Post # 1
Hi Everyone! It has been about 9 months since our wedding and I’m trying to figure out if I should keep or sell my dress. I’m fairly ambivalent towards keeping it but keep moving it from closet to closet. There are also not any family traditions with using the dress. Thoughts?
Post # 3
Honestly, I plan on selling my dress but keeping my veil…That way there will be one keepsake from the day but I still will get thousands back from the dress that we can use towards another trip or something!
My grandmothers and aunts kept their dresses and all they did was gather dust for years…
Post # 4
i am going to keep mine in a vacuum bag so that it
A doesnt take up too much room, &
B keeps free from dust etc. then i can pop it up into my attic.
Post # 5
I am definitely either going to sell or donate my dress once I am done with it. I don’t think there is any point in keeping it. I say sell it.
Post # 6
I’m going to sell mine after the wedding. I just don’t need it; I won’t ever wear it again and my daughter if I’ll ever have one would have the right to choose her own 🙂
From what you described there’s no specific reason for why you should keep it.
Post # 7
If you’re feeling ambivalent about it and find it a bit annoying to keep it, go ahead and sell it.
Post # 8
I have mixed feelings about selling my dress.
On the one hand, I could obviously use the money.
On the other hand, I had to have it custom ordered to my height in heels (5’1″ without heels), so nobody over 5’4″ will be able to wear it, and they would have to wear flats.
I also have to have the bust taken in slightly- not much, but enough to make it harder to sell.
I just feel like I will have to drastically drop the price from what I paid for it, so much so that it almost wouldn’t be worth selling it.
It’s one thing if you bought a $10,000 dress and you’re able to get like $4,000 back out of it. It’s still a huge price drop, but that’s money you want back.
But a dress that cost $1,200 + about $200 in alterations…. I’m probably only going to be able to get about $400-600 back, if that. At that point, is it worth selling it?
Post # 9
That dress has a very simple bottom to it, so you could probably take it to a seamstress and cut the skirt of it to make it into a shorter dress that you could wear again!
It’s beautiful and elegant and it doesn’t have a crazy amount of detail, so you could definitely alter this and wear it again to a fun occasion!
Post # 10
@anne B: Be careful with the extreme temperatures in your attic. They can degrade the fabric.
I sold my dress, and we are using the money towards a 6 month trip in Asia (only like 5% of the budget came from the gown, but every bit helps, right?!). Since we live in an expensive city in a small apartment, it just didn’t make sense to use up half of a closet for the dress i’ll never wear again.
Post # 11
@icedchaitea:I like this idea!!
Post # 12
It’s a gorgeous dress.
If the money isn’t and issue, you cold consider donating it too.
I really didn’t want my wedding to be about consumption and waste, so recycling my beautiful wear-once (for me) dress is part of what will make me feel pretty wearing it.
Post # 13
I am NOT selling my own dress, I put too much time, emotion, and energy into ‘the most important piece of clothing in your life’ (or whatever). I don’t want someone else to wear what I have made ‘my own’ and put my own stamp on…Financially it makes sense to sell something expensive that you will never wear again though. I think its just up to you!
Post # 14
I am going to keep my dress. I remember seeing my mothers dress when I was a kid and thought it was so pretty (I later used it for Halloween and ruined it lol). But I want to be able to allow my kid to use mine and ruin it oneday!
Post # 15
I think I’m going to have dress made into baptism gowns for my future children.
Post # 16
I am thinking I would like to donate mine. Everyone should have a beautiful dress even if they can’t afford one. I plan on donating a lot from my wedding 🙂