Post # 1
When we set our budget for our wedding, I wanted to keep my gown costs under 2k so that ruled out many gowns from couture designers. Now there’s about 11 months left before the big day I figure I need to start looking at dresses. I only recently discovered preowned gown sites like oncewed and I’ve done as much homework as I reading old threads on the boards about preowned dresses.
I’ve fallen in love with a few dresses that are in the 10k+ range. Yikes!! It seems like many people think a preowned dresses is appropriately priced at 50% of the original retail value. 5k is still wayyyy beyond our budget but we can try to make something work.
If the owner has made a lot of alterations to the dress like changing the neckline or removing details from the dress do you bees think I can haggle it down further? If I’ll be the third rather than second bride to wear it, how much cheaper will that make the dress?
If the dress isn’t in the perfect size, should I wait for a dress to come along in my size or should I just bite the bullet and pay for alterations.
I feel like I’m at a critical junction between ordering a dress new if I follow the 8 – 12 months before the wedding guideline. Or if I should be patient and wait for the perfect preowned dress to come along.
I’m so confused!!! Help! I don’t know what to do.
Post # 3
I would start looking at dresses in person first. I fell in love with a lot of dresses in pictures but they looked horrible on me.
Post # 4
For 2k you can have the dress of your dreams made. Check out Wedding Dress Fantasy. They are awesome. I am a plus size bride and don’t have the option to go and try on dress at a store. I was devastaed. I was referred to them by a friend who had the dame problem. You have one on one contact with the dress designer directly. Good luck!
Post # 5
I spent a LOT of time stalking dresses on sites like preownedweddingdresses.com but found that many, many brides aren’t willing to budge on price because they’re emotionally attached to their gowns. You should also factor in the cost of alterations. Depending on how much you need and where you live, these could run hundreds of dollars.
You should check out Church Street Bridal or the “Sample Gown Gold Mine” string in the Classifieds. I nabbed a beautiful Christos gown for $450 plus shipping – quite a bit less than the $7000 my mom was willing pay when I tried the same dress on in a bridal shop 🙂 Many of their gowns come from Kleinfeld (think Jim Hjelm, Anne Barge, Caroline Herrera, Monique Lhuilier, etc) and all proceeds benefit the YWCA. You can email the staff a style number or photos, and they’ll let you know if they have it in stock or anything similar.
Best of luck!!
Post # 6
Wow, that sounds amazing! Thanks for the tip lafala.