Post # 1
Hello fellow Bees!
I bought (and wore) a beautiful dress for my wedding. I’m not much into ballgowns, and I found it really hard to find something a bit more slim and classic. Now that my wedding is over, I am torn on whether to keep the dress or sell it to another bride looking for a deal.
On the one hand it is perhaps the most beautiful piece of clothing I’ve owned and it holds fond memories. On the other hand, the likelihood of me wearing it again is slim. It brought such joy to me and I would love to know that someone else got to be as happy as I was on my wedding day.
Any advice from other former brides out there? Did you resell/give away your dress? Did you regret it?
Post # 3
Well I’m not a former bride but an encore- FI. I had already bought my dress and couldn’t find anyone to buy it! So I kept it for 6 years trying to decide what to do with it. Now I’m engaged and I’m wearing the dress!
Having said that… I would give yourself sometime on making a decision on to sell/keep. Just know that if you sell the dress you more then likely wouldn’t make much money on it. That’s why I ended up keeping mine. For me I’m glad I did so that I didn’t have to go dress shopping again and because I LOVE that dress!
Post # 4
I’ve heard of brides taking their wedding dresses to really good seamstresses and having their dresses made into a shorter cocktail dress they can wear again. Would that be an option for you? I suppose it would highly depend on your gown’s overall structure and everything.
I bought two wedding dresses. The first one, I ended up not liking, and before I made up my mind about it (when I actually DID like it), I was going to resell the dress online. The second dress is tea-length (what I really wanted all along), and I plan on keeping it. I can totally wear it again 🙂
Post # 5
I voted to sell it. I’m going to sell mine 🙂
Post # 6
I will probably sell mine after the wedding too.
Post # 7
I haven’t decided what to do. It’s still in the bag in our bonus room closet and I haven’t looked at it since I shoved it in there. I’m afraid I’ll be really sad if I pull it out. Maybe I’m weird.
Post # 8
i voted make something out of it… are you religous??? if yes can you use the fabric to make a christening outfit if you are planning on having children one day?
Post # 9
I’m torn with what to do with mine. Part of me thinks – be a realist, I’ll be moving every 4 years and moving it around and never wearing it again? I should sell or donate it. That being said, part of my brain wants to keep it just in case my daughter (assuming i have one) will want it. Darn the sentimental unreasonable side of my brain!
Post # 10
Something I looked for in a dress was that it had some classic-ness to it so that there would be a possibility of my future child wearing my dress one day.
If you plan on having kids I would save it. I think it’s wonderful to give your future daughter or maybe future daughter in law that option. Or even grandchildren.
Post # 11
My mom hand made her wedding dress and has kept it all these years – while neither of us expected me to wear it I have been considering taking parts of it to make a special hair piece – or refab her vail into the russian style I want.
My mothers marriage to my dad was simple and basic but their relationship and my growing up was extremely special and I love the idea of having a part of their day on my day when I marry the guy my dad has been refering to as his son in law since they met.
Think 25 or 30 years in the future about your daughter – maybe she won’t want to wear your dress but maybe she’ll want to use part of it or at the very least dress up in it as a little girl. Keep it and let you and your daughter enjoy it for years to come.
Post # 12
I also chose a dress based partly on the idea that it may be something a future daughter may want to wear/use. I won’t be offended or anything if she doesn’t want to, but I’d like to give her that option.
I played dress-up in my mom’s dress and veil while I was growing up. My mother says those childhood pictures are some of her favourites, and they’re definitely some of my favourite childhood memories.