(Closed) Which pre-owned dress to buy?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’d go with the more expensive one. I don’t know how much dry cleaning costs, but I’m lead to believe a GOOD dry cleaner will charge at least a couple of hundred for cleaning, plus any mending costs. If you go for a cheap dry cleaner, there’s a risk they won’t remove any small stains or marks, or the dress could be ruined (there have been a couple of horror stories on here lately about that).

In my opinion, the more expensive dress is the safer option, especially with a lace dress.

Post # 4
779 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant

@kgdouth:  I would go with the cheaper dress.  I bought a sample gown that is from a high end designer.  Its a huge ballgown with a delicate bodice, the cleaning only cost $200.  So if there are no serious stains yours shouldnt be that much.  Try taking a photo of the cheaper one to whatever seamstress/cleaner you plan on going to and they should be able to give you a estimate.

Post # 5
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

i’d go with the more expensive dress. mainly for the fact that it has been dry cleaned


Post # 6
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’d go with the more expensive dress because what you think is “a tear in the tulle near the bottom” and what the seller thinks that is could be entirely different. Plus, if you can’t just cut away the torn part as part of hemming the dress (which sounds unlikely to me, since it’s in the back near the bustle and therefore the train, which I assume you want to keep) then you’re stuck with the torn tulle.

Post # 7
4436 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@kgdouth:  I’d definitely go with the more $$ one!

Post # 8
3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Definitely go with the more expensive one. Less hassle of having to get it cleaned, plus a decent dry-cleaner will charge a few hundred dollars anyway. But more importantly, you don’t know what kinds of invisible stains might on the dress…stains like white wine, champagne and lemonade all oxidise terribly over time and you might end up with marks that can’t be removed.

Post # 9
1841 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

The more expensive one seems to be a better deal.  The dress will arrive clean, and it includes that (almost) matching bolero.  I would contact the seller of dress #2, and see if she might negotiate slightly on that price.  I can’t tell if the shipping is included in the price, or if that is going to be an additional expense for you.  Perhaps ask if she would consider reducing the gown by half of the cost of the cleaning ($50) and provide you with free shipping.

Depending on how long she’s had it listed, you might be able to get this one (in great condition) close to what you’d pay for dress#1.

Post # 10
3415 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

@kgdouth:  You get what you pay for.  So if you don’t want to be stuck with a large dry cleaning bill, and alterations that don’t fix whats wrong than go with the more expensive one. 

Personally buying a used dress would be stressful enough for me.  And if there was a chance that my alterations wouldn’t fix the tear I would be freaking out.  So personally I’d buy the more expensive one and know that there wouldn’t be much I would have to do with the dress except alterations.

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