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Wedding Gown Preservation Cost


How Much Does Wedding Gown Preservation Cost?

 
low costLow: less than $200average costMedium: $200-$400high costHigh: $800
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The goal of wedding gown preservation is to thoroughly clean the gown and protect it from dust, tearing and yellowing. Gown preservation usually is performed by a company specializing in the preservation of fine garments, by a bridal salon or by a specialist dry cleaner.

Typical costs:

  • Basic preservation for a simple gown with minimal stains starts at less than $200.
  • Preserving a traditional satin gown with some details and trim and some staining costs about $200 to $400.
  • An elaborate silk gown with large amounts of lace trim or beading, a long train and other details can cost as much as $800, especially if there is extensive staining.
  • Cost varies by region and tends to be more expensive on the coasts and in large metropolitan areas.
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What should be included:
  • The gown preservation specialist inspects the gown by hand and treat any visible stains, such as blood, grass, dirt or wine. The gown sometimes will be treated for non-visible sugar stains, which can damage the fabric over time. Then it will be professionally cleaned and pressed.
  • The gown will be fitted onto a bust or folded, and stored on acid-free tissue paper or unbleached muslin inside an heirloom-quality, acid-free box -- sometimes with a viewing window -- or hung in a cotton bag.
  • TheKnot.com[1] has an overview of the process.
Additional costs:
  • If the dress has minor rips, snags or tears, the preservation company will repair them, with cost depending on the amount of work needed.
  • Most preservation companies will clean and preserve the veil, gloves, handkerchief and other accessories for an additional fee of about $15 or more per item.
Discounts:
  • David's Bridal[2] sometimes offers coupons for $60 off preservation to brides who purchase a gown there.
  • For those who decide not to pay for professional preservation, do-it-yourself gown preservation is possible for the cost of a professional cleaning, acid-free white tissue paper and an acid-free box. Gaylordmart.com[3] offers preservation kits.
Shopping for wedding gown preservation:
  • Tip: Before having your gown preserved, hang it by the loops attached to the side seams and avoid storing it in vacuum-sealed containers, which can cause mildew, or plastic bags, which can emit fumes, according to The Association of Wedding Gown Specialists[4] . After preservation, avoid storing it in temperature or humidity extremes, or in direct sunlight.
  • It is important to find a preservationist before the wedding, because cleaning and stain removal work best if done right after the dress has been worn. To find a gown preservation specialist, ask for a referral at the bridal salon where the dress was purchased.
  • Dry cleaners who preserve fewer than 100 wedding gowns per year probably do not have expertise.
  • Request the company's policy on mistakes or problems. If the gown is ruined or discolors, some companies guarantee their work;others refund only the cost of preservation.
  • Companies such as J. Scheer & Co.[5] and HouseofBrides.com offer door-to-door service, so a bride can send in her dress and have it shipped back preserved. Or, TheKnot.com[6] has a guide to local businesses that do gown preservation, as does the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists[7] .
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Preservation
Amount: $295.00
Posted by: darby in SACRAMENTO, CA.Posted: September 23rd, 2016 10:09AM
Type: satin side bustle with beadingFirm: sac green cleaners
A bit pricey but it was worn and dragged across the beach so I assume it took a bit extra to remove dirt stains. Presentation with my glittery veil looks great!
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Wedding Dress Preservation
Amount: $149.00
Posted by: Melinda M. in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: April 28th, 2016 01:04PM
Type: Traditional Line PackageFirm: Affordable Preservation Company
I had my wedding gown cleaned and preserved with the Affordable Preservation Company. I was nervous to send my wedding dress in the mail, but it was so easy, convenient, and affordable. They have great reviews on The Knot and Wedding Wire so I knew they were reputable. It looks so pretty in the preservation chest and I can also open it to look at it without voiding the guarantee.
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Amount: $149.00
Posted by: Donna H E in Wayne, NJ.Posted: March 28th, 2011 11:03AM
Type: traditional lineFirm: The Wedding Gown preservation Co
I had my 20 year old wedding dress cleaned and preserved by The Wedding Gown Preservation Co through their dealer topweddingsites.com and they did a great jib. I then sent in my christening gown and a communuin dress which they di well also. Great service by a family owned company. Nice people.
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wedding gown preservation
Amount: $190.00
Posted by: Kerstin in Nashville, TN.Posted: November 27th, 2009 09:11AM
Type: vera wang silk satinFirm: Ever After Preservations
I sent my gown to Ever After Preservations. It cost $190.00. I was so pleased that I want to tell every bride that bought a Vera to preseve it with Ever After. They are the best out there!
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wedding gown preserved
Amount: $190.00
Posted by: Mony in Paducah, KY.Posted: June 30th, 2009 02:06PM
Type: Oleg cassini laceFirm: Ever After Preservation.com
I sent my wedding gown to be hand cleaned by Ever After because my Mom had seen her friend's done by them and it was wonderful. I paid $190.00 and it was the best money I ever spent. You would have to see it to believe how clean it is and how beautiful the chest is. Totally happy with it
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Wedding Gown Preservation
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: Trish in Freehold, NJ.Posted: February 23rd, 2009 09:02AM
Type: Cathedral, Satin, Extensive Beading,Firm: Carol's French Cleaners, Inc.
I had my wedding gown cleaned and preserved by a local dry cleaner, Carol's French Cleaners Incorporated in Freehold, NJ. The owner really took the time to look at my gown for any stains and made sure I saw the result after cleaning prior to sealing it in the keepsake box. He also did not charge extra for any other items I wanted included in the box. For the type of gown, for the amount of staining, and for the quality of the preservation,I was extremely pleased with this store. If you are local to Freehold, you can't go wrong with Carol's French Cleaners on Route 9.
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Wedding Gown Preservation
Amount: $129.00
Posted by: Cindy M. in San Francisco, CA.Posted: January 19th, 2009 10:01PM
Type: Firm: Affordable Preservation Company
I had my wedding dress cleaned and preserved through the Affordable Preservation Co for only $129 and was thrilled with how my dress came out. It was so dirty on the bottom after my wedding and came back like new. http://www.affordablepreservation.com
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Preservation cost
Amount: $220.00
Posted by: ona in Charlotte, NC.Posted: December 31st, 2008 11:12AM
Type: cathedral, organza w/crystal beadingFirm:
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Amount: $250.00
Posted by: tee in upland, CA.Posted: August 26th, 2007 12:08AM
Type: ball, chapelFirm:
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External Resources:
  1.  wedding.theknot.com/bridal-fashion/wedding-dress-shopping/articles/preserving-your-wedd...
  2.  www.davidsbridal.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StyleGuideBeyondIDoView?langId=-1&storeI...
  3.  www.gaylordmart.com/adblock.asp?abid=9699
  4.  www.weddinggownspecialists.com/bridalgowncaretips.htm
  5.  www.jscheer.com/preservation/bridal.php
  6.  wedding.theknot.com/local-wedding-vendors.aspx
  7.  www.weddinggownspecialists.com/wedding-gown-preservation/
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