Thursday, March 25, 2010

Used Wedding Dresses

Wedding dresses are an extremely expensive one-time-use item, and often bride’s compromise getting a dress they don’t love because, well let’s face it we can’t all afford a Vera Wang, Jim Hjelm, or whoever your favorite designer is. Consider a pre-owned wedding dress to keep expenses down (and who doesn’t want that these days?) and to reduce the impact on the environment. Yeah, I know most wedding dresses don’t end up in landfills, but it keeps the stuff in the attic to a minimum.

This New York Times article discusses the financial advantages of preowned wedding dresses:

Even previously owned high-end couture gowns from designers like Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, and Amsale sell for 25 to 80 percent or more off the original retail price, giving brides a realistic alternative to finding “something affordable without sacrificing quality,” said Nina Willdorf, the author of “Wedding Chic: The Savvy Bride’s Guide to Getting More While Spending Less” (Perigee Trade). “Smart shopping to find value for less is really chic right now,” Ms. Willdorf said. “It’s not like buying a used sweater that’s been worn for years. A wedding dress has been worn once and only for a matter of hours.”

5 places to find your pre-owned wedding dress online:

Don’t forget about eBay, Craigslist or your local secondhand or thrift shops. There are some excellent bargains to be had out there.


  1. In downtown Kirkland, there's also Champagne Taste, a consignment shop which typically has over a hundred wedding dresses.

  2. I found my my wedding gown on and I bought it for 50% of what I would have paid at a traditional bridal boutique.