Post # 1
So today I went shopping and I am pretty sure I found my dress! I am scared to commit because I’m just an indecisive person in general (part of why it’s taking so long to plan my wedding!) but the more I think about it, the more I know.
If I buy it in the shop it will be a little over $700. I’ve been looking online and I could buy it for a lot cheaper from another bride. I found one for $400 in the size I tried on in the store (it fit really well) and I found one for $300 that was a few sizes smaller.
Has anyone bought their dress off another bride? Do you think that’s what I should do? It would really help save money. Especially because I’d love to swap out the sash and I could better afford to do that if my dress was a bit cheaper.
Post # 3
I bought mine online used. I had a pretty good experience. I would not get a dress that you know is too small. Mine had to be let out a tad (for my comfort, though I could still zip it before the alterations) and the seamstress flipped out. She was really dramatic though. She told me to go on a diet (which I didn’t do) and then complained when I showed up to my next fitting a whole pound lighter. Anyways, its a lot easier to take a dress in than let it out.
Make sure you look into the seller a lot. Ask questions about the dress and its condition (is it stained/ripped ect.), how it was stored (a home with pets, a home with smokers ect.) whether or not it has been altered/cleaned, how you will pay for the dress and how it will be sent to you (local pickup only or shipped). Its easy to fall for a scam if you don’t do your research.
Post # 4
If the difference is a few hundred dollars, I would buy it new. You could always re-sell it after the wedding if you need to make up the expense (or you could easily make up that $300 re-selling other wedding decorations, centerpieces, your wedding shoes, etc); most of all, you’ll have the peace of mind that you will know what you are buyng before you put down the money. I definitely would avoid anything that is more than one size smaller than your normal size — bridal sizing is all over the place, so unless the seller is listing the exact measurements, it can be hard to tell exactly what you are buying.