Post # 1
Hi Bees! I’m new here and I’m looking for some advice. I found a dress I love at David’s Bridal. It’s a simple strapless a-line silhouette with a chapel train, covered in lace and beading with a zipper back and a scalloped hem. Here’s the link:
It’s $600 in the store, so I decided to go look for it online. Here is what I found:
I tried on a 14 at David’s and it was a little big…I would probably actually need a size 12. The length on the used dress is perfect, and the price includes the crinoline; the poster told me that no alterations were done besides hemming (after it was ordered in extra length) and putting in a French bustle. I am 5’10” so I don’t think I would have to get the length altered at all, but I would have to get it taken in. It also needs to be cleaned. My options are:
1. Buy it from David’s: $600 for the dress + tax + crinoline + maybe alterations (minor)
2. But it used: $250 for the dress + $0 crinoline + shipping + ~$100 cleaning + alterations (taking it in 1 size)
Which do you think would cost less in the long run?
Post # 3
I personally would go the used. Your alterations shouldn’t be that much.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
If cost is an issue, definitely get the used one. All the +s you added for DB will end up being a few hundred dollars. The used dress will practically be half the price when all’s said and done.
Post # 5
Its so hard to say. Maybe contact the seller and ask her why she is selling it so inexpensive and if there is any damage done to it during the reception,is the zipper working still did she have it dry cleaned. I would ask tons of questions to be safe.
Post # 6
Unless the new dress fits you perfectly, they’ll still charge you for taking it in , plus hemming, bustle etc. The cost for taking it in one size shouldn’t be more than regular alterations since they don’t charge you by the inches. I’d go for the used one if it’s in good condition. Just make sure there are no stains, rips or tears that need repair. Anything more than regular dust at the hem, I wouldn’t take a chance. The basic cleaning charge for my dress was $200.
Post # 7
I would buy the used one. Create a story for the dress and pass it on yourself. Plus, it’s more environmentally friendly.
Post # 8
I would buy the used one, but make sure it has the right measurements. The size is 14, but she says it’s a street size 10 and if you think you need a 12 it might be too small.
Post # 9
I’d try sample gowns. Sometimes you can get a good deal.
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2011 - The Royal Park Hotel
I agree with the PPs who’ve suggested to ask additional questions of the pre-owned seller before making a decision. Especially important is to get her measurements at the time she wore the dress–she only lists the bust size, and to get an idea of how it will fit on you, the waist and hip measurements are key. Also, I noticed that the dress hasn’t been cleaned. Because of that, I would ask for additional pictures of the hem (which will probably have the most wear and tear) and also ask what kind of dress bag it’s been stored in. If the dress hasn’t been allowed to “breathe” (and was never cleaned or aired out after the wedding), you could potentially have to add dry cleaning to your bill as well.
I don’t mean to discourage you! I myself bought a used dress and love it. But, because it’s such an investment to make, don’t feel bad taking precautions to protect yourself as a buyer. Good luck!
Post # 11
And I will add to the chorus of buying the used dress if you can get details and answered questions. Given that you are 5’10”, I would absolutely get confirmation on the length of the dress and what height heels the seller was wearing–it would be such a shame if you bought the dress and it was too short!
And dry cleaning a wedding dress can cost a good deal of money (I’ve been quoted $100–I also bought a used (sample) dress that needs some touching up).
Post # 12
I say used. That’s a significant amount of money to save. You could use the extra money for hair, nails, accessories, or makeup!