Being a tall gal (I’m 6′ 1″) it’s not easy for me to find a wedding dress that fits my proportions. I usually require at least an additional 3 inches in length, and because my torso is long (and I have decent-sized girls (aka boobies) I also typically need the dress to be cut specifically to my body. I can’t even find pants long enough, so I’m not sure why I’m surpised I can’t find a wedding dress I love that fits my body AND my budget.
Because I’d like to keep my wedding dress budget under $2,000, I started looking online at used/sample designer wedding dresses. The problem? They’re too short! The ones I’ve found that I love seemed to be made for women 5′ 6″ and under. If I was buying a designer dress from a bridal boutique, it wouldn’t be hard for them to add length (for a fee, I might add), but buying them directly from the sellers means I’d have to have a seamstress add random fabric to make it longer, which might not work.
However, just because I personally can’t buy a used wedding dress, doesn’t mean that you can’t! In fact, if I was shorter I would definitely consider it. Below is a list of some great dresses I’ve found online and the best websites to go to to find your dream, pre-loved wedding dress.
Note: If you find a pre-loved dress you love online, be sure to ask about a return policy, even if it’s directly from the seller, as well as estimated shipping costs. If you’re buying a dress from a seller who has worn it before, ask her details such as how easily the dress wrinkled, if the color is like the pictures, etc.
If you have a slightly higher budget, this Oscar de la Renta dress is available for $4,600 (originally $7,400). I tried it on in a boutique, and all I can say is it instantly put a smile on my face. I call it the “happy” dress. It’s gorgeous.
I can’t link directly to it for some reason, but this is the URL:
If that doesn’t work, it’s on Page 6 of Bravo Bride’s Wedding Dresses section.
Where did you find your wedding dress? Tell me in the comments section below!
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