When choosing to buy a used wedding dress for your big day, there are a multitude of questions that need to be asked and considered before making your purchase.
Questions to ask the seller:
What is your method of cleaning and preserving?
This question will let you know whether or not the dress was professionally cleaned before being put up for sale. Having your used wedding gown professionally cleaned is a must-have. This ensures that any dirt, grime, or stains that may have happened with the previous owner have been taken care of. The last thing you want to do after making your purchase is having to worry about how to get it in it’s best condition before your big day.
What are the specific measurements of the dress?
Asking this question will ensure that you and your seller are on the same page when it comes to measurement and sizing inquiries. This question should also answer if the previous bride had any alterations done to the gown.
Ask for personal references.
By asking this, you are able to discover whether or not the seller is legitimate and trust-worthy.
What is the history associated with this dress?
Learning when the past wedding was, and in what type of location will help you better gauge what kind of condition this wedding dress will be in.
Do you have the receipt?
Being shown the receipt will help you know whether or not you are purchasing a knock off or not. This also helps you know what the original price was, helping you decide whether or not you are getting a good deal or not.
What am I going to be getting with this purchase?
Asking this question may encourage the seller to throw in any accessories that they wore with the dress. It never hurts to ask this question because it will save you in the long run from having to go out on your own and purchase additional merchandise.
Do you have any pictures of you in the wedding dress?
By asking this you are able to receive visual proof of what the dress looks like when it is being worn. Even asking the seller to Skype is a good option, you will be able to see in real-time what the gown looks like.
Red Flags to be Aware of:
If interested in a listing online, you should be able to find the contact information of the seller easily. If it is not listed, consider this a red flag.
If the gown seems to be too-good-to-be-true, it probably is. Although used wedding dresses are cheaper than buying it retail, used gowns should only be about 40% cheaper than the original.
If buying online, read the reviews. If people have had a bad experience with the seller, they are more than likely going to post their experience on the site as a way to warn future buyers.