Are you thinking about selling your wedding dress? Are you wondering how the dress reselling process works and wondering if the process is even right for you? Well, you're in the right spot if you want to know more about how exactly to go about selling your wedding dress, bridal veil and bridal accessories to another bride after your wedding day is over.
Our bridal stylists at Lovella Bridal are often asked by brides for advice on selling their wedding dresses, veils, and accessories after their wedding day. We are here today to give you all the tips you need to know to be successful in selling your wedding dress to another bride. We never want you to compromise on your dream wedding dress. We want you to feel and look beautiful on your wedding day and have the dress of your dreams.
If you can emotionally disconnect from your wedding dress, then selling your bridal dress can be a way to recover some of the funds you have spent for your wedding. In today's wedding dress shopping blog post and video, we are giving our best, expert advice on how to sell your wedding dress after your wedding is over.
Let Us Know
Before we get into it, how to sell your wedding dress is a question that we get asked a lot at Lovella and over on our YouTube channel about all things wedding dresses. If you have any questions about how the dress shopping process works or want to know our best tips for finding your dream wedding dress, please let us know. Your question could be our next blog post and video!
Video: Tips For Selling Your Wedding Dress
If you prefer to get your wedding advice on video, we are your friends! We have a helpful video full of everything you need to know about how to sell your wedding dress from our Wedding Fashion Expert.
Just Be Patient
Our best advice to brides hoping to sell their wedding dresses is to be patient with the process. It is a 50-50 shot of it being super successful or taking years to sell your wedding dress.
It may be surprising to learn, but yes, it can take years to sell a wedding dress. You may get lucky and have a bride purchase your wedding dress right away. But it also may take a while to find a bride that fits your wedding dress style and size. Remember that your wedding dress is a manufacturer’s size, but it has also been tailored to the exact proportions that you were at the time of your wedding.
It’s going to be a bit of a puzzle trying to find someone else that shares your vision of your dream wedding dress and also fits into your same body measurements.
Remember when you're going through the process of selling your bridal dress, just be patient. It may take time before your online listing converts to a purchase.
Pro Tip: Because it can take a long time to sell your wedding dress, we recommend getting your wedding dress listed for sale as soon as possible.
Cleaning & Preservation
The first thing you want to do after your wedding day is to send your dress out to a dry cleaner as soon as possible. Be sure to check out our past video on the importance of gown cleaning and preservation to learn why it’s important to do this step as quickly as you can after the wedding day.
Your next step in trying to sell your wedding dress is going to be deciding if you want to preserve your wedding dress or not. Paying for the extra preservation of your wedding dress will be an extra cost, however, there could be value in it to make sure that you keep the gown in the best condition as possible. It will be important for you to decide what makes the most sense for you.
Wedding Dress Storage
You will want to make sure that when you put your online listing up, you are also storing your dress in a really great way to maintain its condition throughout the time you are waiting for the dress to sell.
You will want your wedding dress to be in the best condition possible in order to resell. Be sure that the gown is kept in a cool, dark place so that you don't tarnish any beading or have any yellowing of the fabric.
Pro Tip: Heat can really impact the condition of the wedding dress, so keep this in mind as you are listing your wedding dress for sale online.
After we've discussed proper cleaning and storage of your wedding dress after your wedding for those that are hoping to resell their dress, now we’ve come to the online listing. Where do you sell a wedding dress online?
Our Wedding Fashion Expert at Lovella recommends a couple of different websites to sell your wedding dress, veil, and bridal accessories:
It doesn’t hurt to list your wedding dress for sale on all of the recommended sites, not just one site. You'll want your wedding dress to be seen by as many potential buyers as possible to hopefully make a quick sale.
Keep in mind that when you list the size of the wedding dress, that's just the dress size that you ordered from the dress manufacturer, but it has been altered to your specific measurements. Remember that you went through the alterations process in the months and weeks leading up to your wedding day. Be sure to make a note of these alterations in your online listing.
Pro Tip: If you know that you plan to sell your wedding dress after your wedding day, we highly recommend having the bridal store take the measurements of your bust, waist, and hips at your last fitting appointment before your wedding so that you have the exact measurements that the wedding dress was altered to.
You can list the manufacturer’s size and also say the wedding dress has been altered to these measurements, making your online listing much more precise. We also highly recommend putting your height in the online listing, including your heels, so that the buyer also knows what height the wedding dress was hemmed to.
It will make the dress reselling process much easier to have all these details at the time you are ready to list your wedding dress for sale, rather than having to come back to it months or even years later.
We mentioned this before, but it is worth repeating. The sooner you can list your wedding dress for sale after your wedding day, and the more prepared you are, the easier it will be.
You don’t want to have to call your bridal dress store years later after your wedding asking if they still have a record of your measurements or how tall your heels were. Make a list of all you need to know pre-wedding day, and when it comes time to sell, you will be prepared and able to answer any questions potential buyers may have.
We hope that you learned a few things and tips for how to resell your wedding dress. We with you the best of luck in not only finding your dream wedding dress, but also in helping another bride find her dream wedding dress too.
If you're shopping for your perfect wedding dress, come visit us at Lovella Bridal in Glendale, CA. We carry wedding dresses in all sizes and styles, including plus-size bridal gowns and a full selection of veils and accessories. Lovella Bridal is the premier, luxury bridal wedding dress shopping boutique located in Los Angeles, California. Lovella features couture, feminine, modern and chic bridal gowns in all sizes from the best wedding dress designers. Schedule an appointment to find the wedding dress of your dreams at Lovella Bridal. We can't wait to help you!
About Wedding Fashion Expert
Our wedding dress shopping tips and advice are from Nayri, Lovella's own, in-house wedding fashion expert. Nayri is truly the expert when it comes to bridal fashion and wedding style. As the Wedding Fashion Expert, Nayri is the top bridal fashion stylist and the best-selling author of the book "I'm Getting Married And I Have Nothing To Wear," the ultimate guide to helping brides find their wedding day style and their perfect wedding dress. You can subscribe to her YouTube channel or listen to her bridal fashion podcast for more helpful and practical advice on wedding dress shopping.