February 4, 2009 at 12:23 pm #3676happymumblemumParticipant
Just wondered what other ladies thought about this???
I am getting married in September and I am looking for a pre loved Wedding Dress.
Even before the credit crunch, I coud not personally justify paying over 1k or whatever for a dress to be worn for a day.
After looking online there are amazing dresses out there on many different web sites 2nd hand for a FRACTION of the cost.
My only problem is I am tall and on the larger side so it may be more difficult ..but the amount of dresses in sizes 12-16 is astonishing.
Any way I mentioned this to a friend the other day and she was HORRIFIED!!! Any one would think I had told her I was planning to wear my tracksuit down the aisle
Tried to make a poll but failed miserablyFebruary 4, 2009 at 12:49 pm #69230ed1Participant
Yes definitely. Sure who would know, only yourself. When I got married(10.5 years ago) I only paid £350 for my dress and I loved it a the time. My friend paid over a grand the same year. I could not justify spending that on a dress that would be only worn once.
I think you should go with it and never mind what other say. Dont even tell them where you got it. Its only your business. 😀February 4, 2009 at 1:07 pm #69232scole1Member
sure why not…..as long as the thing fit and was nice and resonable….especially if on a budget……
have you found anything yet???February 4, 2009 at 1:22 pm #69237AnonymousInactive
I would have no problem either. I watch Xpose every evening and they did a report on Oxfam Bridal in Dublin. They have the most beautiful dresses including designer ones and most range from €200-€400
The website is http://www.oxfamireland.org/oxfambridal/
BSFebruary 4, 2009 at 1:28 pm #69238AnonymousInactive
By the way, the girl in the ‘Stories’ video is from Tullyallen. I know her. She spent a fortune on her dress and donated it to Oxfam Bridal. You really could get the dress of your dreams up thereFebruary 4, 2009 at 1:59 pm #69240munchinParticipant
yep i would
i actually got mine in Hickeys in Dublin, was only € 450 3 years ago, everything else i looked at was over a grand which i refused point blank to pay.
i know someone who wants very simple dress and has bought a bridesmaid dress in ivory – and apart from getting a dress that she loves she’s only piad a fraction of the cost for it. just an idea for cutting costs.February 4, 2009 at 4:43 pm #69252BabsMember
Absolutely!! I think it is a sin to say thousand(s) for a dress you will wear once!! In saying that I think you should feel special on the big day, but that shouldn’t need a large price tag!! You can try on loads in all the top bridal shops and then get a good dress maker to do it at a fraction of the cost!! I’d go and have a look in BHS in the north, Debenhams have lovely dresses too…but defo would consider a second hand one if it was a style I loved. Why not? It’s only been worn once by one person on a really happy day..spread the happiness!!! 😀February 4, 2009 at 4:50 pm #69254BeyondScarlettMember
haha "Any one would think I had told her I was planning to wear my tracksuit down the aisle"..
I can imagine a lot of gasp but i say keep it to yourself you wouldn’t want anyone wispering you got a second hand wedding dress while your walking down 😯 not that there’s shame in that but it get annoying. I say go for it, if you look like a million buck in it who has to know..spend it on the goodies/bubbly at dinner.February 4, 2009 at 4:51 pm #69255libby1Participant
I def would buy a second hand dress.
My dress cost £200 about 10 years ago, i got it made by my mil.
I would not buy anything that i would only wear once that would cost a lot of money..
My mam(rip) lived in second hand shops… when she died we brought back all the clothes back to them, she was a size 8 / 10.February 4, 2009 at 8:09 pm #69264Taylor5Member
Only joking of course I would, but this is the girl who almost got married in a pair of jeans as I had nothing to wear the week before I got marriedFebruary 4, 2009 at 9:25 pm #69268HappymammyMember
Definetely !!! Im borrowing my mates! If it doesnt suit me then its off the oxfam bridal for me! Why not sure who would know.February 5, 2009 at 8:33 am #69281mammycoolParticipant
The Oxfam bridal shop in Dublin are new dresses that are donated by the bridal shops at the end of each season. You can buy a new dress for anything from 100euro. I’d have had no problem going there if I knew about it at the time. You might need to get adjustments but it is a hell of a lot cheaper than an expensive dress.
My neighbour also got her wedding dress in a bridal shop in Duleek for about 100euro on sale. All these bridal shops have offers on dresses – usually the odd sizes.
I assume that you have the date and all set – if not, I would recommend getting married on a weekday. I got married three years ago in November on a weekend – got a huge discount from the hotel(also a lovely sunny day, just a little chilly).February 5, 2009 at 9:10 am #69289happymumblemumParticipant
Yes we are doing a week day! Only to be awkward really lol!!
Sounds like I am not alone in this!
I would nt mind people knowing it was second hand, every one who knows me well would laugh!! And I am not one to give a rats arse what people say any way!
Was just interested to see if I was the only one who would do this!February 5, 2009 at 10:50 am #69308DinomumMember
I think your dead right…its lunacy to spend loads of money on a dress you will only wear once, put it towards a really good party instead !!February 5, 2009 at 10:53 am #69310Taylor5Member
Alot of hotels are doing discounts as large as 20% for weddings but be warned they expect anything for 1 to 3 hotels to go to the wall every week in Ireland, I wouldnt like to be handing over big deposits then being left in teh lurch
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