So, you’ve finally tied the knot and your beautiful wedding dress that you spent hours pondering over is now destined for a life of dust in the attic. After all, it’s unlikely you’ll ever need to wear it again, right?
Our advice? … Sell it.
Chances are, if you’ve bought your wedding dress brand new, you’re not going to make a profit. However, if you’re savvy when it comes to purchasing your gown, you could make a tidy sum.
Whoever thought getting married could make you money?
Bridal boutiques have massive sales throughout the year. Many of them regularly attend wedding fairs offering up to 70% off designer dresses on the day. That is a HUGE saving! Then you have eBay, Etsy and charity shops where you can bag yourself a bargain on thousands of incredible frocks! Don’t turn your nose up at the thought of finding your dress in a charity shop just yet …
You might not receive champagne on arrival but don’t think the standard of dresses are any less. A budding bride once bought it new, wore it once, had it professionally cleaned and stored it away. Most likely in a dress bag where it’s been preserved from dust and damage. There are many charity shops that particularly focus on selling wedding dresses that are in mint condition.
Okay, so how do I make a profit?
Be savvy when it comes to where you purchase your dress and you could make a profit. Sites such as Ebay, Gumtree, Preloved and various Facebook Groups are popular when it comes to selling your wedding dress.
Top tips on selling your wedding dress
- Keep it in mint condition. Obviously if it’s stained, the likelihood is it won’t sell. Be mindful on your wedding day to prevent any red wine spillages or make-up mishaps.
- List it as soon as you’ve tied the knot. Don’t wait for it to gather dust or go out of fashion before you decide to sell it. Get it listed straight away.
- Include the name of the designer. Designer dresses are sought after so make sure you include the designers name in your advert.
- See who else has worn a similar dress. I mean, chances are we can’t afford a Kate Middleton dress! But if a well-known celebrity has worn a similar dress, include it in your advert.
- Find out how much others have sold for. Scour eBay for dresses like yours that have previously sold. Find out how much they sold for so you can set a realistic price.
- List your dress on specific wedding dress websites. This usually comes with a small fee but if you want a quick sale, consider selling it on sites such as ‘Sell My Wedding Dress’ who charge £15 for a 12 month listing.
How can I make the best profit?
- Designer dresses sell for a lot more than high street dresses with some second-hand wedding dresses selling for £1,000!!
- Styles that follow in the footsteps of celebrities or princesses (I’m thinking Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle) sell for a lot more as they are so popular.
- A dress similar to Meghan Markle’s will probably make a nice profit next year so have that in mind when shopping for your wedding dress.
- The dress needs to be as good as new.
So, what are you waiting for?
If you’ve got an old wedding dress stashed in the attic, dig it out and get selling. You could be harbouring a couple of hundred pounds without even knowing it. Not only can you make a few quid selling your dress but you can give something that another bride will love and cherish too.