Preowned Wedding Dress Roundup 02/02/12

Since we know it can be tricky to find your dream wedding dress on a more down-to-earth budget, we’re going to be periodically rounding up great used wedding dresses for sale in Vancouver. We might even find the  exact dress you were wanting—at a fraction of the price.

Here are today’s finds:

1. Jim Hjelm Couture, price negotiable/originally $3,164

This sweet and simple Jim Hjelm is brand new since the bride has switched to a winter wedding and wants something warmer, and—bonus—it comes with a sash and matching veil. You’ll still save money over buying new, but don’t expect a huge price drop because it’s never been worn and comes with accessories.

2. Tara Keely by Lazaro 2060, $1,000/originally $1,880

Another brand new bridal gown, and this one includes a sash too (in black). We actually think the dress is most stunning with the sash off, when you can see the gorgeous trumpet shape and sweetheart neckline.

3. Mori Lee, $500/original price not listed

We love this dress for an outdoor wedding, especially since the train has been removed and you won’t need to worry about tripping over it as you traipse around (and you don’t have to pay the alteration costs to get it done). The pockets are another nice touch that can be fun for pictures, and the price is right. It is a size two, however, so click over if you’re a petite bride.

4. Melissa Sweet Juliet, $1,234/originally $3,900

Unlike the picture shown above, the Juliet gown for sale is white, and we think it’s pretty spot on for a sophisticated winter wedding. It’s from 2008, but that can be a positive in terms of not seeing your dress on other brides this year. No alterations have been made to the dress.

5. Maggie Sottero Karena Royale, $1,500 OBO/originally $3,500

Our favorite thing about this Maggie Sottero is that it looks like a vintage wedding dress, with delicate lace and a simple, flattering shape. Our second favorite? The small cap sleeves that the original owner had added on, which we think actually make the dress more interesting and old world. A corset back means it’ll fit a large range of shapes.

One note: As with anything for sale online, it’s important to buy smart. That’s why we like Craiglist, where you can arrange to meet people to see dresses in person and not worry about sending funds before you have your dress. Just make sure you bring a friend along when you go to check them out.

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