Benefits of Used Wedding Dresses

Weddings are more than just the wedding dress. Your wedding guests have a different task on their hands… choosing dresses to wear for your big day out. As a bride you cannot expect to spend all your money on your wedding gown when there are also other things to consider such as the wedding venue, the food, the entertainment, the entourage and many other things. If you have a low budget for your wedding day, you might want to consider renting a wedding gown or purchasing a used wedding dress.

Buying a pre-owned wedding dress can be less expensive than renting. Although it is perfectly okay to purchase an expensive dress when you can afford it, you should remember that you will only be wearing your wedding dress once. There is a lot of very gently used wedding dresses out there which will look simply gorgeous on you.

Buying vs. Renting

A wedding dress can cost from as little as $100 to as much as $1,000, depending on the style, material and designer. A pre-owned wedding dress can cost just a fraction and you can find a lot of haute couture designer wedding dresses which are affordable. The cost of a rental wedding dress can start as low as $200 up to $600. You may also be required to pay a damage deposit of $200. Add that up and that can be as much or even more than the cost of a pre-owned wedding gown.

If you want to find pre-owned designer wedding dress without spending an arm and a leg, you need to do your research. Know what your size is, the price that the wedding dress retails for and the amount which you are willing to pay.


Most of the time alterations have to be made to the dress for it to fit you perfectly. You can do the alterations you desire if you purchase a pre-owned wedding gown. However, only minimal alterations are allowed.


When you opt for a pre-owned wedding dress, you need not worry about time restrictions. You can keep it for as long as you like and you need not wake up early in order to return it in time. After all, there are penalty costs to late returns. On the other hand, rental wedding dresses are often only delivered 1 to 3 days before wedding and they have to be returned a day after the wedding.


There is a wide selection of used wedding gowns available today. Finding a style that suits you may take some time but there is always something for you. There are various thrift stores and online stores which cater to brides-to-be who would like to purchase used wedding gowns.

Room for negotiation

When you rent gown in your local bridal shops, you will find that rental fees are fixed. If you choose to buy a pre-owned wedding dress, you haggle and negotiate the price. However, if you think that the dress is well worth the price, you should be ready to pay for it.

Do not fear if you are on a tight budget? You can always consider buying a used wedding dress.