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Save Big With a Used Wedding Dress

Aug 9, 2008
If you don't want to shell out a lot of money for your wedding dress, you are not alone. I saved a lot of money on my dress by buying something that was deeply discounted because it was a year off-season. If you can't find something you like this way, then you might want to consider looking at used wedding dresses. Before you dismiss the idea, remember that many women do this when they use their mother's or their grandmother's wedding dress for their wedding day. I know getting a stranger's dress is not the same thing, but the principle is the same.

The great thing about used wedding dresses is that they have in most cases only been used once. Most people wear them for their wedding day and they are then cleaned and put away, or sold. Some used wedding dresses are sometimes brand new. Sometimes weddings are cancelled, as we all know, and the bride usually wants to get rid of the dress. This happens not only to get some of her money back, but also to get rid of the memory of the day that never happened.

A good place to start your search for the perfect used wedding dress is Ebay. Here you can find thousands of dresses in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Make sure the dress you want has measurements as close to yours as possible, so alterations are minimal. You may also want to check out local classifieds and second hand stores, although you won't get as much variety as you would online.

Once you have your used wedding dress in hand, you need to take it to the cleaners. Remember that this dress may or may not have been worn, and who really knows if it was cleaned afterwards or not. Play it safe and have it cleaned. It is also unlikely that the dress will fit you perfectly so take it in for alterations.

If you are really lucky, you will find a dress that fits perfectly, but this is a rarity. Most bridal stores will do alterations for you if you make an appointment, even if you didn't get your dress through them. Make sure you call ahead to find out though. If they can't, they may be able to refer you to someone who can.
About the Author
Gary Pearson is an accomplished niche website developer and author. To learn more about Wedding Dresses visit The Wedding Dress Shop for informative articles and discussions.
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