(Closed) Wearing a dress from a previous engagement

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m doing the same thing.  Its a pronovias, so its a really lovely dress.  I’ve had it tucked away in a closet for about a decade now.  My Fiance doesn’t care as long as I’m happy.  A few friends are helping me brainstorm ideas on ways to change it up a bit so that I’ll be excited about it.  I just cant justify spending money on a new dress if I have one that will do.

Post # 4
2385 posts
Buzzing bee

In this situation I it’s up to the opinion of your SO. If he’s not okay with it why don’t you try selling the old dress and using the money for a new one.

Post # 5
132 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have a friend who did this. She had spent a lot of money on finding the right dress and so kept it until she eventually married her next partner.

Personally, I wouldn’t – I chose my dress with my OH in mind and I don’t think I’d want to wear it for someone else. I’d want to choose something different.

Post # 6
364 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’m pretty much practical and unsentimental, so I totally see where you’re coming from, it makes sense!

But, if it makes your fiance uncomfortable, you might want to sell the old dress. You really don’t want him to have thoughts of your previous relationship in his mind when he looks at you in the wedding day!

Post # 7
481 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

If you’re practical and unsentimental, it’s not that bad an idea. I probably wouldn’t be able to do it, and I’m practical, but for some reason it wouldn’t sit right with me. (I’ve been engaged twice, never married, and now I’m “in waiting” so I can easily imagine this.)

But if you loved it and you can maybe change it up a bit, I think it could work out. Good luck!

Post # 8
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I am doing the same thing my Mother-In-Law to be is in love with my dress and I paid 2800.00 I have been married and bought an amazing new dress and divorced 5 months later! This go around Im not being the do it right bride. I am going to get a shorter reception dress to be comfortable in.

Post # 10
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I did it!  I bought my dress years ago (like 10 or more) for an engagement that ended before the date and invitations were even picked out.  My dress was perfect for me, it moved cross country with me since I knew it was going to always be THE dress.  I still looked when I got engaged to my now husband and we talked about me getting a new dress.  I worried about his feelings more than he did, he did not care in the least if I wore my old one.  I took it out of it’s bag and fell in LOVE all over again, well once I got it altered to fit right, lol.  And we saved a ton of money 🙂  

Post # 11
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@khamilton:  oh… i like this idea

Post # 12
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t consider wedding gowns as being “meant” for the one you marry. I feel that wedding dresses represent you and how you feel beautiful. I say go for it. 


I actually bought my dress a few weeks before we were officially engaged (we had been discussing getting married and if we were ready financially and decided yes we could do it). I admit any bride buying her dress before being engaged is a bit suprising but it was my dream dress deeply discounted and I jumped on it. I joked with him that he might not be THE ONE but that dress is 🙂 lol 

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