Post # 1
Has anyone ever bought their wedding dress off of Etsy? I’m looking at vintage dresses because they’re more my style and in my price range. I’ve favorited so many and am going to wait a bit before I get measured to narrow down the list.
Do you think this is a good idea? I’m a little nervous buying my dress without seeing it in person, but I’m also excited by the choices!
Post # 3
Most of bees here would suggest you trying the dresses on, as you never know how it will look when you’re in it. Many brides have dress regrets as they love the dresses in pictures, but HATE them when they’re in the dresses.
So my tip is at least try a similar styles in your local bridal stores to see which style fits you well.
Post # 4
I haven’t been able to find styles like the dresses I’ve favorited. While I know the vintage-retro look is back-in-style, the authenic dresses from the 1920s-1960s aren’t exactly mimicked.
Post # 5
My advise is to call around to some of the vintage clothes shops in say a 50 mile radius. They will sometimes have a random wedding-ish dress. Not a consignment or a second hand store, though sometimes their may be a high end second hand store, but specifically google vintage clothing for your area.
Post # 6
Yes, I’ll have to look into that, too. I hadn’t thought of that. Thanks!
Post # 7
@BetterSherm: I bought a vintage dress off etsy to wear at our after party and had a great experience. If you go the etsy route make sure you go with a reputable seller with good feedback. They should be willing to answer any questions you have and provide additional photos if you need them. I agree with MarieGo that you should try on dresses in similar styles to see what suits you.
I’ve also bought several great vintage dresses from Vintageous (http://vintageous.com/clothing.htm). They restock often and have a 7-day return window.
Good luck with your search!
Post # 8
I love etsy and would buy nearly anything from there but I have found that it is really hard to buy clothes off of it, especially a wedding dress.
Some shop owners on etsy would let you return it if you didn’t like it. It might be worth finding out if you found one on there that you loved, but I would do it with extreme caution.
I have also seen a rise in things made in China, that appear to be hand made by an individual, but I really doubt it. The prices are too good and they look a lot like some of the stuff the chinese are posting in ebay. I would just use caution as you consider it.
Post # 9
Hello everyone! I am new here, but have been lurking for a long while. I just created an account so that I could comment on this post. I just ordered a vintage gunne sax wedding dress off of etsy last night, and in fact we have ordered everything wedding-related off etsy including my engagement and wedding rings, shoes, flower crown, and jewelry. I figure if it doesn’t perfectly fit, I can have it altered, and if it still doesn’t work out I didn’t waste $1000’s and not even $100. So wish me luck!
I feel confident when I shop locally, there are a lot of etsy sellers in my town and in fact there is even an etsy store, so if I want to look at something in person I can.
Post # 10
I bought my vintage dress on Etsy! It has been a bit of a hassle because I didn’t measure myself correctly and now have to get it altered slightly, but I do love the dress.
I agree with the PPs who have suggested working only with reputable sellers and to look at their Policys page closely. Most vintage clothing sellers don’t accept returns, but if you’re worried, I’d just send them a convo.
Post # 11
Miss Unicycle wrote a post about her experience buying her wedding dress off etsy. I’m really bad with technology and don’t really know how to link posts, etc, so I’m so sorry! Hope this was a little bit helpful!
Post # 12
Just also just got my dress from etsy! I told the seller I was using it as my wedding dress, so she sent me a wedding present too 🙂
I tried it on last night and cried like a little girl because it fit perfectly. I knew it was THE dress and I had a really hard time putting it away.