We often hear from wedding dress sellers that part of the reason they decided to sell their gown was so that someone else could get as much joy from it as they it. Rather than have the dress sit in the closet for 20 years, they want to share it with another bride now.
If you are passing your dress to its second bride, here are the three things you should do to ensure that it gets to its new home safely.
Package it properly.
Insure it for the full value (its selling price, not the retail price).
Use a trackable shipping method and require a signature release.
Use a sturdy corrugated cardboard box. Boxes are rated according to “burst strength.” Look for a box that is rated for 200-lbs-per-square-inch burst strength or the equivalent. (A reputable wedding dress cleaner is a good source for this).
Make sure you get a box that is the right size for your wedding dress. You want to ensure the dress doesn’t move around too much inside the box. If the box is too big, fill extra space with tightly wadded kraft paper, peanuts or other materials.
Fold the gown as required and use plastic to cover it (for the unlikely, but possible event, that the box gets wet).
Seal the flaps and seams with strong mailing tape that is a minimum width of two inches.
Place the shipping label on top and avoid putting the label over a seam/closure or on top of the tape. Put a duplicate label (with a phone number) inside the box.
Often (but not always) online sellers ask their buyers to cover the shipping costs. If you want to get a reliable estimate as to what that cost would be, use any one of these shipping cost calculators.