Some effective ways to find antique wedding dresses include asking friends and relatives, perusing consignment shops, garage sales and estate sales, and searching online or using social media. Many times, antique dresses can be found sitting in Grandma’s attic just waiting to be rediscovered. Ask older relatives or friends if they have a well-preserved dress they would consider loaning or selling.
Take advantage of consignment shops and neighborhood garage or estate sales, as these can yield many finds. Shop online for both vintage and vintage-inspired gowns. Ebay and Craigslist are good places to begin searching. Social media sites such as Facebook can also be used to post about looking for a vintage gown, and give access to a much wider circle of people who may be able to help.