Preowned Wedding Dress Roundup 03/27/12

Today’s preowned wedding dress roundup is all about designer bargains (and jaw dropping dresses), so if you’ve been looking for something affordable that’s going to have the quality craftsmanship and beautiful fit of a big name dress, read on.

1. Monique Lhuillier BL0916, $1,000/originally $2,900

Monique Lhuillier knows how to make a dress fit, and that’s one of the reason brides will splurge for her stunning creations. Thankfully, this preowned gown can fit both you and your budget. Plus, the ruched bodice and trumpet shape are the epitome of flattering. You can check out more photos of the dress at the bride’s beautiful B.C. wedding here.

2. Tara Keely 2052, $1,500/originally $3,000

Our own editor can vouch for how great this dress looks and feels on, and it’s easy to appreciate the tiers and lace detailing. The bride has listed it for sale now, but it won’t be available until after her wedding this July. You’ll save big for your patience, however, and the dress won’t have been sitting in storage.

3. Vera Wang Erin, $2,500/originally $4,800

If you can fit a label size 2 gown, this ethereal Vera Wang is a gorgeous option with light, dreamy layers and a floral accent at the waist. The bride modified it to have a slight sweetheart neckline, but we think that just makes it better (those who can pull off a straight across neckline are few and far between).

4. Jason Matlo, $1,600/originally $4,000

Jason Matlo is one of the best designers to come out of Vancouver, and his wedding gowns are no exception, especially this one. From the slight train to the stunning neckline, everything about the dress is high fashion, sophisticated and stunning. And, of course, it never hurts to buy local.

5. Claire Pettibone Willow, $2,000/originally $2,700

This brand new Claire Pettibone would be worth a trip to Whistler to pick it up. It’s embroidered silk and manages to walk the line between modest and sexy (exactly what you want for a wedding). We haven’t seen anything like it…and that’s why we love it.

One note: As with anything for sale online, it’s important to buy smart. Use an online money service to pay for your dress (PayPal and Escrow.com are good options) or meet the bride in person—with a friend.

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