As traditional wedding season draws to a close, more and more brides are realizing that Fall is an excellent time to list their wedding dress for sale. In fact, now is when 2014 brides typically begin their dress shopping.
Sites like The Knot recommend that a bride start wedding dress shopping nine months before her wedding day. This means that June 2014 brides are starting their search in earnest now. Not to mention that an estimated 25% of engagements happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, so there’s soon to be a flood of newly engaged brides starting to browse. (And since eighty percent of brides use the internet to help plan their wedding, the sooner your dress is posted online, the sooner it can return in a potential bride’s search).
A wedding dress has the most value within the first 2 ½ years of purchase. So if you are considering selling, you’ll recoup more of your money if you do it sooner than later. Another factor in resale is the condition and cleanliness of the gown. A professionally dry-cleaned gown is more valuable than an uncleaned one. But know that gown preservation is an added expense that is not necessary if you intend on reselling your dress. (To find an estimated value for your wedding dress, try our Wedding Dress Value Calculator).
PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com has been helping brides sell wedding dresses since 2004. And over that time, we’ve learned that the number one reason for selling is that the dress is simply too gorgeous to keep. As seller Lindsey said, her Monique Lhuillier dress “was so beautiful, it would be a shame to have it only worn once and left in a closet for the rest of my life. It is an absolutely stunning piece of art that I would love to pass along to another lucky bride.”
If you’ve got a gorgeous wedding dress in your closet, consider selling it now so another bride can love it too.