Keep or sell your wedding dress?

posted 2 months ago in Dress
  • poll: Did you (or do you plan to) keep or sell your dress after the wedding?
    Kept/keep : (23 votes)
    62 %
    Sold/sell : (14 votes)
    38 %
  • Post # 2
    883 posts
    Busy bee

    Neither. I plan to donate mine to the organizations that make gowns from wedding dresses for babies who have passed away.

    Post # 3
    402 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

    I plan to keep mine after the wedding as a keepsake, unless later down the line I see fit to do something else with it. Most people never have a reason to ever wear it again so I can understand wanting to sell it as well, but I’m a sentimental person and so I know I’m gonna hold onto mine as long as I can lol

    Post # 4
    1029 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

    Kept. When I have some money I would like to alter it and maybe dye it so that I can have a good dress for my husbands work events. 

    Post # 5
    689 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012 - Iowa

    I kept it. Not sure really what I’ll do with it long-term, but I did take pics of my daughter in/on it at 6 months, and will probably do so periodically as she grows up.

    Post # 6
    1391 posts
    Bumble bee

    Sold mine, and no regrets!  Helped defray some of the costs for something I only wore once, and it’s no longer taking up space.  Plus, the buyer bride sent me pics of her wearing it and it was really cool to see another bride enjoying it 🙂

    For what it’s worth, this was my second wedding and I think that was part of why it was easier for me to let go of it.  I kept the big ballgown I wore for my first wedding for many years with it taking up space in a closet and never once tried it on or did anything with it during that time.  I am a widow who lost her first husband too soon, which is probably the reason it was harder for me to let go of the first dress.  But anyway, by the time I finally decided to let go of it, it was out-of-date and dirty so not worth anything from a re-sale or donation standpoint.  Decided not to make the same mistake this time.  Now both dresses are gone and I don’t regret getting rid of either one.  I have lots of memories and pictures to remember them by! 

    Post # 7
    218 posts
    Helper bee

    Don’t even have my dress yet but I plan to sell it to recoup a little of the cost, and because I hate hoarding. Everyone in my family has kept their dress and they never look at them or do anything with them. By the time I have a daughter getting married my dress will be way out of style (I wouldn’t ever wear my mom’s or MILs dress). I don’t see any reason to keep it.

    Post # 8
    704 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2019

    anothernewbee16 :  I’m curious – where did you sell your dress and how long did it take?

    Post # 9
    498 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2020 - Summer Camp!

    I was thinking of selling or donating mine if it’s still in good shape. As a budget bride who still wants to look beautiful, I’m always checking and hoping someone will post one of my dream dresses within my budget and my size. I’d like to pay it forward and do the same, since I know their struggle!


    Also, it’s more environmentally-friendly for the dress to get another use, so that’s a plus!

    Post # 10
    653 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2000

    I kept it and turned part of it into my daughter’s Christening gown.  Also kept some of the beading if she wants for her bouquet.  I’ll have to find pics 🥰

    Post # 11
    2300 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I donated mine.

    Post # 12
    498 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2020

    i planned to sell it. but I love it so much- that plan has changed. I didn’t expect to become so attached, because what, it’s just another pretty dress. oh no…this dress is *everything*…I am obsessed with it. 

    I’m going to wear the shit out of my dress. People are going to be like “oh dang. there she is again, in that wedding dress.” 😛 

    Post # 13
    196 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    I sold mine as I would never wear it again and also to recoup some of the costs but also in order to have something to keep for sentimental reading kept my veil and headpiece so if I have a daughter I can pass that down to her.

    i know a lot of people make christening dresses out of it but I still have the one from my mums dress that I wore as a baby instead.

    Post # 14
    25 posts

    I don’t have one yet, but my mother kept hers and we used to play dress up with it. It was an easy fitting dress no corest or anything. I think she really enjoyed watching me and my cousins playing in it.

    Post # 15
    518 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2018 - UK

    Mine is currently in a box on top of my husband’s wardrobe. I’m probably going to keep it for sentimental reasons. I know it was crazy expensive and I could get some money back, but I just want to hang onto it because it’s special to me. 


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