If you can find the perfect one, a vintage wedding dress is not only SUPER budget-friendly, but finding a wedding dress with a potential story behind it (like this donated wedding dress) than it makes your wedding day that much more special.
The problem is most of us do not have a waist the size of a mannequin, and some of us (like me) are taller than a lot of people were in the 50s or 60s (this is a thing, I swear). So before you buy a vintage wedding dress you’ll want to get your professional measurements (have a local tailor measure you for this) AND you’ll want to not only check with them about how they size their items, but what their return policy is if it doesn’t fit. You can check out our guide to buying online wedding dresses here, too.
If you haven’t noticed by now, I LOVE shopping for wedding items on Etsy, and vintage wedding dresses are no exception. While I have not bought a vintage wedding dress online, I have bought clothes from Etsy sellers before and have always been happy. Just be sure to only buy from sellers with stellar reviews, and to again review their return policies or send them a message beforehand telling them that you are shopping for a wedding dress and don’t want to get stuck with something that doesn’t fit.
Also keep in mind that if you like some elements of a vintage wedding dress but not all, you can get all Pretty in Pink with it and add or take away certain things. So keep an open mind when shopping!
My recent favorite vintage wedding dress finds are in the gallery above. Happy shopping!