6 Tips for Brides and Newlyweds
With wedding season in full swing, we’re receiving more and more emails from this summer’s brides about selling their gently used wedding dresses. So this Monday’s OneWed post is all about educating just-marrieds on everything they need to know to sell that gown! Here are my 6 top tips for recycling your wedding dress:
1. Have it cleaned, not preserved. Your dress should be dry cleaned by a shop that specializes in wedding dresses, as soon as possible after the wedding. Even if you don’t see any stains, clear liquids like sweat or white wine can yellow over time if they’re not removed promptly. Expect to pay between $75-$200 for dry cleaning. You do *not* need to have your dress preserved, which is a more expensive and labor intensive process that is designed to keep your dress stored for many years.
2. When it comes to pricing, how low can you go? Brides who are shopping for gently used wedding dresses are looking for serious bargains. The bigger the discount, the easier it will be for you to sell. Most once-worn dresses from recent seasons sell for 50% of their original retail value. If your dress is older or has any damage, take off at least 70%. If it was barely worn or is an extremely sought after style by a well-known designer, you may be able to sell it at only 30% off.
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