Planning a wedding as a bride over 40? You don’t have to spend a ton of money on the perfect wedding dress. You can buy an inexpensive, but still high quality, wedding dress at the same place you buy all your other household and wardrobe needs: Amazon! Here are some great classy, affordable wedding dresses for brides over 40 and over 50 and a handy buying guide with everything you need to know about finding your perfect wedding dress from Amazon.
I spent a little time today updating an older post on Midlife Rambler, How to Plan a Fairy-Tale Second Wedding as an Over 40 Bride. I share in the post how I planned my dream second wedding with tons of inspiration from Pinterest and took my ideas from dream to reality. If you’re currently planning your own wedding as an older bride, I know you’ll get tons of ideas and inspiration for your own event. Check it out!
As I was updating the post, I become nostalgic for my own wedding dress. It’s a pity we can only wear them once, isn’t it? I didn’t wear a long white dress in my first wedding so it was nice to finally live that dream for one day, even if I was over 50.
I loved the dress all the more because I barely spent any money on it. I was definitely a budget-conscious bride and I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a dress that I’d wear only once. So I got my dress from the clearance rack at David’s Bridal and then added a few extra touches, such as a vintage sweater and hand-made sash, to make it special and personalized to me.
If I were planning my wedding today, though, I’d probably get my wedding dress from Amazon. There are so many beautiful and affordable options there now and I love the idea of trying them on in your own home where you can take some time to make sure you’ve picked the right choice for you.
How to Buy a Wedding Dress from Amazon
There are a few caveats you need to be aware of, though, if you’re planning on buying your wedding dress from Amazon. The wedding dresses available on the site are generally offered from third-party sellers so you can’t order a dress and assume you’re going to get the two-day shipping and free returns you normally expect from Amazon Prime.
Here are some things you need to check about any dress you’re considering on purchasing from Amazon.
Check the Sizing
Many of the wedding dresses on Amazon are made in China (like much of the clothes you buy at the store now) and sizing can be smaller than you expect. Be sure and check the sizing chart to determine what size you need to order; you may need to go up a size (or two).
And, of course, take your accurate measurements before you order. Most listings have a chart showing you where to measure.
Check the Reviews
You want to find a dress with a good number of reviews. Read them carefully to see what they have to say and especially check out any pictures. I’d buy this dress in a heartbeat based on all the rave reviews and dozens of pictures of all the beautiful brides.
Be sure and read the negative reviews as well. For example, I found one wedding dress (didn’t include it in the list and you’ll see why!) that I was just in love with because it had pockets. Only, according to the reviews, it didn’t. Make sure the reviews support the product description.
Check the Shipping Time
As I mentioned earlier, most of the wedding dresses available on Amazon are sold by third-party sellers and you may or may not get two-day shipping. Shipping times can run anywhere from two days to two months so make sure any dress you pick is going to arrive in time for your wedding.
Check the Return Policy
The seller sets the return policy for items that are offered by third-party sellers on Amazon. It can be difficult to find the return policy sometimes so if the product description doesn’t mention a return policy, check out the page for the seller or contact the seller directly.
As you can see, you need to put some thought into purchasing your wedding dress from Amazon, but then you’d need to put some thought into any wedding dress you’re considering, right? But if you do your homework, you can end up with an amazing dress at a bargain price.