I have been doing a lot of research on eco-friendly wedding practices and on planning a wedding on a budget. One item came up over and over in both categories… used wedding gowns.
I have always been a thrifty person. I love getting designer jeans for $5 at a Thrift Store. Bargains are key and can definitely be a big help if you are looking to save a little money on your wedding.
I decided to investigate the pros and cons of purchasing and wearing a used wedding gown.
Used Gown Pros
- You will save money. Whether you want an expensive designer gown or a more modestly priced dress, used is always cheaper than new. The money you save on the gown will allow you to either spend more money on another aspect of your wedding or you could actually put the left over money in the bank!
- If you want to create an old-world look for your wedding, nothing that is manufactured today matches the attention to detail and workmanship found in a vintage wedding gown. Furthermore, you can be fairly certain that none of your friends will be wearing the same gown at their wedding.
- If your used gown belongs to a family member or a close friend, the sentimental value to the gown is priceless. I cannot imagine a more significant way to honor a loved one than to wear her wedding gown
Used Gown Cons
- Someone else has worn the gown. If you are superstitious or just feel funny about wearing someone else’s clothing, this may not be the best solution for your wedding gown purchase.
- You will most likely not have an opportunity to try it on. You will have to go on faith that the size is correct and you may miss the “salon experience” that is unique to purchasing your wedding gown.
- A used gown may have stains and tears that won’t be evident until you own it.
If you decide to purchase a used gown, read on for some helpful tips:
- Purchase the used gown through a reputable seller. There are many services on the Internet that broker used gowns. I recommend checking out Ebay.
- Find a good seamstress and dry cleaner to help with repairs prior to purchasing the used wedding gown so you don’t have to scramble when you receive the it.
- Ask the seller specific questions about the gown. Are there any flaws? What are they?
- Try to get photos from all angles of the gown. If there is something really wrong, you should be able to see it in the pictures.
- Pay for the gown with a credit card. If the worst happens and the gown is a disaster when you receive it, you will have some recourse against the seller.
As with all other purchases, follow your instincts. If you don’t have a good rapport with the seller or something feels suspicious, don’t buy the gown. You will find others out there.