(Closed) Anyone ever purchase a gown they have never tried on?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I purchased my gown from an online shop without ever having tried it on.  And I totally admire my gown!

But I did try on a kinda similar one.  Well my gown is mermaid style and I tried on several mermaid ones and loved the way showed off my body.

 

Is there a similar gown that you can try on first?  It doesn’t have to be the exact one but something along the lines of what you want.

Or try the virtual dress thing.

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I ordered mine in a bridal salon, but never got to see or try on the real thing.  I tried other dresses that were as close as I could get, but they didn’t even have dresses of the same designer, so I took a big chance!  I just got a call a couple days ago that it’s in, but it’s in another state where my family lives, so I have to wait til I can fly down to try it on.  I’ll let you know!  Good luck on your quest!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I bought two dresses online, off-the-rack, final sale (no returns). BUT both of them together cost under $100 (and I love them both!). For the price, it was worth the risk, but I don’t know if I would do the same if they cost 10x that.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yes…my dress was an online-only style from David’s Bridal.  That said, I made sure I could return it, and I would have only been out the cost of shipping.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I bought a sample designer gown online (preownedweddingdresses.com) without ever trying on a single wedding dress.  It was my dream dress (I’d been online surfing for wedding dresses well before I was actually engaged), I loved the designer, and it was a dress I would never be able to afford if I had wanted a brand new version.

When the dress arrived, I found that it did not fit perfectly, according to my seamstress the measurements given by the online seller were not exactly accurate.  Also I was told the dress had been drycleaned, but there were still some markings along the bottom hem of the dress (so it needed to be drycleaned again) and some of the beading was lose from the dress being tried on several times.  However, none of this ruined the dress for me.  I took it to a local seamstress who put in a corset back so now it fits perfectly, she did a “quality check” and fixed all lose beading and it’s currently being drycleaned.

Overall, I’d do this again in a heartbeat.  I got an amazing designer gown at a fraction of the cost.  The minor things wrong with the dress have been fixed.  Wish you lots of luck in your dress search!! 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The idea of this makes me so nervous. And I buy EVERYTHING online. I hope it works out for you!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m glad to hear this – because 2 of the dresses I love are from online.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I bought mine used online without trying it on before hand. I tried on other dresses by the same designer in similar shapes and decided I liked the way those looked, but I really wanted the specific gown I ended up purchasing, which they didn’t carry in the salon. I did take a chance because the bride who wore it before me had it altered to her measurements, which were exactly the same as the ones Fiance took off of me. So I assumed that she hadn’t mismeasured and it worked out. I actually only need to get the bustle added and maybe alter the neckline. This is a pre alterations picture (I’ll get those done next year)

ETA: The underside of the train is lightly stained, which I knew and I think I will have the seamstress add a few stiches to the pleats to secure them a little more. But I knew all of that before I purchased the dress, and it looks great so I have no regrets. Plus it was an amazing deal. I would only buy online if you really really research the seller.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I bought my dress off of PreOwned Wedding Dresses without ever trying it on. I tried on similar styles from the brand so I knew it’d be okay and measured myself obsessively. It was a dress that was discontinued (I think) but I’d loved. I knew if I hated it, I could always sell it. Plus they gave me a great deal. I didn’t have an awesome time dress shopping and fell in love (or even like) with NADA. This dress? LOVE. LOve at first sight. I absolutely love the dress that I got and have no regrets at all. But – be careful if you haven’t tried on dresses in person as some brands sizing is crazy different. A lot of good sellers will list the dress size, street size, and then the measurements. The measurents are what are important. I messaged a few sellers to ask for those. Also, take into consideration alterations if you’re trying to get a bargain. One salon I went to, the alterations are “free” (or I think already factored into the cost) but another they’re $600 flat, regardless of what you get done. Also, if it matters, some of the dresses on that site have some damage. this one was in great shape, and they dry cleaned it for me. However, some of the beading was scrweed up – from normal distance you can’t ell at all, but the perfectionist in me is sad, so my alterations lady is fixing it.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@SimplyMrsC:  I would try on something similar in a store, preferably by the same designer. I realized that mermaids were not flattering on me, while trumpets were. For some reason if the flare was 3 inches higher on my leg it looked way better. Some of that stuff you won’t notice on a model, but will notice when the dress is on you.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I bought my dress online without trying any on. It was the only lace dress I’d found that was anywhere near my miniscule budget (and I really wanted a lace dress) so I went for it. I did love the dress, but the top didn’t fit perfectly. I had my friend’s mom alter it for me, but if I had it to do over, I would have spent the money for professional alterations. 

Based on my experience, I would say it’s probably wisest to try on some dresses first to see what styles look best on you, then budget for alterations on top of whatever you spend buying the dress — even though I didn’t do either of those :-P.

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