Post # 1
A Practical Wedding has a blog post up today on the in’s and out’s of trying to resell a wedding dress. Since I know this is a popular idea, I figured I’d link it here. I personally am in the impractical camp of “I want to keep and cherish my wedding gown forever,” but my friend who is also engaged plans to immediately try to sell or donate her dress following her wedding, which she originally purchased second hand at a Brides Against Breast Cancer event. It’s funny, because her reasoning was that, by getting a used gown, there already was proof that someone else had liked the style and gotten married in it, whereas I – because I am so emotionally attached to the idea of keeping my gown (who knows, when it is a physical presence taking up valuable real estate in my closet, I may change my mind) – would worry if that person was now divorced or had some negative experience on their wedding to make them want to part with it.
Post # 2
I think it definitely did give me some food for thought! Counting on being able to resell it is a mistake, I now think.
Although it did make me go check out some preowned sites and now I’m sitting on my hands waiting for some sellers to email me back!
Post # 3
If nothing else, seeing the supposed original prices posted on some gowns by designers I liked on the preowned sites help me figure out what designers I could actually afford and what dress dreams I needed to let go – as in, when getting a dress I liked used was still going to run me a couple hundred dollars more than getting another dress I liked new and ordered in my size, that really helped me realize what I felt comfortable spending and what seemed like an outrageous splurge. I still like checking to see what styles of my preferred designers pop up on those sites, for pure research purposes 🙂