Alternatives to spending thousands on a Wedding Gown

posted 2 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Did you rent your wedding dress or buy one second hand?
    Yes, rented it and had no regrets! Saved money too! : (0 votes)
    Yes, bought my dress second hand and loved it! : (7 votes)
    24 %
    Yes, rented/bought second-hand gown and had a terrible experience. : (0 votes)
    Nope, bought my dress new and have no regrets. : (22 votes)
    76 %
  • Post # 2
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    1465 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    MsShopaholik:  I had a dress made at Jasmine’s Bridal Shop (Chinese replica). I really don’t like the skirt so I’m in the process of finding a custom dress maker in my area to take apart my dress and create a more flattering/beautiful skirt. It would’ve been easier to buy new or even second hand, but everything I liked was $4000+ and I really can’t justify that expense. Renting a dress sounds like a good option! Just make sure it’s a reputable company/bridal shop 🙂

    Post # 3
    Member
    1108 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    None of the above in your poll.  I’m wearing something I already own and have worn.  I am eloping, so having the big white poufy wedding dress is not happening. 

    Post # 4
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    42453 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    You can try on dresses where you live to see which styles look best on you before you decide on a dress. You will want to know which styles look best on you whether you decide to rent or buy.

    If you decide to buy a pre-owned dress, just make sure you get accurate measurements from the seller and  pay through Paypal so you can dispute the payment if what you get is not what was advertised.

    Post # 5
    Member
    73 posts
    Worker bee

    MsShopaholik:  I bought a second hand, very vintage dress and I am in love with it. It is like new and didn’t cost much at all. Also, my MIL rented her gown and said she sometimes wishes she had bought a dress,  but since she didn’t have much money she did rent a gown she was unable to afford 🙂

    Post # 6
    Member
    563 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park

    depending on how much you wanted to spend try David’s Bridal or go to some sample dresses. You will be amazed at what kind of dresses you can find off the rack. 

    Post # 7
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    238 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    MsShopaholik:  I found the dress I wanted (but didn’t want to spend money on) in an online sample gown sale at Davids bridal and ended up paying 50% of the original cost and love it just as much as if it were “new” or not sample. I would be sure you could order the sample in your size for ones you like before trying them on. I set a comfortable money limit, then went and tryied on ones I could afford, then looked online to find it cheaper. 

    Post # 8
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    162 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Depending on how casual your event would be perhaps look at Rent the Runway. They do not offer the grand dresses you would find in a bridal shop (if white is the color you are going for). But they do offer long, white but less formal dresses. 

    Post # 9
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    1107 posts
    Bumble bee

    I got my dress at David’s bridal for about $500 off the rack. A family friend altered it for me. I considered renting but I’m glad I got my own – it’s still hanging in our closet a year after the wedding, but I have plans to have a quilt made of the fabric, as well as save some extra material from it for my future daughter (hopefully, assuming we have a daughter) to use in her wedding if she pleases. I used material from my mom’s wedding gown to help make my veil. 

    Post # 10
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    145 posts
    Blushing bee

    There are lots of chinese replica stores on ebay with affordable prices and if you check their feedback rating for high ratings, its a safe buy. Also there is buyer protection. 

    Post # 11
    Member
    1506 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    MsShopaholik:  I neither rented nor bought a used gown. I bought a stunning sample gown for $25, originally $700. 

    Post # 12
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    2052 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Planning on having a dress made by an etsy seller, should be about $500.

    Post # 13
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    1201 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: A very pretty church.

    MsShopaholik:  Renting sounds like it could be a great option with the one drawback that you can’t alter it at all. I would check out thrift stores, second hand stores (in RL and online) and see what can be made for you for less.

    I very seriously considered weddingdressfantasy (they have a style for < $800 I would order in 10 seconds if for some reason I couldn’t wear my current dress) but found a great dress in a charity store (online) in the meantime for less, and it is lovely. If my wedding had been less ‘medium sized church’ and more little church/registry/informal I would have also considered one of the many charming white or ivory dresses that Modcloth sell, I believe their returns policy is quite straightforward if you live in the USA and some of the photos other women have posted from their weddings are just lovely.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  Taiki. Reason: Because coherence :-P
    Post # 14
    Member
    1201 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: A very pretty church.

    I think this poll is missing: 

    I bought my dress new and had massive problems anyway

    and 

    I bought my dress new and now regret the expense

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