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How I sold my dress after the wedding- advice!

Hi guys!

Some of you may know me- I used to be super active on here but apparently you're not allowed to spend all day on wedding forums once you're married lol.

I just wanted to share some advice for those of you thinking of selling on your dress after the wedding. Now if you don't want to sell your dress, that's totally fine- but I always knew I wanted to. Apart from the money, I really hated the idea of it sitting in a box in my attic for years going yellow when it could make some other bride happy.

My dress sold around a month ago- I got married in June and put it up for sale straight away so it did take a little time. Here's my tips on how to do it!

1. Put it up for sale as soon as possible- especially if the dress is still a current collection for that designer. Fashions change super fast, and a lot of re-sellers don't take dresses over 5 years old. If it's current collection the chances are someone is looking for it pre-owned.

2. But before that, make sure you have it professionally cleaned. This cost me £86 and I've seen it cost over £100. But it's worth it- even if you don't sell it, do you really want to keep a smelly dirty dress? Trust me ladies you will sweat a whole bunch in your dress, and the bottom will get filthy. Mine came up almost pristine after cleaning.

3. If at all possible, if there is one near you, then sell via a specialised pre-owned wedding dress shop. I used Pre Loved Bridal Boutique near Worcester. The shop takes 40% of the value but honestly it's worth it. My dress cost £1400 new and it sold for £700, of which I got £420. That is way more than I would have achieved via Ebay.

4. Selling by Ebay honestly isn't the best option. You'll be lucky to achieve a fraction of the cost and Ebay is heavily skewed in a buyers favour in the event of a dispute, or the buyer just changing their mind. Plus you will have to deal with people coming round to your house to try it on.

5. Be aware of sites like Still White and Preloved. I put my dress on there to help advertise the fact it was available at the bridal store, but all I received was scam messages.  They all go along the lines of "I would like to buy your wedding dress for my sister/friend/hamster and they don't need to try it on. If you post the dress to me in Nigeria I will send you the money". Some of these sites ask you to pay to list (I didn't use those ones) and I would have been well narked off to pay for receiving a bunch of scam messages.

I hope that helps and that anyone who is thinking of selling the dress manages to do it! I'm really glad I sold mine, not only am I skint and need the money lol but it makes me happy that it's making another bride happy, one who probably couldn't have afforded a brand new designer dress.

If you are in the area I highly recommend using Pre-Loved Bridal Boutique in Harvington near Worcester. It takes all the stress out of selling it- just drop it off, pay £10 fee and she will do the rest. If it doesn't sell you just come pick it up again. Totally worth the commission she charges.


  • That's really helpful thank you! That store isn't too far from me so I have just sent a message to see if I can go in for a valuation - I was just talking to my mum this weekend about how to sell it 

  • SammykateSammykate Posts: 4,014 New bride

    JulyBride it's such a lovely store! A little hard to find as it just looks like a house lol. She seems fairly open about what she takes so fingers crossed for you!

  • MrsNolanMrsNolan Posts: 683 New bride

    Thanks Sammykate I was thinking this morning about selling my dress, useful tips 

  • NikkiMNikkiM Posts: 1,654 New bride

    I’ve been trying to sell mine since April but nothing so far. I might try the shop you mention as I havent worn it since the wedding and it’s just sitting pretty in my wardrobe.

  • Jenni8Jenni8 Posts: 3,201

    I cant bring myself to sell it yet 

  • may i ask how did you sort out about having your wedding dress cleaned, did it take so many weeks or was it quite quick?

    I need mine doing as its dirty at the bottom.


  • SammykateSammykate Posts: 4,014 New bride
    Jenni8 wrote (see post):

    I cant bring myself to sell it yet 

    I did it quickly after the wedding, like ripping off a plaster! Although to be honest I might have an advantage in that I'm not massively sentimental about 'stuff'. I did keep the belt though, and my veil, so I have a bit of my outfit left!

    Not gonna lie I did spend about an hour stroking it before we took it to the bridal store

  • SammykateSammykate Posts: 4,014 New bride
    lauren318 wrote (see post):

    may i ask how did you sort out about having your wedding dress cleaned, did it take so many weeks or was it quite quick?

    I need mine doing as its dirty at the bottom.


    Sure, I actually just googled local wedding dress cleaning! It was a regular dry cleaners who did it, but they had a special wedding dress service. They did a great job and even fixed a small tear in the net for free. It took about 1-2 weeks I think, so not bad at all.

  • bella2015bella2015 Posts: 1,903 New bride

    I am thinking of selling mine through a dress agency just because it's such a waste to keep it in the wardrobe. I was keeping it in case we had a baby girl but we had a boy so not much point now.

    Sammykate was your dress altered? Mine was altered quite a lot as it was a sample. So I'd have to check that an agency would still take it.

  • SammykateSammykate Posts: 4,014 New bride

    It was altered, I had the length taken up, as well as the straps, back and bust altered. So it was messed with quite a bit! It wasn't a problem. I think the size of your dress matters- mine was an 8 so she said it may take a while to sell. Obviously a size 8 can buy a 12 and take it in, but it doesn't work the other way round! So as they are likely taking in the dress anyway I don't think the alterations matter too much.

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