Post # 1
Months ago I contacted a Bee who was looking for my wedding dress. I told her I’d be willing to sell it after my July 2010 wedding. I didn’t hear back from her until today, but it turns out she wants the dress.
I’m a practical person. I know that if I keep the dress it’s unlikely to be used ever again. I may as well sell it while it’s still in style. I’m an older bride who probably won’t have kids to pass it on to (and kids rarely want their parents’ 20 year-old dresses anyway). The dress wasn’t expensive, but I wouldn’t mind recouping half the purchase price.
The dress is at the cleaners and will be ready tomorrow either to hang in my closet indefinitely or to ship to another bride who will wear it in October. Why am I hesitating? Guess I’m having some sentimental pangs. What do you think…should I sell while I’ve got someone who wants it, or hang onto it to see how I feel later on?
Post # 4
I’m keeping mine. But then again, mine will only take a few alterations to turn into a gorgeous cocktail/evening dress. So I will wear it again.
Post # 5
Personal decision – but I’m with you… there’s no way I’d be able to wear it again and it’s highly unlikely that anyone of my future daughters will be interested in an old dress (although it is gorgeous, hehe). As long as your confortable with your decision — sell it!
Post # 6
I would totally sell mine if I thought anyone would buy it!
I’m considering donating it instead 🙂
Post # 7
If I was in your shoes I’d sell it, but thats because I would feel bad for the bride that has been expecting to buy her dress from me for months. I’m almost expecting her to post about how she’s freaking out because the dress she was expecting to wear is unavailable all of a sudden.
Post # 8
@LGenz: Just to be clear, I didn’t promise her the dress! I told her back in March that I might be interested in selling mine after my July wedding and didn’t hear back from her until today. In the meantime, she bought another dress but decided she might prefer mine if it’s still available. I wouldn’t renege on a promise if we already made a deal. But thanks for looking out for our sister-bees! That would be bad indeed.
Post # 9
I sold mine, and I would sell NotFroofy’s if anyone were interested. We already have photos of us in the dresses on our day. Taking up closet room with the actual dresses just does not seem worthwhile.
Post # 10
i am keeping my dress, couldn’t imagine selling it (i haven’t even bought it yet!) but i’m a pack rat who also has all her formal gowns from proms (many moons ago) and bridesmaids dresses that are several years old (although i have been able to wear some of them again at very formal company fundraisers)…
Post # 11
I always thought I’d sell the dress after the wedding. I’m a pretty minimalistic person and not too sentimental about clothes or objects. But I found myself hesitating after the wedding, too. My best friend asked me a question that helped me make up my mind. She said, “Is getting $300 worth not having your dress anymore?” And my immediate answer was no. That being said, I don’t know how much money I could get for my dress (she just threw a number out there), but it made me realize that the sentimentality of the dress just wasn’t worth whatever money I would get for it. It’s totally the opposite of what I expected, though!
Post # 12
if you’re doubting, i would keep it.
Post # 13
If it helps, I don’t think I will keep mine once my day has come and gone; I will have pictures and memories, and if I can help someone else pinch some pennies on their ceremony I will be at ease… As we all know, weddings are expensive and if I could have gotten some of my more pricey items at a discount I wouldn’t have hessitated…
Post # 14
I had the sentimental thoughts as well and planned on keeping mine, but lost my job twice now and just sold her tonight. I thought it would be so hard, but the bride to be loved it as soon as she put it on, it was meant to be! After all it would be stuck in my closet forever…
Post # 15
I am making very specific changes to my dress (pulled beading off during the weekend, adding white cherry blossom embroidery), and it’s red to boot!! I would love to auction it off to bride-in-need in the future. But for the best story, not $. I have donated my formal gowns to Cinderella’s Closet (non-profit that gives prom dresses to low income girls) in the past, but I would really love for a bride to wear this. And pass it on to another quirky bride-in-need when she’s done with it, too.
Post # 16
If someone liked my dress, I think I would pass it on to them. It would mean more to me to see someone else enjoying the dress, than the moths in my closet. I would be curios to see how they wore the dress, accessorized it, and how it fit into their wedding story. I have never seen my dress on anyone, or even on any bridal TV shows. It would make me feel better knowing it went to good use.