Post # 1
I was hoping to get some opinions on buying dresses used offline. I am really interested in Lazaro 3006 but have failed to find a sample dress anywhere that would fit in with my budget (under $4000 with alterations). I found this particular dress off a used wedding gown website for $2500 that would require alterations since it is too big, but I figure buying it larger would be better than too small!
I am hesitant to purchase offline and was hoping to get some insight or hear some stories of successful or not successful experiences of buying used offline.
Thanks ladies! Here is the dress I am hoping to wear on my wedding day and somehow stay in my budget!
Post # 3
I know it isn’t exactly “traditional”, but I got my dress off of ebay! It was originally over $1800, but I ended up purchasing mine for less than $180 including shipping. Personally, I couldn’t be happier with the experience, but I can understand how you might be hesitant. I just know that I was able to get my dream dress at a fraction of the price, which is good since I’ll only be wearing it for a few hours! 🙂
Post # 4
I say go for it! What an ammazing dress!!!
Post # 5
@alescenia: Was the dress pretty clean and in good condition? I think my biggest fear is a stain that just won’t come out after dry cleaning. I feel ebay would actually be a better site to buy off of since seller reputations are at stake. This particular site is preownedweddingdresses.com and doesn’t have a return policy. Glad you found your dream dress at such an amazing price!!!!
Post # 6
@suziq4202: If the seller has the authentic certificate then I say go for it. Buying used is better than buying a fake or replica. Once the dress is cleaned and altered to fit you then no one will know that it is used but yourself and whoever you tell. The dress is beautiful.
Post # 7
@suziq4202: Mine was in perfect condition. If you decide to order a used dress from anywhere online (be it ebay, preownedweddingdresses, or wherever), just make sure to ask a lot of questions. When I was looking, I mainly asked if it had been previously worn, was it dry cleaned, were any alterations made (and what they were), and if there is any visible damage. I definitely wouldn’t purchase one that hasn’t been cleaned and has a stain, since that’s just a major risk, but almost all of the ones I’ve seen have no damage or something so slight that it probably wouldn’t matter.
Just remember that most dresses are only worn for a couple of hours, which makes the dresses hardly “used”.
I know that these aren’t the exact dresses, but I found a few examples of the great kinds of deals you can find, if you’re willing to go used:
Post # 8
I got my dress ($5600 sale price for $2700) from http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com and it worked out great. I found it in my city and went and tried it on and saw it in person. It has a very slight subtle tan tinge on about 3 inches of the seam at the bottom, but it’s not noticeable when wearing the dress and it’s going to get dirty when I wear it anyway! It worked out for me because the dress is way nicer than the $2500 ones I was trying on at bridal shops (I have expensive taste).
Post # 9
I bought mine offline from a pre-sale – the bride is getting married in June, me in September, and I already made an appointment with the best seamstress in town to get the alterations going. I had a friend who was local to the seller to go visit and authenticate the dress (it’s a distinctive Vera and few people would ever be able to replicate it). I wrote up a contract between me and her that she would cover all cleaning and repairs prior to sending the dress to me. She checked out as a person so overall I say, go for it!
Post # 10
@suziq4202: I say go for it. My plan was to go pre-owned or sample size (ha!) I couldn’t find my dress anywhere. It’s been discontinued. I was able to get it but through a bridal shop so the price was not ideal. Don’t let this opportunity pass.
@melonseeds: That’s a genius idea! I wish I had been so lucky. Maybe I will sell mine.
Post # 11
GO for it! I bought mine at a store, many states away. It is a used dress that has had some alterations. I didn’t know it had been taken in so much at the bust and I was scared at first because it didn’t fit, but training for a marathon helped me get into it :). I got a great deal and the designer dress I wanted at a great price!
Post # 12
I also got mine from eBay! It was my dream dress but was sadly out of my budget (it retails between $1800-$2200 and my budget was $1k), but then the designer discontinued it, so salons started selling off their sample gowns. I visited one salon that wanted $1k for a sample that had a dirty hem and missing buttons on the back – no, thank you! So I went online and found it on eBay, a never-worn, new-with-tags sample gown from a bridal salon in Ohio. They put it up for auction at a starting price of $415 – absolutely unheard of for this dress. I won the auction and paid a total of $480 for it including shipping. It arrived a couple of weeks ago in perfect condition – no stains in sight, no rips, absolutely pristine! As long as you trust the seller and can get some proof as to the gown’s authenticity, I think buying a used gown is a great way to save money and still get the dress you love.
Post # 13
I just got mine from the thrift store for $30…a tiny coffee stain near the bottom that should be easy to lightly bleech out….needs a bit of alteration around the sholders but otherwise fits like it was meant for me
Post # 14
Bought mine off eBay from a seller in the US. It was new with tags, and still in the plastic wrap. Including postage to Australia, I paid under $1000 for a gown that retails at $3800 over here. Ask questions for sure, and ask for photos of specific parts of the dress, like the underside of the train. Given the chance, I would buy online every single time, especially if it meant I could get my dream gown, not just something *ok* in my budget.