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Buy a New or Used Wedding Dress
Generally, brides fall into two categories when it comes to buying a wedding dress: “It’s a once in a lifetime event and money is no object,” or, “I’m going to pay how much for a wedding gown that I will wear only once?”
If you’re in the latter category, you may be considering buying a used wedding dress. While this could be a more practical choice to those on a budget, it’s important to not let money get in the way of making the right decision. Consider the following before purchasing a used dress. Here are some things to consider before buying a used gown.
- Sizing: Many pre-owned wedding gowns are altered for the original owner. Ask the seller what types of alterations, if any, have been done on the dress you’re considering. Also keep in mind that sizing can be vastly different than regular clothing; if you’re normally a size 10, you may have to go up at least one size when choosing a wedding dress.
- Reason they are selling: Is the bride just looking for extra cash, or did the marriage end in a bitter divorce? If you’re the superstitious type, you may want to ask the seller about the condition of the marriage and the reason the bride is selling her used wedding dress.
- Use/History: Was the dress actually used for a wedding? In some cultures, women are buried in wedding dresses, and then those dresses are sold to unsuspecting brides. A recent lawsuit involved a bride and a wedding gown seller who sold a dress smelling of formaldehyde because it was used in a funeral (true story!).
- Accessories: Ask the seller what comes with the dress; sometimes, they will include things like the veil, shoes, or sashes. It’s important to understand exactly what you’ll be getting for your money.
Buying a New vs. a Used Wedding Dress
Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to settle for a second-hand wedding gown. Designers such as When Freddie met Lilly, have the frugal bride in mind and have designed a number of dresses to fit almost any budget, without compromising on quality. Our Brisbane shop is filled to the brim with a vast selection of wedding gowns that are both beautiful and affordable. We understand that your wedding gown is only one portion of your wedding day and there are other expenses to consider.
There is certainly a practicality involved in choosing a used gown over a new one; but when you consider that your wedding is a once in a lifetime event, purchasing a new dress that no one has worn before can be a preferable choice.
At the end of the day, you will have to make the final decision of whether you want a new or used wedding dress. Carefully consider all of your options and choose with care and consideration. Make sure you have thought about all of your options. Stick to your budget closely, but don’t be afraid to compromise. For example, you can opt to serve only beer and wine, instead of full spirits. Or, you can serve lunch instead of a formal dinner.
The important thing is to enjoy your day without compromising on quality or style.
When Freddie met Lilly can help you with all of your wedding dress needs, at affordable prices. Contact us for more information.