Today the average cost of a wedding is $28,400, so many brides are looking to save money in all kinds of creative ways. Surprising as it may seem to the producers of “Say Yes to the Dress,” not everyone wants to blow their entire wedding budget on a dress that will only be worn once (our advice; spend cash on the photographer, since it’s the pictures that you’ll probably enjoy the most!). One way to cut back on splurging for the big day is with gently used or preowned gowns (some of which have never been worn, but were bought and then put in the back of a closet when a bride found a dress she liked even better).
And if you think these dresses are going to be cheap or tacky, think again. Websites like Tradesy.com and Preownedweddingdresses.com sell designer dresses like Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier (which retail at up to $15,000) for half price, and sometimes even less.
Galina Dress (Original $599) (Discount $410)
Think you’ll be wading through zillions of dresses? Not with both these sites’ easy-to-use search systems. PreOwned Wedding Dresses allows you to navigate your search by the following categories: new this week; designer; size; and best deals. The site also carries accessories such as jewelry, shoes, veils, slips, purses, and tiaras. Tradesy carries wedding gifts, invitations, decorations, groomsmen accessories and clothing in addition to wedding dresses and bridal accessories. The site also allows you to search for a wedding dress by current wedding trends.
Check out some of my favorite picks below from these sites, proving that pre-owned is easy on the wallet, and the eye—as well as the environment.
Jim Hjelm Strapless Dress (Original Price $3,312) (Discount Price $2,500)
Monique Lhullier Sunday Rose Dress-Worn by Heidi Montag! (Original Price $9,500) (Discount Price $4,500)
Reem Acra Angel Hair Dress (Original $2000) (Discount $999)
Jasmine Dress (Original $1000) (Discount $300)
David’s Bridal Wedding Dress (Original $600) (Discount $500)