Who Says You Have To Pay For It All?

One of our beginning posts was about  gown shopping and what to look for when you go to your appointment (not to worry, we’ll have more posts soon about this subject!).  As always, one of my sticking points was knowing your budget before trying on gowns. I had made the suggestion that if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, but want a designer gown, to consider purchasing a resale gown. 

PERSONAL FAVORITE:  PreownedWeddingDresses.com

Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses (POWD) has over 7,200 dresses that are new sample dresses or used gowns (ah hem, used meaning worn once for may be 8 hours).  You can sort by designer, size, best deals, dresses they love, and their most popular choices.  POWD will help you find your dream dress at 10-90% off of the retail price, with over 700 accessories to match.  They don’t have a physical location 

Want to sell your dress? You can do that as well.  POWD lets brides know that about 40% of the dresses that are listed actually sold. The competition comes from the new sample dresses they receive which haven’t been worn.  I saw a sample Vera Bradley gown, never worn, for $3,800 (from this previous season!).  I think that calls for a toast.

Don’t just settle for a dress because it’s in your price range. If there’s a will, there’s a way- do your research and homework to find out how you can find your dress at the price you need it to be.    Prices on POWD are determined by the seller.  If the dress you want is pre-owned, you have a better chance of being able to work with the seller on negotiating the price.

If you're worried about not having your gown be "your own".. psh!  It is your own because the day you purchase it and say "I do" to ghte gown, it becomes yours. And who says anyone has to know your gown is a sample or pre-owned.... a lot more people do it than you think, and you would never know :)