You would be right!
I did not bother having the dress cleaned in America before we came home from the wedding because I figured that it would just get dirty again during our trash the dress in Switzerland.
Once the TTD shoot was over and my dress had seen its last hurrah, I hung it up in the middle of my bedroom and for two months I pondered how I shall clean it. I was nervous about simply walking down to the Swiss dry cleaners and dropping off my dress.
Typically this approach of “Don’t ask until the bill comes” is very dangerous here. Some poor friends of mine ordered turkey from a butcher last year and nearly died when they received the $350 bill.
Take New York, for example: dry cleaning a light blazer might cost you around $6. In ZÃ¼rich it would cost you $16.50. Simple shirts here are $10.50 a piece…you see where I’m going with this?
I’ve heard some horror stories from women in the States paying up to $500 for silk dresses with heavy beading. My dress was made of bordeaux taffeta with lace, flowers and a heck of a lot of beading. How much would that cost in Switzerland? $1000? $1500? I really didn’t want to find out.
I decided I wanted to try and clean it myself, but Mama Funnel Cake was nervous. When we received my dress it had some stains on the underside of the train that Mama Funnel Cake had worked on with Dryel. She wasn’t sure it would do the job, but she sent a Dryel kit home with me when we left for our honeymoon.
In the meantime, I looked up all the “Clean your Wedding Dress” posts I could on Weddingbee and Google. I told Mama Funnel Cake that if worst came to worst, I could cut up the gown and make bridal clutches and sashes out of the materials.
Well, that horrified Mama Funnel Cake. She thought it would be a shame to cut up my beautiful dress, so she wished me lots of luck!
Up next: I take the plunge…or rather, my dress takes the plunge!
*All photos are personal*