Who bought a pre-owned dress? Good decision or bad decision?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: If you bought a pre-owned dress was it....
    A good decision!! : (30 votes)
    79 %
    A bad decision!! : (8 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    3677 posts
    Sugar bee

    I got a pre-owned dress from Brides Against Breast Cancer. I found something really unique and lovely, didn’t spend a ridiculous amount, and what I did spend went toward a good cause. I’m also very grateful to the bride who wore the dress before me, for the beautiful generosity of spirit that led her to donate it and allowed me to wear it.

    Post # 4
    Member
    1681 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I bought a pre-owned dress from another bee! It was the best decision for me. I got such a high quality dress for such a low price! I only paid $350 for this Allure Couture (discontinued) gown. I felt amazing 🙂

    Post # 5
    Member
    4644 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Very good decision! All you have to do is make sure to ask lots of questions and ask for pictures of all the details and of the hem (so you know it wasnt ruined)

    I got the Maggie Sottero Jenna for just $350!

    Post # 6
    Member
    3432 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    The prices of wedding dresses struck me as totally ridiculous for something you only wear one day!  And with two brides, the cost was going to be doubled.  So we ended up a wonderful consignment store, where the owner had a genius at picking out dresses that didn’t look like much on the hangar, but that flattered each of us and coordinated with each other.

    Bonuses:  We got to try on the exact dresses we’d be wearing, instead of trying on something in the wrong size and trying to imagine how it would look if it fit.  And we got to take the dresses home the same day, instead of waiting ages for them to come in.

    Post # 7
    Hostess
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I think it’s a great idea if you are getting a great deal [saving 50% or more], and if the dress is in super good shape [no rips, tears, snags, ect].

    And also if its your size, or really close to your size.

    I’ve seen alot of ladies who get dresses because they are preowned and really cheap.. that are 5+ sizes too big or too small. Sometimes it costs more to alter [because they pretty much have to remake the dress] than it is to buy it!

    Post # 8
    Member
    1226 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Lily_of_the_valley:  I didn’t, but I definitely considered it and ended up buying a sample dress and saving thousands of dollars!

    The only concern I had was that a pre-owned dress would have been altered to fit the previous bride, and therefore it might have been difficult to find one that also suited my body type. I’m 5’11 with a small bust and pear-shaped, so I had to buy something that was a size too big for my chest and waist in order to fit my thighs and butt, and then have the chest and waist taken right in.

    Post # 10
    Member
    169 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    The best decision of my wedding so far!

    I fell in love with a dress in store, way beyond my budget. Then found someone selling it secondhand in my size. The dress was in a different state to where I live, but one of my bridesmaids lived there so went to check it out. Perfect condition. She’d had it altered to take it in around the hips, but in a way that I can easily have it taken out again. Its a lace up back, so very adaptable for different body shapes and sizes.

    It was an emotional day when my bridesmaid picked it up – she was crying, the previous bride was crying, her mum was crying, I was crying (over the phone). It feels like I’ve been blessed with the happiness of the other bride, and this dress is more special because its making more than one wedding special. The seller asked me to share photos of my day, so she can see the dress again!

    Fingers crossed I can keep the dress in good shape and share it with another bride after my wedding!

    Post # 11
    Hostess
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @Lily_of_the_valley:  I’m pretty sure the majority of those stains will come out once you get it cleaned, as for the rips/tears, I would talk to your mother, and if she feels she can fix it to make it not noticable, I would go for it!

    Which dress is it?

    Post # 12
    Member
    169 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Lily_of_the_valley:  A question I asked was the height of the other bride – if she’s taller, then any marks at the bottom of the dress probably won’t matter as you would be taking the dress up a little anyway. If your mother can fix the “damage” then go for it!!

    Better for the environment too – re-using resouces Laughing

    Post # 14
    Member
    169 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Lily_of_the_valley:  that would have me worried.. Can you ask her for a photo of her in the dress to judge length and see if maybe it was a bit long on her?

    Post # 15
    Member
    169 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Lily_of_the_valley:  Sorry – another afterthought – get an idea of the height of the shoes she wore as well – can help ascertain the length of the dress.

    Post # 16
    Member
    124 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    When I bought my dress I asked her height, wether or not she wore a slip underneath and how tall her shoes were. Better safe than too short!

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