(Closed) Advice… Preserve dress or sell it?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What did you do with your dress after the wedding?
    I stuffed it in my closet and havn't looked at it since. : (8 votes)
    32 %
    I went through a company to do long-term preservation and have no regrets. :-) : (10 votes)
    40 %
    I went through a company to do presevation and wish I hadn't spend the money. :-( : (1 votes)
    4 %
    I sold my dress and have no regrets. It was a great choice. :-) : (6 votes)
    24 %
    I sold my dress and now have regrets. I wish I still had my dress. :-( : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I am curious about this as well….I would love to get some cash back, but am having trouble with the idea of letting the dress go afterward!

    Post # 4
    3613 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I sold the one dress I didn’t wear and can’t wait to sell the two that I did wear. They take up so much room in the closet! Plus I could really use the money. If I have any children and grandchildren, they can always admire them in my photos.

    Post # 5
    1774 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    The box from the preservation company doesn’t take up nearly as much room as I thought it would.  My dress preservation cost over half of what my dress cost, but it didn’t cost that much, we didn’t need the money, and I didn’t want to regret selling it.

    Post # 6
    1810 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I haven’t had my wedding yet, but I plan to try to sell it (I say try, because I’m small so the dress will be small, thus I will have a smaller pool of buyers because of this). Anyway, if it doesn’t sell, I’ll get it preserved.

    Post # 7
    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I am trying to sell my dress, but no luck yet.  I was hoping to sell it “as is” at a really reduced price and have made clear that they are getting a great deal ($2000 dress for $500) because they have to go get it cleaned.  No luck yet.

    Post # 9
    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    yeah i’ve wondered about this too… i may donate mine or sell it. i definitely wont pay more money to preserve it and keep it cos i sure wont wear it again and by the time i have kids and grandkids i have a feeling wedding dresses will look alot different. i dont want to keep it in a box for years and years when some one could use it and benefit from it. 

    i may still change my mind though..

    Post # 10
    499 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I’m the type to preserve it. Even if my hypothetical daughter wouldn’t want to wear it (too oldfashioned!) I’d love for her to have the choice. And if she chooses not to, maybe a piece of my dress could be incorporated into hers as something old. I’d like her to have that option… if she ever exists. 😉

    Post # 12
    1995 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I am unclear exactly what the professional preservation does.. I need to look into this.

    My mom had hers done and for years we thought we weren’t allowed to open it.  Now before my wedding we asked around and they told us it was just special paper, not sealed shut.

    My J Crew dress came with the details on how to preserve it in the box it came in with the special paper and all.  Right now mine is at the dry cleaners but I’m thinking I’ll just put in the box and hope that one day if its needed it’ll be fine. :/

    Post # 13
    3613 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I sold mine through preownedweddingdresses.com. I also advertise on oncewed.com, bravobride.com, craigslist, and here on the classifieds.

    I’m also curious about cleaning & preservation costs because one I still hope to sell is in dire need of cleaning. I got a quote of $300 just for cleaning which seems really high.

    Post # 14
    571 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I preserved my dress and it was in a box in my closet, it’s been 9 months since the wedding….and I was working again, so no thoughts about selling it.  Then I lost my job once again and decided to advertise for it and sold it to an excited bride who loved it the minute she tried it on.  I thought it would be SOO hard, but once she put it on, it didn’t really matter anymore…I was ready to let it go.  I have thousands of pics of me in the dress and it was a good decision.  I knew I would never have any other reason to take it out of that box in my closet.

    Post # 16
    1315 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’m gonna get mine cleaned, then get a christening gown cut from it.

    And maybe a nice hanky or something for future daughter/DIL to carry on her wedding day.

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