(Closed) Vintage Wedding Dresses

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Welcome to the hive dragonfruit! hopefully people in your area will be able to answer your questions!

good luck!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I would totally drive an hour if it was the only place that had what i wanted. I am having a vintage themed wedding, which is so awesome, and having a green wedding sounds fun. i was gonna do that, but just wasn’t going to work for me.

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I would certainly drive a hour for some awesome and different dresses.

 

If you decide to go online, please use real pictures of dresses you have, so many online sites steal and use pics from the designers and that is not cool. Do not mislead the public!

I had a horrible experience ordering a replica vintage gown. However, my accessories were all ordered online and my hat, shoes, jewelry, and flowers are fantastic!

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I drove 3 1/2 hours for my dress!  When something seems like it might be right, I’m willing to go to the ends of the earth for it! 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I drove an hour and a half for my dress. So, yes, I would be willing.

There is a vintage wedding dress shop near where I went to school that sounds like what you’re wanting to do. I had an appointment there and came really close to buying a dress from her. The owner was telling me that she is constantly searching for more dresses from estate sales, online, etc. One thing that she focused on which I thought was great was the idea of "recapturing" the dresses. Most of the styles and cuts of vintage dresses are much too small for the average woman now, so she was also a skilled seamstress, and would offer ways to lower the back of dresses or even build whole new sections into the sides to make them bigger. She also discussed other types of alterations with people. Many people love the idea of having a vintage dress, but find elements of modern styles much more flattering on them. She often turned long sleeved (especially the big, bell sleeves) dresses into beautiful capped sleeves, lowered necklines, etc.

Good luck with your shop! 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

I realize this post is a month old now, but I wanted to add my two cents.

Actually, it happens that I actually live in the KW area that you’re talking about, Ms Dragonfruit! I bet if you are able to connect online with people in TO that are looking for the type of dresses you’re offering, they’d definitely be willing to travel. Also, KW tends to draw people from the surrounding area, where there aren’t bridal stores at all.

I wonder whether you’d need to have more than just wedding dresses to be able to make an actual store profitable, though. I bet by also offering fun dresses that would work for bridesmaids or wedding guests you’d expand your market!

Good luck and you’ll have to let us know if it works out!

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I would def. drive an hour for a dress, it is worth it if it seems like the right thing.

I bought my dress from a green bridal boutique here in Seattle, they have used designer dresses in all styles and sizes and I liked the idea of saving money and also reusing something that may have just sat in someone’s closet for the rest of their days but it now has a new life.  I ended up finding an amazingly beautiful and unique dress so I’m very happy about it.  AND it is a beautiful designer dress for only $200 bucks, amazing! 

I do think it can be intimidating to order online, so many ebay scams and you never know how things are going to fit.  I say take good pictures, preferably with models to show how the dress fits and maybe even give recommendations based on body types.  For example, I have a very small waist but larger hips so I always appreciate knowing what styles would work best for me because I can’t really tell until I try something on.

Good luck! 

 

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