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This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB – we share a wedding budget tip every Tuesday to help you save money on your wedding! You can also see past posts (and a sneak peek at what's ahead) on this wedding budget tips page for your convenience and future reference.


Want to save money on your wedding dress? Choose a pre-owned wedding gown!

Wedding Budget Tip #17:

Consider choosing a pre-owned gown.


Have you considered choosing a pre-owned gown for your wedding?

This can be a great option to save money on your big day — especially if you have your eye on a designer frock that would otherwise bust a modest budget.

There are SO many great resources out there now to help you find a secondhand wedding dress for less online these days, so we wanted to share with you a few of our favorites. Below are five great options that offer key things that we think are important: a large selection, high-quality brands, protection tips for the buyer and seller as well as great prices.

Check out these sites if you want to find your dream dress for a steal of a deal!

Photo by Maria Grace Photography



PreOwnedWeddingDresses was the first site I'd heard of that offered this feature back in the day — so it's been around a while. Not only can brides sell their own wedding gowns on the site but they also allow boutiques to list gowns on the site as well — so you can get sample or extra stock gowns at great prices! The site has tons of listings and you can search by designer, silhouette or price to help you find what you're looking for.




Nearly Newlywed is a great place to check if you're on the hunt for a designer gown. They help brides buy and sell back new, sample and used dresses at a fraction of the price of retail. You can even try on any dress at home and enjoy full refunds less a small return fee per dress, so it lessens the risk of buying something you may not truly love! They also have a section of dresses under $1500 — perfect for budget savvy brides!




The awesomely inspiring wedding blog OnceWed also has a used wedding dress section where brides can sell their used gowns to another bride who's interested. They have a truly gorgeous selection with designers you will love, including Nicole Miller, BHLDN, Vera Wang, Maggie Sottero and more. Our favorite part? Many of the brides selling their dresses share real wedding photos of themselves in the dress — so you can get a better feel for the sizing and fit of the dress.




Tradesy is the evolution of a site called Recycled Bride, that started by allowing brides to sell their previously worn wedding gowns, but now offers people the chance to buy and sell anything in their closets! Tradesy has a TON of options to choose from. The vast majority of the dresses sold on Tradesy are being sold by the bride who wore them, and you can contact them directly with all your questions. Pretty handy!



Still White

Still White is a safe, simple and fun way so sell or buy your wedding dress. Like the sites listed above, they also have designer gowns available for purchase at a fraction of the retail price. They've got tons of search options including designer, size, condition, price and more — so you can get really specific results to find exactly what you're looking for. They also share great tips in their help section to make sure you buy or sell safely.


So tell us:

have you considered choosing a pre-owned wedding gown?

Leave a comment below and let us know!



Wedding Budget Tip #17: Consider Choosing a Pre-Owned Gown


Want more wedding budget tips? Come back next Tuesday for the next post in this series.

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • Meredith Mcdonald

    I bought my dress on It was great. The seller was so sweet and helpful. The dress was beautiful and I couldn’t be happier! And I saved over $2,000!! It’s definitely worth a look.

  • Mel P.

    I got the watter kian corset and priya skirt on an authorized retailer.. I sweat bloody tears to buy my dreamed dress.. My dress and other valuable things got stolen from my apartment and now that my wedding is so close I am going crazy looking for a replacement. I am searching here to see if I find a sample one. If you know about a sell of this items, please contact me.

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