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Romantic, Vintage Wedding Dresses

Updated on February 4, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

If you have always been drawn to the elegance of a bygone era then vintage wedding dresses and other attire may be something to check out.   Many of these elegant gowns have been preserved and can be acquired at a similar price to a brand new dress, sometimes less.

Because vintage wedding gowns are one of a kind it can be difficult to find one that you really like, that is also in your price range and size.  If and when you do, snap it up, there are just not that many.

Image via: CherishedBride.com
Image via: CherishedBride.com

Vintage Wedding

Vintage Wedding has both vintage gowns and reproductions gowns at a very reasonable cost. If you want to have an Edwardian themed wedding this is one place to check first. They have a large selection of vintage wedding gowns and grooms’ attire in all sizes, and from all eras.

The site also has vintage lingerie and other items to make your romantic, vintage wedding, the day of your dreams.

Cherished Online

With restored wedding gowns from the 1930s through the 1960s Cherished Online is ready to handle your vintage wedding needs.  They also carry vintage invitations, albums, and other accessories.  Cherished Online has a large collection of art deco gowns in amazing condition.  If you are a bog F. Scott Fitzgerald fan and always imagined a Gatsby wedding then head over to this website to see what you can find.

If you are looking for the perfect card for someone who enjoys antiques, Cherished online has several vintage wedding, baby shower, and other cards that you can buy.

Antique Dress

Antique Dress has antique dresses of all kinds from every era beginning with the 1700s, and earlier.  The dresses are understandably expensive.  These are one of kind dresses that are hundreds of years old.  You will more than likely need to be thin and small for most of the oldest frocks.  Bust sizes in the 1700 and early 1800s hover around 30 inches and waist sizes are a diminutive 23 to 25 inches. Most of these dresses are approximately 0 to size 2 with the occasional larger size.

Not only do they have vintage dresses of all types but also:

  • Hats
  • Shoes
  • Purses
  • Jackets
  • Gloves
  • Lingerie

The items on site are exquisite.  This is a fun site to look at even if you can’t afford to buy.  If you know someone who sews you may be able to get them to make you a dress similar to some on this site.

Other Sites

There are many sites that specialize in vintage and historic attire of all kinds. Many of the vintage dresses will easily work as wedding gowns if you find one you like. Be sure and read all of the fine print, make sure you know what you are getting and what the seller’s return policy is. Always have someone take your measurements to you will be sure that the dress will fit when you get it.

Tips for Buying Vintage Wedding Dresses

Buying vintage wedding dresses is not like buying a modern dress, whether designer or off the rack. Here are some tips that will help you avoid costly mistakes:

  • Always check all of your measurements. Vintage dresses are sized differently. Besides waist, bust and hip measurements you will want your back waist measurements, your shoulder measurements, and your arm measurements at the very least. Most women wore corsets and later, girdles. For the very best fit you should try vintage dresses on when wearing these items as well.
  • Stains may not come out. You don’t know how long a stain may have been sitting there. If something has enough of a stain on it that it bothers you, perhaps you should choose something else.
  • Missing buttons can be hard to replace. After all, the buttons could be older than your great grandmother. Always check for seam wear, missing buttons, and other potential problems.
  • If you have your heart set on a dress made before 1930 or so then consider having a reproduction made. Some of the old fabrics are just too delicate to handle even the shortest ceremony.
  • Consider having a reproduction dress made and then using vintage lace and other embellishments to make your gown more authentic. This way the wedding dress will withstand wear but still have the romantic look you love. Finish it off with a vintage veil, shoes, purse, gloves, or jewelry.

If you want that romantic, vintage wedding of your dreams then be prepared to settle for reproduction dresses, or pay the expense of the real thing.

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      gownpreservation 6 years ago

      Very cool. My wife and I came across some great retro wedding dresses while browsing some antique shops on a rainy day. We recommended one to a friend and she ended up buying it and wearing it at her wedding. It really looked great and the black and white photos looked super cool, right out of the 30's. It's amazing what you can find if you take the time to look.

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      peter 6 years ago

      Agora bridal gowns

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      SHAJEEL 6 years ago

      very nice hub, Antique Dress are nice and beautiful.

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      ournote2self 6 years ago

      I LOVE vintage wedding dresses! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      brennawelker 6 years ago

      Vintage Dresses is great design.

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      vita 6 years ago

      Romantic wedding dress is a dress design option chosen by some women for their special day. I think the vintage wedding dresses is the right choice for them.

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      Joan 6 years ago

      The top wedding dress is to die for!

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      Dovay Lee 6 years ago from China

      I love the dresses but Ithink they are not very suitable for me.I am short and slim I think.

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      Designer Wedding Dress 6 years ago

      It's very nice.

      An elegant wedding gown,I LOVE IT??

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      ginarook 6 years ago from New York City

      Yeah, that is pretty nice. I don't think I could pull it off.

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      Wedding Trendista 6 years ago

      Vintage is definitely the way to go when it comes to having a unique look for your wedding. Just make sure the dress looks good on you, not just the dress looks good!

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      breakingnews 7 years ago from Pakistan

      Antique Dress are nice and beautiful

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      Corset Wedding Dress 7 years ago

      Vintage dresses are awesome... Nice hub post

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      TheWeddingSecret 7 years ago from Bath, UK

      Beautiful dresses!

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      Alicia Crowder 7 years ago from Everywhere

      Excellent Hub! Thank you for writing it! http://www.impressionbridal.com

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      belliott 7 years ago

      Great practical tips For Buying Vintage Dresses towards the end. Getting the feel of the vintage dress but wearing something that will hold up well for the day and evening. Great article.

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      Pageone 7 years ago

      Very beautiful indeed. My mother had a beautiful dress like this.

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      MaryD008 8 years ago

      I just have this thing about vintage wedding dresses. They just seem wonderful

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      RDIndia 8 years ago

      it really gorgenous wedding gown......

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      viryabo 8 years ago

      I love the vintage style so much. Unfortunately i couldnt get one for my wedding from the part of the world i come from. Nonetheless, your hub is great and informative for soon to be wedded ladies who love the vintage theme. 5*****

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      maylehmann 8 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Vintage wedding dresses are very hard to come by before the invention of the Internet. Now, though it's still hard to find a good one, your links to the websites above sure help a lot. Thank you for sharing.

      I also advice those who are really interested in vintage wedding dresses or other dresses that aren't your typical white wedding dresses to find a good designer in your area and have it designed just for you. It might be hard to find and it might cost more too but it's worth it if you're really into this. You only get married once right? If you still have the time and money, go for it.

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      lafenty 8 years ago from California

      Vintange gowns are very beautiful. I have my mother's wedding dress from the mid-40's.

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      Sianlovisa 8 years ago from England

      Hello,

      I am new to this site so i dont really know anyone yet, however i just wanted to say how wonderful and informative this blog was. I collect vintage dresses and have done for many years, i'm nowhere near getting married but I will absolutely be wearing vintage when I do! espially now I have all this advise!

      I have become a fan and look forward to reading your future blogs

      Sianlovisa x

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      Elynjo 8 years ago from Sin City

      This is really a nice wedding motif, imagine the entire wedding focuses on vintage theme from dresses to decorations. Something classic and something elegant combined. Timeless and elegant.

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Thorough on the tips at the end there. Important things to think about. Thanks for the info.

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I love vintage wedding dresses. In fact, I wore my mother's when I got married. It was so beautiful...a satin slip covered by an all lace dress. I tried it on at our 10th anniversary party and coulnd't get it over my arms! Swimming had built up my shoulders so.

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      cheap wedding gown 8 years ago

      I like vintage wedding,but think all guests and decoration need be matched... it's really not easy to do.

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      1weddingsource 8 years ago from Georgia

      this is great and in some way a unique approach to a wedding. It's like turning back time to the 1930's era. If i were the wedding planner, this would be a challenging job because it's really hard now to look for vintage. But something like this is fun to be themed in a wedding.

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      tourmaline2777 8 years ago from Chicago

      Nice hub! I had a gig a few months back organizing and cataloging vintage clothing many pieces were couture. I loved looking at the construction vintage.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 8 years ago from New Zealand

      I love vintage but unfortunately even when I was tall and slim nothing much fitted - people were really a lot shorter 50+ years ago - now I'm tall and fat its even worse!