Tips for Buying or Selling a Pre-Owned Wedding Dress

Posted by Azure on April 3rd, 2009
Special Feature from Josie Daga, of PreOwned Wedding

Tips for Buyers: • Research the gown’s retail price online and in bridal boutiques. Knowing the market value will help you in your negotiations. • Whenever possible, try on the gown at a local store so you can see how it fits your figure.

• Ask detailed questions: when and where the gown was purchased, the fabric, detailing, alterations, flaws, cleaning, and storage. If the gown is over two years old, ask about yellowing of the fabric. Ask to see photographs of the gown from all angles, including details. • Confirm that a designer gown is authentic and not a copy. A certificate of authenticity, a photo of the label, or a copy of the original store receipt are ways to confirm this. Tips for Sellers: • Provide as much detail as possible about the fabric, the detailing, the fit, and alterations. Offer a copy of your original receipt. • Provide photographs from different angles, including full length shots of the dress front and back. Include photos of any detailing like beading or trim. Photos taken in natural light are best. • Be honest, accurate, and complete about any flaws, marks, pulls, tears, or stains. If the gown was a sample or used in a wedding, provide details about the amount of wear. For Both: • Get the buyer’s/seller’s full name, address and phone number. Use a protected payment service like or Paypal so you have recourse if an issue arises. For more advice, see

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