Why you should consider a second-hand wedding dress
Wedding dresses are a really special item of clothing. So special in fact that we only wear them once! Some people want to keep their wedding dress stored away to remember their special day, but a lot of brides are choosing to sell their dress on. This is a great way to get some of the money you spent on the dress back while also giving your dress another chance to shine with a different bride on her special day.
There has before been some negativity towards second-hand dresses, however, it seems that for the modern bride a pre-loved gown is definitely an option! As long as you do it the right way, you could walk away with your perfect gown for a fraction of the price. Whether you choose to buy a second-hand gown online or in person, just make sure you check the little details of the dress and make sure you know what you’re buying.
Saves you money
Wedding dresses are notoriously expensive. There’s a lot of intricate work that goes into creating a wedding gown which is why they are such big-ticket items, but they certainly leave a dent in your bank account when you buy one brand new. Weddings are a large expense, so if you can save some money on a wedding dress then why not? Buying a wedding dress second-hand can significantly decrease the price. Some brides will sell them for 50-70% less than their original retail price, so you can usually find yourself saving a significant amount of money. Even with the cost of alterations and professional dry-cleaning, you’re still looking at saving quite a bit of money with a second-hand dress.
Alterations are always an option
If your worry about buying a second-hand wedding dress is that it won’t be exactly what you’re looking for, then fear not! Alterations are always available to change aspects of your dress, or even just to alter it to make sure it fits you perfectly. Say you find the perfect second-hand dress but it’s too big for you, alterations can be done before your big day to take the dress and make it your size. If the dress fits perfectly but you always dreamt of a gown with sleeves and this dress doesn’t have them, talk to your seamstress. You’ll be surprised just how much can be changed in alterations.
Good for the planet
Sustainable weddings are becoming more popular as people become more aware of the damage caused to the planet by our overconsumption. Couples marrying now are very conscious of the damage we have done to the planet and they can actively ensure they are as environmentally friendly as they can be. Wedding dresses are a huge market, and they’re mostly only worn once then put in a cupboard. Help the planet by choosing to give a second-hand gown another chance to be shown off.
Choosing a second-hand wedding dress can help save you money and also contribute to positive steps towards helping the planet. Wedding gowns are worn once and left in almost perfect condition, so what reason do you have to not choose a pre-loved gown? Plus, alterations are there for any changes you need to make!