Post # 1
I need your help bees 🙂
i just recently gmere married on the 21st of September and I can’t decide if I should sell my dress! I wore the vera wang Ethel dress. not only am I emotionally attached to it (which I never thought I would be :-/) but I also paid over $6000 including the Swarovski crystal sash I had attached to it. On one hand I’d like to have it preserved and save it for sentimental value, but, on the other, it would be nice to sell it and get some money back for it! Ahhh! I can’t decide what to do. The other factor is I wouldn’t be willing to sell dress and sash together for less than $4000.
please give me some advice on what you would do if you were me! I love my dress! I dont know what to do 🙁
Post # 3
If you think you’ll regret selling it you shouldnt, but at the same time the longer you wait the less you’ll be able to sell the dress for.
Post # 4
do you NEED the money? What are you hoping to get out of preserving it? IMO 4000 would make a great vacation and I would rather have the experience of a vacation than have my dress in a box.
Post # 5
Personally I would sell the dress, and sell it soon while that dress is still popular! I second PP that the money would be nice to go on a vacation, or just put towards a house or something. Dresses go in and out of style, and I am not counting on my daughter wanting to wear my dress. My mom looked beautiful on her wedding day but her dress is so.not.me. It is very early 80s, with huge puffy sleeves. It would’ve taken a lot of alterations to make it more my style. So anyways, I would sell it and use the money for something special with your DH!
Post # 6
@emilygrace07: That’s true. I think if I bought a 1000 dress and sold it for 300, I’d rather just keep it. But 4000 dollars, I would try to sell it, and maybe keep the sash if you want something sentimental to keep?
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I just listed my dress this weekend, and I totally understand the “pain” of listing it.
Check recycledbride.com, oncewed.com, preownedweddingdress, and see what your dress is listed for. From what I’ve read, you should expect 50% of a newer dress- so that would be $3K, vs. $4K.
I agree with PPs- the sooner you list it, the more you’re likely to get from it. If it’s just hanging in your closet, what good is going to do you?
Can you remove the sash, and make that the sentimental piece you keep? I held onto my feather fascinator, which fits in a small cedar box, along with my garter (which was Mom’s), and both mom and my wedding hankies.
Post # 8
And it’s a P.I.T.A. to sell. I have a Maggie listed on ebay and the classifieds here for under $300 for the past 3 weeks and no luck. I think it’s almost as stressful trying to sell as it is just eating the money!
Post # 9
my vote’s to sell it… at least you’ll recoup some of the costs back!
Post # 10
The other girls make excellent points about all the things you could do for the money. But, if you truly think you will regret selling it then I say keep it. I don’t think I could EVER sell my dress.
I read an idea that on your one year anniversary you both put on your wedding gear and have a romantic dinner just so you can wear it again. I think that would be so fun.
I’m also sentimental and I would like to keep it for my daughter and grandchildren. Even if they don’t end up wearing it I just think it would be cool for them.
I also saw an idea where you put your 2-3 year old daughter in your gown and take some pics of her, then you display them on HER wedding day years later.
Also, when my bff gets married I want us to do a rock the frock photo shoot together. Lol that was kind of rambly but it’s stuff to think about.
Post # 11
Keep it. Put the amount of money spent on it out of your head. You don’t want to sell it and then Regret it. I love my dress and I’m keeping it until the day I croak lol
Post # 12
If you are selling do it quickly, Ethel is a popular dress now but there is a very limted market for dreseses that expensive and they would need to be very current to get back that percentage of your money back