The long weekend has come and gone and it’s back to business as usual, which isn’t the worst thing because it means that it’s time for a preowned wedding dress roundup. The summer months are the trickiest for finding a great preowned gown (most brides list their dresses in the late fall or early winter after their summer weddings). This week, however, we’ve tracked down a few fabulous finds.
1. Monique Lhuillier Candy, $4,000/originally $6,900
In the world of preowned wedding dresses, getting a Monique Lhuillier with a decent discount is the equivalent of finding gold. Why? For one thing, many brides who can afford to shell out for a Lhuillier don’t care to sell. Also, like certain cars, Monique Lhuillier dresses have great resale value. This one offers an enticing savings (and it’s from the 2012 collection), but there’s a catch: You’ll have to wait until after April of next year—and the current owner’s wedding—to get it. The plus to all this is that the bride is open to altering the dress with your preferences in mind, and that’s a rare option in used gowns.
2. Paloma Blanca 4104, $850/originally $2,200
We don’t know why, but a lot of the preowned wedding dresses we come across are sized between zero and four, so we were thrilled to find a beautiful option for brides that aren’t teeny tiny. The beaded sash creates a beautiful shape (while the full skirt ensures a comfortable fit even for dancing) and the sweetheart neckline flatters the face. The bride is also including the Paloma Blanca veil that she wore with the dress, so you won’t have to spend days searching for the right color match.