(Closed) Anyone Wearing (or has worn) a Used Wedding Dress?

posted 12 years ago in Dress
Post # 32
259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m wearing a used gown and I couldn’t be happier!  I got an amazing…I mean amazing deal on my dress. It originally retailed for $4,700 and I bought it for $425! The woman who sold it to me bought it from a consignment shop, so I’m the 3rd bride that will be wearing this dress. I got it online and it was a very smooth transaction. The dress is in pretty good condition, but one of the buttons came loose and it will have to be reattached.

And it’s funny because when I received it, it felt like it had a lot of history to it. The bride who sold it to me loved it and it’s kind of like passing on the love with the dress. I kept thinking to myself, “This dress has been photographed hundreds of times, has received hundreds of compliments, was loved and wanted by other brides who couldn’t wait to put it on, and will be cherished in photos for years to come.” It really felt kind of like a gift and made the dress that much more special. I never thought I would feel that way.

I tried on about 80 dresses in 6 different salons and a Filene’s Running of the Brides event, before purchasing “the one”. And the funny part is…I didn’t even try it on! I had full confidence that it was perfect because I had tried on so many different styles. I didn’t set out to get a used dress, but anything I liked was over $2,000 and I couldn’t justify spending that kind of money on a dress so I turned to the web.

I never feel like I had to settle, actually, quite the contrary. I feel like a complete winner – I got my dream dress at a mere fraction of the cost and now I can put those saving toward something else! Good luck!

Post # 33
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I love my dress and got it at OnceWed.com. I tried it on in the store previously before actually getting it and I could not be happier. The seller was absolutely sweet and she and the hubs are so cute together. I think if anything I would be getting good juju from them.

Post # 34
667 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

my dress is definately preused!

My dress was originally handmade lace curtains in my great-grandmother’s house. My Grandma’s sister made it into a gown for her wedding, years later my mother found it in the wardrobe, took off the train and modified it a little and wore it for her wedding…

Now it’s my turn! I was devestated to pull it out of the wardrobe the second time to find it had been very badly kept- the wardrobe was damp and it was coffee brown!!! I have had it professionally cleaned where there was a 50% chance (quote) “it could turn to soup” because of its age. After hyperventilating for about a week to wait for results I was extremely lucky and it has turned out beautifully!!! I have modernised the top a little to suit me better…and I’m pretty excited to be able to wear it.

The the lace is so old that when you look closely there are some tiny holes and the underneath layer is not in great condition, but it is beautiful!!!!  To be honest I am just thrilled that I can wear it! I think vintage dresses or ever pre-worn dresses have character 😉 love the eco idea as well.

Post # 35
17 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

One of my best friends really wanted a certain Vera Wang gown that was way too pricey, so she rented a dress. I can tell you it was stunning and when she put it on, it didn’t seem at all like a “used dress.” Personally, I bought a sample gown, so while it hasn’t exactly been used, it has certainly been tried-on. I understand what you are saying about whether it loses something personal if it is used, but I have a feeling when I slip on the gown with my own alterations, my own veil, hair make-up, etc, the last thing on my mind will be whomever else tried on the gown.

Plus, re-wearing a gown used to be very traditional. Trust your gut instinct, but I know for my friend with the rented Vera Wang, she was so happy having the exact dress she wanted. I am quite certain she ended up much more pleased than she would have if she’d settled on her second or third choice dress, whether it was new or not.

Post # 36
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I fell in love with my dress at the Bridal Store, but the price tag wasn’t so friendly.  My father was planning to buy my dress, but still i felt bad having him pay so much for a dress that i would wear for 10 hours.  I ended up finding a girl that wore the same dress  same size in her wedding this past August.  She sold it to me for half the price you pay in the store.  It’s perfect..i’m in love : )   I don’t feel like i’m settling at all.  : )

Post # 37
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Any other sites people can recommend for preowned dresses?  Here’s what I have so far…




Post # 39
7 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

For people who have sent dresses to be cleaned before wearing, any recommendations on how to insure that the cleaners will not damage the dress? I’ve read a few horror stories on dresses being ruined at the cleaners. Outside of trying to find local recommendations, anything else to try to make sure it goes smoothly?

I found a lovely gown at a sample sale. There is nothing noticeable on the dress, but I still wanted to get it cleaned so it felt ready for me to wear. Wondering if i should just let it be now? I’d much rather wear it as is than have it get damaged.

Post # 40
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I bought a sample dress off ebay. So it was used in the sense that it had been tried on, but it was clean b/c it hadn’t been worn outside. It worked out great and was a HUGE budget saver!!! It is in my bio.

I actually just wrote a blog post about not spending over $100 on a wedding gown here it links to all of the pics of my dress and has a long list of places you can look for “the one” online!

Post # 41
24 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

@swissbride: Wonderful story!  I absolutely love the story.  Can we see pictures?  PLEASE?  As a child I dreamt of wearing my mother’s dress, but sadly I outgrew her petite frame when I was 10.  I am, however, using the diamond that both my mother and grandmother wore in their engagement rings in mine. I love the tradition and setiment!

Post # 42
2042 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I feel like there’s a stigma out there against used dresses. I bought 4 different dresses (long story, no need to repeat here), and wore 2 of them. The two that I didn’t wear, even though they were altered or ordered hollow-to-hem, sold very quickly. I haven’t had any luck with the ones I wore, even though they’re priced at 50% or less and are in great condition 🙁

One of them I’d listed for $3000 unused when I bought it because I thought I wasn’t going to wear it. Then after wearing it, I got it cleaned and relisted at $2000. I still get inquiries on the first outdated listing but not the second one. When I tell them “look, it’s the same dress, I wore the dress for a few hours and discounted the price by another $1000, measurements are almost the same as before, and dress is spotless” , they are no longer interested. I bet if I’d lied about wearing it, it would sell quickly and they wouldn’t be able to tell the difference, but I can’t lie about something like that in good conscience. It sux.

Post # 43
936 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My dress came from yourdreamdress.com.  It is a never-worn Anne Barge that retailed for over $4K.  I got it for $650.  Many of these dresses have never been worn, so it’s worth a look.  Also try:

recycled bride.com



Post # 44
608 posts
Busy bee

One of my friends wore her mother’s gown.  It was one of the prettiest gowns, I’ve ever seen!  The fabric was gorgeous, and it had aged to a beautiful ivory that suited her daughter’s skin tones perfectly.  My mother’s gown happens to be in the too small and short for me.  We had a wedding fashion show at my church when I was about 12 or 13, and I got to wear it then.  I’m glad I did… my mom realized that it wasn’t going to be the right length for me later, and she bought me a real bouquet to carry for the fun of it.  It’s definitely a special memory for me!

Post # 45
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013
Post # 46
1 posts
  • Wedding: December 2010






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