(Closed) Would you wear new, sample or used wedding dresses

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 32
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was looking for awhile, and if I could have found my dress as a sample or used one, I would have bought it!

Post # 33
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I bought a sample that was almost 50% off.

Post # 34
1208 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I didn’t get a huge discount but I bought a sample/off the rack dress. It’s different then what is usually worn in my hometown so not many girls had tried it on so yay me!

Post # 35
619 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I most definitely would. My original wedding dress (before we eloped) I bought used from a lady on oncewed.com. She changed her mine so it technically wasnt used but she bought it as a sample and I got an amazing deal on it. It was an Amsale dress that retailed for 3200 and I paid 850. 

Post # 36
529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would totaly rock a used wedding dress. I am not doing so because I have no patience for shopping, lol. I went to DB and bought the first one i liked in my price range. lol. i know. i’m wierd.

Post # 37
4831 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If the sample was in good condition and fit me, I’d buy it.

Problem is most of the samples are too small. 🙁

Also, the sample of the dress I LOVED is a Fall 2009 and has rips in the fabric.

As for used, I’d have to see the dress in person and try it on to feel comfortable buyin used.

Post # 38
1486 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I bought a sample which is actually a really old and discontinued style.  It was in the very back of the store and the consultant hadn’t brought it out in ages.  It is in excellent condition and I am super excited about it!

Post # 39
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I bought a sample only because there was no way I could afford brand new. Sure, I could of settled and got something new and less in price but I’m very excited about my sample and can’t wait to wear it!

Post # 40
798 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I bought a sample ( I think that the dress normally retails for somewhere around $1500 and I paid $687- including tax.).  The dress was actually too big and not exactly the style that I wanted.  I found a dress that I loved, but I didn’t love the price tag.  So, my bridal consultant helped me find a sample dress with a similar neckline.  I loved the fabric and the neckline, so I bought it.  After a couple of dates with my seamstress (last fitting is coming up!), we completely tapered the skirt so it is now a slim A-line, added straps that match the pleated (difficult to explain but look awesome) bodice, removed all the crinoline, and created a small sweep train.  Oh yeah…and we took it in. 🙂

I’m not going to lie; my alteration fees were expensive ($322), but I get the dress that I want at around the price I wanted to pay….AND it’s HALF the amount of the “dream dress”.

Samples/pre-owned dress are a good deal, great for the environment, and can allow you to have your dream dress without the cost, but you have to take into account alterations and cleaning fees (I was lucky.  My dress was in really REALLY good shape).

Post # 41
869 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My family is very traditional, so since my parent’s had a divorce and no other successfully married family member could contribute a dress I purchased a new one. We are very superstitious that if you wear someone’s dress and their wedding didn’t work out, you too will be doomed to have a failed married (Silly? Not something I’m willing to find out!).

A sample dress didn’t seem as special to me either, but if it was fairly new and had little alterations and repairs needed I might have consdiered that option if I had a tighter budget. The new dress just seems perfect to me because no one else has ever worn it…not even to try on 🙂

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