Post # 1
So although my budget is relatively limited, I still have expensive taste unfortunately… So in my hunt for bargain shipping, I happened upon this website where people sell their once worn wedding dresses (and I guess stores can sell their samples too) and I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with it or buying a used dress in general? I would be willing to buy a once used, clean dress that I knew the measurements of that had a return policy that worked for me (some people let you have X days to return it, shippings on you of course, just in case it isn’t what you expected etc.) I’m thinking this way I can get my designer dress at 50-80% off the price 🙂 I’d love to hear thoughts please!
Post # 3
I actually bought a used wedding dress a couple weeks ago. I was interested in a paticular gown, which happens to have been fairly popular with other brides. I definately reccomend buying used, just make sure you ask lots of questions! I ordered my dress from OnceWed.com, which basically allows individual sellers to list their dresses. There are a couple of good threads on here about which questions to ask sellers before you commit. The ones I remember are:
- How was the dress cleaned/preserved?
- How has it been stored since the wedding? (Nonsmoking home is important because the fabric can absorb the scent)
- Ask for close up pictures of the dress including areas that may be paticularly dirty (like the hem), worn (sometimes the underlayers can be torn), or broken (buttons), or that have been stained. Staining was a paticular concern for me, because the previous bride got married outdoors.
- Ask for the measurements of the dress, and make sure they are taken after alterations, including the total length of the dress (many brides have floor-length dresses and will say their height with heels) and keep in mind that if you think the hem might be stained and its too long that part will be cut off anyways. Also ask for the bride’s bra size (which will give you a much better idea of whether the dress will fit
- If the seller is located near you, ask if she will let you try on the dress before purchasing, not all sellers are willing/local but some are very accomodating
- Double check to see what is included with the dress, many brides also include the veil and/or crinoline, sash/belt and other accesories, or are willing to add those types of items for an additional fee. Often sashes and belts are sewn on to the dress and can no longer be easily removed, or are not being sold with the dress.
- Make sure the seller is showing you pictures of the actual dress, preferably on the person who wore it rather than on a model or a hanger so you can get a feel for what it really looks like. The model picture of my dress looks gold, whereas my actual dress is more of a pink/champagne color.
- Ask for detailed descriptions of the alterations made which often include hemming, taking the dress in, and/or altering the neckline (often to a sweetheart)
- Keep in mind that some dresses can be taken in dramatically, while others can not be altered very much because of beading/other details and if you have a specific dress you’re looking for consider showing it to a seamstress to find out what can be done to it.
- Make sure you pay through a secure way such as paypal
- Also ask about the bustle, if there is one (they can be done many different ways)
Sorry that ended up being much longer than I intended, but I just wanted to share some advice so you can have as good an experience as I did!
Post # 4
@asscherlover: Thank you so much! I love people being thorough- I am like that with everything so please don’t apologize for writing a lot, I needed that! Definitely feeling better about purchasing one online- 🙂
Post # 5
I purchased two preowned dresses, one on Ebay and the other one at Bravobride.com
– ask for photos of the designer tag sewn into the dress. I would never purchase a dress without a tag 1.because it could be a replica and 2.it is much harder to resell the dress after the wedding
– ask for the original invoice or certificate of authenticity
– if the seller lives in another country additional taxes or import duties might apply
– insist on insured shipping
Honest sellers will be happy to answer ALL your questions patiently. Move on if the seller refuses to answer certain questions or comes up with some lame excuses
Post # 6
I definitely agree with the PP’s on this one. I was a 2 dress bride and was able to sell my 2nd dress on preownedweddingdresses.com. Hopefully I’ll try to give you some insights from a seller’s point of view.
-Preowned is the one sight (other than ebay) that charges the seller to list the dress. It’s like, $25.00, so most of the sellers are pretty serious about selling their dress.
-For payment options, I would recommend PayPal. It’s fairly easy and you can send/receive funds very quickly. One of those websites (I can’t remember if it’s recycledbride or oncewed) recommends that you use escrow.com, which I’ve never heard of. It was very strange.
-I definitely sent some detailed pictures of all that I could regarding the second dress. Sellers should be willing to do this, unless their dress is still at the salon where they purchased it. That may be a little more difficult.
-If they haven’t had it cleaned/preserved properly, ask them if they’d be willing to do it before sending it to you. That may be a really good bargaining point.
-If something is slightly out of your price range, offer something a little lower. If you’re genuinely interested, sellers should be willing to work with you.
Hope this helps! Best of luck finding your dress!!
Post # 7
@colli459: I know oncewed encourages escrow over paypay, but they let the seller choose how they want to receive the money and the seller I purchased from prefered paypal (which I was really happy about because I have never used escrow)
Post # 8
I am in the middle of purchasing a dress from preownedweddingdresses.com and I think we are going to use escrow.com. The website keeps both buyer and seller safe, even allowing for a (buyer and seller decided) period of time for the garment to be looked over and approved before the funds are released. It does cost some money (around 30 bucks) but I think it will be worth it for the protection for both parties.
Post # 9
I am purchasing a dress on oncewed.com and using escrow.com. The process takes a little time. Unless you use the premier service then you have to pay using a check or by wiring the money. I paid by check and after receiving it, they take up to 10 banking days to verify the funds (it’s been 4 banking days since they received my check). Once the funds are verified, they notify the seller to ship. I preferred to use escrow because it protects the buyer/seller, but the process is taking a little longer than I expected.
Post # 10
I just got my dress yesterday! I bought from a private seller on preownedweddingdresses.com and the experience was great! It took a little time, but it was well worth it was only a fraction of the time it would have taken to have a new dress made. We went with paypal and (to ease my nerves) split it up into multiple payments. I got my designer dress at a 2500 discount and the dress is gorgeous!
Post # 11
@cant.wait.to.be.mrs.d: I’d love to see a picture once you get it!
Post # 12
I sold my dress on preownedweddingdresses.com and I had a pleasant experience. I sold it to a girl in Australia and I am in the US so it took some time using escrow.com. She wired the funds in US currency, it took about a week for escrow.com to verify the funds and I didn’t actually get paid until the buyer approved her dress. If she hadn’t approved it, she would have had 3 days to send it back, with tracking and insurance, or I would have been paid anyway.
Post # 13
yes, i ordered mine on preownedweddingdresses.com and loved it. just make sure you ask all questions before hand. i think i sent sent my seller 30 emails and she replied right away each time and even sent me extra pics. here are some pics of my dress.
Post # 14
I got mine off Preownedweddingdresses.com as well! It was brand new with tags at 65% off!! The woman I bought it from runs a small dress shop in Michigan and was so helpful and gave me a few days to make up my mind, even when another bride was interested in purchasing! I jumped on it after that and it is so so gorgeous in person, I’m so happy with it!
Post # 15
@asscherlover: Unfortunately I had to take the pic by myself so it is awkward (and a crappy iphone pic to start with). I will post some more when someone else can help me out!
Post # 16
this is so encouraging! thanks ladies! (your dresses are beautiful btw!) I’m so excited that I might get one of these designer dresses after all and not have to pay a ridiculous amount, I’m a TJ Maxx girl so it goes against my moral code to pay full price!