My brother and his wife are not well off, well who is these days?! When it came to their wedding day I offered my beloved wedding dress to his wife to borrow. She was over the moon, had never expected to be able to wear such a lovely dress. I felt so happy that I’d done it even though I adore that dress, I adore my brother more! Anyway, the wedding was great. Truly beautiful and she looked amazing and my brother was so, so happy.
I didn’t expect the dress back straight away, I knew they were busy but after about 3 months I started to ask about it. Then excuses started coming. I felt a little concerned but no, they were just forgetful right? I got a text one day when out to say they had passed by and dropped it in my porch?Hmmm, got home and there it was in a dry cleaned bag in the porch with a box of Maltesers.
I got it in and took it upstairs and opened the plastic bag. There was what was left of my dress. I am not joking when I say it was trashed. Don’t get me wrong, when I lent it to them I did expect that something might happen to it, accidents happen after all. BUT this had red wine down the front, a fag burn, a black foot print on the back and the lacy off the shoulder sleeve torn off!! What the hell did they do in it?! I was at the wedding, I don’t remember a fight breaking out?! Would you not take care of someone else’s property you borrowed? Especially a wedding dress?? And not even to mention it but to drop it off with a box of bloody Maltesers?!
I was raging! I had to call. His wife answered and I told her how upset I was. She just was so not fussed, said she had had it dry cleaned and that’s how it came back! Would you not have taken it to a specialist dry cleaners? I know I would have! I then took it to a specialist dry cleaners myself, but they said the stains had been in too long. It came back a bit better but not great. I know I won’t wear it again, but it’s the principle isn’t it??
It’s awful because it has now caused a problem in the family. We are all shocked at her, and I know my brother is too but obviously it’s his wife so he can’t say anything. ARGH! Utterly shocked.