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Used Wedding Dresses: How to Find the Perfect Second Hand Dress For Your Wedding

All brides want to look and feel their absolute best on their wedding day. Finding the perfect wedding dress is one of the most important parts of planning a wedding. Unfortunately not all brides can afford to buy the brand new designer gown that was just featured on the cover of the latest bridal magazine. For brides that are on a tight budget, buying used wedding dresses is a good way to go.

For some brides, there is still a stigma when it comes to wearing a dress that was previously owned by someone else. Just because it was another bride’s wedding gown does not make it any less special for your wedding. Many used wedding dresses look just like new. Obviously they were only worn once, some may never have even made it to the alter making it completely new. You would be surprised how many gorgeous dresses you can find that have been pre-owned.

The prices of used wedding dresses can be fractions of their original cost. Most of the time you are able to get savings of up to 50 -75% off. The price will depend in large part on the condition of the dress. If it looks like it didn’t even make it out of the store, the asking price will probably be higher. If it’s a designer dress, expect to pay more as well. Designer dresses are hard to come by, and you are still paying significantly less for it than you would for a brand new dress so it’s still a great deal.

As more brides are considering buying used wedding dresses, the places that are offering them for sale are steadily increasing. The first place to go look for pre-owned dresses is a brick and mortar consignment shop. Remember to always ask the clerk if they have any wedding dresses there. Don’t assume they don’t carry any if you don’t see it displayed in the store. Some wedding dresses can be quite bulky and are stored in the back.

Online sites such as Bravo Bride and Once Wed are another great resource. They specialize in bringing brides together to buy and sell wedding dresses. These online marketplaces let brides who no longer want their dress to post on there and sell it at deep discounts to new brides looking to find one. They will often include lengthy descriptions of how the dress looks with lots of pictures so the buyer has enough information to make a purchasing decision.

Besides being able to get your wedding dress cheap, there are other benefits for buying used wedding dresses. One of the best reasons is that it is extremely eco-friendly. By recycling these dresses, you are making a great contribution to the environment. Instead of ordering a dress months in advance at a bridal boutique and go in for numerous fittings to make sure it fits perfectly, if you try on a used dress that fits well, you can take it home immediately. Any kind of imperfection can be fixed by a skilled tailor. You can score a brand name dress that you can actually afford. Last but not least, most wedding dresses do not go out of style so quickly. Dresses from a few seasons ago are still trendy today, so you will still look like the fashionable bride that you are.

Top 10 Wedding Dress Shopping Mistakes

There are many common mistakes brides make when they come wedding dress shopping – often because they are underprepared or unwilling to think beyond the ideal vision that they have in their head. But wedding dress shopping needn’t be stressful, or fruitless, or time-consuming. Here are our top 10 mistakes that brides make when shopping for a wedding dress – try to avoid these and you should be fine!

1. Not knowing their budget

Unless you really do have an unlimited amount to spend, you should have an idea of what you can afford. Obviously your budget will go a lot further if you choose to shop for discount wedding dresses, from a factory outlet or discount designer store, but you still need to know what your limit is.

2. Not considering extra costs

When you budget for your outfit, you need to remember that you will be wearing more than just a dress! You need to consider your shoes, underwear, a veil if you will be wearing one, any jewellery you don’t already own (I’m guessing most of us didn’t have a tiara before we got married!), and even your hair and make up should be included.

3. Bringing too many people

You should definitely bring someone. Many people bring their mum and a sister or a close friend. Whoever you choose, they should be people you trust to give an honest opinion but also not try to influence you to choose a dress they like rather than the one you like! Any more than two people and you’re going to end up with too many different viewpoints, which can get confusing for you. Besides, you want your wedding dress to be a surprise for as many people as possible on the big day!

4. Getting all made up to come wedding dress shopping

Okay, so wedding dress shopping feels more special than normal shopping, but there really is no need to get all dressed up for us! You should make sure that you are wearing a well-fitting bra if you are likely to need extra support under your wedding dress, but apart from that, casual is fine. In fact, we would prefer you didn’t wear any make up that could get smudged off on to the dresses.

5. Shopping too early (or too late!)

Shopping too late is less of a concern for shopping at wedding dress factory outlets, for example, as these dresses don’t need to be made from scratch for you, but you should still aim to leave enough time for any alterations. As for shopping too early, you really need to at least have the wedding date booked, and preferably the venue, as both of these decisions will influence what style of dress you choose. Also, if you aren’t ready to make the purchase, you could fall in love with a dress that isn’t available when you have the money ready.

6. Not having done a bit of research before

It’s all very well having an open mind as to what style of dress you want, but you should have some idea about what you like. Knowing your venue will help (beach weddings have a very different dress code to church weddings!), but take the time to look at some pictures and see what appeals to you. Perhaps you prefer plainer dresses to the more detailed ones, or a detachable train to a built in one. If you have no idea where to start, it can be a bit bewildering to look at all the wedding dresses on the rails!

7. Only trying one style on

Conversely, being adamant you will only try on white strapless ballgowns, may mean you miss out on a dress that would suit you more, as well as restricting your choice somewhat.

8. Trying to buy a smaller size saying “I’ll lose weight before the wedding”

It’s so easy to say, but not as easy to achieve, and while we’re not saying that you won’t lose weight before your big day, it is worth remembering that most dresses can be taken in by as many as four sizes without affecting the style. Letting a dress out is much more difficult, and if it is possible, you will only be able to let it out by one size. So choose a dress that fits now, and have it taken in when you lose that weight!

9. Forgetting they have to spend a whole day in the dress

This sounds obvious, but many people will try a dress on and decide to buy it without even trying to sit down in it. The wedding dress is for more than just the ceremony, so think about how comfortable it will be to wear while sitting down, eating and even dancing in. This is particularly important with corset style bodices that can be restricting, and fishtail dresses, which if too closely fitted can stop you being able to sit down at all!

10. Buying a dress you don’t love

This is YOUR dress. It should be the dress that you keep comparing all other dresses to (I still do this 4 years after my wedding, and so far, I still love my wedding dress more than any other!). Choosing a dress because it made your mother well up, or just because it has a coloured trim that will match the bridesmaid’s dresses is really not advisable. You aren’t planning to do this more than once, so make sure to buy the wedding dress of your dreams.

Finding The Right Diamond Wedding Ring Set

The main symbol for the sacred bond between two spouses is the wedding ring. It means different things to different people, but overall it primarily symbolizes love and commitment. Wedding rings have been used for many centuries and the meaning behind them has changed very little over this period of time. This great meaning behind the rings is why choosing the perfect diamond wedding ring set for a woman is extremely important. By finding the one that fits her style and personality the best, you are showing that you understand her completely and that you are committed to her wholeheartedly.

Originally when wedding rings came about, they were made from grass and have interwoven together. Over time the rings began to be created using metal in order to make them last longer. Now we use precious metals and diamonds in wedding rings to symbolize the intense love that exists between the couple. The metals that are used today are gold, silver, platinum, and titanium. When a man gives a woman a diamond wedding ring set, it is composed of two separate bands. One of the rings are given when the man proposes and the other ring is given during the wedding ceremony. Many times the first ring, the engagement ring, has a larger diamond on it.

When you choose a diamond wedding ring set for your future bride, you need to pick it based on her personality and style. There are so many rings to choose from that this can seem overwhelming when you get started. One of the first things you need to do before shopping for a diamond wedding ring set is to come up with a budget for the rings. Sometimes after men go looking at the rings, they find that most of the rings exceed their original budget and so they decide to do a payment plan in order to purchase a higher end diamond wedding ring set.

The next thing you need to decide on when picking out a diamond wedding ring set is the type of metal. Does your girlfriend wear more gold or silver? If she wears silver, you will have more metal options. The most common ones to consider will be white gold and platinum. White gold is shinier, but platinum is more durable.

The next things to decide on are the number of diamonds and the cuts of the diamonds. Do you want just one large diamond, or do you want a large diamond with smaller ones next to it for the engagement ring? Look around at different cuts to see which one best fits your girlfriend’s style. When deciding on the size of the diamonds in the diamond wedding ring set, you will need to not only consider your budget, but also how much your girlfriend wears jewelry. If she wears very little, she may be more interested in smaller diamonds. If she likes to get dressed up a lot and wear different jewelry, she may be more into the bigger diamonds.

There are a number of things to consider when picking out the perfect diamond wedding ring set, but as you begin your search you will be able to start narrowing down your search quickly if you take everything one step at a time.