Second-hand Wedding Gowns: Would You Wear One?

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Something old,

something new,

something borrowed,

something blue

Is a once-worn wedding gown for you?

Walking down the aisle in a hand-me-down dress has become popular nowadays. Not only because it’s cheaper, but also because it’s easier to find.

However, before making your gown your “something borrowed,” you should first consider a few factors. To help you decide, here are the pros and cons of getting a once-used gown for your big day.

Pros

1. It’s cheaper.

As I mentioned earlier, opting for a previously-owned gown will save you money (lots of money). While a brand new gown can cost you thousands, a used dress can go as low as half the original cost. Even after paying for the alterations, the entire cost would still be lesser than something new. Let’s face it. If money is an issue, a once-worn dress is the solution to your problems. You can stay within budget and look spectacular at the same time.

2. It’s convenient.

With the emergence of so many second-hand wedding websites and shops, buying a dress off the rack would be very easy. While finding the right designer for your new gown might be daunting, second-hand shops are plentiful and can give you many options to choose from.

3. It’s sentimental.

When you wear the same dress your mother, grandmother, aunt or cousin wore when they walked down the aisle, you’re sharing a wonderful experience together. Not only does it convey intimacy and closeness, it also makes your relatives beam with pride.

4. It has vintage designs

Vintage gowns are classy. If you’re one who loves the look of the 60s, 70s or 80s, finding your wedding dress among used gowns is the best option for you. There are numerous beautifully designed vintage clothing that you can choose from. Explore an endless amount of choices and pick the one that suits your taste.

Cons

1. It’s stained.

One huge disadvantage when buying used wedding dresses is that they may be stained or dirty from previous use. Others become discolored because of being kept for too long. Trying to remove the stain yourself will only worsen the situation so if the situation arises, better turn to the expertise of a professional dry cleaner or gown specialist.

2. It’s not what you really want.

When you were younger, did you already have a clear picture of what your wedding dress would look like? Buying a second-hand gown will not give you the dress of your dreams. Also, used dresses may look different on the Internet and up close. The size, color or condition might not be what you expected.

3. It’s design might be a wee too old.

While vintage dresses can be the way to go, they can also be way too old-fashioned. If you want a more trendy, modern design for your gown, having a new one is the best option. It can sometimes be hard to find a second-hand dress that still shows the current fashion and freshest looks.

4. It pressures you.

Wearing an inherited gown may be sentimental, but it can also cause unwanted pressure. Some moms are very persuasive in letting their daughters wear their wedding gown – leaving them no more room for choice! If you like the freedom to choose your own dress style, color or design, have a new one made especially for you.

Conclusion

Wedding dress planning is a crucial stage. But with the proper resources, you will be able to make a decision that works for you. Believe me, the last thing you would want to regret is your dress choice.

You be the judge. After all, it’s your wedding day.

About the author:

Melissa Page is a professional writer who loves everything about weddings. She blogs for Music for Scotland, a premier live music agency who presents regular wedding band showcases in Glasgow. When she’s not busy writing, she hangs out with her friends in a coffee shop.

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