Post # 1
I fell in love with a $3900 Jenny Packham dress.
I live in Toronto and Jenny Packham dresses are hard to come by here, so it’s not like I can comparison-shop for a better price. I have tried on quite a few dresses of a similar style and so far there is just no comparison in terms of fit (cut) and originality.
So is this a nutty plan or could it work?: I buy the dress and sell it for $2000-2500. Will someone buy it off me for that much if it’s been worn, granted only once, and if it’s in pristine condition/professionally cleaned? My wedding is in September, so if you were interested and having your wedding after September maybe we could share it. I am a size 8 (normally 4-6 but 8 in wedding dresses).
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Post # 3
You could always put it on a site like http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/. But, the dresses on that site are generally half of what the Bride paid for it. You could always consider doing craigslist or even Ebay it. Hope that helps!
Post # 4
I think it’s a fine plan, as long as you’re 100% financially prepared if it turns out you can’t sell the dress (and you won’t end up going without rent/mortgage payment/food/other necessities if the money doesn’t come through). There is no guarantee that you’re going to be able to sell the dress for the amount that you want, even in the best scenario (dress in pristine condition). What if the dress only sells for $1000– would you still see it as a manageable exchange then? Or, what if someone steps on your train during the event, and puts a huge rip in the fabric? Or what if a guest spills a glass of wine down the front of the skirt, and it won’t come out in cleaning? I don’t mean to be doom-and-gloom, just keep in mind that there’s always a possibility that the dress won’t sell at all. It is a very beautiful dress, though! Good luck!
Post # 5
Let me guess- you’re buying it at White? 🙂 I bought my gown there and the dresses are gorgeous!
jhphi has great points- the "what ifs’? I plan on selling my gown once I’m done, however you need to have a contingency plan if selling the gown doesn’t work out…
It’s a pretty big risk to take, but if this is the *one*, it;’s hard to say no…
Post # 6
I feel your pain. I love Jenny Packham and is really over budget.
Thinking about ordering a "inspired" dress…but not sure how it would turn out since her dresses are not the traditional structured sort.
Why not just buy a gently worn version verse a new dress?
This way, if you are not able to sell it afterwards, it is less of a financial loss.
Post # 7
Guess what? 😀
I found the same dress being sold by someone for much much less, never worn (she bought it and had a change of heart). So, problem solved! Now, if I can’t sell it for some reason, it’s not as much of a financial hit. I’m very excited. thanks for your great ideas!
BTW, Laurajane, YES, it was at White…that seems to be the only place in Toronto that sells Jenny Packham, which is why I think I’ll be able to sell it afterwards (provided no horrifying spills or tears occur). What dress did you get at White? 🙂
Post # 8
Congrats!! Seems like a win-win situation. 🙂 Will you still resell it when you’re done, to pay the good bridal karma forward? 🙂
Post # 9
I didn’t get the Jenny Packham (Edie) dress!
The seller was located overseas. Although her price was significantly cheaper than retail, add shipping and alterations and it was STILL too expensive. I also wasn’t sure about the size – a UK 8, which may have fit and may not have fit. The one I tried on was a UK 14, clipped of course, but was I really 3 sizes smaller? I didn’t know. I had been having such a difficult time finding something I liked as much as the Jenny Packham…being that I was looking for flowy chiffon with a touch of quirkyness or ‘glam’, there wasn’t much out there LIKE that.
Well today… I got my dress! I paid less than I would have for the Jenny Packham. I got the ‘almost brand new’ store sample of ‘Cayla’ by Enzoani. I got a great deal on it due to it being the sample and it’s honestly got all the features I was looking for. Still, it’s quite a bit different. Here is a picture of me in my dress. Tell me what you think…OH, and please also…I am looking for ideas of what BM dresses would go with it. My colours will be blue/aqua/green OR blue/periwinkle/indigo (bridesmaids will be wearing different, complimentary colours). Ideas??
(Scroll up to see the Jenny Packham one I DIDN’T get to go with).
Post # 10
Your dress is amazing! I love it! You look so beautiful in it also! Great choice!
Post # 11
Have you tried looking for the same dress that someone else is selling half price? If you wouldn’t mind buying a dress once worn then you may find it’s less stressful overall. I guess you would have to search for that dress in a large size to accommodate any potential alterations. Also, I would call Jenny Packhan directly and ask about future sample sales. There are currently several Jenny Packham dresses for sale at http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/ although not your specific one–I did check! Maybe you can fall in love with a similar Jenny Packham style? Actually, check out this link asap: http://www.sellmyweddingdress.co.uk/database/dress_info.php?ref=1703
looks like there is a used one for sale after all!
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor
Your dress is gorgeous! Congrats!
Post # 13
It’s gorgeous. To be honest I think I like it better than the Jenny Packham. I think the drop waist really flatters your figure, and the layers in the skirt add a lot of fun and visual interest. It looks more "wedding-y" to me while maintaining the flowy feel of the first one. The bodice is so unusual too!
Post # 14
I LOVE that Enzoani dress BW! I also love that Jenny dress earlier too!
Enzoani gets my vote though.
Ok…add Enzoani to my list of dresses to look at along with Anjolique and Martina Liana.
Post # 15
That’s a phenomenal dress! Great choice!
I know that Dessy and Alfred Angelo have some maids’ styles that would probably complement your gown very well. I know for sure that AA has one with an empire waist and a flowing bottom half that’s very much like yours. I’ll have to see if I can dig up a link for you!
Post # 16
Thanks everyone for your encouragement. You’re all so helpful!
It’s so annoying how I still can’t get the JP dress out of my head though! I think it’s because I was offered the deal on my dress right when the store was closing and I didn’t have time to want it more than the JP one. I know it’s similar, and I know it’s awesome, so why can’t I let it go? I think I’m just stubborn…like stubborn enough to buy the JP one too and then try and sell or return whichever one I didn’t want. I’m so nuts. Too much time on my hands! lol