Post # 1
I’ve just started shopping for my dress, but with most dresses out of budget, I’m considering alternatives to buying a new gown. Initially, I was totally against renting, but now I’m thinking it’s worth considering. Post-wedding, my 1000+ dress just would sit in the closet post-wedding with all the other formal dresses I’ll never wear again. Plus I’d have to spend all that money cleaning it just so that I could shove it in the back of the closet. On the other hand, I could find a second hand dress online, but then I wouldn’t get the chance to try on the dress before purchase to see if it even looks good on me. Plus, hasn’t the dress already been altered to fit someone else’s body?
So bees, any thoughts on renting gowns? Did you rent yours or do you wish you had instead of buying that expensive gown? Or, have you bought a second-hand wedding gown online and had it work out marvelously for you? What did you do to make it work? Would love to hear your experiences.
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
MsShopaholik: I neither rented nor bought a used gown. I bought a stunning sample gown for $25, originally $700.
Post # 12
Planning on having a dress made by an etsy seller, should be about $500.
Post # 13
- 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.
Post # 14
- Wedding: A very pretty church.
I think this poll is missing:
I bought my dress new and had massive problems anyway
I bought my dress new and now regret the expense
Post # 15
Thanks for all the responses, ladies! I love hearing all the different and unique ways you’ve approached finding The Dress (with capital letters!). Also, hearing all your experiences makes me feel so much better. Like I have a lot of options other than just David’s Bridal or super expensive boutique.
LadyoftheLabyrinth: Did you buy your second hand dress online or in store? I’m looking into bridal consignment stores in my area. I guess my mom is the opposite of your MIL. She rented because she couldn’t afford to buy all those years ago and has suggested I do the same because she doesn’t regret not buying.
mandyhartwell and MrsBP: I would love to find a sample dress! I’ll have to look into that more. I know of at least one store in my area that sells sample sizes.
TogetherThroughLife: What a creative way to pass something on across generations!
SweetEmerald: I have seen the factory direct from china stores online with amazing dresses at ridiculously low prices. My only concern is that I don’t get to try on the dresses, so I might stuck with a dress that is sized as described, but just looks awful for my body type.
LeonardLady: Bravo, madam. Bravo. I know it’s hard to tell online, but I’m being sincere. I’m in awe of your bargain hunting skills and hope I can achieve the same results when I find a sample sale.
a_day_at_the_fair: Ooh! I’ll check out Etsy!
Taiki: Yep, definitely going to check out some second hand stores in person, too. And those are good additions for the poll! I tried to edit, but apparently I can’t after the first hour. 🙁