Buying a Pre-Owned Dress
Some don't like the thought of spending so much money on a gown they will only wear once.
Good news for you: It has never been easier to purchase a preowned wedding dress.
This is a refreshing addition to the wedding industry. With couture gowns ringing in for thousands of dollars, it’s nice to have an option available to give a little more life to a lightly worn gown at a fraction of the price.
Before you commit to a preowned gown, however, consider the following points.
DEAL WITH A REPUTABLE SELLER
Unless you know the seller personally, it is best to go through a facilitator that specializes in the industry. While there are many great platforms for purchasing other items, someone with specialized knowledge will have safeguards in place to protect you.
Even a pre-owned wedding gown can fetch a pretty penny. Buying from a reputable source — preferably a local one — protects you as a consumer.
TRY BEFORE YOU BUY
After you’ve conferred with some reputable sources and you’ve made a short list of styles you love, try to find bridal salons that stock them.
Make a series of appointments and try on as many on your list as you can. What you love on paper you may not love on your body. And you don’t want to find this out after you’ve purchased a gown. There is generally no returning preowned.
ASK FOR ADDITIONAL PHOTOS
Once you’ve found a gown, tried it on in person and found a potential seller, don’t be afraid to ask for additional photos.
Many sellers list designer photos so the dress they are trying to sell is recognizable. Ask for photos of the seller in the dress. Real wedding photos will tell you more about the dress’s condition than a magazine spread.
PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS
Many brides have their gowns altered to fit them perfectly. If you are purchasing a gown secondhand, odds are it will have been altered.
A size 10 may have been brought in closer to a size eight, or a hem might have been taken up. You don’t want to purchase a gown that won’t fit — or cannot be altered to fit. A local seamstress can help you evaluate the gown to see what can be done to make it yours.
With couture gowns costing thousands of dollars, it’s nice to have an option available to give a little more life to a lightly worn gown at a fraction of the price.