If I had to do it again…..

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: If you could buy pre-owned would you?
    Nope- i want it new : (30 votes)
    38 %
    Yes - I'd love to save money : (39 votes)
    49 %
    I bought pre-owned : (11 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
    1112 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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
    294 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    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
    133 posts
    Blushing bee

    I bought a sample dress. It was originally $1200 and I got it for $500. 

    Post # 6
    10834 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @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
    3394 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @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 # 9
    4760 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    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
    2878 posts
    Sugar bee

    @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
    183 posts
    Blushing bee

    My daughter found her Alfred Angelo $1200 dress for $400 used.  Absolutely beautiful!

    Post # 12
    1864 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    My dress was new, if I could do it again, I’d still want new. 

    Post # 13
    8518 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    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
    455 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @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
    6407 posts
    Bee Keeper

    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.

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