Show me your pre-owned wedding dress!!

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

jennie.elliott2:  Congrats, your gown is beautiful! I am also a pre-owned dress bride! Although my dress wasn’t technically worn as the person who purchased it before me ended up cancelling her wedding. I chose to go this route because I had already purchased 1 dress and wasn’t very happy with it, I wanted a lace Allure so to make that second dress work in my budget I had to shop outside the bridal shop! Couldn’t be happier 🙂

Post # 4
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

jennie.elliott2:  I got this on ebay for 500$ with tags attached. I’m so happy with my choice and i saved a ton of $$.

Post # 5
3 posts

I went shopping once at a bridal consignment shop that sells sample and pre-owned dresses.  Tried on 8 dresses, the third I tried on was this Pronovias Nicole that was several years old, sample dress – meaning not really worn for anyone’s wedding, but tried on a lot.  It had a little bit of dirt that was easily steamed out by my seamstress.  She discounted it from $795 to 675 in case I needed to have it professionally cleaned.  Worth every penny – could have easily asked way more, but I would’ve been sick over paying it.  All of my wedded friends in the area used this bridal consignment shop, and most sold their dresses back to her after the event. 

Post # 7
720 posts
Busy bee

jennie.elliott2:  I also got a pre-owned Maggie online (, although it was technically still “new with tags attached” because the former bride’s wedding did not happen.  I was pretty much forced into the pre-owned route because there was not enough time to order a new gown from a salon between when I finally got around to dress shopping and my wedding date. But I love my dress, and especially love that, even with $300 in alterations to make it the right size for me, it was still cheaper than buying new from the designer!

Post # 9
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - small cafe

I just bought Watters Beverly Hills…I don’t have any pictures of me yet…I bought it from…It is brand new with tags still on it.  The place was a discount bridal shop and helped me with the sash and veil, as well…..It was a wonderful shopping experience.  I had seen the gown and fallen in love with it a couple of years ago…but could not justify the price.  I save about $3000.  I”m posting the modeled dress….when I have pictures of me in it…I’ll post them

Post # 10
1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have no pics of it yet but I had a terrible accident with my original dress (a Ramona Keveza they now NO LONGER MAKE) where the top was ruined in alterations less than 2 months before my wedding and I was able to find the exact same dress pre-owned on Nearly Newly Wed – they were LIFESAVING.

Also, the dress is pristine, you’d never know it was worn before.

Post # 11
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

It would have been tight to order my dress new in time for my wedding.  Even with $250 for alterations it wound up being cheaper than buying it from the boutique (and then I still would have needed alterations on top of that).  My one issue was that the dress ended up being too small for me, but I luckily found a seamstress who let it out a lot.  So I’d recommend knowing the size you are in that designer and trying to find one that is unaltered.  Here’s my beauty!

Post # 12
30284 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Everyone’s dresses are so gorgeous!! 😀

Post # 13
226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Ooh, it would be my pleasure!


Post # 14
1917 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

This is my gown and cape that I got on (Vows from TLC) I think this dress was technically a sample but it had tags attached, all beading intact, no holes, nothing wrong with it at all. It’s stunning and I can’t wait to wear it! They also had it cleaned before they sent it since I spent over 1k. This style is a few years old now but it seems fairly rare since I haven’t seen photos of anyone else in it except the runway video from that year. I went this route because, well, fate led me to it! I saved over 3k on it and it’s stunning, unique, and completely 100% me 🙂

Post # 15
155 posts
Blushing bee

crisy003:  I adore this dress!! Did you see it on the tv show a couple of weeks ago too? It really is A super special and unique dress.

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