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Guide To Buying An Off The Peg Wedding Dress

off the peg wedding dress

You’ve probably seen the term ‘off the peg’ used when shopping for your dream wedding dress. You may wonder what it means and why dresses marked ‘off the peg’ are more affordable. In this blog, we’ll guide you through the world of ‘off the peg’ dresses. 

What Are Sale or Off the Peg Dresses?

Sale or ‘off the peg’ dresses are wedding dresses that arrived new in-store and have been tried on by brides during their bridal appointment. 

These wedding dresses help brides decide on which dress they want to order in new for themselves.

Why Are Some Wedding Dresses on Sale or Available Off Peg?

There are two reasons wedding dresses are placed on sale:

A sale dress is normally a style has been discontinued by the designer and is no longer available to order.

Off the peg, we have a number of dresses we need to sell to make space in-store for new wedding dress collections that arrive throughout the year.

Why Consider a Sale or Off the Peg Dress?

There are several compelling reasons to opt for a sale or off the peg dress:

  • They are great for the budget conscious bride who want a beautiful designer gown at a reduced cost. 

  • If your wedding is less than 4 months it may not be possible to deliver an ordered dress in time. 

  • A bride may get lucky and find her perfect dress in the sale or off peg section that suits her size and budget.

  • A bride may want to use a discounted designer wedding dress as a base on which to make multiple alterations for a truly unique piece.


  • Lastly, if we carry a sale dress from a discontinued line of wedding dresses this means that this dress will be one of the last of its kind. Many Brides like the idea of having a rare dress which won’t likely be seen on anyone else walking down the aisle! 

Can You Hire a Wedding Dress?

Unfortunately, the option to hire wedding dresses isn't available in our store.

What Condition Are These Dresses In?

The condition of these dresses varies. Some are in perfect condition, while others might show signs of wear and tear. 

The pricing takes into account the original cost of the dress and its current condition. 

Any dry-cleaning or repairs required are the responsibility of the customer.

Where to Clean, Fix, or Alter Sample Dresses?

We can recommend trusted dry-cleaning services for dress cleaning. Additionally, our store can connect you with skilled seamstresses for alterations or repairs.

What Happens if I Fall in Love with a Dress that is the Wrong Size?

Depending on the wedding dress in question, and how big or small the sale/off peg dress is, alterations can be done to make a dress fit. Typically, wedding dresses can be reduced by two sizes without affecting the dress structure or integrity, and/or increased by one dress size sometimes can be more.

Important Considerations When Buying a Sale or Off the Peg Dress

These dresses need to be accepted in the colour, size, and state in which it is seen. The onus of any damage or cleaning costs is on the customer. The Sale and Off Peg dresses are strictly non-refundable.

How Does Payment Work for a Sale or Off Peg Dress?

To secure a Sale or Off the Peg dress, full payment is required upfront, and these purchases are non-refundable. You can take your dress home on the day of purchase or opt to store it with us for a fee, ensuring its safekeeping and full insurance coverage.


Sale or Off the Peg dresses offer a fantastic opportunity for brides to find their dream gown without breaking the bank. Whether it's for budgetary reasons, time constraints, or the allure of a unique piece, exploring these options might just lead you to the wedding dress of your dreams.

About Oliver’s Bridal and Formalwear

Oliver's Bridal and Formalwear has been serving brides for over 19 years.

Our Bridal shop is located in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire - close to areas such as Essex and North London and we’ve served many happy Brides within these areas.

We're an award-winning business that treats our Brides with the utmost care - with glowing 5* reviews across Facebook and Google!

As an independent store, we provide that personal touch that makes your dress-shopping experience feel extra special.

Book your appointment with us now - we can’t wait to help you find the dress of your dreams!

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