“I know I’m over budget. It’s OK…I plan to sell the dress/linens/decor after the wedding. I’ll never need any of this stuff again anyway.” Does that sound familiar? Many couples overspend in the name of the perfect wedding, and there are countless websites to help couples recoup some of their costs on things that weren’t in the budget. But is making a few extra dollars back worth selling off some of your wedding memories? Here’s our take on some of the most commonly sold used wedding items.
The Wedding Gown
The most resold item from weddings is, without question, the wedding dress. The old tradition of keeping your gown for your future daughter is quite outdated. After all, isn’t wedding dress shopping one of the things a bride looks forward to most? Besides, by the time that day rolls around for your future daughter, she’ll probably think your gorgeous dress that is on-trend right now belongs in a museum. This is why there are multiple websites offering to help sell your gown. Of course, once it’s sold, it’s gone. And there’s (usually) no getting it back. The Verdict: If you’re the sentimental type, keep it. But if your dress wasn’t your favorite part of the wedding or saving it for posterity isn’t that important to you, you might as well pass it along to someone who will love it.
Bulk Decor Items
You’ve decided on an ikat/chevron/polka dot theme and found a bargain for 100 yards of fabric in the design of your dreams. Lucky you! You’ve made runners, napkins, and buntings galore, and it’s everything you dreamed it would be when you walk into your reception. But…what are you going to do with all that when everything is said and done? Where are you going to store it? The Verdict: SELL SELL SELL. And as fast as possible, while it’s still trendy. (Just ask the bride who waited too long to list her pink and brown damask table runners.) Thewedding decoris where we think you should concentrate your reselling efforts. Keep a few pieces, if you must, for the scrapbook; everything else you can put up for sale.
Here’s where the lines get a little blurred. Sure, all the items you had so many of (vases, pictures frames, candle sticks, etc.) should definitely go. But what about the little things that played an important role in your big day? You needed those Kate Spade toasting flutes, and your cake wouldn’t be perfect without that vintage bride and groom cake topper from Etsy. But toasting flutes, cake cutters, cake toppers, veils, and shoes are all over wedding resale sites. But why spend so much in the first place if it’s not something you care enough about to keep as a memento? On your anniversary, you might feel a little seller’s remorse after having toasted your sweetie in a less-then-special glass. On the other hand, if you’re really more of beer drinkers, they might sit in a box for the next decade. The Verdict: If you put thought into it and can think of a way to use it or display it in the next year, keep it. If not, sell it.