A wedding dress will likely be one of the most memorable outfits you’ll wear in your life, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to find the perfect bridal gown — this is why secondhand wedding dresses are a perfect choice.
You can find gorgeous dresses made with exceptional quality (even big-name designer wedding dresses) at a fraction of the price when online shopping for pre-owned dresses from one of these resale marketplaces.
Plus, you can also decide to resell your wedding dress afterward to the same marketplace to make back a portion of the money you spent. Yup, this will also be your guide on where to sell wedding dresses after the big day!
Not to mention this circular fashion approach to buying and reselling dresses is far more sustainable as well.
Investing in a pre-loved wedding dress is a more sustainable, conscious, and affordable option for your upcoming wedding and these websites have incredible selections — including options from many top wedding dress designers — so that you can find your dream eco-friendly wedding dress.[Check out this guide for eco and ethical brands with wedding dresses!]
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Nearly Newlywed offers preowned wedding dresses for brides looking for beautiful, high-quality gowns — who don’t want to fork over a ridiculous amount of money! In fact, the founder of Nearly Newlywed created the company partially with the money she earned from selling her wedding dress after discovering the world of pre-owned wedding dresses for her own wedding!
All dresses on Nearly Newlywed have been verified for their condition and authenticity and the company offers returns for $50 on wedding dresses within 5 days of receipt of your dress. While not ideal, having a return policy at all is unique for secondhand dresses.
Designers Include: Elie Saab, Carolina Herrera, Marchesa, Vera Wang
Price Range: $200 – $10,000
Size Range: 0 – 14+
Tradesy is a huge online luxury fashion resale mecca for shopping (or selling) all things pre-owned — including secondhand wedding dresses. In fact, at the time of writing, Tradesy as over 20,000 pre-loved wedding dresses. To help you sort through their deep inventory, Tradesy has numerous filters including size, designer, price, condition, material, year purchased, and even aesthetic, from retro to modern and modest to sexy.
Designers Include: Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta, Zuhair Murad
Price Range: $25 – $15,000
Size Range: 00 – 28 (XXS – 3XL); Also has petite sizes
3. The RealReal
The RealReal is a luxury fashion resale marketplace with a highly curated collection of pre-worn designer wedding dresses from high-in-demand designers. While the curation on The RealReal is not as extensive as some of the other options on this list, each dress has been thoroughly vetted and authenticated. And frankly, sometimes these huge marketplaces can lead to decision fatigue, so perhaps you’d like a curated selection!
And if you have a designer wedding dress, you can also sell your used bridal gown on The RealReal too.
Designers Include: Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang
Price Range: $100 – $2,500
Size Range: XXS – XXL
4. Etsy Vintage
Everyone’s favorite resource for handmade and vintage small-batch goods also has pre-loved wedding dresses! While not always easy to sort through, there are some seriously amazing gems to be found in Etsy’s vintage wedding dress collection, including Gatsby-style 1920s frocks and 1950’s lace and tulle gowns.
Designers Include: Badgley Mischka, Oscar de la Renta
Price Range: $20 – $8,000+
Size Range: XXS – 3XL
5. LVD Bridal
Discover your dream dress — at a discount — on LVD Bridal with their collection of new and like-new pre-loved wedding gowns. As this is a secondhand wedding dress guide, you’ll probably want to select either the “like new”, “great”, or “altered” condition on this page.
What sets this bridal consignment shop apart is the option to schedule your own virtual styling session with one of the brand’s expert stylists to help you find the right dress for your style and budget. Unworn dresses can be returned in their original packaging free of charge within 14 days of receipt as long as they are not purchased as part of a flash sale.
And, so that you can get the most bang from your buck, LVD Bridal also allows brides to consign their consigned dress again!
Designers Include: Jenny Packham, Jenny Yoo, Lela Rose, Pronovias
Price Range: $400 – $4,500
Size Range: 00 – 22 (LVD also includes the sizes that each dress can be altered to!)
With thousands of dresses to choose from, Borrowing Magnolia is a must-check-out destination for finding a secondhand gown (for up to 80% off the original retail price!) to wear on your special day. The secondhand wedding dress listing service offers a communication tool to communicate directly with the seller but is not involved with the sale (or return policy) of any items, though there is a Borrowing Magnolia PayPal integration that dress sellers can use to ensure secure payments.
If you’d like to sell your dress back, you can choose to list it back up on Borrowing Magnolia for just a $25 flat fee, though you will have to pay for shipping (and shipping insurance if you choose).
Designers Include: BHLDN, Essense of Australia, Justin Alexander
Price Range: $100 – $1800
Size Range: 0 – 20
Bride2Bride is a peer-to-peer marketplace for brides and brides-to-be to buy and sell vintage and secondhand wedding dresses. To find a dress on this large marketplace, you can use filters like price, designer, size, condition, length neckline, fabric, and even wedding theme.
Designers Include: Allure Bridal, David’s Bridal, Mon Cheri
Price Range: $100 – $8,000
Size Range: 00 – 30
Stillwhite is the largest online wedding dress marketplace in the world with over 50,000 dresses available at the time of publishing. The platform has something for everyone with their range of designers, prices, and styles with filters like silhouette, neckline, and sleeve length to help you find what you’re looking for.
As a sustainable alternative to purchasing a brand new dress, Stillwhite calculated that the buyers and sellers on the platform have helped saved more than 200,000 kg of CO2 and 180 million liters of water by shopping secondhand instead of purchasing a new dress.
Designers Include: Berta, BHLDN, Made with Love, Maggie Sottero
Price Range: €40 – €15,000+
Size Range: 0 – 30+
Another large online marketplace for all things bridal is PreownedWeddingDresses.com. Secondhand wedding dress shoppers can sort by size, designer, type, as well as city if they’d like to try on the dress before making an investment. The platform also sells used bridal party gowns and accessories like veils.
Designers Include: Carolina Herrera, Essense of Australia, Jenny Yoo, Monique Lhuillier, Watters
Price Range: $50 – 15,000
Size Range: 00 – 36
Poshmark is a peer-to-peer resale marketplace with listings in every category — including bridal gowns. The secondhand site has a diverse selection of dresses, from $20 pieces from Lulu’s to luxury gowns from designers like Oscar de la Renta.
Designers Include: Berta Bridal, Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra
Price Range: $20 – $15,000+
Size Range: 00 – 32 (XXS – 5XL); has petite sizes
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