How to Buy a Wedding Dress Online

You can save big dollars by buying online, but you have to be a very flexible, patient & easy-going bride to pull this off.


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    Research the type of dress you want. Know what you’re looking for before you start looking for dresses for sale, but don’t have your heart set on something really specific.
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    Research the market. On online auctions, you can “watch” other sales which will give you a much better idea of what you can expect to spend. Take at least a couple of weeks to get a good idea of what these dresses are selling for.
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    Set a budget. (Keep in mind that you may also have to purchase a veil, petticoat, shoes, and underwear as well. You are likely to also have to get a professional fitting before the wedding.)
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    Have your measurements taken by a professional so that you will have them available when you purchase your dress. Make sure that you a wearing the same type of bra that you’ll wear under your gown.
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    Research the seller. If you’re looking on an auction site, read the seller’s feedback, make sure they’ve sold wedding gowns before, and make sure that the recipients of those gowns have been happy with their purchases.
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    Ensure that the dress will arrive will plenty of time to spare before your wedding.
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    Look at pictures from the front, back, and side. (Keep in mind that the pictures for “new” dresses are probably rip-offs from big wedding gown designers, so don’t expect your dress to be identical)
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    Ask questions. Is the dress used? Is it made to suit your measurements? Does it require a petticoat to be purchased separately? Can a veil be made to match? Is it white or ivory? What material is it made of? What material is the detailing made of? Does it have a zipper, corset, or buttons to do it up?
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    Once you’ve chosen a gown you like, join the auction without going over your budget, or use the “buy now” option if you’re happy with the offered price.
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    When paying for any big item online, it’s best if you can pay using some kind of safe-trader system. This is where you pay a safe trader company the price of the item, the company advises the seller that you’ve paid and it’s paid to the seller once the item has been delivered. This is good for peace-of-mind.
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    As soon as the dress arrives, check for any defects and have these sorted out with the seller ASAP. If the seller does not fix it herself, she may give you a gift or partial refund to cover the cost of having the work done.
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    Look gorgeous on your wedding day!!


  • Think about getting a used dress because these can be of exceptional quality (and genuine designers rather than rip-offs) at hugely marked-down prices.
  • Before you buy your dress, find someone who can alter it for you so you're not locked into the place where you bought it. This can save you money. If you buy a dress that is bigger than your present size, they will have plenty to work with. This allows you to buy a dress that you find that is at a good price or is just the one you've dreamed of without worrying about it being gone later.


  • If you have your heart set on a particular dress with particular detailing, don't buy online. You are not likely to be happy with something that isn't exactly what you want. Buying online is for easy-going brides only!!
  • If you plan to have your dress altered, make sure you get references on the person or company you will be using.
  • Check the credibility of the online company. Some stores have been selling rip-off designer dresses well below recommended retail price to disappointed brides. Check the price of your dress on the designer's official website, you can also call an authorized representative of the designer to check if the online rep is official. If the dress is advertised for a price well below the recommended it is probably a fake. Check 'The Bridal Blacklist' blog for any information for sites based in America - they have just published a blog about Anjolique rip-offs.
  • Give yourself plenty of time. If you can't wait for delayed delivery or tedious alterations, this is not the method for you.

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