Planning a wedding can be a huge financial strain, particularly in today’s world as we move away from the old tradition of our parents paying for the majority of the expenses; many of us are now responsible for funding our entire wedding celebration. Because of this, many couples on a budget have to conjure up ideas on how to save on certain aspects of their wedding. This may include deciding to buy a second hand dress or to rent one for the day, or in the run up to the exciting day, looking at buying AAA replica bags (to look great once married life starts!) instead of those disappointingly expensive designer brands.
As many brides will tell you, there’s nothing quite like walking into a bridal store and finding ‘the one’ – the dress that makes you light up as soon as you put it on; the dress that makes you feel like every little girl dreams she would on her wedding day – like a princess. However, because this is usually a large expense item, and the fact that it will only be worn once in your lifetime, makes it an unpractical expense for a bride on a low budget. I doubt you will hear many brides admitting they would prefer to wear a second hand dress on their big day, which poses the question: is there anything wrong with wearing a pre-owned wedding gown on your big day, and would you wear one?
In some cultures there is a superstition that wearing a dress previously worn by another bride is bad luck; while others simply see it as less than ideal; something a bride wouldn’t admit unless she absolutely had to. But realistically, why pay $5000 for a dress, when you can pay half that or less for the same dress, worn only once and professionally cleaned before you’ve even put it on?
Pre-loved wedding gowns are becoming more and more available; from online auction sites such as Quicksales to brick and mortar businesses providing wedding dress rentals, such as Loveliness. Another bonus to wearing a pre-owned dress is that you can afford a designer gown which you may not have been able to if you bought it brand new.
Some brides, however would prefer to buy a brand new dress, regardless of the cost, and simply can’t bear the thought of wearing a dress on possibly the biggest day of their lives, worn before by another.
The most important thing to remember when purchasing a wedding dress is not the cost or ‘newness’ of the item, but the memories which are made while wearing the dress – which will be created regardless of the condition of the dress.
With an abundance of gorgeous pre-loved wedding gowns available at affordable prices, why wouldn’t you consider this an option? Or is it just something you would never compromise on, no matter how tight your budget was? Tell us your thoughts below.
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