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#1 Tracy_S

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    Posted 16 June 2009 - 12:08 AM

    Hey all!! So question to you all... did you have to have your dress drycleaned before the big day and before your alterations My dress was a sample dress that I bought off the rack.. and so it smells of other people trying it on... well I am picking it up from my bridal store tomorrow morning and dropping it off at my drycleaners... they told me it would take a month to process the dress Does that make sense to anyone?? Can anyone shed some light on this situation as to whether or not this is normal Please and thank you!!! Any comments are welcome!!! Thanks!!!

    #2 KLC77

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      Posted 16 June 2009 - 12:10 AM

      I have no idea what's normal, but that sounds like a ridiculously long period of time to me.
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      #3 loveangel0610

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        Posted 16 June 2009 - 12:13 AM

        Hi! I used to work front counter at a dry cleaners and yes that sounds about right. The dry cleaners I worked at took around three to four weeks to clean a dress. You might be able to ask them to put a rush on the dress but it will probably cost you. Hope this helps.

        #4 Tracy_S

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          Posted 16 June 2009 - 12:15 AM

          Why does it take so long to do so?? My mom was joking around that they rent it out to people in that month?? HAHAHA.. hopefully not!!!

          #5 eloping789

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            Posted 16 June 2009 - 12:34 AM

            I had the same situation except that my "off the rack" dress had a footprint on the train (which I discovered after I got it home). I took it to the cleaners and had it back in 2 days ... are you sure they don't think they're cleaning and preserving it? When I brought my gown in that's immediately what they thought I wanted and I had to explain to the girl at the counter that the wedding wasn't for 6 weeks and I had yet to wear the dress. I don't know, my dress is pretty simple and not at all "puffy" so maybe that has something to do with it, but a month seems insane!

            #6 Tracy_S

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              Posted 16 June 2009 - 10:46 AM

              Yeah I better make that known to them today that its not to be preserved its yet to be worn... and maybe that will change the timeline... but someone here mentioned it sounds normal... so who knows... I guess I will have to find out later today!!! Hope it goes well!!!

              #7 courtney_b00

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                Posted 16 June 2009 - 11:00 AM

                I would definitely ask them about it today. If not, are there any other drycleaners that you could take it to that may take less time?

                #8 jk1101

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                  Posted 16 June 2009 - 11:41 AM

                  I used to own a dry cleaner...it shouldn't take that long to clean a dress. Make sure they know they're just cleaning it and check that they are doing the cleaning onsite and not sending it to another place. You might want to check with a dress shop on for a recommendation.

                  #9 Tracy_S

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                    Posted 17 June 2009 - 10:16 AM

                    Found out it will take about 3 weeks if not sooner, they were really busy right now she said... she knows its just for cleaning and they only clean it at this shop.. my bridal store couldn't even recommend anyone... they in my opinion should have been the ones to pay for it since it was an off the rack one... but thats another story. And the only reason she said it will take so long is she wants to make sure she can set aside the good hour or 2 and not rush through it... there was already 3 other dresses hanging in her shop there too.. so they must be quite busy. I am just anxious to get it back and take it to alterations!!

                    #10 JaimeLynne

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                      Posted 17 June 2009 - 12:20 PM

                      Hmmm... Bibbentucker's here in Dallas, TX gave us an estimated turn around time of 3 days! BUT that's for $250!!! :o

                      I've got to call LuLu's today (the bridal shop where I got my dress) because they only quoted me $165 or something like that... I have my AHR a week from Sat. and am kind of freaking out on the turn around time! If it comes down to it I'll just have to bite the bullet and pay the extra money to have that 3 day turn around service! Doh!

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