(Closed) Tips for buying a “preowned” dress?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

If you want a better fit, think about buying a dress with a corset back! Then it’s adjustable (unless you already have your dress picked out)!

Post # 4
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I considered buying a preowned gown and I would caution against buying a gown that you haven’t tried on. I made sure to go to a bridal store to try on the sample and asked them questions about alterations. Most gowns can be taken in up to 2 sizes and taken out 1 size without losing the integrity of the gown. Also, you definitely want to conisder the length of the gown and if it can be shortened or will be the correct length. My issue was that I wanted to buy a preowned lace gown, but was told by the bridal store that it would be impossible to shorten the gown because of the lace.

Also, make sure that you are buying from someone that is trustworthy 🙂 Good luck!!

Post # 5
614 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I have a pre owned dress and it worked out perfectly! I found “the” dress in a boutique and keeled over at the price, so I went home without it. Couldn’t get it out of my mind and being a blogaholic I checked out oncewed.com and preownedweddingdresses.com where I looked for that specific dress. It just so happened(thank you God,–total God thing) that someone was selling that dress, in my size, in the color I wanted, 50% cheaper than retail because it was used. In california… an hour from where a friend of mine lives, and I had a ticket to see her in 3 weeks time.

I was very nervous about buying it without trying it on, even though my measurements and height were almost identical to the previous bride, so I hunted around Texas and found one store that had it in one size up. I was in that town to visit someone so I tried it on and it fit just slightly too big, so I knew the one in CA was the right size and I definitely wanted the dress. She’d sent me lots of photos and we talked quite a bit before I went, and I didn’t meet up with her alone.

In CA, we met at a starbucks for safety and she wouldn’t let me try on the dress right there, but I bought it anyway cause I knew i was close… and went and tried it on immediately. It fits perfectly… zero alterations– I have just added a different style bustle. That’s my story, hope it helps ya and GOOD LUCK! If you know the dress you want, check out those used dress sites frequently! Mine was an Anjolique– pretty random and hard to find here, but it was possible!

Post # 6
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

There is a post dedicated to buying preowned dresses on the Bride’s Cafe (I think it’s the 2nd or 3rd post)



Post # 7
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I bought a preowned dress from Once Wed. It was a perfect transaction.

Post # 8
27 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

I bought a preowned dress on craigslist. I had tried on the dress (Melissa Sweet “Fern) at a boutique and couldn’t justify the price tag. My mom scoured the internet for me and found the listing on CL. I emailed the seller (the bride) and asked for measurements and enlarged pics. They called me to make sure I was a legitimate buyer and we completed the transaction thru paypal.

The process was seamless and stress-free and the dress fits me perfectly…with the exception of several inches that need to be taken off the hem.

I have to second futuredrbraun and recommend that you try on dresses to ensure you know what fit/style you like best. Admittedly, I only tried on 4 dresses before I decided ‘Fern’ was the one…but when you know you know. 🙂

Post # 9
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If you’re buying one online, I’ve heard that many people use a service like escrow.com to make sure they don’t get ripped off.

Post # 11
3098 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I bought mine online (on Weddingbee!) and it’s awesome. I bought it way too big, just to be careful, and it did cost a bit to alter. But considering how little I paid for the dress, I still came out better in the end. I would just suggest not buying a previously altered dress…. buy it too large…. and if you can, find the dress they’re selling in a store and try it on.

Post # 12
2066 posts
Buzzing bee

Not sure where you live, but check to see if there is a bridal resale boutique nearby.  There is one in Houston and it sells samples and gently worn gowns.  That way you can try on the dress in person.  

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