Did you regret selling your dress?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How did you feel about selling/not selling your dress?
    I sold my dress & totally regret it! : (3 votes)
    16 %
    I sold my dress & I'm glad I did. : (6 votes)
    32 %
    I wish I sold my dress when it was still a popular style. : (1 votes)
    5 %
    I'm so glad I kept it/I'm so glad my Mom kept hers. : (9 votes)
    47 %
  • Post # 3
    667 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’m debating this too. My wedding is in October and I have no idea what I’m going to do with the dress afterward. I’ll never wear it again, I know that, but I don’t know if I can bring myself to sell it. Plus, it was pretty altered to fit me so may be hard to sell…

    Post # 4
    2111 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    My mom kept her dress, but it was eaten by moths at her mother’s house. The headpiece has since gone missing, too. None of us would fit in the dress now anyways. She would’ve saved it for nothing. I never understood the whole cut a piece off and attach it to a new dress. I’ll probably donate rather than sell mine.

    Post # 5
    3442 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I got my dress 70% off, & it would cost more to preserve it well, than the dress cost.

    I don’t think I would sell it because I would barely make anything since it costs a lot even just to get a dress dry cleaned. My only other option would basically be to give my dress away to someone who would wear it, or cut off some fabric & save it for my daughter & then just toss the dress.

    Idk what to do either..

    Post # 6
    4511 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I donated my dress, but kind of regret how I went about doing it. I wish I had tried harder and sold it for mor what it was worth. I donated it and (maybe I didnt do the taxes right?) but I wasnt able to say it was “worth” more than $35, even though I’m SURE the non-profit I donated it to was able to sell it for more than that! So, you calculate how much money I saved in taxes on a $35 donated item. Ugh. I’m still annoyed thinking about it. I had put it on craigslist once or twice, but I wish I had tried more aggressively to sell it for what it was worth, like at least a couple hundred dollars. Other than that, I have no regrets that it is no longer collecting dust in my closet!

    Post # 9
    3394 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @Amayansong:  I regret getting rid of my dress (I didn’t sell it, I threw it out) and I’m divorced. I just wish I had kept it for one of my daughters. But by the time I decided I should get off my butt and get it preserved a couple years after the wedding it was already ruined. All yellow and stained looking. Boo.

    Post # 10
    83 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I am really happy that I sold my dress.  I loved it, and felt amazing in it on my wedding day.  However, once I had it cleaned and preserved, I kept looking at the box and thinking how pointless it was to keep it forever.  I also move a lot for work, which I think influenced my decision.  I sold it on preownedweddingdresses and do not regret it.  I am happy that someone else was able to wear it.  I have lots of beautiful pictures to remember the day and the dress, and I kept the veil in case I have a daughter someday who would like to wear it.

    Post # 11
    1013 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I haven’t sold mine yet, but it is up for sale.  I’ll be honest…I have mixed emotions for sure.


    I know I’ll never ever wear it again, its a ball gown LOL. 


    That being said…I too can’t see it sitting in my closet wasting away because it is a gorgeous dress.  Its by a popular designer, but I’ve only seen one or two brides ever wear it. Anyway, I have it priced at about 40% retail value right  (retails was $2400) now but only on craigslist…I’m waiting until this fall to list it on some of the other sites.

    That being said I think if I could recoop some of my money and know that another bride got a gorgeous dress for much less I’d probably be ok with it.


    (for reference…I have 4 daughters but I don’t think any of them will want it as it was their step dad I married lol)

    Post # 12
    7191 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I’m keeping my dress, but it wasn’t very expensive in the first place. I used to love trying on my mom’s dress when I was little, so maybe my little girl will like to try on my dress 🙂

    Post # 13
    1773 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’m 100% keeping both of my dresses! (ceremony & reception). My mom kept hers and my sister and I ALWAYS dressed up in her dress and veil throughout our childhood. It was such a great memory and I’m keeping mine for my children/grandchildren for sure!

    Post # 14
    917 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @Amayansong:  I will likely donate mine to a local charity after I’m done with it. My situation is a bit different, though. The dress cost only $450 and I’ll actually be wearing it three separate times. Although still a bit steep in price to give away after only three wears, I feel like donation, rather than selling it for $100-200 will put me more at ease.

    My mother sold hers to a friend less than a year after she wore it. She has no regrets and frankly, I have none either. It was from c.1980 and smaller than my size.

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