Special to OneWed by Gabi Gesch from BravoBride.com
In a world where technology dominates, is it a surprise that buying wedding dresses online is a rising trend? What you can’t find in a store, you will find on the Internet… and probably for less too. If purchasing a dress online is in your future, keep in mind these helpful tips as you browse around the great-big WWW.
1. Know What You Are Looking For
Having an idea of what you are looking for is a great start, but actually knowing what wedding dress
you want will make shopping online a whole lot easier. Go to wedding shops and boutiques
to try on dresses prior to hitting up the shops online. This will not only give you more confidence when you do start looking online, but it will also save you time. When you find a dress that you are interested in be sure to take note on the designer, style number and the size. Again, this will help you track it down online much faster.
2. Find a Vendor You Trust
There are a lot of people selling dresses online, and whether you plan on purchasing new or pre-owned you should always choose your vendor wisely. If multiple vendors carry your dress
, which is inevitable, comparison shop. Things to compare are:
– Keep in mind that prices that seem too good to be true may be just that. Be sure to check vendor ratings
and all other details that would lead to such a great price before clicking the 'buy' button.
- A picture says a thousand words, so find vendors with pictures of the item you are looking for. Photos will reassure you that you have the correct item and should give you an idea of the condition of the dress. If there are any flaws to the dress, the vendor should point them out via photo and text so that there are no surprises when you receive the dress (this is especially true when purchasing a used wedding dress
- You can find return policies on the same page as the dress details, the final page of purchase or within the vendor’s policy. Be sure you find where the return policy is and check it out. Going over a websites policy is usually a good idea in any case. They often cover FAQs, shipping and handling details and any fees they charge if they do return items. If you are purchasing from an individual, such as Craigslist or BrideBride.com
, each individual will have different returns policies, which brings me to my next bullet…
d.Method of payments
- PayPal, Escrow.com, Google Checkout and credit cards are all major payment methods of purchasing items online, but which is right for you? Make sure you do your research of the service the vendor is using when collecting payments. Knowing the policies of the third-party payment service being used, or even your credit card provider, could prevent future frustration if fraud is involved. Do not use cash, check or money order when dealing with online purchases as these do not have the security that is offered from the previously mentioned services.
3. Purchase Your Dress Early
After you purchase your wedding dress you have to consider how long it will take to arrive, how long it will take if you need to alter it and how long it is going to take you to find accessories
to go with it. Some dresses can take up to six months to arrive! This is especially true if you are purchasing a made to-order-dress. Being someone who waits until the last second to pick out an outfit, I know that it’s hard to pick out a dress nine to seven months ahead of time, but I also know that purchasing a dress so far in advance will definitely lift a load off your shoulders. As the wedding day approaches, brides have so much to stress over, having your bridal gown secure and ready to go will be a reassuring feeling that any bride will want to have.
If you find yourself in the market for buying a wedding dress on the Internet, following these tips will help alleviate stress that can build when making such an important purchase online.