Post # 1
Hi ladies. I have decided that I really want a designer gown and I can not afford a brand new one so I have been looking at preownedweddingdress.com and oncewed.com for a slightly used one. Much of the zoned ones have been worn only for a day but usually outside and some of them have discoloration on the hemlines etc. I have found a sample of a gown I really want for about the same as the used ones are selling for but it needs a new zipper and a dry cleaning because she said its an older sample and you can tell its been tried on a lot(which is why she is selling it for 50% less than retail). In your experience or opinion is a used gown or a sample better? Samples have been tried on a lot more, but have never left the store while used have only been worn once but usually get worn outdoors. Any input is appreciated. Thanks!!
Post # 3
I bought my dress ‘off the rack’ so it had been tried on. I just went over it VERY carefully to make sure the beading & lace weren’t damaged and had it cleaned before using it.
Post # 4
Once-wed gowns are almost always in better condition than samples. Samples get clamped, stepped on, smeared with makeup… some shops are more careful than others, and I’ve seen some pristine samples, but if you don’t know for sure, I’d almost always go once-wed over sample.
Post # 5
I think as long as it has been dry cleaned and looks like new it shouldn’t matter. I purchased a sample gown for less that 1/3 of the price for it retail. The used dresses were a few hundred dollars more and in my opinion, I rather go with the cheaper option.
Post # 6
When I bought my dress I went for sample over used. I did this for a couple of reasons. First, like you said, a used gown is more likely to have dirt on it and need to be cleaned. I mean, there’s always a risk of that with a sample gown, too, but I just think it’s more likely with a used gown.
The second reason is because used gowns tend to have been altered to fit the person who wore it, which means that just because it’s in your size doesn’t mean it’s going to be your exact measurements. I found used gowns that were the same size that I wear, but then I’d find out that the owner had the waist or hips or bust taken in to the point where that part of the dress just would not have fit me. So even though the label said it was my size, it was actually too small because of the previous owner’s alterations. So that’s definitely something to watch out for.
Post # 7
My dress was a sample dress at DB, and you would never know it on my wedding day. Seeing how dirty the hem of my dress was after our wedding, I probably wouldn’t choose a dress that has been used over a sample dress.
Post # 8
@mlleviolette: Mine is a sample dress as it was a Maggie from last season so wasn’t available to buy new. I was really lucky though as it was hardly ever tried on as Its halteneck and most people only try on strapless, I also got it for an amazing price. I am incredibly happy i got a sample.
I think samples are much better than second hand. Personally I was very, very careful when I was trying on dresses… maybe I was scared if I damaged a dress I would need to pay for it to be repaired, I imagine alot of people are also very careful. And also its never been worn outside or for a persons wedding whereas second hands have been.
Post # 9
@mlleviolette: I think you could find it both ways. Sample gowns in better shape than a once worn gown, and vice versa.
I bought a sample gown. The gown was SEVEN years old, I imagine many brides tried it on. It had makeup inside around the bust. I had it cleaned for $80 and it was in perfect shape for my wedding day.
I tromped through the woods in that dress (not a TTD session). I had it cleaned again, and it did not get out every hemline dirt spot. Surprisingly it still had a few pine needles stuck behind the lace.
Just make sure to get all the info on repairs needed. A dress that needs a new zipper would make me hesitate though.
Post # 10
I say used over sample just find out the location of their wedding, if it was outdoors I’d be weary
Post # 11
I bought off the rack and got a 40% discount. There are no problems with it, aside from a few loose threads that I will cut off. And I may need to get it cleaned before I wear it because there is an ever so slight dark smudge on my left boob LOL. It’s hardly noticeable, but I know its there and it will bug me.
Post # 12
@mlleviolette: well a side note to hem lines how tall are you? can you part with your heels sept for a few candid shots … not wearing 3 or 4 inch heels plus if you are shorter might mean hemming away the discolouration 😀 just something to think about
i never worse either … if your confy doing so i would almost think the sample i know i babied the dresses i tried on and they have never been out in the elements so assuming you looked it over and the beading or anythng else is not damanaged i go for a sample
i think who knows what happened to a pre used dress … i mean wedding nights that jsut have me feeling a lil off i mean i don’t even like my clothes back if a friend gets naughty in them (we all had a friend who hooked in in the club while she borrowed something of yours)
also this night be strage strange but i feel like what if that couples energy is all over the dress and they have a bad relationship i know it might sound silly to some but i really believe in enegries and i would not want someone elses neg or even possitive vibes on me on my wedding day i sure that sounds a lil silly but thats how i feel
i would however get a sample dress in good condition
Post # 13
thanks ladies for all the replies. The woman at the shop said it is an older sample so you can tell on the inside where it’s been tried on (plus the zipper is broken). She said all the lace is intact though. She also said I can purchase it and have it shipped to me and if I am not happy with the condition of the sample I can send it back and get a refund.
The sample is 2 sizes too large for me but I think that is better than getting a dress that has been altered too much.
Thanks for all the feedback! Ultimatley, I will probably end up buying whatever is cheaper when it comes time to buy it in a few weeks. The sample is $2,000 but once I do all the alterations, the cleaning and have the zipper replaced it will be about $2500. So if I can find a used one that is in good condition that is cheaper, I’ll go with that.
Post # 14
I bought a sample dress online and I’m pretty pleased with it. I got a 100% silk dress for $299 (not bad huh) and it only has a tiny make up stain on the skirt, otherwise it’s good. I think that it varies from dress to dress – some samples are more beat up than others, some brides take better care of their dresses than others. I know my FI was a little freaked by the idea of wearing a dress someone else had already gotten married in, so that impacted on my decision too. I would ask for good pictures of any damage before you buy so that you don’t get a shock when it arrives.