(Closed) Ordered a dress without trying it on?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room

I did for my first wedding. I never tried on dresses in the store and just ordered a dress I liked from a designer online. They did custom sizing, but it came out wrong and too big. It was an inexpensive dress, so it wasn’t a big deal to get it altered.

Post # 4
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850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I ordered one online because it was $100 and I had over a year to go before my date to find something else if it didn’t work out. It ended up fitting perfectly, just not the look I ended up wanting, so I sold it (easily). 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I did, it was a used dress and the seller had listed her measurements and they were the same as mine, so I knew it ought to fit

As far as the style looking good on me, that was more of a shot in the dark, I didn’t quite like it so I’m modifying it a little myself

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Atrium at the Curtis Center

I did! I found one that I loved, but it was in Virginia… and I was in NJ. So, I ordered it, fingers and toes crossed that it would work, and it did! I love my dress and I’m so glad I took the risk! 

Post # 7
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953 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Schat:  I did since I bought mine second hand. I saw pictures of it on the website where I bought it, but that was it. The seller was in my height range, if not a little taller, but it ended up being spot-on. She was a few sizes bigger than me in the waist as it turns out, but it’s a silk-satin ball gown so having it taken in at the top is easy and really all that I will have to do. The dress arrived still pressed and wrapped from cleaning at Kleinfeld’s so it was in great condition. I made sure to buy it for a low enough price that if for some reason it wasn’t that great in person, I wouldn’t have lost that much money and could possibly resell it. In the end I got a beautiful dress that I never could have afforded new, clean and complete with $500+ worth of high-quality alterations already included. If you think it’s worth it, take a chance!

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I did.  I live in New Zealand, and I ordered my dress from http://www.bestbridalprices.com in the US.  It was US$500, so not hugely expensive (although the prices definitely leapt up when you added in shipping).  I was quite nervous about ordering it, but I went to a bridal salon near where I live first and tried on a few dresses so see (a) if I suit white or ivory, and (b) what styles of dress I suit. When it eventually arrived, I tried it on nervously, but I loved it!  Very happy with my decision to order online 🙂

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I did and I absolutely love it! Its a Vera Wang white and I got it on clearance for $99. Fits perfectly and I’m so glad I ordered it.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I did because it’s custom made and the designer’s studio is on the west coast, and I don’t have time for a trip this summer. I haven’t gotten it yet, but I’m kind of happy to NOT go through the whole shopping thing IRL. I hate clothes shopping in general and this is no exception

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have fallen in love with a dress in a size 10 sample and its the largest sameple within a 5 hour drive of my home.  I have thought about ordering ir because I’ve tried on many mermaid dresses and love the shape on me but wasn’t able to pull the trigger because I want the experience of putting on my dress and knowing I HAVE to have it.  I don’t want to have that “this is my dress moment” once its already my dress.  

Post # 12
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855 posts
Busy bee

I did…they only had a size 12 in store and Im a 02 so I just bought it. I finally saw it last week (a month and a half before the wedding) and LOVE IT. It is still too big so it’s being taken in again.

Post # 13
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2127 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I am considering it, so I am commenting to follow this thread! Bees with good experiences purchasing dresses from preownedweddingdress.com?  

Post # 14
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213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I haven’t but I have a friend who did. She ended up hating it and could only return it for store credit. So she essentially ended up with an unwanted $2000 gift card! If you are going to do it I would at least definitely make sure you know the return policy.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@blushbliss:  I got my dress from POWD, I love that site. I think with any consumer-to-consumer site, you have to keep your wits about you and exercise caution. I got good vibes from the seller – she was friendly, articulate and responsive. We also added each other on Linkedin which I think made us both feel more secure and protected, that we were dealing with honest, normal people rather than a dodgy stranger on the internet. I paid using Paypal and had no issues. 

OP, my only advice for ordering a dress sight unseen would be to try on a similar style first to see whether it suits you. Then I would get professionally measured by a seamstress so you’re sure the dress will fit you. I had some sizing issues with my first dress because my measurements were off – nothing losing a few pounds won’t fix, but certainly an unnecessary element of stress.

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