The timeless, classic appeal of antique wedding dresses is unrivaled despite the endless number of different types and styles of bridal gowns available today. Women of all ages and from all walks of life appreciate the uniqueness and sheer beauty of a genuine old wedding dress, and especially one that has been passed down from one generation to the next.
Finding the Perfect Antique Wedding Dress
When buying something like a wedding dress, and one that's been previously worn, there are several factors to first consider, mainly the overall condition of the gown itself. Fabric deterioration should be your primary concern as many types of fabrics including silk will weaken over the years, and intricate beading, embroidery, and lacework may all suffer from the ravages of time, even more so if the dress is not stored and cared for properly.
Besides inheriting one from your mother, grandmother, or future mother-in-law, there are several other places to find the perfect old wedding dress. Antique shops, thrift stores, consignment shops, and second-hand clothing stores often have a number of buried treasures unadvertised and hidden behind their walls.
When buying used, old wedding dresses, brides-to-be should keep in mind the additional costs of any necessary alterations or repairs in order to stay within their budgets. The cost for cleaning and preserving an older wedding dress may also be higher due to the delicateness of the aged fabric.