Thinking of buying your wedding dress online? It’s no longer the risky venture it used to be. You can certainly save money, as long as you understand the pros and cons. Here’s how to avoid the pitfalls so you invest in a dress you love for less.
For today’s brides-to-be the most popular way to find your dream dress is to look at the latest collections of wedding dresses online, seek out local stockists and try a handful of gowns before you buy ‘the one’. If you’re actually buying your wedding dress online, here’s what you need to consider:
Know your style
Knowing which styles suit your shape is a good start. Find The Best Wedding Dress for Your Body Shape. Then before you place your order:
It’s important to get properly measured and have all your measurements written down before you start looking as not every designer uses the same set of measurements. A size 8 wedding dress for instance is closer to a UK high street size 10 and a US high street size 4 or 6. Don’t get caught out.
Consider the drawbacks
The two main drawbacks to buying online are that you cannot touch the fabric or try the gown on before ordering. Remember the old adage that you get what you pay for. Duchess satin and real silk gowns with hand-sewn beading or embroidery created by a bridal designer or couturier will always cost more.
Read the small print
Do read the shipping, exchanges, returns and refunds policies before ordering and leave plenty of time for postage, possible exchanges, dress fittings and adjustments. Check the return and exchange policy as some sites will allow you to return the gown but charge a fee for doing so. You could also have to pay your own postage to return the dress. You would not be able to return or exchange a made-to-order gown.
Find a dressmaker
Unless you’re extremely lucky, you might have to make adjustments to your dress to make sure it fits just right. Use a reputable dressmaker you trust, with plenty of experience in tailoring wedding gowns.
A word of caution about fake designer gowns. Be very careful buying from overseas dress makers who show an image of a designer gown and claim to be able to produce an exact replica for hundreds of pounds less. Find out Why Not to Buy a Fake Designer Wedding Dress.
Where to look
Try Kitty and Dulcie for brand new gowns online or Still White for pre-loved (that’s a nice way of saying second-hand) wedding dresses. Still White is the UK’s #1 marketplace to buy and sell your second hand wedding dress.
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