Today’s guest blog post comes from Britta Barts, owner of the online Salon – Dream Bridal. Dream Bridal specializes in offering new, sample and gently worn designer wedding gowns. In her blog post Britta is going to discuss how to purchase a wedding gown from a private seller.
BUYING A ONCE WORN GOWN GUIDE FOR BRIDES
Dream Bridal specializes in selling new, sample and gently worn designer gowns at prices 25-75% below retail. We are a trusted online resource for authentic, luxury gowns, offered at a fraction of the cost. Today’s bride dreams about wearing couture on her Big Day. But in today’s economy, many brides are disappointed that their dreams can’t be realized. At Dream Bridal, everyday is a sample sale, and we’re a true find for today’s bride who seeks affordable luxury.
We sometimes can’t find a match for every bride, and in those instances there is always the opportunity for brides to purchase a once worn gown from an individual seller. There are however, some very important steps to remember when moving forward with this type of purchase. It is a large sum of money and more importantly, it is a very emotionally charged transaction. This isn’t your casual Ebay ‘Buy It Now’ purchase which doesn’t generate sleepless nights and possible panic attacks.
Dream Bridal is here to keep you financially and emotionally safe. Should you choose to purchase a gown from private seller, please allow us to walk you through some very important dress buying pointers before going it alone out on the Information Superhighway.
Buyer Beware. When it comes to purchasing a wedding gown from an individual, be sure to ask lots, and lots, and lots of questions. It is a ‘buyer-beware’ type of purchase, and selling brides don’t generally offer a return policy if the gown turns out to be something it isn’t. Many brides do take good care of their gowns and there are many sellers who do represent their gowns truthfully. However, we have both acquired and consigned gowns that were definitely not as represented to us. If a bride would have received the same gown, well, she would have freaked to put it mildly.
A Picture is Priceless. Make sure the selling bride offers photos of the actual gown she’s selling, and not just stock photos of the dress on a runway model. These types of photos give the illusion that the gown is in runway perfect condition. Plus, it is important to get full length and close up shots of both the front and the back of the gown to determine that the gown is, in fact, the gown that is being sold.
Authenticity Is Key. Unless you are in the market for a replica gown, it is important to get comfortable that the gown you are buying is the real designer deal. Ask the selling bride for receipts from her purchase, or ask if she has the original store/designer tags to the dress. Also, ask to see a photo of the designer label inside the gown. If the seller balks at these types of requests, it’s just not the right dress for you.
Condition, Condition, Condition. It is a party, and all party dresses will have some wear and tear after the party ends. Ask the seller whether she had the gown professionally cleaned and don’t be shy to ask whether she has the receipt for that cleaning. Be sure to ask about material defects – tears, stains, rips, zipper issues, hemline imperfections or other potentially big ticket repair items that need to be addressed. Any unknown can add extra expense to the price of the gown. Remember, there is no such thing as a ‘perfect’ once worn gown. A ‘great condition’ or ‘refreshed to like new’ once worn gown are more realistic and accurate descriptions.
Devil in the Details. Get a clear understanding of the altered measurements of the gown. Confirm the altered bust, waist and hip measurements, and the selling bride’s height with heels. Confirm the color of the gown, or the color combination in case the gown is made of multiple materials. Also, if the bride is pictured wearing a veil, sash or other accessory, ask whether those items are included in the sale. It never hurts!
We hope you’ll let Dream Bridal do all the heavy lifting when it comes to purchasing a gently worn party dress. If you decide to go it alone, keeping these five steps in mind will ensure a smooth, seamless, and most importantly, stress-free transaction. A buying bride, with fulfilled expectations, is a happy bride. Let the good times roll!
Here are a couple of examples of what Dream Bridal has to offer their brides:
Designer: Jenny Packham
Retail Price: $4,550
DB Price: $2,400
Designer: Jenny Packham
Retail Price: $5,700
DB Price: $2,650
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