So, the most exciting day of your life has passed and now you have set out on a wonderful new adventure called marriage. Congratulations! After the confetti and bubbles have blown away and you are left with your fond memories of your day, you might start thinking, ‘What should I do with my wedding dress?’ Some brides will store their dress carefully for its sentimental value, or to even pass onto daughters in the future (provided they have the same awesome fashion sense as their Mum did!) But many brides will just pop it in a bag in the back of the wardrobe, unsure what to do with something that was for a moment so very important. And there it may stay, in limbo, endlessly. Listing your wedding dress for sale or for hire can be a controversial topic. We know that is not for everyone. Some brides would NEVER consider selling such a treasured item – preferring to box and store it carefully. We think that selling or even hiring your preloved wedding dress is a great idea, and love that this is becoming a trend with contemporary brides.
Money Money Money – Life rolls on after the big day, and expensive undertakings will continue to crop up. You might be trying to buy or renovate a home together. You could be expecting your first child and trying to get by on one income. Selling your preloved wedding gown could get you around half the cost of it back and hiring the dress out could see you have an even higher return. For some brides knowing they would resell their dress enabled them to get the slightly more expensive designer gown in the first place! If you would like some tips on how to get your dress ready, come and check out FREE guide here: https://onlydreamdresses.com/guide
Declutter your Home and Reclaim your Space – Let’s face it, wedding dresses take up a lot of space (especially if you wore a dress with lots of volume or length!). Granted, you can shrink them down a bit into a box or bag, but they still do take up that valuable space in the wardrobe or cupboard that every woman needs. Think of what you could do with the extra space!
You Want to Share the Love – Maybe you just want to share the love and feeling you had in your dress with someone else. You might subscribe to the whole ‘If you love something, set it free,’ philosophy. If you really adore your beautiful gown, why not let it continue to live and breathe and create new memories for someone’s else wedding day. I think this is a lovely thing to do and at Only Dream Dresses, we are all about sharing the dream with someone else. Green, minimalist and eco-friendly brides will also love the idea of recycling their gorgeous dress, and not just creating yet another possession in their lives.
Trends Change and Fashions Have a New Life – As with every fashion item, trends change. I mean even in this year we have seen so many trends from Meghan Markle’s minimalist and elegant gown, to the ‘naked look’ dresses and a popular tread is the use of overskirts to create that second look. If you have chosen a wedding dress that is very definitely on point this season, it may go out of style by the time next season rolls around. But there is no reason not to be spot on trend with your gown, as long as you sell your dress as soon after your wedding as possible. That way you have more chance of selling it quickly and at a good price. If your dress is still on a rack in a shop for full price there will be people out there that have tried it on and would love to buy yours pre-loved because it is that fraction cheaper. That being said, fashion trends do come around again many years later, and retro is most definitely in. If you were married in the 1990s, or even in the 1960s, you might find a real market out there for your vintage gown.
Clear Out Those Memories for a Fresh New Start – Let’s get real here…..unfortunately, some marriages don’t work for various reasons. Selling a wedding dress is sometimes a person’s way of cleaning out those memories that they would like to forget, and this is okay too. Every dress owner and every dress has a different journey. We know that selling or lending your wedding dress is not for everyone. Just as wearing a preloved wedding dress doesn’t suit everyone either. We know that the gown may have sentimental value for you, or you may just not be ready to let it go. But if the reasons are starting to sound a little bit sensible to you, it might be time to check out our website.
Written by Natalie Churchill
Natalie Churchill is the founder and owner of Only Dream Dresses, an Australian wide online marketplace for new and pre-loved wedding dresses. Like many brides, Natalie experienced the desire to wear a beautiful designer gown on her wedding day but didn’t want to spend the earth in doing so. So the idea of purchasing or hiring a pre-loved wedding dress was formed. Only Dream Dresses specialises in creating a service that personal, cost-effective and efficient.