suggest using a local dry cleaners that specializes in wedding gowns.
You can use google. Just search for "[your town] wedding gown cleaners". You will get a lot of results, but it is a good start. You can also check the wedding sites like the knot and wedding wire. A better solution online it to check with The Association of Wedding Gown Specialists. They will likely have a specialist in your area.
You can ask your friends that were recently married. Some will have good things to say, and some will have bad stories.
You can also get a recommendation from the bridal salon where you purchased your gown. They wont recommend just anybody. In fact they probably use a local dry cleaners to clean their stock gowns when they have an issue.
If you use just one of these methods, I would stick to asking the place where you purchased your gown. If you didn't buy locally, I would both ask around and check online.
Armed with this information, cleaning your wedding gown before your wedding shouldn't be so scary, provided you actually need it done. Just remember to find a local wedding gown cleaning specialist that has experience.
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