Post # 1
I bought my wedding dress a month after we got engaged. I went shopping not thinking I would find anything and I fell in LOVE with my dress. I had been planning on losing weight but wasn’t making much progress and was not comfortable buying a dress in a smaller size. Well fast forward 7 months and I’ve lost over 50 pounds and now my dress is too large to alter!! I need to purchase a new dress #weightlossproblems
I’ll need to sell my old one to purchase the new one. I’m of course ordering the exact same dress just in a few sizes smaller, that’s how much I love it.
Anyone else out there have the same problem??? Has anyone sold a wedding dress online before?? What is the best way to do this?? I made a tradesy account buy I’m not sure where to go from here. I feel like I can’t just wait around since I’m running out of time!
Post # 2
Have you taken your dress to a seamstress to verify that it can’t be altered down to fit you. Yesterday a bee called hawkeyebride, posted about altering a size 22 dress down to a 10. So it may be possible. It is really hit or miss to sell your dress online and most buyers won’t pay much over half price for a dress. So I would look into alterations first. Otherwise look at prom dresses, sale dresses at Davids Bridal, Lulus.com and Modclith for a replacement dress.
Post # 3
The bridal shop I’m at has an amazing seamstress and she said that she’s brought a 22 to a 2 before. I’m sure it depends on the shape/parts of the dress but I’d get a second opinion.
Post # 4
There are lots of second hand wedding dress sites like stillwhite.com. Be warned that they do take a long time to sell sometimes though, and the prices might have to drop by 50%. If yours is a popular dress and unworn you have better chances but if you’re running out of time you might just have to get the new dress first.
Post # 5
What sort of a dress is it? As mentioned above there’s a good chance it can still be altered. Well done for the weight loss!
Post # 6
If at all possible get it altered. If your dress is a popular style you may well sell it but brides typically want huge discounts on the secondhand sites.
As an example I bought my 3K Jesus peiro gown (unaltered) on preloved for about 10% of that. And sold it again on ebay afterwards for the same.
So, work it out, but it’s likely to be much more economical to get a good seamstress on your current size.
Post # 7
Agree with PP. Unless you’re super patient, selling a dress can be more nerve-wracking than you think. I had a thread going some weeks ago about how a buyer was so nervous that I almost went insane trying to cater to her requests and listening to her sob stories to get me to discount even more.
But then I was the kind of buyer who bought a dress under five lines of text exchange so I guess you can meet better people…however the woman I bought from listed the dress for 18 months before it sold to me. So again it could take forever.
As a buyer I wouldn’t buy any dress over 20% of the original price, unless it’s current season. Unless your dress is a very tight mermaid, it could save you more if you get a really good seamstress to size down for you.
I bought and sold on stillwhite. I’ve also looked on preownedweddingdresses.
Post # 8
It’s worth checking whether the store might exchange it for you, even if there’s a small discount?
Post # 9
the seamstress was there when the dress came in. She said because of the back of the dress being so low it be EXTREMELY hard to alter. Plus the cost of alterations would end up being the price of a new dress for the most part.
Post # 10
I tried that but of course that isn’t an option…
Post # 11
OK, post some pictures of the dress. It may be that Bee’s here have had similar alterations done as it could be worth going to a different seamstress. It won’t delay you by much 🙂
Post # 12
Did you ever think of buying a new dress from Brides for a Cause or a similar organization? There a several organizations that sell donated sample gowns inexpensively to benefit charity. I just came from Portland and Tacoma and bought my dress for $300. You can call them and they will ship to you.