Recycled wedding dresses
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Undoubtedly, one of the biggest wedding purchases and one of the most important decisions for the Big Day is the wedding dress. For the eco-conscious bride, that means not only choosing a dress that reflects their personality or something that fits their budget, but also making a decision that strikes a happy medium between looking beautiful and radiant and being eco-responsible. While there are various conditions to consider, there’s an eco-friendly path for all brides – the practical, the sentimental, the fashion-forward, and the rebel-for-a-cause.
Recycled Wedding Dresses
One of the many options for the eco-conscious bride, with the added benefit of saving a fortune, is giving a beautiful wedding dress a second chance in the aisle.
Just imagine all the work that goes into creating a masterpiece of a gown – the ideation on the part of designer, the hours dedicated to sew delicate embroidery details, and the cost and time to produce yards of fabric. After some sweet I-dos, prompted kisses, and wines in between, the once worn but otherwise beautiful gown will be stowed somewhere gathering dust.
Thankfully, websites entirely dedicated to giving these wedding dresses a second chance are aplenty. They carry designer labels from Marchesa and Jenny Packham to Maggie Sottero and Ines di Santo. With prices slashed at 50% or more just because they have been worn a few hours, brides are sure to find something to their liking and give their wallet a breather.
So if you’re losing sleep over that designer wedding dress that will cost you a fortune, looking for quality craftsmanship on a budget, or thinking of ways to make the world a better place, check out some of these excellent sources for recycled wedding dresses:
Where to find recycled wedding dresses
Still White. They provide brides the option to buy a pre-loved wedding dress online or to meet with the seller. A Monique Lhuiller bridal gown that retails at $7700 can be yours at $920. And if you find that still too much to pay for a wedding dress you’ll only wear for a few hours, just use the style and price filters to help you find a designer wedding label that achieves the look you want at a price you can afford. (We’ve found a Monique Lhuiller wedding dress at $60 in their website.)
Nearly Newlywed. They offer clients a user-friendly experience by doing most of the legwork. They take the first step of authenticating wedding gowns to make sure brides get the real deal. They also offer a home-fitting option with full refunds minus a small restocking fee of $25 per item. After the big day, they’d happily take in the wedding dress as well and do all the work in reselling it.
PreOwned Wedding Dresses. They directly connect buyers and sellers. Unlike other companies, they don’t charge commissions, only a one-time listing fee of $25 for pre-loved wedding dresses. This means a chance to meet the seller, renegotiate prices, and perhaps share stories in between. They also have pre-owned bridesmaid, mother-of-the-bride, and flower girl dresses if you want to take the green route to higher level.
Brides Against Breast Cancer. They give brides triple the benefit of buying a recycled wedding dress—be true to their calling, save money, and the opportunity to support cancer-related organizations. They carry various labels with prices sealed at $1899 max.
If this eco-friendly recycled route doesn’t appeal to you, consider other roads to take such as renting, buying a wedding dress made of sustainable products, rewearing or altering an heirloom wedding gown, or buying something you can rework and wear for other special events.
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