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Ask Kate: Wedding dress dry-cleaning

September 17, 2012

Kate Thompson has been offering heart-felt advice and sparklingly different wedding inspiration for ten years. She is married with two children, and often features in the national press. With her warm and caring nature and off-beat sense of humour, she'll answer every question with knowledgable insight and understanding to help and inspire or simply restore your peace of mind.


I want to get my wife’s wedding dress dry cleaned. Who would you recommend to provide this service?


It’s important to get a wedding dress cleaned as soon after the wedding as possible, so that you can either keep it fresh to be worn again perhaps by future generations or get it ready to sell to another soon-to-be bride. I’d recommend using a specialist dry cleaner that offers a wedding dress cleaning and boxing service such as Johnsons who will clean and box the dress in acid-free paper to avoid discolouration of delicate fabrics, for around £150 or so, depending on the value of the gown.  Some brides have been tempted to try running cheaper gowns through the washing machine and, while with some materials this can work, it is highly risky and should not be attempted with duchess satin, antique lace, chiffon or silk. I’m sure your bride will appreciate your wanting to have her dress restored to its original beauty. It’s not cheap I’m afraid but it is worth it.

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