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June 7th, 2006
10:36 pm


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My Box
My wedding dress came back!

Layer by layer:

A large package wrapped in brown paper, with an elegant label saying "The Bridal Gown Preservation Company".

Lots and lots of bubble wrap

An elegant cream ribbon

An acid-free cream and gold cardboard box

4 layers of tissue paper to fold out over each side of the box

1 layer of tissue paper carefully placed over the dress

My dress! Folded so the first thing you saw was the bodice displayed in all its glory, with more tissue paper tucked between every layer and fold of the dress.

I am now in a dilemma - I want to take it out of the box because it is My Dress, and I have missed it, and I want to check they have cleaned it properly. But I know I will never put it back in the box as splendedly as it currently is.

Anyway, they were marvelous at all times, and I heartilly recommend them.


Cheaper than Johnson's Drycleaners (and a couple of other quotes)
Much nicer box than Johnson's
Did all my repairs for "free" as well as cleaning dress (one sleave, two buttons)
Always answered phone and were organised and useful
Couriers came exactly when they said they would.
Dress was away for exactly the time predicted.
30 year guarantee on state of dress.
Gorgeous sexy wedding dress put perfectly in gorgeous sexy box
Will use the box your dress needs for the same price, instead of charging you more for a medium or large box


Hidiously expensive.
Courier service is inconvenient - had to wait in all day for collection and half day for return.
Now daren't take dress back out of wonderful box.

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Date:June 7th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
Providing you see this as a Precious Thing (which it clearly is), I'd keep it in its pristine state, or at least set yourself a good period of time in order to take care over recpackaging it...

"It's a lovely dress - I'm sure she'll find it useful for parties"
[Scarlett, FWAAF]

Precious Things are worth the cost of their preservation...
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Date:June 7th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
Heh - I wore the skirt of mine to Treasure Trap two months later, because I wanted something long and white, and ws planning to wear it to the MayBall this year.
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Date:June 8th, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
Good grief, that's expensive! I wouldn';t have guessed that would be cheaper than Johnson's.

Still, I ought to get mine done eventually...it's filthy. And still in the boiot of the car from honeymoon.
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Date:June 8th, 2006 08:26 am (UTC)
To be fair, that's cheaper than Johnsons would have been to clean it and put it in a box. Johnsons would just clean it for about 80, I think.
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Date:June 8th, 2006 09:10 am (UTC)
30 year guarantee on state of dress

Presumably this is just in case your wedding turns out like Miss Havisham's?

(I freely admit to not understanding the whole wedding dress concept.)

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Date:June 8th, 2006 09:20 am (UTC)

Sorry, that comment doesn't make much sense because my brain wasn't really in gear. There's a point under there somewhere though: if you're not going to wear it then what's it for? (Not a criticism, just my brain obviously doesn't work the same way as yours -- I feel the same way about eg expensive antique fruit bowls and other things 'too good to use'. I suppose I'd rather have something I knew to be useful than felt to be beautiful...)

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Date:June 8th, 2006 09:35 am (UTC)

If I'm going to wear it again, it needs to be clean and fixed and stored somewhere

If I'm not going to wear it again, I either have to think about why I'm hording it, or sell it. If I'm going to sell it for what it's worth, it needs to be clean and fixed.

If I'm hording it, I'm hording it because it's important to me. If it's important to me I ought to look after it, so I ought to clean it and fix it, and if I'm hording it for years it'd be much more convenient if it were in a box.
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Date:June 8th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
OK, that makes sense; thanks for the explanation. (Do you expect to wear it again? I'd always thought of wedding dresses as rather one-off affairs, but maybe I'm out of touch.)
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Date:June 9th, 2006 08:35 am (UTC)
Well, there are a few things that it might be useful for, although at the moment I have no idea how likely it is that my longing to wear a wedding dress at them will outweigh my fear of trashing my wedding dress. I tend to be involved in plays and costumed read-throughs and fancy dress parties a fair bit. And I suppose that when we get to an n-year anniversary we might decide we want a blessing as another excuse for a party, and it'd be handy still to have the dress for that. And we might end up with an overly romantic daughter who thinks it would be cool to get married in it herself.
Date:June 23rd, 2006 08:15 am (UTC)
Aren't you supposed to be buried in it?

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Date:June 8th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
*laughs* I just took mine to the drycleaners at the end of the road ;-) Can't remember how much it cost (actually, I'm not sure I ever knew - Adrian took it in and picked it up too) and now it's hanging in the closet with a standard thin plastic drycleaning bag on it. On the other hand, it's been re-worn two or maybe three times since - the first couple to show it off to friends out here who hadn't been to the wedding, and this last time when I realised that I've lost so much weight (thank you Wellbutrin!!) that I might be able to fit into it again! And I can, provided that breathing is considered optional...
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Date:June 8th, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)
Of course, mine didn't have any gorgeous gorgeous beading on it, which made it considerably easier to clean.

I love your dress sooooo much :-)
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