Some people have the money to buy their dream dress that will go perfectly with their dream wedding. But let’s face it – many people are paying for their weddings on a budget. If you are on a budget but would still love to have a designer dress,

why not consider thrifting?

A friend of mine recently stumbled upon a site called Preowned Wedding Dresses that I spent more time browsing through than I probably should have. They have thousands of dress options you can choose from.

I was very surprised at the variety and the bargains.

Other ideas include: Onecewed.com , Usedweddingdresses.com and of course, your standards like Ebay and Craigslist. I have a friend who bought a wedding dress from Ebay and had no issues with it whatsoever. Just remember you are buying a dress you haven’t tried on, so I’d suggest buying a size or two up so there’s room to tailor if necessary.

You can also do a quick Google search of pre-owned wedding dress events in your area and many boutiques and consignment shops will pop up.

This might also be a rarity, but I recently came across an invitation to an event where brides were encouraged to bring in their used wedding dresses to auction for a charity event.

Hey, you never know.

I use a site called Freecylce, which you can also use as a resource for used wedding accessories. Many times people hold on to things and decide it’s easier to just give them away.  You might not find your dream dress that way but you might find free decorations that will help put more money toward that dress.

Just saying.

Do you know anyone that has purchased a wedding dress pre-used? Was it a success? Horrible? Let us know!