Planning your fairytale wedding can be a magical time, but it can also be a stressful one when budget constraints come into play and fantasy becomes reality. While you may have envisioned bridal shopping to be all magazines and store catalogs, going down this route, you can quickly find yourself overwhelmed with costs. But fear not!
We think you should have the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank. As a consignment retailer, we want to help you achieve your perfect wedding without straining yourself financially. Shopping consignment can help you get everything you want for your special day, no matter how tight your budget.
Thrifting may have risen to mainstream popularity in recent years, but it’s a time-tested way to serve looks while cutting costs. And this isn’t your mother’s consignment shopping either. The digital age has revolutionized the world of consignment bridal, offering more options with greater convenience.
The majority of wedding items are never used again after a bride’s big day. Thrifting allows you to focus your time and hard-earned money on the pieces that matter most to you. If you’re purchasing items that you’re sure you’ll love and treasure, then go ahead and splurge. But if it’s something like candle holders for a dozen tables that you certainly won’t be pulling out again any time soon, that’s when it might be time to think about if it’s really worth it to buy new.
Beyond the impact on your wedding budget, there’s also an environmental cost associated with all of these wedding goods we use only once. If that cost can be spread out over even a few brides’ joyous days, it helps reduce the environmental impact of the bridal industry. Now that’s a good way to start your new life off on a good foot – sustainably and on budget.
Shopping consignment can also spark your creativity and open your eyes to a wedding world you’d never dreamed of. Think of it as a treasure hunt. While flipping through page after page of carefully curated bridal collections can quickly turn into an overwhelming blur, looking through unique, individual consignment pieces can help you discover your own personalized style as a couple. Hand selecting individual pieces that you love can help ground your wedding in place and make it feel like the truest reflection of you.
At the end of the day, thrift stores can be a great place to find wedding pieces you’ll love. Are you going to have to put in a little more leg work to find everything on your vision board? Probably. But if you’re not that picky, or you’re willing to put a little more time into sifting through once-loved treasures, thrifting can help you achieve the wedding of your dreams. Even more, thrifting can help you cut costs, do something good for the planet, and personalize your wedding to reflect your one-of-a-kind love story.
To help you embark on your journey into the world of consignment bridal, we’ve put together a few of our favorite places to start looking for your diamond in the rough.
Whether you’re just diving into your wedding journey or have been planning since the first day you laid eyes on your fiancee, Sharethelovely is here to help make your dreams come true. We offer consignment wedding pieces at budget-friendly prices, with the try before you buy option to support local retailers and make sure you know exactly what you’re getting.
Tradesy offers authenticated luxury goods at discounted prices, and while they aren’t exclusively bridal-focused, they do have a robust section of their website dedicated to weddings. Whether you’re looking for bridesmaids' dresses, veils, accessories, or guest books, Tradesy is guaranteed to bring a touch of sophistication to your special day.
From tiara’s to linens, Wedding Recycle is another great stop to check out. Users can buy and sell gently used wedding décor, clothing, and artisan products.
Facebook Marketplace is a great place to find second-hand wedding décor. Facebook has dozens of groups devoted specifically to the resale of wedding dresses, décor, and just about everything under the sun. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or to buy, this can be a great place to pick up items at a low cost.
Believe it or not, many brides swear by eBay. Its wide reach as a platform seems to attract sellers, meaning you’ll have plenty of choices. From romantic floral backdrops to rustic place card holders, eBay has a wide variety of wedding offerings.