Post # 1
My dad picked me up a cute little book called “1001 Ways to Save Money…and Still Have a Dazzling Wedding” and it has some really interesting money saving tips I wouldn’t have thought of. Shopping at a Bridal Cosignment Shop was amongst one of the tips and I’m very open to this idea. I went over to Yelp and conducted a quick search. It looks like White Chicago has gone out of business, and I Do Bridal Cosignment Shop has really mixed reviews.
I honestly don’t want to spend over $1,000 on my dress. In a perfect world with unicorns I’d love to spend $400-$600.
Can anyone recommend a Bridal Cosignment Shop in or near Chicago? I’m even willing to drive a little if it’ll save me several hundred dollars on a gown I’ll only wear once. Feel free to chime in about your Bridal Cosignment Shop experiences good or bad!
Post # 3
@ebonienicole: This isn’t exactly a consignment shop, but I had a wonderful experience buying my gown at the Brides Against Breast Cancer gown sale.
It’s a charity fundraiser gown sale that travels around the country – you will need to check the website to find out when they’ll be in Chicagoland or not too far away in the near future (I’m in Wisconsin and went to their Minneapolis event in March.) They have TONS of gowns, some pre-worn and some brand new (donated by stores). The volunteers are really gracious and helpful, the prices are quite a bit better than they would be at retail, and what money you do spend goes to support women battling cancer. They also have seamstresses on-site who can help you figure out if any alterations are necessary and will tell you what you need to get done. I was absolutely delighted with my experience.
Cons: it’s a one-shot deal, returns and exchanges are not an option so you do need to be confident that you’re picking the right dress. (Wasn’t a problem for me. I did end up buying a veil that I’ve now changed my mind about and am posting for sale, but I didn’t spend too much on it and I’m confident I’ll be able to sell it to another bride who will be able to use it.) I think you would be on your own to take care of alterations if they were needed (not sure – I found a dress that fit really well), but in that event I would rather work with an indie seamstress than an in-store one anyway. I think bridal shops gouge women on the alterations end – both the customers and the seamstresses who work for them – they often don’t get paid all that well for their skills. I would rather find an independent seamstress and pay her fairly to do only what my dress really needed, and cut out the middleman entirely.
Hope that’s helpful!
Post # 4
Thank you sooooo much, I really appreciate it! xo