(Closed) Wedding Dress Dilemma

posted 12 years ago in Dress
Post # 19
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385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I recommend #2… I figure you’ll get about 1/2 the price of what the dress would have cost… so at least that will keep the salon from making "bank" on that dress… Also, depending on your size, there are some sizes that are just hard to find (anything streetsize 12 and up) so it might create a little more sale-ability of your dress.

Post # 20
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73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Sorry to hear about what happened to you. Better you know now than after you’re married (been through a divorce myself) I was just looking at the For sale board and someone was selling a dress on a website called http://www.savethedress.com. Not sure if you can sell on there from Canada but it’s worth looking into.  Good Luck to you.

Post # 21
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I’m so sorry to hear about what’s happened to you. I have a suggestion about your dress: check with your accountant to see how much of a write-off you’d get by donating it to a charity. You may just get more than you would by selling it. Good luck!

Post # 22
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75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I’d go with #1.  I mean, sure the salon will be making extra money, but honestly it’s not like they did anything wrong, so I wouldn’t begrudge them that.  I’d be surprised if they could sell it for 100% price–everyone would assume it’s a sample of some kind, even if it’s "new with tags."  And having gone through the hassle of trying to sell stuff on eBay, I think it is kind of a pain, even if you’re guaranteed to sell it, which you’re not.  And meanwhile you would have the dress staring you in the face while you’re trying to get yourself together and move on.

Post # 23
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94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m so sorry that you have been put in this horrible position, you have handled all of this like a trooper.  Something that I have been thinking about a lot is eventually donating my dress to a charity.  There is an organization called Brides Against Breast Cancer, where you can donate your dress and get a tax deduction.  They resell the dresses (I plan on trying to buy a dress from them) and they use the money to grant a wish for a woman who is terminally ill with cancer.  I know that you probably wouldn’t get back what you spent on the dress but I’m sure that it would at least give you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.  For more info, go to http://bridesagainstbreastcancer.org/ or http://makingmemories.org/faqs.html#How%20to%20Donate%20your%20Wedding%20Gown.  Good luck, I know you’ll make the right decision in the end!

Post # 24
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Wannabee

A very good friend of mine is in a similar situation and found a great web site. In her case, shortly after she got married, her husband confessed to an affair. Ugh. Understandbly, she was no longer feeling very good about seeing that expensive wedding dress in her closet.

It was a designer dress and I am not sure if that was the difference but she sold it in a less than a month(!) on this site: http://www.bellancora.com. She asked (and got) 70% of her purchase price. She is using the money to treat herself to a much needed vacation!

I hope you have a similar experience, especially since the dress was never worn or altered. I would think you should be able to ask a figure close to what you paid.

Good luck to you!

Post # 25
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Wannabee

I don’t know about Canadian law, but in the U.S., a contract = offer and acceptance.  They offered the dress for sale, you accepted, and you both started performing the contract (you made a deposit; they caused the dress to be made).  So option #1 would be a breach of contract.  Option #2 sounds good, though!

Post # 26
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235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

bridetobe3 – It sounds like the store doesn’t have a problem with her breaching, so she can go with Option #1 if its easiest.  

I think whatever option is easiest for you right now should be what you do.  Maybe you could talk to the store about doing a consignment-type thing where if they sell it for full price within a reasonable period of time, you can get the deposit back?  Otherwise, it may very well not be worth the hassle of re-selling it. 

Maybe you can just go with #2 and take it to one of those "we sell your stuff on ebay" places.  They might know more about how to get top dollar, and even though you don’t recoup as much, you’ll still get some back.   

I think a large part of it is how much we’re talking about here – is it a lot of money?  Because for only a few hundred (less than five) I would probably just let it go to the store, more than that and I’d try to recoup. 

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