Post # 1
I would have either bought my dress pre-owned or purchased the floor model.
The dress was 3K, we could have got the floor model that fit me perfectly for a discounted rate of $2200 or I could have bought it used for about $1900.
I wore the darn thing for 8 hours and though I love it….now it’s just going to sit around. My mom just told me the cost of having it cleaned and preserved. No thanks. I’ll probably end up donating it – it might be hard to sell. It just seems like an incredible waste of money and I wish I had the foresight to seriously consider the other options.
Anyone else, now that your wedding is done and over with, do you think buying your dress new was really worth it?
Post # 3
Well, mine was only $400 new, so yes I definitely think it was worth it. I haven’t bothered getting it cleaned, but maybe I will eventually, its pretty muddy. I won’t be getting it preserved, my grandma didn’t and hers still looks beautiful more than 50 years later.
I will be keeping it and hopefully wearing it for big anniversaries (25 years, 50 years…).
Post # 4
I plan on buying a used/vintage dress. I’m not spending more than a few hundred dollars on something I will never wear again.
Post # 5
I bought a sample dress. It was originally $1200 and I got it for $500.
Post # 6
@FleeSircus: I loved my dress and still do. It was made to order. With hindsight would I have got the same dress pre-owned – yes definitely. If I could have been sure to have found a very good quality one, which I’m sure would’ve been possible as I did scour the pre-owned sites to see what my dress looked like on real brides.
Post # 7
@Tigerlilybride: I had a $400 dress for my first wedding which also got muddy and I never cleaned it. Besides the mud, the fabric got horribly yellow in certain places just hanging in the closet of my non-smoking bedroom. I ended up throwing it away. If you intend to keep it I suggest you get it cleaned as soon as you are able. It was sad for me to see it in that sad condition and too late to do anything about it.
Post # 8
I really wish my mom would have preserved her better – I was planning on wearing it for some of the reception but when I went to put it on the day before there was a huge rip in it that I never noticed before.
Post # 9
Yes, because I did and it was great!!! I got a Monique Lhuillier dress for 60% off and it was perfect and beautiful.
Post # 10
@FleeSircus: I bought pre-owned and I would do the same any time ! I saved so much money, and could actually get a nicer dress than what my budget would have allowed new.
Post # 11
My daughter found her Alfred Angelo $1200 dress for $400 used. Absolutely beautiful!
Post # 12
My dress was new, if I could do it again, I’d still want new.
Post # 13
I would definitely get a pre owned dress if I could go back and do it again. I’ve seen a few Casablanca 1900s in my size that were pre owned, and that was my dream dress. I also saw an Alfred Angelo dress for $300 that was so gorgeous I almost bought it despite me already having a dress.
Post # 14
@FleeSircus: I’m not married yet, but I bought my dress pre-owned on Tradesy for about 40% of retail.
Pros: Saved a ton of money, it is gorgeous, it looks brand new, recycling is good for the planet
Cons: I bought it online so I wasn’t able to try it on first, the hem has already been altered which limits my shoe options
Post # 15
I need it made to order and I don’t want any dirt or sweat or anything on it so I need to buy new.
I do think wedding gowns are super expensive, but oh well. Just getting married the once.
Post # 16
@joya_aspera: Yea – I like sweaty, dirty wedding gowns.
I assume they would have been dry cleaned. I don’t think any bride wants that.