Reasons to buy a second hand wedding dress

Nowadays, we’re always looking not only for ways to cut costs, but also ways to recycle and reuse, and weddings are no exception. One way to both help the planet, and save some cash is to buy a preloved dress. A preloved wedding dress is a dress that has already been worn down the aisle, but is in good enough condition to be worn again. Brides advertise their once-worn dresses on online marketplaces like Bride2Bride to give other brides-to-be a chance to get their dream wedding dress for less. Comparably, buying second hand is much cheaper than buying brand new. This is a great way to cut costs if your budget is low, or you would rather put the money towards another aspect of your wedding. You’ll also be recycling a worn-once dress that might otherwise be gathering dust in someone’s wardrobe. Second hand dresses are generally marked down by between 40-80% of the retail price, depending on the designer and the condition of the dress. You may also be able to buy bridal ac…
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2019 Wedding dress neckline trends

As 2018 is drawing to a close, we’re starting to think about 2019, and the wedding dress trends that will take shape for the next year. Now that Bridal Fashion Week has passed, and everyone has taken in the latest collections, we’ve rounded up the best 2019 wedding dress trends for you to consider when buying your wedding dress, either new or pre-loved. This week we’re looking at 2019 neckline trends, and the necklines that have been spotted on the catwalks and will soon to be seen in the aisle. It’s important to get the right neckline that flatters your body type when thinking about 2019 wedding dress neckline trends. There’s plenty of necklines to choose from, from v-neck to cowl, and you might be overwhelmed. Try on lots of different necklines to get a feel for which ones will suit you best. Here’s our rundown on the hottest necklines in 2019 to choose from: Plunging V-Necklines Plenty of wedding dress designers showcased low cut v-necklines in their collections for 2…
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Tips for selling your wedding dress fast

If you’ve decided to sell your wedding dress, you might be keen to sell it fast, whether it’s to free up some space in your wardrobe, or to get some much-needed extra money. If you’re selling your wedding dress online, there are plenty of tips to help you make a sale sooner rather than later. Here are our top tips for selling your wedding dress fast: 1. Great Photos Nothing will sell your dress better than great, high quality photos that show it off to its best potential. An easy way to do this is to use the photographs from your wedding day. Try to include a full length shot, close ups of the fabric and detailing, and any embellishments that deserve showing off! If you don’t want to show faces, crop the photo rather than blurring or blocking out faces so that it still looks stylish. And once your listing is live, check to make sure the photos are the right size, the right way up and look great – it sounds obvious but you’d be surprised how many sellers don’t!   2. A…
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Wedding dress styles to go from day to night

Many brides are now wearing more than one wedding dress, one for the ceremony and the day, and one for the evening part of their wedding. However, this is only an option if you have a budget that allows for more than one wedding dress – a luxury many brides can’t afford. The best solution? Find a dress style that will take you from day to night effortlessly, allowing you to wear it the entire day and evening without having to pay for two dresses. If you want a wedding dress style to go from day to night, here are our top picks:   Strapless A strapless dress is ideal for taking you from day to night. You can mix it up by adding a bolero or a cape during the day for a demurer style, and then take it off for the evening part of your wedding. A strapless dress will flatter most shapes, and provides an elegant yet understated look. Add a statement necklace to mix it up during the evening too.       A Line One of the most popular wedding d…
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A wedding dress for every body shape

You’ll need to consider a few different aspects when you’re shopping for your wedding dress, but the most important one is finding a dress that flatters your body shape. It’s important to know the styles and fits that will suit you best, and make you look your best on your big day! Here’s our rundown on the ideal wedding dress for every body shape. Hourglass If you’re an hourglass shape, you’ll have balance between your bust and your hips, with a slimmer and defined waist. If you’re an hourglass shape, you’ll want to avoid styles and fits that add extra weight to your bust and your hips, such as an empire line dress or a princess style skirt, as these tend to be unflattering. Instead go for dresses that are fitted in the waist, and with corset style backs, with a sweetheart neckline. A line dresses are ideal for hourglass body shapes.     Pear Pear shapes typically have wider hips than shoulders, with a defined waist and slim shoulders. If you’re a…
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Tips for altering your wedding dress

So, you’ve searched high and low and you’ve finally found the wedding dress of your dreams. One thing off your wedding checklist, right? Don’t forget about the dress just yet – you’ll still need to get it altered to fit you perfectly. Even the most gorgeous dress can look bad if it’s not fitted to your body correctly. Whether you need simple hem alterations, or something a little more restructured, here’s our top tips for getting your wedding dress altered – whether buying new or a preloved wedding dress. Don’t assume you don’t need alterations Even if the dress looks amazing on the first try, don’t shrug off the idea of getting it altered. Wedding dresses aren’t made-to-measure, and if you’re buying preloved it might have already been altered to fit another bride. Getting your dress altered to perfectly fit your shape is a sure-fire way to ensure you look your best on your big day. Schedule more than one fitting You might think you only need one dress fitting, but we’d…
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Tips for buying a wedding dress online

Shopping for your wedding dress is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it can’t be denied that there’s nothing like sipping champagne in a bridal boutique, trying on different dresses accompanied by your bridesmaids - but more and more brides are choosing to go on to buy their wedding dresses online. It’s an option to lean towards if you want the ease of browsing hundreds of styles in the comfort of your own home, and maybe even want to save some money by shopping online.  There’s a lot to consider before you start blindly browsing, so here’s our top tips to buying your wedding dress online. Check the fabric The fabric of your wedding dress can make or break it. It’s important to double check the fabric used on dresses you are contemplating buying online, and if possible ask for a swatch so that you can feel what the fabric is like. One of the problems with online shopping - especially if you are looking for a bargain - is that some dresses will use low-quality fabrics. If y…
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2018 wedding trends

2018 might be more than halfway through, but there’s still time to incorporate this year’s wedding trends into your big day. Here are our favorites for a totally on-trend wedding this year! Ultra Violet 2018 is all about ultra violet - according to Pantone. It was revealed earlier this year as the 2018 colour of the year, and has been creeping its way into wedding planning. Ultra violet is said to express boldness, experimentation and thinking outside the box, so it’s the perfect colour if you’re having a non-traditional wedding, or something quirky and unique. Think hues of lilac, purple and violet for your flowers, bridesmaids’ dresses or table decor to add an on-trend touch to your wedding’s colour scheme. Hanging Floral Installations Hanging floral installations started to creep their way into weddings late 2017, and they’re sticking around for 2018. Think hanging flowers and greenery above your top table for a bold and dynamic statement that plays around with your venu…
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Trend – Vintage Weddings

We’re absolutely loving seeing more and more photos of hugely chic vintage style weddings. They’re becoming more popular for several reasons – the new focus on having a conscious wedding; the desire to have a truly unique day and the fact that it’s now so easy to find everything for your perfect vintage wedding online. The Ring Is there anything more special than passing a ring down through the family? Or buying a vintage ring and imaging the love stories behind it? Whether you’re inspired by romance or the environment, take a look at what’s out there in online vintage stores before you rush to buy new. The Invites The range of invite styles available today is almost overwhelming and it can be easier to look for a particular style that you’ve already set your heart on. Find a photo that you love from a wedding in days gone by – or ask relatives what their invites looked like - and you’re bound to be able to find something similar online. The Flowers Vintage style flower…
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How to get the best of out a wedding dress fitting

Your wedding dress fitting is one of the most important days in the run up to your wedding. You want to make sure you look the best on your big day, and that means you’ll want your wedding dress to fit you perfectly, and make you look and feel amazing! Even if you are buying preloved, such as from bride2bride, getting the right fit on your wedding dress is so important. Here’s our top tips to get the best out of your wedding dress fitting, even if you’re buying preloved! Know your measurements If you’re buying a preloved wedding dress, it’s so important to get properly measured before you start browsing! Once you know your key measurements, it’ll be easier to filter down and find the dresses that are the best fit for you. It can be a little tricky, as the seller might have had their dress altered to fit their specific shape. It’s always a good idea to buy a little up in size, and getting your dress taken in for a custom fit. Check for defects Look for wear and tear at the h…
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