Say yes to my dress!

Friday, 5 April 2013

A girlfriend told me about an event happening in Vancouver this April called The Original Bridal Swap, where past brides come to sell their beloved wedding treasures to future brides. This got me thinking about recycling in general, and especially when it comes to the coveted wedding dress.

According to a 2011 surveyclose to half (45%) of brides in America will box up their dress and store it after the big day.  But does this really make sense in tough economic times to spend an exorbitant amount of money on something you will (hopefully) only wear once? Of course it’s nice to have the option for your future-daughter to wear your dress, but according to the founder of preownedweddingdresses.com, Josie Daga, only about 6% of brides today consider wearing their mother’s dress. So is all that hoarding for nothing? 

Then there are the other options: re-cut/remodel to wear it again, give it to another bride, or sell it. And although the money and salvaged closet space are bonuses for selling the dress, according to Daga, the #1 reason women sell their wedding dresses is not for the money, but so that another bride can enjoy it. It almost hits the core of girl-power to pass on the joy your wedding dress brought you to another woman. 
I love the idea of my beloved dress being loved again.  The marriage may not have been perfect, but my gown was. And in the spirit of sisterly-love and elegant recycling, I am going to sell my dress. In addition to spreading some dress-happiness to a fellow female, the proceeds will go to Big Sisters.

To say yes to my dress, go to ebay.ca and place your bid!


UPDATE! Congratulations to B. Lee of Winnipeg, MB! Thank you on behalf of myself and Big Sisters. We wish you a wonderful wedding!



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  • Tim Edwards

    Anna you were a beautiful bride. :-)To bad the marriage didn’t work out.

    • Anna Wallner

      Thanks Tim!

      • Tim Edwards

        Your welcome Anna! I glad you sold it and got the buy me now price.

  • GTA_John

    I’ve heard of a new “tradition” where brides “trash the dress.” This is so much better! (And, speaking as a guy, this is a gorgeous dress.)

    How long did it take you to find the dress originally?

    • Anna Wallner

      I can’t imagine trashing your special dress! Hope the trend doesn’t catch on.

      This dress was the first dress I tried on! Kristina was with me. I tried on a bunch of others, but then went back to the first one. It was all done in under an hour. And thanks! I really loved the dress!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=589470394 Laura Albert

    Wow! You look really stunning, Anna.

    I also hope the dress-trashing trend does not take off. If I am ever lucky enough to get married, I will never, ever trash my dress. I also might not sell it but I won’t trash it. (Although I do love the idea of another bride experiencing the same joy I did when I wore my dress.)

    • annaandkristina

      Thanks, Laura!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.marnie Jennifer Marnie

    I bought my wedding dress second hand! I loved it! I am going to sell it back to the consignment store with hopes another bride can wear it!

    • annaandkristina

      That’s great to hear, Jennifer!

  • Les Grossman

    Gulp….All I can say is WOW.