If you’ve ever visited our Best Deals page, you know the savings are dazzling. All of the over 5,000 gowns on the page are (a minimum!) of 70% off retail. For a bride on a budget, that’s a bargain you just can’t pass up. We’ve pulled a few of our favorite gowns to show you just how beautiful the savings can be.
Have a bridesmaid dress you’ll never wear again? We thought so. And we can help!
From now until September 15th, sell your bridesmaid dresses with us – completely free. Sell without a listing fee, and as always on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com, no commission. Just post. Connect. Sell. It’s that easy.
Use code”Bridesmaid” at checkout and your listing will be posted at no charge. Have 10 old bridesmaids dresses? Sell them all. There’s no limit to the number of dresses you can list.
We love connecting buyers and sellers of wedding dresses and bridal party gowns. It’s great to let another dress be loved again. (Not spend a lifetime in a closet).
Want to list your bridesmaid gowns? Start here, use the code “Bridesmaid” before September 15, and get ready to recoup some cash!
Once you’ve worn your beautiful gown, it’s time to give it the special care it deserves. Here are 5 important things every bride should know about wedding dress cleaning and care.
1. Wedding dress cleaning and preservation are not the same
A cleaning means that your dress is treated to remove all stains. Preservation includes both cleaning and special storage of your dress. With preservation, you dress is carefully folded with special acid free tissue and stored in a box that protects it from light and air exposure.
Which is right for you? That depends on your plans for your dress. If you are going to sell it (meaning it will likely be worn again within 12 months), then you’ll only need a cleaning. If you are saving it for a future daughter, you’ll want preservation. Not sure, choose preservation so that you’re gown will have extra protection until you decide.
2. Timing matters
The sooner your clean your dress after your big day, the greater the chances that any and all stains can be removed. Stains damage the delicate fibers of a wedding dress, and the longer they remain on the fabric, the more damage they can do. If your gown has mud or red wine on it, you’ll want to head to a wedding gown specialist as soon as possible after your I Dos. But worry not, an expert cleaner can work miracles, even on a very stained dress.
3. The most damaging stains could be the ones you can’t actually see
Even if you can’t see any stains on your dress, it is worth trip to a wedding gown specialist within a few weeks of your wedding. The most damaging stains could be ones you can’t see with the naked eye (think sweat or champagne which dry clear). These stains are invisible when they occur, but over time darken into brown stains that are difficult to remove.
4. Not all drycleaners are wedding dress experts
Your local dry cleaner might be perfect for your favorite blouse, but that doesn’t necessarily make them the best choice for your wedding gown. For this delicate garment, you’ll want a cleaner who specializes in wedding dresses. This means you’ll get a expert who is experienced in caring for beading, embellishments, layers and layers of tulle, or whatever made your wedding dress so perfectly you.
5. Costs vary (but here’s a coupon that will help!)
You can expect the cost of cleaning your gown to be dependent on it’s style. Simple sheath? Good news, your costs will be lower than a heavily beaded ballgown.
Brides are always asking us when they should have their wedding dresses cleaned. The answer? Immediately after your big day is best.
Whether you intend to sell or keep your wedding gown, it still requires immediate care after wear. That’s because stains can damage the delicate fibers of your dress over time. And invisible stains that you can’t see (think champagne or sweat) will appear and start to yellow.
The sooner as stain is treated, the better its chance of removal. Even major stains like a red wine spill or tire tracks on your train (yep, we’ve seen that) have a good chance of being removed, if treated quickly.
It’s important to know that not all wedding dress cleaners are the same. For your once-in-a-lifetime gown, find an expert who specializes in wedding dress care. We recommend the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists because we’ve met their members and have experienced first hand the level of care they provide.
The Association of Wedding Gown Specialists have their care labels sewn into over 3,500,000 gowns and are recommended by more than 70 different gown designers. This industry validation is second to none.
Association members will clean your gown to exacting standards and will even allow you to inspect your gown after cleaning before it is boxed so you’ll see your gown’s pristine condition before packaging.
Right now, PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com users can receive a $35 coupon for wedding dress cleaning and care from the Association. Use the discount for alterations, pressing, cleaning or preservation. Whatever your beloved gown needs. Register here. And have confidence knowing that your dress will be cared for by the industry’s best.