Post # 1
I am faced with a difficult decision and was hoping I might be able to get some opinions. I am absolutely obsessed with a gown that is way out of my budget. However, I keep hearing that because it’s a designer gown, I am very likely to sell it for about 50% after the wedding. Do you agree? Does anyone have experience with this? Any and all help would be GREATLY appreciated! TIA!
Post # 3
@stella2903: I haven’t had my wedding yet, so no firsthand experience, but I’ve heard of people never selling their wedding gown, others who sell right away and some in the middle. Most used gowns seem to be listed for 40-60% of their original cost.
I’m not sure what your style/look is, but obviously the more popular the dress the easier it will be to sell. You also need to consider the size you are buying. The more “average” the size the easier it will be to find a buyer. I’m not sure I would count on selling it if you can’t afford it otherwise.
Sorry to be a downer, but I don’t think it’s worth the risk.
Post # 4
depends on the designer. is it a marchesa or reem acra gown? sure, you’re likely to recoup some costs. is it something like alfred angelo that you can find at a david’s bridal? not very likely.
Post # 5
By ‘way out of my budget’ you mean that the dress is much more than you want to spend or much more than you can spend?
If you’re able to buy it and still afford your wedding and not sacrifice your other financial goals I say make the small sacrifices and get the dress you love.
If however buying that dress would cause you to make major wedding sacrifices or destabalize your financial situation I would suggest you look for buying pre-owned or a similar, less expensive gown.
Imagine how you’d feel if you weren’t able to resell your gown (goes out of style, damanged during the wedding, wrecked by the cleaner). How much does that financial hit hurt?
Post # 6
@atlbride2013, has an excellent point. If you are going to resell you should research heavily. Track gowns from that designer for resale and see if they’re selling, how long it takes, and for what discount from retail.
Post # 7
I wouldn’t spend more many than you’d be comfortable with spending without selling it.
It’s a nice thought to think that you’ll sell it, but you may decide to keep it.. or god forbid something happens to it.. gets lost during your honeymoon, or the cleaners ruins it and you aren’t able to sell it.
Post # 8
@stella2903: how about buying it second-hand yourself? Have you looked around for it?