(Closed) How do you feel about selling your wedding gown?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Are you selling your wedding gown or keeping it?

    Selling it-no need to keep it and I could use the money!

    Keeping it-couldn't dream of selling it!



  • Post # 32
    19 posts
    • Wedding: February 2012

    You look so~~~beautiful in it !!! 

    I will keep mine and wish to pass it on to my daughter…but if my wedding went over budget, I might sell it as well…

    Post # 33
    3216 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I’d like to chime in another thank you to the brides who sell– I’m hoping for a used dress to save a little money, but then on the opposite side of the spectrum, I’ll probably want to keep it afterward! I’m awful at throwing away anything remotely sentimental– ticket stubs, birthday cards, I have a whole box of them!

    Post # 35
    5103 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @mrsmurraytobe: Your dress is beautiful!

    The practical side of me says sell. The sentimental side of me (the larger portion…I’m a sentiment hoarder) says to keep it.

    Not sure yet what I’ll do. Guess I’ll decide after the wedding.

    Post # 36
    6065 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I am either selling my gown or donating. I am sentimental, but I will probably keep my veil or other elements of the wedding other than my dress.

    My mother donated her dress to someone who couldn’t afford hers, and I always found that very kind. So I may go that route, or sell the dress and use the money to get my parents a gift since they have been very generous with my wedding.

    Post # 37
    5785 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I also get the sentimentality of keeping your dress, but it will honestly just be ‘something’ that you keep moving around from closet to closet and eventually into a box or stored in a suitcase. Then you’ll wonder why it had so much value other than emotional. In my day, no one sold them or even thought about it, and if we were lucky enough, someone actually asked to borrow it for their own weddings.

    After 30 years, I finally took the plunge and cut off my train and used it to cover my daughter’s card box for her wedding last May. The first cut into the fabric was a bit painful (and unexpected), but I did it and have no regrets. The rest is still being stored to use to make a quilt for my first grandchild. ๐Ÿ™‚

    You’ll be fine once it’s gone.

    Post # 38
    4108 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I’m keeping mine, but I really couldn’t imagine getting much back for it & I don’t think I’d want to give it up. Even though the probability of my future daughter (if I have one) would even like it enough to wear it 20 or so years from now is slim, I would have loved to have the option of wearing my mother’s dress. Chances are I wouldn’t have wanted a dress from the 80’s lol & that’s sorta how I look at mine- styles are everchanging & no matter how classic a style, it could very well look dated no matter what. Plus, picking the wedding dress is such a personal thing & my mother and I don’t exactly have the same taste ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Your dress is gorgeous, but I can understand wanting to sell it to recoup- it’s just a wise decision. I think you’ll be glad you did, good luck with it- I hope you get the amount you ask Smile

    Post # 39
    3525 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Selling it!

    I’m not big on keeping it for “sentimental” reasons for the IF chance that my daughter if I have a daughter might want to wear it in 20 years.

    And it takes up too much room!

    Post # 40
    4332 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    my mom actually borrowed her dress from a friend, so it’s not I like grew up with her having a dress around the house, so it seems normal to me to have no attachment to your dress. It’s just a “thing,” and I’m starting to see enough of my friends be like “oh, why do I have to move this dress around and have it take up space in my closet,” just because we have been convinced that the wedding dress is THE most important thing about the wedding, and therefor you have to keep it forever.


    Post # 41
    39 posts
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I’d like to sell it…but then I’m also 5 ft tall so we’ll see after the wedding!  I like my dress, but I also went way over budget, and it’s a very nice silk dress, so I hope there would be someone out there who would want it!

    Post # 42
    2550 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I love my Dress and will never sell it.   Just can’t do it.  Just can’t.

    Post # 43
    36 posts

    I actually sold mine and then regretted it and was so depressed! I was so sad for about a month after I sold it and I actually ended up emailing the girl I sold asking if I could buy it back. I wrote the whole story in a post…here’s the link:


    I just honestly didn’t know how much it meant to me until it was gone. I know you have made your decision and I’m not trying to talk you out of it, but if there’s any other way at all you can sell something else and use that money to pay back your family I definitely would! Like maybe you could sell all your accesories? Your jewelry, shoes, veil…whatever you can to re-coup some of the money? Did you have a reception dress? Maybe you could sell that? I know this is such a hard situation and I am not trying to make you feel worse about it!! Just trying to think of some other way for you to pay back some money without selling your dress.

    If you do end up selling it though like you said another bride will give your dress another life! Another walk down the aisle, another first dance and another night of dancing and having fun surrounded by the people she loves. There is definite comfort in knowing that:)


    Post # 44
    1805 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I am selling mine, and I kind of always knew I would but I am still finding myself sad about it.  I am pretty sentimental about things.  My friend’s daughter, who is like a niece  to me (she’s 20, my son is 19, they grew up together), got SO UPSET when I told her I was selling it.  She said she wished she had the money to buy it then she’d give it right back so I could have the money and the dress.  She is even more sentimental than I am I guess!

    We also went over budget though, and like others said, there’s just no logical reason to keep it.  We have a daughter (she’s 8) but I doubt she’d want to wear it someday, and if she inheris her mom’s (my DW’s) body shape and height it wouldn’t be the dress for her anyway. 

    My dress is just a David’s Bridal dress but at this point I can still hope to get a few hundred from the sale and it’s just more important than keeping it.. but yeah, I’m still sad.  I think part of the reason I’m sad is I feel like I didn’t get enough pics of it from the wedding, not clear ones anyway, and none of me in the dress by myself, which I kind of wanted. Oh well!

    We are planning an at-home reception and the sale of the dress will help pay for that, plus I can wear something else for that event and have a whole new “wedding” dress (but short!) to have pics of, at least that’s what I am telling myself right now to make peace with it all. ๐Ÿ™‚

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