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Sell my Wedding Dress

| inspiration, Resource, tips | March 2, 2017

Why Should I sell my wedding dress

Why should I sell my wedding dress?

After the excitement and whirlwind of their wedding, Brides will often find themselves asking one question, “Should I sell my wedding dress?”

Before the wedding day, it was such a simple decision. I’m sure you’ve even heard yourself say out loud “Well, it’s expensive but I’m going to be getting half back so it’s basically a bargain!” This was before you wore it on the day of course, and now it has so much more meaning than it did when you were trying it on in the store!

For some people, wedding dresses, like many important pieces of clothing hold a special meaning to us. This often makes letting go all that much harder. Selling your wedding dress doesn’t have to be a bad thing, though! There are a number of positives, both emotional and practical to selling your wedding dress.

Fashion styles change quickly

Back in the day, it was common for mothers to save their wedding dresses for their daughters to wear on their own big day. This seemed to work as the fashion trends tended to stay within the same style. These days, fashion trends are lightning fast. Blink and it’s a new season with a new collection of fabrics, lengths, and patterns.

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Often the main reason for handing down dresses was that resources were not as readily available as they are now. These days, wedding dresses range anywhere from $100 to $20,000 and everything else in between. Styles also vary significantly, so every bride is able to find their own personal style.

These changes in fashion trends are likely to continue. Not to mention every girl is different in height, weight and skin tone, so what looks good on you might not be as flattering on your daughter!

Getting your money back

One of the main benefits of selling your wedding dress is, of course, the money you get back. Wouldn’t it be great to get to wear your dream dress on the day and have all those wonderful photos and videos as memories while not being too far out of pocket!
When you ask yourself, “shall I sell my Wedding Dress” remember it is a great way to start your new marriage in the green and maybe buy yourself and your partner something special for your new life together! You could even create a Pinterest board to get some ideas on how you could spend that cash once your dress is sold!

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Green is the new white

One benefit to selling your wedding dress that you might not have thought about is the environmental impact. By passing your dress on to another bride to wear on their day, you are eliminating the need for another dress to be produced. Clothing production is so cheap these days it can actually have a significant effect on the environment.

These damaging effects are due to large amounts of water being used, warehouses that produce pollution, as well as the potential for the work environment to be less than stellar for the people working in them. By selling your dress you are giving it another day in the sun, without causing harm to the environment, talk about a win-win!

Now that your big day is over and you have those wonderful memories, you may still seriously be asking yourself “Why should I sell my wedding dress?” Although this can be a difficult choice to make, there are so many benefits. From getting your money back to helping the environment, selling your dress can be a fantastic decision to make for yourself, and your future. If you’re ready to sell your dress here is an easy way to list it!

 

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Casual Wedding Dresses, What to Choose?

| inspiration, planning, Resource, tips | October 29, 2014

Casual Wedding Dresses are they for you?

 

Wedding dresses are available in a huge range of styles, designs and of course price tags. Generally, the more complicated the design, the more expensive the wedding dress. Casual wedding dresses are a great option for future brides on a budget as well as those looking for a more comfortable fit. These types of wedding dresses don’t have to be boring and simple, but there are many ways to achieve a stunning look whether you’re having a garden, park, beach or even a Vegas wedding.

 

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More and more brides are staying away from the rigid tradition of wearing a white gown and opting for wedding dresses in a wide range of colors, fabrics and soft pastels. However, there are several aspects to consider when shopping for a casual wedding dress including material, shoes and accessories. Casual wedding dresses are generally crafted with lighter material and are only knee length. It is recommended that you opt for lighter fabrics such as cotton, chiffon, crepe or light satin for your casual wedding dress as they do not attract heat, and are lighter compared to a traditional satin wedding dress.

Another aspect to consider when shopping for a casual wedding dress is just how casual you’d like to go. Remember, if you’re planning a themed wedding, you will need a dress to match so it will have to be a  specific type.

For example, if you’re having an outdoor wedding event, you may want to go with a sundress or if it’s a beach wedding, a two piece strapless or halter top. With regards to the bottom, choose whatever style or hem length that best suits your body type.

Casual wedding dresses are a great choice for Western themes such as a large outdoor barbeque celebration, country themed wedding or a small back yard bash. If you’re looking for a casual wedding dress to blend with these types of wedding settings, choose dresses with more graceful summer designs. If your wedding theme is centered on animals such as dogs and cats, you can gain inspiration from your pets themselves or even popular Disney films.

Many brides skip the idea of wearing a traditional veil and opt for a shorter veil or even a headband when wearing a casual wedding dress. Regardless of the setting for your event, indoor or outdoor, the color of the dress must complement your skin tone. Light ivory or white casual wedding dresses are best suited for brides who have fair skin with pink undertones, whereas a pure white casual wedding dress is a great choice for women with dark complexion.

 

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Shoes and Accessories to Match Casual Wedding Dresses

Generally, brides wearing a casual dress for a beach wedding ceremony often go barefoot or for indoor and outdoor wedding venues choose dressy sandals or low heels. Barefoot sandals are the latest craze for casual bedecked brides, and are a great way to make a classy jewelry statement. If you’re going to wear a casual wedding dress, it is best to go easy and simple with the accessories, and avoid heavy embellishments. Take note that the accessories are meant to complement the casual wedding dress and not overshadow it. For example, wearing a tropical flower such as a hibiscus or orchid in your hair or simply carrying a bouquet with long white stem roses.

 

Casual Wedding Dress Styles

Blouson – Typically loose and floaty and crafted with fine or sheer fabric, blouson casual wedding dresses can be often had in feminine and delicate prints. There are also several vintage inspired blouson wedding dresses available, which showcase classic elegance combined with modern edge. Etsy has an extensive collections of blouson casual wedding dresses, some complete with lace neckline overlays.

Drop Waist – A Drop waist casual wedding dress has the potential to move your waist to your hip area with the help of either an upper loose or fitted bodice, generally with detailing on the skirt. This modern wedding dress style is a great choice for both classic and casual brides, and can be had in a myriad of fabrics and styles. You can find a few excellent drop waist wedding dresses at David Tutera for Mon Cheri.

Grecian – Grecian casual wedding dresses are designed to fit most body types, and usually are of floor length complete with detailing around the neckline and strap area. Grecian wedding dresses are best in smooth and silky fabric and look their finest when worn with flat sandals or bare feet and curled hair. Jim Couture boasts a stunning collection of Grecian wedding dresses, which are available in several sizes.

Regardless of the casual wedding style you choose, ensure it matches your personality and theme of the event, and something that you absolutely feel comfortable with!

 

 

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How to Sell your Used Wedding Dresses?

| planning, Resource, Uncategorized | July 30, 2014

How to Sell  Used Wedding Dresses?

After your big day is over, you’ll definitely be left with a few memories, which may include a slice of cake for your freezer, but hopefully not a yellowing wedding dress in the recesses of your closet.

Selling used wedding dresses is becoming increasingly popular inspired mostly by financial gain, and this blog post will serve as a guide to why and where to sell a pre-loved wedding dress.

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Most women spend years fantasizing about the perfect wedding dress, and not to mention the time spent perfecting it for the big day. If you’re of the sentimental type, you may not want to part with your wedding dress, but here are a few great reasons to get you over the fence….
Selling a pre-owned wedding dress will help you recoup some cash spent on your wedding, which can be put towards a down payment on a house, savings or even a vacation. Furthermore, you will also be helping a lucky bride find a bargain on a beautiful wedding dress, and freeing up some of your wardrobe space at the same time when you part with your used wedding dress.
Now that you’re all set to pass your good luck on by selling your wedding dress, there are several ways to go about it.

Before you do however, you should make sure that the dress is professionally cleaned and preserved properly.

The two most common avenues to sell a pre-owned wedding dress are brick and mortar consignment shops and online sites such as secondhandweddingdresses.com, but the latter is a popular choice for several reasons:
Consignment shops are similar to a second hand store, where you have to leave your used wedding dress and wait for it to sell. Owing to the poor traffic they receive, this may take a month, a couple years or never sell at all. Adding to this, people looking for used wedding dresses are seeking a cheap bargain so the chances of even scoring 25% of what you originally paid are slim to none.
You will also have to consider the safety of your dress while it’s waiting to be sold because 9 out of 10 used wedding dress stores will not claim responsibility in case of wear and tear.

Needless to say, the time wasted in physically taking a pre owned wedding dress around town until you find the right consignment store.
There is an array of choices when selling your wedding dress online, but the two big names are preownedweddingdresses.com and secondhandwedding dresses.com. These sites offer several tools to help you get the best deal starting with a wedding dress value calculator. This calculator estimates your gowns worth based on the date purchased, label, price paid and several other factors such as whether or not the dress was cleaned.
These sites have a rather practical and simple approach to selling used wedding dresses, and do not charge a percentage from the sale of your wedding gown. There is however a small fee for the listing that allows you to showcase your dress to women in the United States on the site until it’s sold. Although delivery charges are not included in the listing cost, these sites do offer several tips on safe and secure shipping.
These pre-owned wedding dresses online sites offer a non frills approach to giving your gown a second life. Moreover, they are frequented by literally thousands of “going to be brides” in search of the perfect wedding dress at the right price. You simply need to complete the registration process which entails providing your email address, choosing a user name and password and confirming it.
The next step is listing your wedding dress, and key is to be as descriptive as possible and upload high quality authentic photos. You loved the dress at one point and probably still do, so why not share these experiences with the world. You can also visit their blog for tips on optimizing your advertisement to make it more appealing to buyers.
Once you’ve successfully posted your listing, you pay for the listing and can also feature your advertisement for an extra fee. That’s it, after your payment is processed, you just need to relax and wait for a buyer to contact you through the secure contact form.

Secondhandweddingdresses.com makes your listing go viral on social media sites such as  Facebook and Pinterest so all the leg work is taken care off.
When you’re selling a used wedding dress, you will be spoilt for choice and the options listed above are reputable and definitely worth exploring.

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How to find a Cheap Wedding Dress Locally?

| inspiration, planning, Resource | July 16, 2014

A cheap wedding dress doesn’t mean a nasty one

Smart shoppers can find the most amazing bargains on almost brand new gowns.

If you’re looking for a wedding dress that will make you look stunning and feel amazing, but without the staggering price tag, preloved or used wedding dresses are the avenue to explore. According to a recent study by Brides Magazine, American brides-to-be fork out over $1500 dollars for their attire, while the wedding website – The Knot indicated those numbers in the $1200 range. Regardless, this is not a comfortable price for those on a tight budget or brides who prefer to spend their money on other elements of their married life such as honeymoon or even a house.

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A new wedding gown can easily run into the thousands, which can significantly bite into your wedding budget. It is however one of the most important and crucial items on the list, and an area where you can also considerably cut costs. Used wedding dresses still allow you to keep your bragging rights, while being frugal. Whether they are dubbed as “pre-owned”, “preloved”, “used”, “lightly loved: or “once worn”, there are a ton of websites such as secondhandweddingdresses.com that list hundreds of dresses at unmatched savings, in all possible styles, colors and sizes. It’s true, cheap wedding dresses are available to the smart shopper!
Even pre-loved wedding dresses and accessories by some of the biggest names in bridal design such as Vera Wang, Amsale and Monique Lhuillier sell for up to 50% less than the original shelf cost, which is a smart way to finding the perfect dress without compromising on quality. It is however important to make sure the dress has been dry cleaned so you don’t have to set aside a budget for a cleaning bill, which can easily add a few hundred dollars to the cost of your dress.
Unlike buying other types of used clothing, most wedding dresses are only worn once and then only for a few hours. If you’re a savvy wedding shopper, wearing a wedding dress with a previous tale should be on your list. Listed below are a few things to keep in mind when considering a preloved wedding dress.

Dress Maintenance

When shopping for used wedding dresses, it is important to understand the sellers cleaning and preserving techniques. It is critical that they had it professionally cleaned by someone whose specializes in wedding dresses. This is to minimize the risks of invisible stains surfacing when you get it cleaned. Additionally, you can also ask for the location of the wedding, and if the dress was worn outdoors or indoors. Even if the dress was worn in an indoor environment, you may want to ask if it was a smoke free zone, and also if the dress was ever stored in a house with pets.

Authentic Sellers

Locating a used wedding dress may feel like a daunting and overwhelming task considering the ton of choices. To avoid unscrupulous sellers, it is important to do your homework on the specific preloved wedding dress seller and ensure they are reputable and authentic before making a purchase. If you don’t feel comfortable with any aspect of the site or terms of sale, email their admin or give them a call before you proceed to the checkout.

Buy Locally for Safety

If you are buying from a classified site and not an online retailer, it is always a good idea to find a dress that is within driving distance to you so you can take the time to try the dress on. If a seller refuses to let you do that, see it as a red flag and move on. As with any classified site, (ebay) you are normally allowed to inspect the item for sale. As this is going to be one of the most special purchases of your life, you really want to make sure it is what you really want.
There are so many ways to save money when looking for cheap wedding dresses. You don’t even have to compromise on current styles as a lot of Brides list their dress for sale soon after their wedding and your dress can still be this year’s fashion.
Just make sure you do your research, don’t buy the dress sight unseen and we always recommend trying the gown on. Even if the measurements match yours, you still may need to alter slightly so make sure you can if you need to. Let’s face it we are all different and you know you want it to be perfect! So happy dress hunting.

 

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