(Closed) Preownedweddingdresses.com buyers – buying a gown you haven't tried on?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
931 posts
Busy bee

Ok. 1st off I LOVE that dress. it’s beautiful!

i just just just bought a dress off preowned. It hasn’t even been shipped. I looked high and low for a sample but the best I could do was 6hrs away. It would have cost me a lot of money to drive there and try it on. I kept looking and couldn’t get the dress out of my mind. I finally just decided to buy it. 

I wasn’t able to try on the exact dress but I tried on a similar style. I also googled as many images and saw many different body shapes wearing the dress I liked. I figured that would count for something. I decided it was close enough and loved everything about it and just took a leap of faith.

that being said if it didn’t work out i could probably recoupe some money, but not all. I also recognize that there was no other dress I tried on that ment anything to me but the dress I bought was exactly what I imagined for my wedding so even if it doesmt look right I’ll get it tailored till it does! Lol. 

Post # 3
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

ashtiernan:  You could always resell it if it does nit fit/you dont like it.


Buying new is not an option for me (no budget! long story) and I definitely not going to try on dresses that I KNOW I am not going to buy – I would feel bad abut wasting the shop’s time. Beside I dont have any female family member or friend to discuss it with, so it is my own call.


I have tried on a few fashion dresses just to see what latters my body type, bought some and I know that the shape that suits me best is fitted corset with longer front ( not those with skirts flaring from the waist) so Im geting such style dress with a lace back. I am not paying half price, but about 10% of the price on ebay – so I can get a couple and resell what does not fit.



Post # 4
515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I bought mine online without trying it on! I was very lucky in that I loved it even more when I saw it in person, and there were no nasty surprises.

If you’re unsure about fit, ask the seller to send pictures of them measuring the dress (rather than just sending measurements). Their idea of waist might be navel height or lower waist, and you should be able to get a better idea of the fit this way. You could also ask for specific measurements (e.g. for a mermaid, you might ask them to measure from the top of the dress to where the dress flares) to help you get an idea of how the dress might fit your proportions.

I also found it helpful to ask the seller to send pics of the dress with and without the flash. Don’t be afraid to ask too many questions – it’s such a big purchase and you need to be sure (and generally people selling second-hand dresses are happy to oblige).

Best of luck with your shopping!

Post # 5
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Antique Rose Emporium

Firstly, I went into a bridal salon to be professionally measured. I did not try any dresses on in person because I had already seen a dress on preownedweddingdresses that I loved. It was listed as ‘designer – other’. I emailed the seller and she said the designer was Jordan Fashions but that she had heavily altered the dress. This meant the price was very low because of the alterations. Her measurements just so happened to be 100% to the dot, the same as mine. So it pretty much seemed meant to be. I bought it for $300 and when I tried it on it was better than I even thought it would be. I think I got lucky. The process was awesome and I for sure would do it again/recommend a friend do it. I am even looking at getting a veil secondhand.

Post # 6
931 posts
Busy bee

2YorkiesMama:  where are you finding second hand veils? I can’t find a whole bunch that are reasonably priced? I’d way rather do second hand as I think the prices are ridicioulius! 

Post # 7
11640 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

ashtiernan:  I just bought my dress from “your dream dress”, and I found them on preowned.

I can’t speak for the other sellers, but your dream dress (yourdreamdress.com) was amazing. They also let you return a dress and get free shipping in the next one, in case it isn’t right. I did that with my first dress no problem. The second one was perfect. No, I hadn’t tried this dress on before but I was pretty sure it would work for my body type. The women who run the shop were incredibly supportive.  I got an 8k Monique for 1.5 k including a slip and sash. It was even prettier in person than the photos. Silk satin, great construction, hand stitched embroidery beading, to die for. They also send the dresses out in heavy garment bags, so you can hang your dress without worries.  

 They have a sizing chart to help you measure, but yes, each designer is a bit different. They helped me style the dress, too, and I got a gorgeous pronovias veil with crystals through them. I am going to leave a full review of them when I get a break at work. I can’t recommend them highly enough!

I looove my dress, it was an amazing experience. 

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