Post # 1
I love my dress and it was so comfortable the day of my wedding I keep trying to see if I can find some excuse to wear it again! I was pretty sure I wanted to keep it and maybe get it preserved. But lately I’ve been thinking of all the much more practical things I could do with the money if I sell it. I obviously won’t get the full price but it was a pretty popular dress & I’ve seen a lot of people looking for it. I’m just worried I’ll regret it if I do decide to sell it. Did anyone else feel the same way & did you regret selling it? Or did you decide not to sell it and years down the road wish you did? Obviously if I wait to long, it will lose value.
I’m also curious if anyone has feelings about their Mom keeping their dress or if you have kids, are they happy you kept it, etc.
Thanks for any suggestions!!
Post # 3
I’m debating this too. My wedding is in October and I have no idea what I’m going to do with the dress afterward. I’ll never wear it again, I know that, but I don’t know if I can bring myself to sell it. Plus, it was pretty altered to fit me so may be hard to sell…
Post # 4
My mom kept her dress, but it was eaten by moths at her mother’s house. The headpiece has since gone missing, too. None of us would fit in the dress now anyways. She would’ve saved it for nothing. I never understood the whole cut a piece off and attach it to a new dress. I’ll probably donate rather than sell mine.
Post # 5
I got my dress 70% off, & it would cost more to preserve it well, than the dress cost.
I don’t think I would sell it because I would barely make anything since it costs a lot even just to get a dress dry cleaned. My only other option would basically be to give my dress away to someone who would wear it, or cut off some fabric & save it for my daughter & then just toss the dress.
Idk what to do either..
Post # 6
I donated my dress, but kind of regret how I went about doing it. I wish I had tried harder and sold it for mor what it was worth. I donated it and (maybe I didnt do the taxes right?) but I wasnt able to say it was “worth” more than $35, even though I’m SURE the non-profit I donated it to was able to sell it for more than that! So, you calculate how much money I saved in taxes on a $35 donated item. Ugh. I’m still annoyed thinking about it. I had put it on craigslist once or twice, but I wish I had tried more aggressively to sell it for what it was worth, like at least a couple hundred dollars. Other than that, I have no regrets that it is no longer collecting dust in my closet!
Post # 7
Thanks for all of the advice & stories! My dress was about $1400 originally although I got a pretty good deal on it myself. I’ve seen some people trying to sell there’s for around $1,000 which I think is a little much for a used dress. I did have alterations done so I think I’d try to sell mine for around $500-600. I would still have to pay to have it cleaned. Just curious if you guys would be happy with that ammount? When I was shopping, I totally would have bought it used for that price.
Post # 8
Anyone else? The poll is too low to help me decide ;-).
Post # 9
@Amayansong: I regret getting rid of my dress (I didn’t sell it, I threw it out) and I’m divorced. I just wish I had kept it for one of my daughters. But by the time I decided I should get off my butt and get it preserved a couple years after the wedding it was already ruined. All yellow and stained looking. Boo.
Post # 10
I am really happy that I sold my dress. I loved it, and felt amazing in it on my wedding day. However, once I had it cleaned and preserved, I kept looking at the box and thinking how pointless it was to keep it forever. I also move a lot for work, which I think influenced my decision. I sold it on preownedweddingdresses and do not regret it. I am happy that someone else was able to wear it. I have lots of beautiful pictures to remember the day and the dress, and I kept the veil in case I have a daughter someday who would like to wear it.
Post # 11
I haven’t sold mine yet, but it is up for sale. I’ll be honest…I have mixed emotions for sure.
I know I’ll never ever wear it again, its a ball gown LOL.
That being said…I too can’t see it sitting in my closet wasting away because it is a gorgeous dress. Its by a popular designer, but I’ve only seen one or two brides ever wear it. Anyway, I have it priced at about 40% retail value right (retails was $2400) now but only on craigslist…I’m waiting until this fall to list it on some of the other sites.
That being said I think if I could recoop some of my money and know that another bride got a gorgeous dress for much less I’d probably be ok with it.
(for reference…I have 4 daughters but I don’t think any of them will want it as it was their step dad I married lol)
Post # 12
I’m keeping my dress, but it wasn’t very expensive in the first place. I used to love trying on my mom’s dress when I was little, so maybe my little girl will like to try on my dress 🙂
Post # 13
I’m 100% keeping both of my dresses! (ceremony & reception). My mom kept hers and my sister and I ALWAYS dressed up in her dress and veil throughout our childhood. It was such a great memory and I’m keeping mine for my children/grandchildren for sure!
Post # 14
@Amayansong: I will likely donate mine to a local charity after I’m done with it. My situation is a bit different, though. The dress cost only $450 and I’ll actually be wearing it three separate times. Although still a bit steep in price to give away after only three wears, I feel like donation, rather than selling it for $100-200 will put me more at ease.
My mother sold hers to a friend less than a year after she wore it. She has no regrets and frankly, I have none either. It was from c.1980 and smaller than my size.
Post # 15
Thank you so much everyone for sharing all of your experiences! It sounds like there are a lot of positives & negatives either way. I have not gotten it cleaned or anything yet. Maybe I will do that first & see where it puts me monitarily & see if I still feel like I’d make a profit that would make me feel good about it. I could always list it on the higher end and then I’d feel good about making a good ammount back & of course if it doesn’t sell, I won’t be too upset ;).
I do remember thinking that I wished my Mom & Grandma kept their dresses. I beleive they both donated them. My Mom’s was pretty darn 70’s and beautiful on her but probably not one I would have worn. If my Grandma’s dress had been preserved, I probably would have tried to make that work. She was very stylish and it was so classy & 40’s! At least I have their gorgeous pictures to look at!