Used wedding dresses might be the answer you’re looking for, if you’re having a hard time finding the perfect wedding dress at a price you can afford. New gowns can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars for something very simple, all the way up to several thousand dollars for a couture dress. If you want to save money on your wedding, remember that the right used wedding dresses will make any bride look radiant!
There are lots of places where you can find used wedding dresses, such as consignment shops near where you live. If you live in a large city you might also start checking on Craigslist. But for the biggest selection of great-looking used wedding dresses, the Internet is definitely the way to go.
But if your mind isn’t quite made up that you want to buy a used dress for your big day, here are some reasons (besides just the savings!) that might help you decide:
A wedding dress is something that you will wear for only a few hours of your life – period. After that, the only enjoyment you will get out of it is in looking at the photographs of your wedding. If you’re on a tight budget, keep in mind that the debt an expensive new wedding dress will incur lasts much longer than the time you’ll spend wearing it.
If you’re having sentimental thoughts that you’ll have a daughter who will want to wear your wedding dress one day, then snap out of it. Chances are your dress will no longer be in style, and her taste is likely to be completely different from yours anyway. It sounds good in nostalgic Hollywood movies or romance novels, but in the real world today it almost never happens.
Also, the impact that your bridal gown will have on your wedding guests wears off pretty quickly. After about ten minutes the initial ‘wow factor’ will have worn off, and after that no one but you will know if you were shopping for used wedding dresses or expensive couture gowns. It’s your big day, not your wedding guests’ – so buy your dress for you, and not for them.
Did you know that it costs a hundred dollars or more to have a wedding dress professionally cleaned and preserved for long term storage? So if you spend a bundle on a wedding gown thinking that you’ll keep it stored in your attic for years to come, be prepared for this additional expense. With used wedding dresses you’re not likely to be so emotionally attached to them, and in fact may want to turn around and sell it to another bride-to-be who wants to save money on her wedding.
Good quality used wedding dresses cost just a fraction of what you’ll spend on new ones, and you’ll still look like a million bucks. It isn’t how much a dress costs that matters, or whether or not it has a designer label on it. What matters is how you feel in it on your wedding day. And if shopping for used wedding dresses means you’ll have more money to spend on your honeymoon – so much the better!