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4 Ways to Repurpose Your Formal Dress

4 Ways to Repurpose Your Formal Dress

With the start of summer comes endless weddings and special occasions that you need to buy a formal dress for. But what do you do with the dress after the event? Here’s 4 ways to repurpose your special occasion dress that has just been sitting in your closet waiting for some love.

Dye it:

Love the dress but hate the color? Dresses AND shoes can be dyed to any color you want. Maybe try navy or black to make it a timeless dress that will be a staple in your wardrobe for the rest of your life.

Donate it:

Need to free up some space in your closet? If your gown is in good condition and less than 5 seasons old, you can donate it to Fairy Godmothers  which helps high school girls with financial hardship attend prom.

Chop it off:

If your dress is floor length, try altering it to make it your new go-to cocktail dress. Or, if you love the bottom part of the dress, turn it into a skirt! Just bring it to your local tailor to make sure it looks amazing!

Turn it into something else:

Don’t intend on wearing the dress ever again and looking for some new home decor? Try turning the dress into a quilt or a pillow! It’s the best of both worlds.

Before you try any of these repurposing ideas, it’s important to make sure your dress is in pristine condition. Bring your dress into Sandy’s to get it cleaned up. Save $5 on orders of $20 or more!


Why You Should Preserve Your Wedding Dress

Why You Should Preserve Your Wedding Dress | Sandy's Cleaners

Your wedding dress is sentimental. It’s the dress that you spent months–maybe even your entire life–searching for and the dress that you walked down the aisle in to marry the love of your life. But after the wedding, what do you do with the dress? Although you probably can’t wear it again every weekend, there are other ways to keep it around–preserve your wedding dress!

At Sandy’s, we are able to professionally clean and preserve your wedding dress so that it looks just like new, even when you open it up again in twenty years. If you need any further convincing, here are a few reasons that you should consider saving and preserving your dress.

Wedding dresses are expensive.

Your wedding dress probably cost at least a quarter of your entire wedding budget. That’s not an amount of money that is easy to part with. Keep it with you by holding onto your beautiful wedding dress.

Getting your dress professionally preserved will keep it from aging.

Even stains in your dress that aren’t visible now can eventually start to yellow. By having your dress professionally cleaned and preserved, all stains will be removed and your dress will be put into a special box that will keep it just like new.

Pass your dress down to other women in your family.

Was your dress too beautiful to only be worn once? Imagine how beautiful your younger sister, little cousin, or even your daughter will look in it, as well.

Keep the dress as an heirloom.

Create a family tradition by keeping your dress preserved and passing it down among family members. It may be strange to think about now, but your great-great-grandchildren will love to hear about your wedding and see your wedding dress.

Wear your dress again for an anniversary party.

Could you imagine spending your 5th, 10th, maybe even 25th anniversary in the very dress that you first married your husband in? You don’t have to wear it only once–keep it around for those momentous occasions.



We offer professional wedding dress cleaning and preservation at each of our seven locations. Give us a call today at 843-797-8411 or come visit us at any of our locations to learn more about our services! Hope to see you soon!

Wedding Dress Care Tips

Sandy’s Cleaners would like to extend our congratulations to all the summer brides this season! We understand that though this is such an exciting time, it can also be quite stressful. We would love to help relieve some of that stress for you with a few tips on how to care for your beautiful wedding gown before, during and after your big day.

Wedding Dress Care Tips from Sandy's Cleaners

Before the Wedding

Make sure you hang the gown in a place where it will not be squished or stepped on. Also, though it is tempting, do not touch the dress if not absolutely necessary! As your wedding day approaches, get the gown pressed one last time. At Sandy’s, we are happy to do this job for you!

The Big Day

When the day of your wedding finally arrives, you do not want anything to go wrong. We want you to have as little stress as possible! Make sure you wear waterproof mascara to avoid a black tear stain on your gorgeous white gown. Slide the gown over your head smoothly and put on jewelry last to avoid snagging. Once you have your dress on, try to sit as little as possible before the ceremony because sitting creates creases.

If you do experience a day-of dress emergency, we will always do our best to help if possible. In fact, we’ve been known to care for a bride’s dress the day of her wedding, and were happy to be able to fix the problem for her.

Preserving the Gown

Our recommendation is to absolutely have a professional preserve your dress for you. There are special steps we can take to keep your gown as pristine as possible – giving you that perfect heirloom piece to pass down through the generations.

However, once preserved professionally, we don’t recommend taking the dress out, so if wearing it again around the house (we understand – no judgment here) is what you’d prefer, getting the dress professionally cleaned as soon as possible is key. This will help eliminate any champagne or white wine stains that may not be visible now, but will yellow your dress with time.

If you opt to have your dress cleaned versus professionally preserved, you can use the following steps to preserve it yourself. First, get a big, clean box and fold the gown carefully. Make sure you do not crease it! Use acid-free tissue paper between the folds of the dress, and then wrap the tissue paper around the gown completely. Put the box in a dark, dry storage space, and when you want to open the box again, just make sure to be very gentle when taking it out of the packaging.

We want to once again say congrats to all the beautiful new brides this season! If there is any way we can make this special day easier for you, please call or just come in.

Now with seven locations throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville, and Daniel Island, Sandy’s Cleaners is truly your neighborhood dry cleaner. Give us a call today at 843-797-8411 or, come visit us at any of our convenient locations to learn more about the services offered at Sandy’s Cleaners!

Preserving Your Wedding Dress

As we enter the busy wedding season here in Charleston, SC, what could be more important than looking great for that special day? Often times, special care is paid to a wedding dress before the big event, but what about after? As wedding dresses are a token to commemorate a life-long commitment for many brides, it’s important to know how to preserve the life of your wedding dress.

Wedding Dress

After-Wear: So you’ve partied the night away at your reception…what’s next?

  • Dry clean your dress ASAP. Even if your dress does not appear soiled substances such as sweat and alcohol dry clear and deteriorate, age, and discolor the fabric of your dress as time passes.
  • With your honeymoon awaiting you maybe in a rush to be on your way, so if you’re unable to have your dress cleaned immediately, temporarily store your dress in a 100 percent cotton garment bag so the fabric can breathe, and on a padded hanger to prevent tugging on the fabric and dye transfer from hangers made of other materials.

Permanent Storage: You’ve had your dress dry-cleaned, now what?

  • Wrap it up. Wrapping your dress in an acid-free paper will prevent dye transfer from any materials that your dress may find itself next to.
  • Store it flat or folded. Hanging a dress for long-time storage can cause the fabric to stretch.
  • Temperature matters. Keep your dress in an area where the temperature is moderate and away from sunlight, as this will help with fabric discoloration and deterioration.
  • Don’t over-handle. Although it can be helpful to take your dress out of storage every once in a while to breathe, over-handling can cause aging.

Most importantly, if you have any concerns, give your nearest Sandy’s Dry Cleaners a call. We are the experts and should be able to help you with any questions or concerns.



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Summerville, SC 29485

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Daniel Island, SC 29492

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North Charleston, SC 29485

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