The Thrifty Wedding

For generations, brides have worn dresses that may have belonged to their mother, grandmother, sister or friend.  The decision to do so may have been sentimental or practical, depending upon the circumstance, but there is something really interesting and sweet about displaying a family heirloom on a new bride in a new setting.  I love it when the dress gets reworked to be updated for today’s styles and to highlight the figure and style of the new bride.  That is a win-win as far as I’m concerned.

But what if the dress didn’t belong to a family member?  Today there are several online sites that feature “used” wedding gowns for sale.  If you are picturing dingy, out-of-style giant ballgowns from the 80’s, you need to spend a few minutes on  Nearlynewlywed “curates” designer gowns like Valentino, Elie Saab, Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier and offers services that allow brides to try on the dresses at home.  Many of their dresses are eligible to be sold back to the site after the wedding.  I especially love their blog that features real weddings so you can see the gowns in action.

Another great site for used gowns is  In addition to listed dresses, oncewed is an excellent resource for the latest trends decorating, floral, favors, as well as DIY tutorials for hair, etc.

My favorite site is Not only do they have wedding attire, and tons of wedding décor for really reduced prices, they also have designer clothes, bags and shoes.  Tory Burch, Chanel, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade – all at great prices.  So, if you already have your gown, visit Tradesy for designer duds for your honeymoon!