Buying Your Wedding Dress Online

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It is possible for a bride-to-be to know instantly the right dress for her just by looking at a picture on the screen of her computer.  No trawling round bridal shops to try on endless dresses and no humming and arring about what style of dress suits you or makes you look too heavy or too slim.  If this sounds like you then purchasing your dress online could be the option for you.

Buying your dress should be a momentous occasion in your life and it could be the most expensive item you ever buy.  What you hope for is something to make you look stunning as well as being comfortable enough to wear it for a whole day, you should love your dress and enjoy wearing it so that when you look at the photographs many years later you will still love it and think how wonderful you look.  The feelings that it will bring back are sure to bring a smile to your face every time.

Tips For Buying Your Wedding Dress Online

You must decide whether you want to buy a brand new dress or if you are comfortable about wearing a second hand gown.  Buying online, whether the dress is new or used, could save you a considerable amount of money.  Following are a few pointers to get you started:

  • As with anything relating to the wedding, set yourself a budget and stick to it.  Consider if your budget will also include all the accessories that go with a dress such as the shoes and the petticoat and veil etc.
  • Be aware that online stores may say they have designer dresses but in actual fact these are usually replica dresses and not the real thing.
  • Be flexible with the styles you like as you may not find exactly what you are looking for.
  • Be sure to check the dress thoroughly for any marks or rips when it arrives.  If you find any defects contact the seller immediately.
  • Be sure to take accurate body measurements.
  • Be wary of the adverts that are too good to be true.  If you really feel like you have found an amazing deal, research everything about it in as much detail as possible.
  • Buy your underwear before buying the dress so that when you put your gown on for the first time it will fit smoothly.
  • Check the return policy on your seller’s site.
  • Consider that buying outside of your own country may cause problems if you need to return the dress for any reason.
  • Do you know someone who can make alterations for you at a reasonable price if the dress needs a little tweaking?
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the dress you are interested in.  If the advert doesn’t tell you what colour the dress is or you can’t make it out from the photograph, ask!  If it doesn’t indicate the type of fasteners it has at the back or if it comes with a matching veil then ask!
  • If you are buying a second hand dress, make sure you ask for the measurements of the dress as well as the height of the bride who wore it, plus check if it has already had alterations done to it.
  • If you are using an auction site to buy your dress, make sure you check out the seller’s feedback rating and see what other customers have said about their dresses.
  • If you have your heart set on a real designer dress then you should check out the sites that advertise once worn dresses.
  • Look around the internet and do plenty of research as you can find some really good quality dresses.
  • Look for sites that have a safe trader system available which will ensure the seller is paid and your item is delivered.  If this is not an option then go for a site which has some sort of insurance when you pay for it.
  • Make some notes about the type of dress you are looking for before you start your research as you may be able to do an advanced search that will help you further.
  • Once you have your dress picked, particularly if it is a designer label dress, see if you can find it elsewhere online to ensure that you are getting it at a bargain price.
  • Order your dress well in advance of your wedding day to allow for postage and any alterations you might need.
  • Remember that you need to be patient and easy-going if considering this option.
  • See if the seller also distributes bridesmaid’s dresses, especially if they are a similar design to your dress or from the same range.
  • Take your time, don’t wake up one morning and think you will buy your dress online that day.  When checking out various websites look at how much dresses have gone for in the past and pick a couple to watch if they are up for auction so you get a rough idea of how much you will pay.
  • When you find a dress you like, if it doesn’t already have them, ask the seller for photographs of every angle of the dress.  You might love the front of the dress but hate the train.

Each website you look at will usually have instructions on how to get the best out of their site and how to navigate around it in order to find what you are looking for.

You can save yourself a huge chunk of your budget buying your wedding dress this way and after your big day is over you have the option yourself of perhaps re-selling it to get some money back, you could donate it to charity or you could even take part in a trash the wedding dress photo shoot.

Buying anything online can be risky but your wedding dress makes it doubly important that you research extensively and look for vendors with a good reputation.  Try not to become too stressed when searching online, remember looking for your wedding gown is meant to be a fun and enjoyable experience!