Things to remember when buying your wedding dress second-hand

By on June 13, 2016

Nothing beats a brand new wedding dress, but we all know how expensive it can be! It may not be possible to find that perfect wedding dress you always wanted, if you are on a limited budget. So, let us think of what is the next best option. You can either buy a second-hand gown, or rent your wedding dress from a reliable wedding store.

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Buying your wedding dress second-hand is not a bad idea, as it will have been used just once before. If you are lucky, you may even find a gown that still has the tags on, if the bride who originally bought it later changed her mind after buying it. Either way, one thing is certain; the price will be a lot lesser. Nevertheless, there are a few questions you should ask when taking this route, and here they are.

Was the gown professionally preserved?

A once-worn wedding gown can quickly age, if it wasn’t preserved properly. So, it is wise to find out whether the gown has been preserved professionally following the wedding. Although a gown can be priced at less than 50% of the original cost, it isn’t always worth the price, if the gown hasn’t been properly cared for. A well-preserved wedding gown, on the other hand, will be as good as new, and you can be assured that you are getting the best deal for your money.

Are the alterations reversible?

Any bride who buys a wedding gown will have performed minimum alterations, so it fits her exactly. Since it isn’t likely that your measurements will match hers, you may have to further alter the gown to fit you. So, it makes sense to check on what alterations were carried out, and if they are reversible. This article on the Bridebox suggests that you ask for the actual measurements of the second-hand gown, and not the measurements that it originally came with, to understand whether it is the right choice.  Remember that it is always better to buy a bigger gown that you can take in.

Always deal with a trusted and reliable seller

The last thing you want is to buy a gown that is a knock-off, when you want to start off your marriage on a perfect note. Avoid this by asking your seller for proof of purchase. This will also allow you to check when the dress was purchased. If it was professionally preserved, ask for receipts of that as well. This will allow you to check whether the gown was preserved immediately after the wedding, and not when the seller decided to put it on the market. Since you will most likely be keeping the gown after your wedding, you must make sure that it received good care from the time it was out of the box.

Exercise caution and pay attention to the details, when you buy a pre-owned wedding dress. This way you can not only realize your dream of wearing the perfect wedding dress, but can do it with satisfaction.

If you would like to rent your wedding dress instead, get in touch with us at Best for Bride, and we can help you out.

About Olga Pomeransky

Olga is manager at Best for Bride since 2005. Currently Best for Bride operates 4 bridal stores in Canada (Toronto, Etobicoke, Hamilton and Barrie). Best for Bride sells wedding, bridesmaids, mob dresses and more. http://www.BestForBride.com

8 Comments

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    Sharon Olson

    July 5, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    I never thought about asking whether a used dress was “professionally preserved”. That would make a huge difference for me.

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      Ruth Bray

      February 25, 2017 at 10:01 AM

      I think you are right to be concerned about the storage of the dress. That is a big deal.

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    Kay Cox

    July 5, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Reversible alterations! That is a very good point. I am going to have to add that to my list of questions for the seller.

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      Carol Scott

      February 11, 2017 at 10:19 AM

      This is a great tip. You have to look closely as most are done very well and hard to see.

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    Nicole Smith

    July 5, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    I would assume this would go with using your mothers or grandmothers wedding dress right?

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      Lynn Couture

      February 25, 2017 at 9:23 AM

      I would think the same thing. Just be cautious and make the right call.

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    Kris Martin

    July 5, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    It is hard enough to find a dress to buy, now you have a list like this to worry about. Getting the dress can be so stressful!

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    William Braddock

    February 11, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Looking at the reviews of the shop that you are dealing with will give you some insight of what you can expect from them. Good luck if you are going this route.

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