Your wedding day is coming, and you want everything to be perfect. The dress. The flowers. The cakes and the champagne. As the list goes on, you'll soon realize just how expensive weddings can be. It's a big day, to be sure, but it's just one day, and you can bet that you're not going to wear that wedding dress ever again.
Thank goodness for the growing market for gently used wedding items. Brides-to-be and newlyweds alike benefit from recycling wedding dresses, accessories, and decorations. It's a win-win: Everyone saves money and minimizes waste. If you're looking for designer brands, it's common to find them for a fraction of the list price.
There's no reason to be self-conscious about buying used items for your wedding. The New York Times wedding section covered the trend and included this quote from Nina Willdorf, author of Wedding Chic: The Savvy Bride's Guide to Getting More While Spending Less: "Smart shopping to find value for less is really chic right now," Ms. Wildorf said. "It's not like buying a used sweater that's been worn for years. A wedding dress has been worn once and only for a matter of hours."
Here are a few popular sites for buying and selling used wedding supplies:
What can't you find on Tradesy Weddings (formerly Recycled Bride), which bills itself as the world's largest wedding marketplace? In addition to wedding dresses and accessories, there's also plenty to browse for bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride (MOB), grooms and groomsmen. There's even a place to sell wedding gifts, should you happened to receive two waffle makers.
Consignment site Encore Bride prides itself on curating stylish used wedding couture, limiting its stock to 100 dresses at a time and rejecting many of the dresses submitted for consignment. "You can have silk, European laces, high quality craftsmanship, and on-trend designs from celebrity-favorite designers," according to the site. Encore Bridal also provides a worry-free guarantee of a full refund plus a $25 gift card if you feel the quality was misrepresented.
Bravo Bride is especially helpful if you're looking for a specific type of used wedding supplies. Under 'Browse Categories,' you can click on everything from 'Tiara' to 'Table Linens.' You can also search boutiques and local vendors who have registered on the site. In the Bridal Banter forum, you'll find topics such as Ceremony Ideas and Tips, Wedding Frustrations, and Wanted Wedding Items.
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