Post # 1
I’m seeking some advice from fellow brides.
I bought an amazing Carolina Herrera wedding dress at a sample sale shortly after my fiance proposed. It was a bit spur of the moment – while I had looked through loads of magazines and had a vision for what I wanted, the trip to the sample sale was my first in-store experience.
The dress is amazing, and was 1/2 the retail cost, so I snapped it up. But now, am having slight buyers remorse – did I do enough research, is there one out there better for me, etc. Additionally, its too big and will require some additional money spent in alterations.
So, I’m considering trying to sell the Carolina if I find one that I love more. The question is, has anyone really considered buying a dress online through a posting or ebay? I surely can’t be the only one out there who has made this kind of snap decision with a bit of regret… but on the other hand, I really can’t justify buying two.
Would appreciate any POV. Many thanks!
Post # 3
I bought my dress online and loved it. I was just looking to get an idea of what I liked when I found “the one”. There were a few things that helped me choose the buyer or rather, feel better about giving this buyer money since I already loved the dress.
First, it was never worn, had the tags, and was from a non smoking home. I checked the seller’s reviews and read the ad thoroughly. She had a great history and positive feedback. She provided a great description and several details that really helped a first-time buyer: measurements, the fact that bridal sizes run smaller, and that it will most likely need to alterations. The pictures had it on a dress form, so I could imagine what it would look like on me instead of just lying on a bed or on some stranger that doesn’t have my body type. She also had a close up of detail, a side view, a train view, a full gown shot and more. She had enough essential pics that I could easily see the dress from any angle I wanted to. Pictures from the designer’s original ad can be good, but I liked knowing that the dress I was looking at was the one I was getting.
Post # 4
Yes, I recently bid on a dress on eBay (and lost :[ ). I have been obsessing over a Maggie Sottero gown that was recently discontinued. I’ve also shopped around on Craigslist occasionally. (I’m only halfheartedly looking at this point, daydreaming really, because my boyfriend and I are almost, but not quite yet, engaged.) So, if I were you, I’d give it a shot!!
Post # 5
my fiance actually tried to sell a dress for me on ebay (it was custom made but they didn’t follow my design and i was unhappy with it..other than that, no problem) but it didn’t sell :/ he’s actually quite the avid ebay seller too..but did a lot of research on how wedding dresses sell on ebay and he said most of them don’t sell (and on ebay, it costs money to list things, and the higher your base price is, the more money they charge. not like it’s a ridiculous amount of money, but if you keep relisting it, it does add up). so right now i have an extra dress on my hands that i don’t know what to do with it either.
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2011 - in the woods
I would recommend that you keep your Carolina Herrera dress until you find another. It would be awful to have sold that dress only to discover that you didn’t find another dress you liked more.
Post # 7
Thanks all.Â Appreciate the perspective.Â I’m going to hold tight for now but good to know that all is not lost if I find something else.Â Cheers!Â Laura in NYC
Post # 8
I wound up selling it on ebay… thanks again for the advice. For anyone considering getting a sample sale gown, I definitely recommend making sure it’s not wildly too large or complicated to alter.