(Closed) Used wedding dress??

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

It’s a gamble. You could try a sample dress from a boutique. Generally they are 50% off and you can see the Shape they are in as opposed to buying privately online. Mine was a sample and no one was  the wiser

Post # 3
2183 posts
Buzzing bee

backflipper86:  I wore a preowned dress and it was great. I got it for less than half the cost and it was conveniently already tailored to my size.

I’d contact the buyer for specifics on condition and if possible, ask if you can try it on and return it if there are problems.

Post # 4
434 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

backflipper86:  if you buy online just be careful!  There are a lot of scams.  We have a few stores in our area that sell used and sample gowns.  When I tried the used, you wouldn’t have even known they were worn before!  

Post # 5
550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - Theater

There is nothing weird or shameful or bad about buying and wearing a preowned dress.

Go for it bee.

Post # 6
6271 posts
Bee Keeper

I’m on a budget for my dress and ended up going the China dress makers route because I couldn’t find what I wanted 2nd hand. But yes, 100% go for secondhand or sample sale. Especially if you know the make/model of a dress you’ve tried on and loved, it should be easy to search for that exact one.  When I was looking loads of dresses on the 2nd hand sites hadn’t even been worn due to a cancelled wedding or bride deciding to buy another dress. 

Post # 7
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I bought a dress off preownedweddingdresses.com for about 50% off retail (and it wasn’t even pre-owned! it’s a sample)… I almost ordered a different one that was pre-owned though. Just make sure you know your measurements well and ask lots of questions.

Post # 8
28 posts
  • Wedding: September 2016

Buying a pre-owned dress is a totally great idea! Just be careful and do your research to make sure it’s coming from a trustworthy source. Try to get as accurate a picture as possible about all the details of the dress and any tiny, minor damages or stains. No one notices those things in general, but just be sure. Also, I got my dress for an amazing price at David’s Bridal because it was the last one in the store and it was a discontinued dress – it was the sample dress at the store – and they gave me 30% off! I tried it on and walked out with it the same day. They’ll do alterations a few weeks before the wedding. Grabbing a sample dress that barely any other girls tried on is another way to save. Good luck!

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Post # 9
740 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I bought my dress preowned and I’ve altered it to what I want – it cost me $100 for the dress (originally $1000!) and it’s matching veil so I could spend much more on anything I wanted to change 😊 

My dress is gorgeous and I don’t regret it at all. It’s one dress for one day, I’m happy to have that left over money for other things.

Its definitely your choice, just read anything written clearly and ask questions! Also try local sites too and maybe you can find something local. There are also sample sales and even stores that sell only sample gowns. Google is your friend here.

Good luck!

Post # 10
493 posts
Helper bee

I bought my dress as a sample so I cannot speak for buying a preowned dress but I would be worried about their specific alterations that they had done to for their body. So make sure you get the previous owners measurements. Because say they had the dress taken in at the bust, you don’t want to be popping out of the top!

Post # 11
989 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

theatrejulia:  I agree. I’d be so leery of buying a dress from a private seller online. Sample sales would be my thing. If you do go for online, just be careful and check the return policy. Good luck!

Post # 12
3611 posts
Sugar bee

backflipper86:  The only thing I would be concerned about (other than not buying from a sketchy buyer and all that) is the fact that a pre-worn wedding dress would already have been altered to fit someone else’s body. I would run this by an experienced seamstress before you buy anything.

Post # 13
220 posts
Helper bee

Good advice on making sure the sellers are reputable and figure out if alterations have been made on pre-owned. I wouldn’t worry about wearing a pre-worn dress, no one would know unless you told them. The dress I bought retails for $2,000+ but I bought the sample for $650!!!!

Post # 14
366 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Pre owned is awesome!!!

Just be sure to ask for lots of pictures and measurements if they altered the dress. I bought my dress secondhand- it was a past season dress I had seen online and LOVED. The girl had hemmed it, and it had a few spots on it….which didn’t matter at all because I need to hem it EVEN more.  shorties unite! 

I like the idea of giving a wedding dress another use, and like you, I saved so much money off retail.

Post # 15
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I bought my dress second hand from a private seller on preownedweddingdresses.com and I am so pleased I did! The previous owner made sure all her alterations were reversible and we had almost exactly the same measurements. Make sure you pay through something like PayPal rather than doing a money transfer just so you’re covered. I’m so pleased I didn’t spend loads on a dress I’ll wear for only a few hours and I will be able to wear a dress I would never have been able to afford otherwise 

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