A cheap wedding dress doesn’t mean a nasty one
Smart shoppers can find the most amazing bargains on almost brand new gowns.
If you’re looking for a wedding dress that will make you look stunning and feel amazing, but without the staggering price tag, preloved or used wedding dresses are the avenue to explore. According to a recent study by Brides Magazine, American brides-to-be fork out over $1500 dollars for their attire, while the wedding website – The Knot indicated those numbers in the $1200 range. Regardless, this is not a comfortable price for those on a tight budget or brides who prefer to spend their money on other elements of their married life such as honeymoon or even a house.
A new wedding gown can easily run into the thousands, which can significantly bite into your wedding budget. It is however one of the most important and crucial items on the list, and an area where you can also considerably cut costs. Used wedding dresses still allow you to keep your bragging rights, while being frugal. Whether they are dubbed as “pre-owned”, “preloved”, “used”, “lightly loved: or “once worn”, there are a ton of websites such as secondhandweddingdresses.com that list hundreds of dresses at unmatched savings, in all possible styles, colors and sizes. It’s true, cheap wedding dresses are available to the smart shopper!
Even pre-loved wedding dresses and accessories by some of the biggest names in bridal design such as Vera Wang, Amsale and Monique Lhuillier sell for up to 50% less than the original shelf cost, which is a smart way to finding the perfect dress without compromising on quality. It is however important to make sure the dress has been dry cleaned so you don’t have to set aside a budget for a cleaning bill, which can easily add a few hundred dollars to the cost of your dress.
Unlike buying other types of used clothing, most wedding dresses are only worn once and then only for a few hours. If you’re a savvy wedding shopper, wearing a wedding dress with a previous tale should be on your list. Listed below are a few things to keep in mind when considering a preloved wedding dress.
When shopping for used wedding dresses, it is important to understand the sellers cleaning and preserving techniques. It is critical that they had it professionally cleaned by someone whose specializes in wedding dresses. This is to minimize the risks of invisible stains surfacing when you get it cleaned. Additionally, you can also ask for the location of the wedding, and if the dress was worn outdoors or indoors. Even if the dress was worn in an indoor environment, you may want to ask if it was a smoke free zone, and also if the dress was ever stored in a house with pets.
Locating a used wedding dress may feel like a daunting and overwhelming task considering the ton of choices. To avoid unscrupulous sellers, it is important to do your homework on the specific preloved wedding dress seller and ensure they are reputable and authentic before making a purchase. If you don’t feel comfortable with any aspect of the site or terms of sale, email their admin or give them a call before you proceed to the checkout.
Buy Locally for Safety
If you are buying from a classified site and not an online retailer, it is always a good idea to find a dress that is within driving distance to you so you can take the time to try the dress on. If a seller refuses to let you do that, see it as a red flag and move on. As with any classified site, (ebay) you are normally allowed to inspect the item for sale. As this is going to be one of the most special purchases of your life, you really want to make sure it is what you really want.
There are so many ways to save money when looking for cheap wedding dresses. You don’t even have to compromise on current styles as a lot of Brides list their dress for sale soon after their wedding and your dress can still be this year’s fashion.
Just make sure you do your research, don’t buy the dress sight unseen and we always recommend trying the gown on. Even if the measurements match yours, you still may need to alter slightly so make sure you can if you need to. Let’s face it we are all different and you know you want it to be perfect! So happy dress hunting.