There's an unfortunate "Dear Abby" letter in the The Arizona Republic. Since it's not the first time I've heard of this happening, I thought I would share the story in case any of you are having your wedding dresses dry cleaned and "sealed" after your wedding for storage. It's scary to me to think that the Wedding Industrial Complex doesn't stop inserting itself into your life even after your wedding is over (for other ideas about what to do with your dress after the wedding, click here).
Dear Abby: A few weeks ago, my husband and I decided to clean out our garage. Stored on a top shelf was the box containing my wedding dress. I wondered what it looked like after 21 years. After our wedding night I had sent it to the cleaners to be dry-cleaned and boxed. It was returned to me with a gold seal across the opening.
I decided to break the seal and check the condition of the dress, hoping no moths had gotten to it. When I opened the box, there was no wedding dress inside. My husband asked if I had let someone borrow it. "No," I replied, "the box has been sealed all this time."
It dawned on me that my dress had never been returned from the cleaners. Please pass this on as a warning to brides to check their dress boxes!
- Duped in California