The first thing many brides think about when their other half has popped the question is their wedding dress (although lets be honest many of us have had a sketch or at least a scrap book of all the ones we like for a while).
And in our excitement for all things sparkly and new the first point of call for these is either a highstreet bridal boutique, designer frock from Harrods,or a designer’s own store. Some may even push the bridal boat out further deciding to get a couture one made.
However what many of us forget about when were planning our bridal budget is that you can find your perfect designer frock for a fraction of the price by opting for second hand.
We know there’s a certain element of snobbiness still associated with these and many of us will remember the smell that used to hit us, but we know, and we’re talking from personal experience that second hand clothing is actually as good as highstreet if not more, especially if you’re a vintage kind of girl.
Still not convinced? Think of it this way, the money that you save on a second hand wedding dress can be used to help you pay down debt, purchase a house or something of that nature. Plus, a second hand wedding dress can be unique and different.
Now we’ve got you’re attention there’s a range of different places you can pick up a second hand gem. Firstly online.SellyourWeddingdress is a site that specialises in second hand wedding dresses and arranges them in different sizes so you can browse easily. AlmostNewWeddingdresses is another site, which arranges dresses by designers in alphabetical order.
And of course there’s Ebay where you can find a huge amount of second hand wedding dresses. However, a word of caution here; make sure the seller is legitimate and if you can, arrange to collect it. Also check the condition of the frock on the details to make sure there aren’t any listed rips. If the frock comes with anything not mentioned in the description then you can legally send it back.
If you fancy trying before buying then why not hit a charity shop. There are a range of stores specially set up for this, including St Anne’s hospice in Cheshire as well as Oxfam in Cambridge where you’ll find a huge selection of dresses. However, you may need to factor dry cleaning into the cost of a frock from one of these stores, which is around £100. You can also browse the Oxfam site for a range of dresses.
If you still don’t have any luck then why not be bold. Place an ad in your local paper. Identify the size and style you’re looking for and ask interested parties to contact you. Yes it really does work!