(Closed) Buying a dress on Preownedwedding dresses

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I did! 

Post # 3
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Worker bee

I technically found my wedding dress there, but the seller had a store too. I had a good experience with the seller. The measurements were very accurate, and they were pleasant to deal with.

My dress was only $45 USD. Shipping cost about $55 USD, but would have been less had I been in the US.

The dress exceeded my expectations. It’s a white satin A-line with some built in petticoat, and a bustle that had been previously added.

Seller’s picture

My pictures

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I talked with my seller for about a month with a ton of questions, but I bought my dress on that website for such a fraction of the cost!! I got my dream dress I otherwise would never been able to afford 😍😍

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Omni Bedford Springs Resort

I did, and it was a good experience.  The dress was unworn and still had all the tags.  I saved a few dollars and got something in my size in a matter of days.  Ordering the dress from a shop would have taken months.  

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I sold mine there!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

No but I bought one from preloved and sold it again on ebay. 

I recommend secondhand as a great way to save. 

Let things to check is condition of course but also alterations, particularly length. If it’s too long that’s usually fixable but if the bride is 5ft1 and you’re 5ft6 it’s unlikely your seamstress will have enough material in the hem to lengthen it for you for example. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Brides Againsf Breast Cancer has a site with sample gowns as well. I might buy from them.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I bought my dress on preowned.  I tried it on at the salon and LOVED it but it was above my pricepoint.

It is a fairly popular dress so I set up an alert on preowned and waited for a listing of a dress that was brand new and completely unaltered – some other girl’s dress regret.  

When I got the alert text message I messaged the seller telling her I’d seen the identical dress in one size larger for about $300 less than she was listing it for (all true, btw). She dropped the price 300 and threw in the shipping and the crinoline.  Now, it fit decently but I wanted it to be like a glove, and so I am spending the cost of the dress to have it altered perfectly. But even including these alterations it’s still far less than I would have spent getting it in a salon with taxes and all that hassle.

I got a brand new, non-sample, only ever “tried on” dress for 60% off!

The only thing I might recommend is see if you can try on the gown you want in a salon before you try and get it online. Unless you are very familiar with how dresses fit on you it’s hard to tell from a picture what will look best. Some sellers take returns (mine did) but others do not – which is tough if you are spending hundreds of dollars on something sight unseen. It worked out great for me!!!

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