Best Places to Buy Used Wedding Dresses Online

Your wedding day is meant to be one of the most special events of your life, so it’s only fitting that your dress should live up to the occasion. Finding the perfect wedding dress is one of the most important parts of being a bride. So you might not be planning to buy a used wedding dress online, but maybe you should.

The high price of wedding dresses can be a deterrent to choosing a truly unique dress. In 2021, the average wedding dress costs $1,800, and your dream dress can range from $500 to $4,000 (and can go even higher, depending on how luxurious and personal you want!).

Still, there are plenty of places online that sell beautiful occasion dresses for your big day – without the high price tag. We’ve found nine places to find the cheapest used wedding dresses online.

9 places to buy a used wedding dress online

Here are nine that we have highlighted:

  • always white
  • PreownedWeddingDresses.com
  • once sea
  • Of Queen
  • BravoBride
  • Loved the bride twice
  • Borrow magnolia
  • posh mark
  • Trade

always white

Stillwhite is one of the few online stores where sellers can list their second-hand wedding dress for a low fee. Shoppers sift through dresses from brands like Pronovias or Stella York and can find dresses as low as $50.

The site allows you to chat with sellers about price, measurements, and any other questions. If the seller is near you, you can even ask to meet them in person (but always be careful).

Buyers who pay with PayPal, which is integrated into the system, are protected for up to $20,000 per item, including shipping, if the item arrives in a different condition than the photos. The buyer is usually the one who pays the shipping costs.

PreownedWeddingDresses.com

PreownedWeddingDresses.com started in 2004 as a way to give brides and their bridal party a more affordable option. You can shop by location, designer, type or size. PayPal is integrated into the site’s system, which, like on Stillwhite, allows purchase protection up to $20,000. The buyer is usually the one who pays for shipping costs, although this can be negotiated between buyer and seller.

Sellers can set their own return policy, including the final sale of wedding attire. If there is a problem with the wedding dress when it arrives and the dispute cannot be resolved between buyer and seller, now is a good time to use PayPal’s purchase protection.

once sea

If you are looking for a backless number or a plunging neckline, then Once Wed is the site for you. Find wedding dresses curated by designer, like Kitty Chen or Enaura, or just the best deals, up to 70%-95% off retail price.

Buyers can communicate directly with a seller, determine terms of sale directly, and pay via integrated PayPal, which offers purchase protection up to $20,000.

Of Queen

Queenly is a relatively new addition to the market that aims to sell not only second-hand wedding dresses, but also formal wear. Rather than charging sellers a one-time listing fee, the site operates on a 20% commission, or what it calls a service fee.

All items over $500 are first sent to Queenly’s head office for quality control. Queenly does not offer refunds unless their quality check has missed some kind of damage. In this case, the buyer must report the problem within 24 hours of receiving the dress. The good news: Queenly pays the shipping costs!

BravoBride

Unlike other online wedding dress marketplaces, BravoBride lets you simply sort by price, size, or popularity rather than designer and style.

BravoBride is not only for the bride who wants a dress but the one who wants to buy shoes, accessories or even pieces for the ceremony. It’s a free site that doesn’t do much to manage transactions between buyer and seller. BravoBride recommends paying, for example, with PayPal or Google Checkout, but these are payment systems managed outside the website.

Loved the bride twice

Loved Twice Bridal is more than an online (and in-store) bridal marketplace. It really is an organized store that does most of the work for sellers, which hopefully makes the experience even better for shoppers. The site “hosts, lists, markets and advises” brides on their curated collection, which is why it charges consignees a 40% to 50% fee.

For buyers, this means that your wedding dress has already been examined and photographed by a third party. Buyers get personalized help from the site’s experts during a virtual appointment (or in person if you’re in Los Angeles).

And if they find a dress they like, they can pay $60 (plus shipping) to try it on at home. If the bride-to-be purchases the dress, that $60 is then applied to the overall cost. If a potential buyer falls in love with more than one dress, she can pay $150 (and shipping) to have three wedding dresses delivered straight to her doorstep. If none of the dresses work, just send them back within three days of delivery.

Borrow magnolia

Borrowing Magnolia lets you specify your search by sleeve, train, neckline, fabric, silhouette, and other details that will make or break your dream wedding dress. Sellers pay a flat commission. Buyers get in touch with the seller through the site’s internal system and can pay via integrated PayPal. Buyer pays shipping and site allows returns within five days of receipt.

posh mark

Poshmark is a well-known platform used for reselling second-hand clothes (and other items), so it might be the perfect place to find your designer wedding dress. It has an entire section dedicated to wedding dresses, with options to sort by size, brand, color (though you’re probably leaning towards white), and condition, among others.

Shopping on Poshmark is pretty simple: just choose the item you like and pay using one of its preferred payment methods, like credit card, PayPal, Apple Pay, or Venmo. If an item is not shipped or not as described, the buyer will receive a full refund, provided you report it within three days of receiving it.

Trade

Tradesy focuses on selling second-hand items in general rather than wedding-themed pieces. Search by style, like casual, retro or sexy, or enter your favorite designer, year of creation or price.

Once you’ve found your perfect dress, you can pay online with a credit card or through Affirm. Unlike other sites, sellers take care of shipping. Wedding items at Tradesy are considered final sale, which means they cannot be returned for any reason, unless they do not match the seller’s description. In this case, contact Tradesy within four days of receipt.

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But should you even buy a used wedding dress online?

There’s already enough expense on the big day — your venue, your invitations, your bridesmaid dresses, and your wedding planner, to begin with. You don’t want to spend a fortune on a one-time wedding dress. That’s why buying a used wedding dress is a great option.

Seventy percent of pre-loved wedding dresses cost $1,000 or less, and only 10% of second-hand designer wedding dresses sell above $2,500, according to the second-hand wedding site Borrowing Magnolia. You are guaranteed to discover something beautiful for far less than new designer wedding dresses. Expect to do some groundwork before you find it.

What to expect from a used wedding dress

When looking for used wedding dresses, there are a few important questions to keep in mind. It’s always nerve-wracking to buy something as important as a wedding dress without seeing it, but any online marketplace should have buyer protection built in that makes the process as seamless as possible. Look for important factors like whether you can return wedding dresses, whether you can communicate with the seller on a secure messaging platform before the sale, and who pays for shipping costs.

Now that we’ve covered the logistics, let’s get to the fun part: the actual wedding dress.

We recommend that you start your wedding hunt by identifying what the perfect wedding dress looks like for you. Is it something with beads or sequins? Does it have long sleeves or is it strapless? Is there a designer, like Vera Wang or Maggie Sottero, that you hope to find? Having a few details in mind will help you narrow down the options.

Pro tip

When the big day is over and you’re ready to part with your dress, here’s how and where you can sell your wedding dress.

Most popular wedding dress sites allow you to designate the style or fit of the dress – like short sleeve or tea length – as well as the designer, so you can get results tailored to your needs.

When it comes to sizing, focus on measurements and look for something larger than your actual dimensions. The knot has an important point: it is much easier to make a large wedding dress smaller than a smaller one larger. Be aware that vintage sizes or altered dresses will often not fit.

Always keep an eye on the condition and ask the seller if there are any imperfections. Ideally, you will find a dress that has only been worn once and has been dry cleaned. If not, it may result in a price reduction. It may also be enough to convince you to move on to the next dress.

Writer Elizabeth Djinis contributes to The Penny Hoarder, often writing about selling goods online through social platforms. Her work has appeared in Teen Vogue, Smithsonian Magazine and the Tampa Bay Times.


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