Post # 1
I am debating whether it is worth the risk to buy a pricier dress from a popular designer (e.g. Maggie Sottero, Casablanca) vs. a cheaper dress from a less popular designer (e.g. Ella Rosa, Bridalane, Romantic Bridals) with the assumption that the popular dress will be easier to sell afterwards at a higher price.
Maggie Sottero – buy for $1100, sell for $600 vs. Ella Rosa – buy for $800, sell for $300 (both end up costing $500)
Do you think it comes out costing me the same in the end (are my calculations above realistic)? Any ladies out there with experience selling their dress? 🙂
Post # 3
I definitely think you will have an easier time selling a higher end dress than a lower end dress, and I do feel like those calculations are fairly realistic (depending on your alterations, size, etc.).
Mostly, though, I think it’s important to just find the dress that you absolutely love within your budget! So if that means you fall in love with an Ella Rose, go for it! Just be true to yourself and honest with yourself about the budget!
Post # 4
This is a great question – I have absolutely no idea. I hope someone else can weigh in with experience.
My one suggestion is, I know some people prearrange a buyer for their gown (i.e. find someone before their wedding who agrees to buy the gown afterward). I think you would probably have the best shot of getting a good price if you do it this way, and you might have a better shot of working out that type of arrangement if you go with a more high-profile designer gown.
Post # 5
Never count on selling any of your wedding stuff. Buy what you like and can afford.
Post # 6
@the bossof you. This.
I plan on selling mine, but that’s just going to be a bonus if I can.
Post # 7
I do think it would be easier to sell a MS or Casa over a David’s Bridal. David’s marks theirs down too quickly for you to be able to get much out of it.
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Post # 9
@the boss of you: +1
I bought a very popular dress used. Which meant I got to choose which listing I felt most comfortable with because I options. So I would see if you’re planning on selling the more expensive dress higher or lower than what other options are out there. With the cheaper dress you might not have as many people looking for that specific dress, which means fewer potential buyers. But you might have more people looking for a dress in that price range. So I think you should just get the dress you like better.
Post # 10
To be super honest, the two choices that you provide do not have big difference in terms of their original prices (i.e., not as big as comparing to the high-end designers). If someone set up the budget as $1000 or even just $500, she could just buy a brand new dress (from David’s bridal or online stores for replica). Why would she bother to take risk (fraud, stains, size problems) to buy a preowned one?
(if I only had $500 as bridal dress budget, I’d rather get a new dress from David’s Bridal because the quality is not that different from the designers that you mentioned and I could get a size that fits me well, so I didn’t have to worry about alteration. But if I had a budget as $2000 and I loved high-end designers, I’d be happy to find a used dress for a great discount.)