(Closed) New v. Pre-owned

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Is your dress the following:
    New : (46 votes)
    61 %
    Pre-owned : (14 votes)
    18 %
    Sample : (16 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
    3977 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I would absolutely buy a pre-owned gown!

    I didn’t, but I searched for a while on the pre-owned sites and wasn’t able to find anything I really liked in anywhere near my size.

    I’d buy pre-owned accesories as well.

    Post # 4
    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I bought a sample gown for half price. I am using my friend’s veil. My e-ring is my great-great aunt’s. I’m all about reusing items that are in good condition. πŸ™‚

    I would only buy used online if I had an airtight agreement with the seller in case the condition was not as represented (but I read every contract I sign, so I just like to be particular). 

    Post # 5
    5183 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I was initally going to buy preowned! I went to a bridal store to try on dresses an fell in lust with one.. I knew it was the one (first one I tried on!), then i went home and started searching the used sites.. some of them had and there was one girl that I contacted about buying her dress… Unfortunately I couldn’t help myself and went back with my family to the store and ended up buying it on the spot! A couple things I was uneasy about was 1. Sizing 2. Not getting that dress shopping experience. I did not find anyone with a size 0-2 and would have to take most in quite a bit.. I was unsure about how that would have looked.. But if I could have found one in my size, I would have def bought it!

    Post # 6
    150 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    i bought 2 dresses…… on ebay of all places!

    both bargains!!


    not quite finished but here i am at my fitting.. (final fitting next tue!)


    and reception… this was a long dress i had chopped in half and added the halter!

    Post # 7
    3871 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I bought a sample dress but it was the wrong size and too big to alter.  I was still in love with that dress so I found it pre-owned.  I was under a budget so I had to get either a sample or pre-owned.

    Post # 8
    42 posts
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I plan to buy a pre-owned dress simply because I can’t justify spending thousands on a dress I will only wear once. As we say in Australia, I am a tight-arse. My only Bridesmaid or Best Man is my bestie who is still studying and doesn’t have much money so I would like to pay for her dress and will see if we can get one pre-owned at the same store.

    All of my jewellery will be heirloom pieces from my mums family and one is something that has been passed down on the daughters wedding day that my great-great grandfather gave my great-grandmother when she got married and I will wear the eternity ring my Grandpa gave my Nanna. This will be extra special for my mum and I because my Nanna passed away 6 years ago and it means she will still be a part of the day.

    If I wear a veil, it will also be my mums.

    Post # 9
    610 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I had tried on some pre-owned gowns but, i am kind of spoiled and didn’t like the idea it was someone elses dress for their big day and they got that weddding dress shopping experience in all the stores. I ended up buying a gorgeous gown from a local shop. It had just came in that day and had never been tried on by anyone else. I had to have it and felt it was made for me.

    Post # 10
    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I guess you could say mine is ‘pre-owned’…does Vintage count? πŸ™‚

    Post # 11
    3142 posts
    Sugar bee

    I would have bought preowned. I was waiting to hear back from a girl who had my dress in my size and colour. In the meantime I went to try my dress on, just to “see” what it was like. I couldnt leave without buying, so I did πŸ™‚ I got home to a mess from the girl who had the preowned one and she would have sold and shipped mine $500 less than I paid!! πŸ™ lol oh well

    Post # 12
    849 posts
    Busy bee

    My dress is new but it’s only 200 bucks. I would without a doubt buy a pre-owned, sample, or replica if I wanted a designer gown

    Post # 13
    48 posts
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I would totally buy a preowned gown. There is no shame in saving money for something of long term importance.

    Post # 14
    1679 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I looked for samples and preowned dresses for sure! I wound up with an Amsale sample (silk, Made in NYC) for a song. If you can find a great gown at a discount, I’d go for it!

    Perhaps this is silly, but part of me also things about this option being more Eco-friendly (buying a gown that already exists vs ordering onethat will require new resources to be consumed to get to me).

    Post # 15
    701 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2004

    Preowed! it really doesnt bother me at all about who owned the dress before me. orif they wore it! i cant justify spending sooo much money on a dress that i will only wear once, and really what else will you do with it. styles change sooo much, my mum has hers and there is no way i would wear it. its just not me! so i say yes to preowned and show a dress a bit more love for more than one day!

    Post # 16
    7295 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    i definitely would consider a pre-owned gown, however when i first went dress shopping i didn’t know anything about it! in fact, after i bought my first dress and regretted i started searching online and was amazed to see i could probably sell it!  So after i was on the hunt for the perfect dress i always checked pre-owned sites.  I never found my size or style though so i just decided to buy new and sell.

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