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Have y’all thought about what you might do with your wedding dress after your wedding? I’ve actually thought about it a lot. My wedding gown budget was somewhat in the middle of the spectrum – about $1,500, including alterations. That’s more than the national average (which is $1,121, in case you’re wondering!), but it’s not enough to afford most of the couture designers, like Monique, Vera, and Amsale. And if you recall, I loved gowns from all three of those ladies :)

So when I locked eyes on the dress that I knew was mine, my heart sunk a little at the price. After talking it over with my Mom, though, we agreed that if I sold my wedding dress after the wedding, we would recoup enough to make the dress fall into our initial budgeted amount (so, dress purchase price – dress resale price = our final price – make sense?).

And that’s where today’s sponsor,, comes in! They provide the perfect outlet for those looking to sell used wedding dresses. They’re also, of course, a great resource for anyone looking to buy a pre-loved wedding dress, as you can search by designer, size, price, location, and silhouette, among other options!

Since these gals have more than 9,500 wedding dresses (from 300 different designers!) listed, I thought it would be fun to show y’all three of our favorites currently for sale. Here we go!

The first is the lovely “Aspen,” from Monique Lhuillier’s Fall 2011 collection, listed for $3,500 here. I have to say, my favorite part of this listing might be the photo of the happy bride – makes me excited to think about the next lady who might enjoy my dress after I’m through loving it!

Next we have “Rochelle” by Kenneth Pool, quite the stunner with her dramatic trumpet skirt and glamorous beading. She’s available for $3,500 here.

Long time readers will for sure recognize Blakely, the dress of choice of our former editor Katharine (didn’t she look amazing at her wedding??). This Amsale stunner is on sale for $2,000 here, which is such a steal!

Trust me, those are just three of thousands upon thousands of dresses waiting for a new home! Ready to start looking? We recommend browsing the Dresses We Love, Most Viewed, Best Deals, or New Listings of the Week pages!

Now tell me: What are you planning to do with your dress after your wedding? Keep it? Sell it? if any long-time readers have used to sell their dress, we’d love to hear from you, too!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar amanda reply

    Emily, I felt the exact same way you did. I started off with an initial budget but fell in love with an Amsale that I just couldn’t pass up, but felt SO guilty about the price! I told my mom I didn’t mind selling it after because I wanted to get some of that money back because it was a little over the top. I only wish that the dress wasn’t a brand new one for the season otherwise I would’ve bought it online used!!

    So I think it’s an awesome opportunity!! I will definitely be looking to pass my dress on, and it barely needed any alterations whatsoever so it makes it a little easier to sell as well.

    Good luck to you!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Amanda! We’re definitely in the same boat! I’m crossing my fingers I won’t need too many alterations for the same reason, because I’ve heard it definitely helps when reselling!

  2. avatar molly stillman reply

    ohmahgolly. that last dress is TO.DIE.FOR. almost makes me want to ask my hubs if we can get married again just so i can wear it.

    • avatar Emily reply

      Seriously, isn’t it amazing?! Katharine looked so stunning in it that I seriously considered borrowing or buying it from her for my own wedding, but she ended up selling it before I even got engaged! SUCH a gorgeous gown.

  3. avatar Jessie reply

    I am a huge fan of I bought an Amsale dress on the website and then changed my mind. I sold it on the website and then bought my dream Monique Lhuillier from the website. After my wedding I ended up selling that dress as well. I had such a great experience and I met some awesome brides. It is the way to go if your dream wedding dress does not fit in your budget! I love the Aspen!

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Hi Jessie! I am so glad to hear that you had such a wonderful experience with PreOwnedWedding Dresses! Such a great option to nab gorgeous dresses at a great price!

  4. avatar Lara reply

    OK, once again, I want to do a vow renewal!!! That Monique is DIVINE!!!

  5. avatar Brit {Colure Weddings} reply

    Adore this concept! You could get your dream dress on here for half the price! Frugal bride award for this one!

  6. avatar Jennifer reply

    I stalked this website but unfortunately could never find the gown I wanted, Paloma Blanca :( I did find my gown as a sample on sale for half off during black Friday:) getting that dress only took a 4 hour road trip with my sis & 5 month old niece. I plan to repurpose my dress with some alterations & dying to make it a mother of the bride or mother of the groom dress for me to wear at my future kids weddings. I have also seen some great jewelry on etsy made with pieces from wedding dresses. I want mine reused in some way. I loved it so much how could I take that same love from someone else just because her purse strings are a bit tighter? Love that you feel the same way. Good luck on your sale & stay frugal!

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