The Pros and Cons of Pre-owned Wedding Dresses

Guest Post By:
Robin T. Jones
If your budget is tight for your wedding, you may be considering pre-owned or second hand wedding dresses to help cut costs.

While many brides are considering this option today, it's not necessarily the best option for everyone. You'll find that there are both pros and cons to consider before you make this decision.

To help you decide if this is the right route for you, here is a look at the pros and cons.

The Pros

1. One of the main pros that you'll enjoy if you go with pre-owned or second hand wedding dresses is the big savings. One of the main reasons that brides ever choose this option is because their budget is tight. In most cases, you'll pay a small percentage of the original cost of the dress. Simply wearing the dress for a day is going to significantly drop the value of the dress.

2. If you want a gown made by a designer but you can't afford it, you may be able to find a pre-owned designer gown for a lower cost. This may let you have the dress you have dreamed of without going into deep debt for the dress.

3. Another of the pros of pre-owned wedding dresses is that you are making a great choice for the environment. Instead of having new materials made, you are basically recycling a dress that is already in existence. If you are trying to be environmentally conscious during your wedding, this may be the right choice for you.

The Cons

Of course, while there are definitely benefits to purchasing pre-owned or second hand wedding dresses, there are a few cons to consider too.

1. One of the big cons is that someone has already gotten married in this gown. Many women want to only imagine themselves in the dress and they want it to be special.

2. Another con is that often the dress is no longer in perfect condition. There may be a bit of damage, such as a stain or a small tear.

3. Some women worry about what other people are going to think if they are going with pre-owned wedding dresses. Some are self-conscious that someone will look down on them or ask them about the dress. No one wants people to think less of them, so this is often what holds some brides back from making this type of decision for her dress.

You definitely don't want to feel embarrassed and self-conscious on your wedding day, which is why some brides are a bit leery of making the decision to go with a wedding dress that was already worn by a bride in the past.

Now that you're aware of the pros and cons, you can make an informed decision on whether second hand or pre-owned wedding dresses are the right option for you. In many cases, the pros do outweigh the cons, especially if you happen to be on a tight budget. Just make this decision with all the information so you make the right choice for your wedding.

Here is a list of very reputable online shops that sell pre-owned wedding dresses:


Q. Would you consider wearing a pre-owned dress for your wedding day?

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