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KITTEN_351 Posts: 486
1/17/12 9:31 P

I got my dress, my dream dress, from David's Bridal and it was being discontinued so I got it for less than $500 and my alterations including bustle should be around $100, so I'm happy!

But if I had found a sample or a used dress that was my dream dress, and I knew somewhere to alter it for a reasonable price, then I would've gone that route.

Definitely will not be selling my dress after the day though. I am too sentimental to do that.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,646
1/16/12 6:27 P

I might wear a dress from a website called Vintageous, because I love Vintage Gowns and dresses. There dresses are so tiny though and would require a lot of expensive alterations, because you can't just take them to any old tailor.

I would wear something from the forties or fifties, but not used from any other decade



AML05030 Posts: 562
1/14/12 7:27 P

Here's my hint: www.peridress.com

take a peek! The only problem is you can't try things on and send them back; but you can look for the dresses in other wedding dress stores, find what you like and buy it from peridress. That's my plan!

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1/12/12 11:32 A

The first time I got married I wore a cream colored pants suit- - very small wedding. This time around (haven't set a date yet) I know it will again be informal but don't have any idea yet. WHATEVER you do - - LOVE IT! Makes no difference if it's previously worn, thrift shop purchase or borrowed, just make sure whatever you choose makes you feel beautiful for your big day!

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1/5/12 7:35 A

My plan is "vintage" (read: thrift store). I cannot imagine spending hundreds of dollars on a dress I will wear exactly once when I have found beautiful dresses (not white or satin!) for much less. Also, I like to think I'm reducing my footprint when I wear a used dress from a charity shop. :)

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1/3/12 9:52 P

I paid $500 dollars for a $1200 dress simply by buying the sample! Do what you need to do to stay on budget, or to possibly justify buying a second dress! ;)

SHAKYMOMMA1 SparkPoints: (7,444)
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1/2/12 3:42 P

You know I was given my wedding dress from a family member and it is so beautiful. At first I was not going to wear it because I wanted my own, but wedding dresses are so expensive, and cheap ones are not what my heart desired. When I put on the dres she gave me it was like a cinderella feeling and it had a long tran, and beads, it was beautiful. Now I just need some alterations done. Basically I am happy I am wearing the dress, one it was free which cuts my expenses for my wedding in September and 2, i just like the fact that the dress is not going to waste from a one time use. It was too beautiful to just have hanging up in the closet.

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11/8/11 7:17 P

bridesagainstbreastcancer.org/ is a good way to donate money to a good cause and buy a nice dress. Unfortunately they only show dresses in certain areas of the country. So you'll have to double check on.

MNIKODEM Posts: 421
11/8/11 5:50 P

I don't mind used as long as I can try it on. You'll be surprised how the slightest style difference has on the way your body looks.

Good Luck!


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11/4/11 9:21 A

I bought a previously worn dress from a consignment store. I think it was a bit pricier than buying straight from the previous owner, but the consignment bridal store had as many dresses in stock as a regular bridal store, so I was able to try on a number of dresses and pick the one that was best for me. I need very minimal alterations, so I might even try selling my dress back once I'm done with it.

FLYOVERSTATE Posts: 39
11/3/11 1:02 P

I had never thought of this idea! I'm all for saving money, and most of our wedding is going to be that way, so I say go for it!!! plus no one has to know that it was "previously enjoyed"

MOLLYSARAN Posts: 1,060
11/1/11 12:22 P

i bought a pre owned wedding dress on Ebay , it was never worn just tried on , when i got it i made sure it was clean & luckily it was the dress was less than 200 shipping included but i do have to get it shortened :)

PARIS213 SparkPoints: (726)
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9/28/11 8:33 A

It's nice to save that much money!

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,646
9/27/11 12:58 P

It depends. Does it need to be cleaned? Does it need to be altered? If it needs to be cleaned and altered that can cost anywhere from $200 to $700 (in addition to the cost of the gown) and for that you could buy a brand new dress.

I am a germophobe and saw a CSI on this very subject, so personally I am going to pass on a used wedding dress.

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 9/27/2011 (12:59)
JENNIE38401 Posts: 14
9/27/11 11:58 A

I bought my dress new at David's Bridal----$31 tax and all =) i only visited the store once and found it! it was the right style and size-i was lucky...you can find new for just as cheap or cheaper than used if you look hard enough...i had another one in mind at Jessica McClintock if i didn't see anything at David's...Jessica's was $50...Search the Sale Racks and online----Good Luck!!!
oh and i sold the dress from my first wedding on craigslist-i bought it at david's the dress was simple and cost $20 new and I wore a Christmas type cloak(also from David's) I got married 3 days after Christmas and had a Beautiful Winter Wedding...this time I am going for a Fall Wedding(my favorite season!)

THATHOTRUNRGRL Posts: 224
9/27/11 5:58 A

I'm going to buy my dress pre owned. If it it already fits it's way more cost effective than buying new. Most of the already worn dresses have already been bustled too. I know the style I want so I've just been keeping my eye on local dresses in my size for when something becomes available. It may be hard to find an exact dress you want in your size, but if you are flexible this is a great route. I'm also planning on selling it again after I wear it, double savings!

JENSMIT_UA Posts: 9
9/26/11 11:21 A

I bought my dress used, but I was lucky enough to find the exact dress (color, size) locally. The previous owner allowed me to see and try on the dress before I bought it. I would be reluctant to buy a used dress over the internet without seeing and trying it on first, but I think I got reall lucky. The dress new would have cost about $900. I got mine in perfect condition and perfect fit for $250.

Edited by: JENSMIT_UA at: 9/26/2011 (11:31)
ILUVPUDGE Posts: 28
9/26/11 7:33 A

I think it's a great idea, as long as the dress is able to be altered to your size and is in good enough condition. Why not save a little money, and go a more eco-friendly route as well?

As for me, I'm not buying a wedding dress, either! I'm going with a designer that offered to lend me an original only one-of-a-kind, custom-fit dress. It hasn't been given to anyone else to wear yet (only on display and in their photoshoots), but it will be probably used for other people after me. It's gorgeous, and it's free! It's a 2-piece, corset with A-line chiffon layered and gathered skirt. I figured that I don't need to have a dress hanging in my closet for years. Also, if I were to buy my own dress, I'd have to make a lot of sacrifices style-wise, seeing as all the dresses I have loved have just so happened to be a lot of $$$. I figured it's the best of both worlds to have a dress that I love, that I don't have to pay a dime for.

If the dress looks good, and makes you happy, then it doesn't matter if it's secondhand! Let us know how it works out =)

SCTK519 Posts: 2,085
9/25/11 6:35 P

I bought a new dress, but I think if you find something you like, go for it!! The only thing I ran into is that alterations are super pricey no matter what, mostly because hemming cost so much.

WYO_CASEY Posts: 574
9/25/11 5:39 P

Anybody else thinking about buying a "pre-worn" wedding dress? I'm thinking about it because it could cut the cost down so much.

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