Post # 1
Hello ladies. I have decided on definitely going the pre-owned route for finding my wedding dress (which is a big step for me, as I have been incredibly indecisive with my dress!!). I tried on a couple of Watters dresses, and luckily I found two styles that I adore: Sydney and Olivia.
I found two or three lsitings on preownedweddingdress.com and oncewed.com and within two days every single one of them has sold! Which is fine. i have time before my wedding, but do these sites typically move that quickly, or was it a fluke?
Now I am glued to my computer ready to POUNCE if someone lists one of the dresses in my size within my budget haha.
Post # 2
I listed a dress on preowned and it sold within hours. Not sure if that is average, but that was my experience.
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2013 - A court...
Maybe the size/ brand is very desirable? I’ve been browsing on there and a couple of dresses I noticed almost a year ago are still there.
Post # 4
I bought my dress from Craigslist (same idea as pre-owned site). In my case I saw that she had posted the dress a few times. When I came to try it on she said she had no else interested. I think if you’re looking for a dress that’s “trendy” i.e. the latest thing that many can’t afford it will go fast. I’m a street size 16 and my dress was very traditional/classic something that wouldn’t go out of style. Also, it depends on who sees it and what time of year their selling the dress. I bought my dress just before x-mas and that’s a time when people have other things on their mind.
The pre-owned route is great! Tips for buying pre-owned:
- The bride I got my dress from had it dry cleaned right after her wedding. That’s something you need to keep in mind when buying pre-owned. Having to dry clean the dress before your wedding is expensive. Could be couple of hundred so you need to factor that into your budget. This never occured to me.
- Also keep in mind the cost of alterations. It may seem like your saving. But if you end of spending, for example, $400-$500 for alterations in the end the cost could be the same if you bought the dress new.
- Some things can’t be fixed. Some types of stains, tears, repairs, alterations, etc… The bride selling the dress may not be trying to pull one over on you. They may not know any better or heard it from a friend that it can be fixed. Doing alterations on some fabrics/styles of dress can change the dress and it may not look the same as when you tried it on. Also, some fabrics/styles can be way more expensive to alter than others. I found this out when I went to get alterations. The hemming alone $150 as it was a lace dress. I’m still thrilled with the dress but it was way more than I thought it would be. Do your own “research”.
- Something that helped me was finding a picture of of someone wearing the dress that had a similar body type as mine. It gave me a more realistic idea of what it would look like on me – not a model.
Pre-owned worked out great for me. I believe I saved $900+ on the dress. Good Luck.
Post # 5
I have gone the preowned route too. Lost out on the first dress I looked at ( an enzoani Dakota). Would suggest that you ask for current pictures. If they would take a picture of the gown with a post-it note with the date on it. Pictures of the train, the bustle, the underside of the train, the seat and the inside of the bust would be helpful for you. Please ask them to disclose if worn ceremony and pictures only or the entire wedding. If the venue was inside? Also ask about the alterations that they have done to the dress. Some dresses have been altered down 2 to 3 sizes on these sites. If looking at a fitted dress, pick one that is one to two sizes larger so that it can be altered to your curves. Ask how the dress has been stored? Was it in a smoke free, pet free home? Was it hanging in a garment bag uncleaned or in a preservation box? If possible try on the dress or similiar dresses at a bridal salon to see if its flattering, how the sizing runs, is it comfortable to move in, is it hot or heavy? Hope you find your dream dress.