Five steps to dry-cleaning your wedding dress

05 Oct 2018

Connoisseur Dry Cleaners takes us behind the scenes and shares the painstaking procedure to dry-cleaning a wedding dress

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Planning your post-wedding dress care is an essential consideration before the wedding has taken place. It is best to act fast to avoid any stains or discolouration from setting in by arranging a dry-cleaning service for your wedding dress to take place after the big day. Book your appointment before the wedding and spare yourself any last-minute arrangements, while allowing yourself peace of mind that your dress will receive the TLC it both requires and deserves.

Offering insight into the dry-cleaning process and how wedding dresses are granted extra special attention, award-winning specialist Connoisseur Dry Cleaners shares the five steps their team of professionals take to restore your wedding dress to its former glory.

1. Inspection and analysis

Once in the hands of the experts, the Connoisseur team will inspect and analyse the dress meticulously, paying close attention to any cleaning instructions already given. Fabrics, embellishments and embroidery are all accounted for to ascertain how best to treat the dress. Any stains which require more thorough cleaning will be noted at this point.


2. Deconstruction

Where necessary, delicate details susceptible to damage will be removed, and the main components of the dress (such as the bodice and skirt) will be detached to allow for easier cleaning. Veils can also be cleaned, although they are usually hand-cleaned due to their extreme delicacy.


3. Cleaning

Spot-cleaning and soaping then takes place to treat localised stains and any signs of yellowing or discolouration, with particular attention paid to the hemline. For all-over cleaning, sections of the dress are placed in a protective bag before being cleaned on a low-level fully submerged setting specifically designed for wedding dresses.


4. Reconstruction and hand-finishing

The dress is then, where necessary, put back together by a seamstress and hand-finishing commences. This involves any hand-sewing required and steaming to remove any creases.


5. Packaging and storage

The care does not stop there. It is highly recommended that you have your dress delicately packed and preserved by a specialist in a pH-neutral preservation box. Connoisseur Dry Cleaners can provide this service with their hand-made custom Luxury Preservation Boxes. They are sturdy enough to eliminate light, strong enough to protect from accidents, and are made from a breathable material lined with fine acid-free tissue. This offers the most protection, prevents any unnecessary deterioration and makes for easier long-term storage.

It is the bride’s job to ensure her wedding dress is stored correctly and the professionals are perfectly placed to advise on this. Keep your dress away from direct sunlight, humidity and anywhere which could harbour moths.



Ready to book your full Wedding Dress Cleaning & Preservation Service with Connoisseur Dry Cleaners? You can also benefit from a 10% discount using the promotional code BRIDE10%.

For more information about Connoisseur Dry Cleaners, visit the website: and for further details about Connoisseur's wedding shoe cleaning services, visit the dedicated webpage:

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