The Dress: After The Wedding Options.


What to Do With the Dress After Your Wedding?
Many women struggle with what to do with their wedding gowns.

The average dress costs more than $1,300 in the U.S., a significant amount of money to spend on something you’ll only wear once.


Chances are, your wedding dress was something that you fell madly in love with the minute you tried it on for the first time. It was probably something you had to dig deep into your savings account to afford and will forever be the most expensive thing hanging in your closet. It’s definitely one of the top things you will remember when you look back at your wedding memories. But as hard as it is, selling your white dress for some cold hard cash may be the right option for you. 


How Much Money You Can List it For?

You may have paid a couple thousand dollars for your wedding dress, and while you won’t make all of that money back selling it used, you can make up to 50 percent back if you sell it within two and a half years. Depending on the style, fabric, designer name, and condition, you could make quite a lot of your money back selling it second hand.

Before putting the dress up for sale, make sure you are ready to say goodbye to it. Some people hold on to their wedding dress for sentimental reasons or because they have hopes of one day giving the dress to a relative. Just make sure you are ready to trade it in for money before selling it.

How Quick It Sells Can Be Based on What You Do.

Keep the dress in good shape after your wedding by getting it professionally cleaned. If it’s in good shape you’ll have a better chance of selling it. Try to sell it within a couple of years, so that the style is still popular and well sought after.


If you don’t know what to do with yours, consider these options:

Preserve It:

While preserving the dress wasn’t for me, many brides opt for this traditional approach.

Depending on the dress and your chosen method of preservation, the cost can range anywhere from $200 to $800.

Some brides open the box on a milestone date, such as their 10th, 15th or 25th anniversary.  


Pass It Down:

If you intend to have children — or have siblings with children — you can hold onto the dress and pass it on when the kids are ready to get married.

While your daughter or niece may not want to wear the dress as-is, she can alter it or use a piece of it to make her veil. It can be a nice way to add the “something old” to the wedding.

Frame It:

Some brides remove the bodice of the dress and frame it in a shadow box with other mementos from the wedding, like your invitation or place cards.

You can have it done professionally, but it’s also an easy DIY project. When I looked up the materials needed to follow this tutorial, the total cost was less than $100.


Sell It:

Where You Should Go to Sell It ?
There are plenty of online stores that specialize in re-selling wedding dresses like preownedweddingdresses.com, as well as eBay, tradesy, and for those more daring, Craigslist. If you’d feel better selling it to a brick and mortar shop, you can find local consignment shops to sell it at. Or get only 50 percent of the sale at Merry Go Round.

Dresses on eBay usually sell for lower prices, but Tradesy specializes in higher-end items, so you’ll get more money. It’s free to list, but they do take a 9% commission.

You can also look for bridal consignment shops in your area. They’ll handle selling the dress and you’ll get a portion of the purchase price.

Depending on the make of the dress, you can sell it for anywhere from 30-70% of its original cost. At the same time, you’ll be helping another bride get her dream dress.


Donate It:

Many charities accept wedding dresses, and they’re tax-deductible donations.

Here are four great options to consider supporting:

Adorned in Grace: Sells dresses to raise money to support victims of human trafficking

Make a Wish: Provides gowns to terminally ill brides who want to get married

Everyone’s Dream Come True: Gives dresses to brides in need so they can have a beautiful gown for their wedding

Angel Gowns: Creates bereavement gowns for babies that don’t get to come home from the hospital


Trash It:

If the idea of wearing it just once makes you sad, you could consider a “trash the dress” photo shoot.

Many brides wear their dresses to have pictures taken at the beach or in the countryside. The dress will likely be ruined, but you’ll have beautiful and special photos to remember it by.

There’s no right or wrong way to handle your dress after the big day. It’s an intensely personal decision.

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Brides who have already had their wedding were asked; What are some things you regret doing / not doing in your big day?

    Texas Brides were asked what would did they regret not doing or doing on their big day in a FaceBook group for Brides to Brides.

    Smiled more!!! I was sooo happy and we had our perfect wedding but for some reason I look so serious in my photos, so put your smile one no matter what happens!!

      I regret not having a better photographer!

      Have a quick snack between ‘I Do’ and pics. It was almost a BRIDE DOWN situation. Thankfully granny saved me with some ritz crackers in her purse.

      Oh and I didn’t eat all day I didn’t even eat at the reception Because by the time we had the reception I was sick to my stomach and couldn’t eat at all nearly passed out..

        Not smiling , and the drizzle of rain had something to do with it . My photographer had to keep reminding me to smile ….So if you can Smile . Lol

          Have fun and let everyone do thier jobs assigned to them
          :).

            Not having a day of coordinator!

              Not eating, some how the entire night went by and I don’t think I ever sat down.

               I regret not having video! The day of you are so caught up in the emotions and excitement that everything becomes a blur. Not to mention it goes by soooooo quickly. I wish we had a videographer to capture the day so we could look back on it years to come!!!! 

              I’m so glad we had was a photo booth though that had video capability so we can see everyone’s “wedding wishes” 💗

                Have a plan for your bouquet – preserving somehow?
                We DIY DJ’d…big mistake.
                Wish we’d have rented linens and a dance floor to pretty it up to its potential.

                  Less people- I had 140. And felt like I didn’t get to spend quality time w everyone there. Sure I made sure to stop by every table and say hello (which took forever). But I wanted more time w maybe 1/2 the people that were there.

                    Oh, and more cake!! Def get more portions than the # of people you invite. My cake was amazing (shout out to Bavarian Cakery) and I wanted more! Too bad for me- it was gone.

                      Take alone time with just your husband before you go to the reception. Not drinking enough. A day of coordinator. Let go of any worries and stress just enjoy it. And have everything packed before hand we got back to our apartment and still had to pack for our cruise before we left the next day.

                      Drinking scotch before the wedding lol

                      Ok, so with our RSVPs trickling in, I want to help others avoid a mistake I made. I did address and stamp the envelopes for the RSVPs, but I did not put the return addresses on the envelopes for them. You know… the guests address… well neither did any of them. Now we’re hunting down who sent what. A friend suggested that we should have numbered the RSVP cards and kept a corresponding list. This way, return address or not, we know which card came from whom. Too late for our cluster $#@!, but maybe it’s not too late for some of you lol!

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