How Leah Sold
Leah sold her dress to prepare for the arrival of their first baby.
What (if any) were your concerns before you started selling your dress?
I didn’t really have any concerns about Stillwhite itself as I had read up on how everything worked and the system seemed very safe. I was mostly just worried that I would get cold feet!
What was your motivation for selling your wedding dress?
I hated the idea of my dress just being worn once, it seemed like such a waste. I had originally thought about having the pieces altered into items I could wear again, but realistically I would never be going anywhere nice enough to make that worthwhile! I know that lots of people keep their dress in case they have a daughter that might want to wear it, but I feel like that’s a lot of pressure on any future children. I got married 40 years after my parents did and there’s no way I would have wanted to wear my mum’s 70s wedding dress. Also, storing a dress takes a lot of care and more space in my wardrobe than I was willing to give up.
Describe your experience with Stillwhite?
The whole process was really simple and safe. I was surprised by how quickly I started to get messages from brides and how quickly my dress sold. Part way through the process I had one question about cash purchases. I contacted Stillwhite and got the answer I needed within hours of asking.
Did you feel safe selling your dress?
Very. I sold the top first, to a lady in a Florida. The Paypal system was really straightforward and as long as you post items with recorded delivery and insurance, there’s nothing to worry about.
How do you feel about another bride wearing your dress?
I’m pleased that I was able to give two other brides a dress they might not have been able to have otherwise. I loved my dress, but I don’t feel particularly protective over it being mine. Realistically, there will be plenty of other brides who have worn the same style from the same designer, it doesn’t make it any less special.
What are you doing with the money you made from the sale of your dress?
My original plan was to buy a really nice piece of jewellery so that I had something that I would be able to keep forever, however I found out I was pregnant shortly after deciding to sell so have put the money into a savings account for my son.
Any tips and advice for future brides looking for their wedding dress?
Don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions or for additional images from angles that aren’t covered in the advert. I took a video of my skirt so that an interested bride could see how the sequins caught the light and how it moved. If you like the look of something but are worried about fit / length, get a quote from an alterations expert so that you know what costs will be involved. If you're interested in a particular designer or style, book an appointment in a boutique that carries it. That way you can try on first and feel confident that you're making the right choice.
What’s been the most surprising thing you found while using Stillwhite?
I thought I’d maybe feel a little sad and sentimental when I handed my dress over, but I was surprised by how easy it was. I haven’t given it too much thought since. I did decide to keep the sash that I wore as this was a good way of keeping part of my dress. This along with my wedding photos are enough of a keepsake for me. I have no regrets at all.
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