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I Had An Ebay Wedding

Updated on May 14, 2013

You Can Have An Affordable And Elegant Wedding

Back when I was in graduate school and two states away from family, I began planning my wedding. It all started with the hunt for a dress. I found that there are affordable options online for everything I needed to look beautiful for my wedding day. Below, I've included some ins and outs to buying online and specifically from Ebay. We had a great wedding and saved a lot of money by using online options. In fact, I ended up making money on one particular wedding item! I'll show you this and more as we go.

My dress was similar in style to this one on Amazon.

Before You Purchase A Wedding Dress On Ebay

Here are a few tips...

Check The Seller's Rating This is huge when it comes to buying on Ebay. You might find that perfect dress, but that will mean nothing if the seller has no rating (or worse a bad rating). You want to look for someone who has at least 100 sells under their belt. Click on the number beside their name to read the feedback. You want someone with 98% feedback or higher. Check on those few bad reviews just to make sure. It would really be heartbreaking to fall in love with a dress and then have a bad buying experience or not get your dress in perfect condition!

Check The Measurements For The Specific Dress Sizing can differ from company to company. If you get a dress too small, you will be disappointed. It is ok, however, if the dress is a little big. You can find a good seamstress to take in the dress as needed. I think I paid 50.00 for my dress to be alterned.

Check the Description You will want to be thorough in going over the description. Is the dress new? You can find great used dresses on Ebay, but double check everything. Also, read the shipping details. Some people offer free shipping others will charge you. Don't find yourself in a bind because you did not read that the seller charges 40.00 for shipping! This goes for Buy It Now as well. It may look like a bargain, but you have to know the terms of service.

The Wedding Dress

The Wedding Dress
The Wedding Dress

What You Should Look For

I have featured particular dresses here because of the great example of ads. You want to look for multiple pictures and a detailed description of the dress.

White Beaded Bridal Gown by Sean Collection

I love how this dress shows off her shoulders and the way it is cut in the back.

Elegant Floral One Shoulder Chiffon Beaded Bridal Gown

This off the shoulder chiffon dress is so beautiful. Notice the details on the waist.

Beautiful Crystal Headpiece For Your Wedding Veil - This is a beautiful accent for your hair.

My little cousin the flower girl

My little cousin the flower girl
My little cousin the flower girl

Know Your Measurements For The Wedding Dress

Have a friend help with this one.

Here is a conversion for any one who needs to change to centimeters:

1 inch= 2.54 centimeters. If you find a measurement in centimeters, you simply divide by 2.54.

Shoulders Generally you will not find a measurement for shoulders on a size chart, but for your information you simply measure from the outer edge of one shoulder to the other.

Bust You will place the measuring tape just under your arms. The tape should lay just above the fullest part of the bust (usually right above the nipple). Wrap the tape around your back and bring it together on the fullest part.

Waist Find the natural contour of your waist. Do not try to suck it in! Just relax and wrap the measuring tape around your back and measure around your waist area.

HipsMeasure the fullest part of your hips by wraping the measuring tape around you and bring it together at the fullest part of your hips.

I would allow for 1/2 inch of wiggle room. Remember you can have the dress brought in if it is too big! Also, measure at different times of the month for an accurate reading. You don't want to be bloated on your wedding day and not fit in your dress. You just might end up like the Bride in 16 Candles from all the stress!

A nightmare wedding

Strapless Wedding Dress by US Fairytales

This simple, elegant strapless dress is a great choice.

Waiting For Your Dress To Arrive

Major Wedding Jitters!

I was a nervous wreck waiting for my dress to arrive. I almost freaked out when the head adviser of my dorm told me someone tried to drop off a package for me and I wasn't there. Come to find out there was a main drop off on campus that I was not aware of. You will want to make sure you keep all shipping id's and tracking info on hand. It will not keep your dress from getting lost, but you may be able to speed up the process if you find that shipping is taking too long. You can use those id numbers when you call your shipping company. I picked up my dress and eagerly ripped open the package. The dress was just what I imagined it would be. It was a little big, but I had it hemmed to fit. If you are short like me, then you will want to consider how the pattern of the skirt will be effected when hemmed. You might not get the skirt you envisioned after they take in a few inches.

See how much taller she is?? No fair bridesmaid!

See how much taller she is??  No fair bridesmaid!
See how much taller she is?? No fair bridesmaid!

Don't Buy If You Are Not Sure What You Are Getting

This is a bad example. This dress on Amazon is a risky purchase. The ad lists two different dresses in the pictures. You want a very specific description of the dress before you consider buying.

Find The Perfect Wedding Veil - Beautiful Veils For Your Wedding Day

What Did I Buy Online?

You can find great wedding items on Ebay.

Here is the run down on just what I purchased and how much I saved:

Bride

Wedding Dress and slip, plus shipping and hemming ended up costing about 180.00

Veil was 15.00

Crystal Head Piece, necklace, earrings, and bracelet was 50.00. Get this, I sold just the head piece on Ebay for 75.00!!

Shoes 15.00

Groom.

Suit and Tie 70.00

Ties for Groomsmen 35.00

Bridesmaids

Dresses 70.00 (each)

Bride's Maid gift of matching jewelry 25.00 (each)

We Found My Husband's Suit On Ebay Too! - The groom has a great selection of tuxedos and suits online.

Don't we look cute?

Don't we look cute?
Don't we look cute?

Happily Ever After

In the end, do not stress. I was very happy with my dress. It did not matter what it cost though. It's about the day and the person you marry. Enjoy, relax, and take in every moment. While you are at it, why not take the money you saved and invest in a good photographer to capture the day?

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    • Bookmama2 profile image

      Bookmama2 5 years ago

      No wedding planning for me. But I did like your lens so much that I added it as a related lens on my Planning a Perfect Wedding lens. I'm sure anyone reading my lens would enjoy yours as well!

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      Yes you do look cute! I got married last year and we got a lot of our stuff from eBay - absolutely stunning handmade silk flowers and table decorations which I can keep forever and a gorgeous Alice Band for my tiniest bridesmaid which must have taken hours to make and was truly beautiful but was far cheaper than (inferior) products in the shops. I love eBay!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. And yes, you and your husband do look cute. Wait, can I use that term? My twelve year old has banned me from it. Anyway, wonderful suggestions here. Thanks for sharing.

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      joannejgg lm 5 years ago

      helpful tips for purchasing a wedding dress thks

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Not now, but I wish I'd thought of shopping on eBay for some of the wedding items. Weddings can be way too expensive and your tips should save the bride a bundle.