(Closed) Buying a Used Wedding Dress

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I bought my dress off of ebay and it’s perfect!

Be sure to find out how much a new dress costs so you can tell whether or not you’re being charged a reasonable price. 

Also, a lot of people include alterations costs, but I don’t see how they (typically) add to the value of the dress.  Unless, of course, you find your bride twin who has the exact same body as you!  Otherwise, you’ll have to pay to get it altered to fit you anyway. 

Be sure you know what fabrics and general styles you like and get a size a little big (easier to take in than out).

Oh, I would usually as what the bra size of the bride was to make sure my chest would fit in it ok. 

Make sure you get pictures of the actual dress preferably both with and without someone wearing it.  Don’t buy somethin if they only have pictures of models wearing the dress! 

Post # 4
1843 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You need to know the measurements of the dress, and also what alterations (if any) were done.  I also asked for the measurements of the bride and even got photos of some of their bodies (to compare to my own).  Make sure you find out how tall the bride was and what size heels she wore.

Like ginnyc said – do your homework.  Find out the dress maker and style and know how much the dress is worth new.

Lastly, I would ask for tons of pictures. I would also ask for closeup photos of any damage.

As far as protecting yourself from a scam, I would pay with paypal only – NO exceptions.  With paypal, if the dress arrives not in the condition it was described, you can return it (at your expense) and get your original purchase price and shipping cost back.

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