Cheap Bridal Gowns Best Sources
"Did you know that the best source for cheap bridal gowns is to go to charitable organizations that run thrift stores?"
A bride will donate a wedding dress that you can purchase at a tremendous savings!
Some stores you may be familiar with are Goodwill Thrift Stores, Salvation Army Thrift Stores, Childrens Hospital Thrift Stores and others.
Tips For Purchasing A Used Wedding Dress From A Thrift Store
Of course, if you buy a bridal gown from one of these sources it may or may not be in the best condition.
Most often, the gown will be out of style. This is good if you are looking for a vintage wedding dress, from another era of time.
You can also think about having the gown redesigned to look more like a modern wedding dress.
"Sometimes just little changes like removing sleeves and reshaping a neckline will update a dress."
Also the bridal dress will need cleaning and/or repair. So inspect the dress carefully before you purchase it. Make sure the dress fabric is in good condition.
Sometimes fabric will start to deteriorate and dry rot. This will happen most often with the attached petticoat. The petticoat can be cut out and replaced if the outer fabric is in good condition.
Check the threads of the seams to make sure they are strong. If the threads arent strong you will have to have someone re-enforce every seam. This could turn your cheap bridal gown buy into a money pit. So it would be best not to buy a dress that need all or most of the seams reinforced.
If the gown has stains that you are not sure will come out . . . dont purchase it. If you do buy it . . . try not to pay much for it. Take it to a dry cleaners that specialize in cleaning and restoring wedding dresses to see what can be done.
Again spend as little as possible on the gown. If you find that the stains wont come out, you will not have invested much in the dress.
Also most likely your gown will need to be cleaned so check before hand to see how much a general cleaning of a wedding gown will cost you. Just a cleaning and pressing of your gown , depending on where you live, can cost anywhere from about $100 to $250. It your gown needs to be restored back to the original color because of yellowing, the cost usually start at $200 to $300.
"So when looking for cheap bridal gowns . . . consider dresses donated to charitable organizations to find good deals!"
Additional Helpful Resources
I happen to come across this resource with information of how to clean vintage clothing. Go to www.fashion-era.com for tips on how to clean vintage wedding dresses.
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