Whether you know exactly the gown you want or are just starting your search, we can help you find your dream dress. For Less.
Brides who know the dress they want can use our search box to zero in on their exact gown. Or if you are just browsing, you can view the Dresses by type to get a sense of the wedding dress style you might like.
When you find a dress you’d like to purchase, here is what we recommend:
Ultimately, it comes down to trusting your instincts, being smart, and protecting yourself whenever and whatever you buy online.
Yay! You've found the dress or accessory you want to buy. We are a listing service, so you'll deal directly with the seller for the transaction (making everything faster and less expensive).
1. Contact the seller with the "Email Seller" button and agree with the seller on price and shipping terms. (Find shipping tips here). Keep all communication inside the OnceWed messaging platform for your protection. We monitor messages for suspicious activity.
2. Pay with a secure payment option. We only recommend Paypal or Escrow.com because they protect both the buyer and the seller. These services offer you strong protection if the item isn't shipped, or arrives and isn't as described. So you can rest assured you'll get the dress you want, without risk. (Read more about the protection here).
3. Seller ships item using her own shipping supplies.
Then enjoy! Wear your beautiful new dress or accessory. Look and feel beautiful!
Once Wed offers a listing service to make it easy for Sellers and Buyers to connect. Other than providing the listing service, we do not get involved in the sale in any way. If you see a dress you wish to buy, just click on the “Email This Seller” box and send an email to the seller.
We’ve gushed about how smart and on-trend it is to buy a used wedding dress before, and these are a few quick tips for wedding dress shopping for a gown with history:
If you’re keen on smartly shopping for your wedding day ensemble, then saving money in the dress department might be a nook that you want to nip at some of the bottom-line.
You should carefully review the information provided by the seller in their listing.
The most critical considerations are condition, size, measurements, cleaning method and location. If any of this information is not in the listing, feel free to ask the seller for that information. This allows you as a buyer to make a sound decision. We strongly suggest that you ask for pictures of the actual dress if none are shown in the listing.
Although we have the sellers create an account with contact information, there is no way to 100% verify that a seller is actually selling the wedding dress they listed. It is always VERY important as a buyer to ask the right questions.
Make sure to only use secure payment options. If a seller will only accept a check, wired money, money order or cashier’s check then walk away from the sale. If you don’t it is highly likely you will lose your money and never receive a dress.
Most importantly, always trust yourself – if it seems to good to be true it probably is. If something is making you feel nervous there is probably a good reason to think twice, and move on to a purchase that doesn’t make you nervous – there are lots of dresses out there!
We offer this listing service for sellers and they control how long their listing is live. Once a listing is shown as expired the dress is considered no longer available and the seller can not be contacted.
All of the dresses in our database are uploaded by individuals. Once Wed only provides the listing service – we don’t own or warehouse any of the gowns. Because of this, we don’t have control over which gowns we do or don’t have in our listing service at any given time.
We receive new listings daily, so we suggest that you continue to check back every day. Our search functions will allow you to search by designer, size, etc. Chances are your dream dress will be listed.
It all depends on the dress. Take a picture of the dress to a seamstress you trust and ask her opinion. In many cases, it is completely possible.
Wedding dress designers typically use different measurement systems than street clothes designers like J Crew or the Banana Republic. Unless you specifically know what size you wear according to the measurement system used by the designer of the dress you want to purchase, it is probably best to go by bust, waist, and hip measurements.
Dry cleaning provides a basic cleaning of obvious dirt and stains. However, it does not protect against the long term yellowing, fabric deterioration, or invisible stains that can surface over time and ruin your precious gown. Double-check to make sure your seller is using the right terminology.
Disclaimer: Once Wed is NOT responsible for any transaction between a buyer and seller gone wrong. It is up to the buyer to practice due diligence before purchasing a dress to verify that the seller is reputable and honest.
NEVER PAY FOR A DRESS ONLINE WITH A CHECK, WIRED MONEY, MONEY ORDER, OR CASHIER’S CHECK. For any concerns or questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org