We’ve talked about how to have a green wedding, which included tips like sourcing local flowers, scouting for finds at thrift and antique stores, and going paperless. But what are you supposed to do with all your wedding supplies when the big day is over? Recycling isn’t just for paper, plastic and glass anymore. A growing industry called “recycle your wedding” is all the rage for newly married to get a few bucks selling their leftover wedding items, and for newly engaged couples to get discounted props for their upcoming wedding.
Some websites are like standard classified ads, where the website serves as a message board, and buyers and sellers handle the transaction directly with each other. Others are more like consignment stores, where sellers sell their items to the website owner, then the website sells to the buyers.
- Dresses, accessories, décor, supplies and more
- Free to sell
There are several websites out there listing “wedding classifieds.” One of the most well-known is the wedding blog Ruffled’s Recycle Your Wedding board. The website says it’s a place to buy and sell “gently used” wedding décor, gowns and more. It’s free to post listings, and there’s no commission charge. You can even browse locally, by state, and it has listings from around the world. It’s organized by categories including: décor, fashion, favors, paper goods and supplies, plus there’s a “wanted” section for brides shopping for something specific.
- Classified-style but with moderators to help with the transaction
- Women’s and men’s wedding attire, accessories, some décor and other items
- Charges sellers 9% commission
Tradesy is another popular wedding resale site with an emphasis on fashion. Whereas on Ruffled, sellers and buyers interact directly, on Tradesy, they are the middleman you sell to and buy from. Think Craiglist vs. Buffalo Exchange or Crossroads Trading. On Tradesy Weddings, you can sort by dresses, veils, jewelry/accessories, bridesmaids/MOBs, grooms and groomsmen, and shoes, as well as by decorations, gifts, papers and miscellaneous. Additional sorting tools make it easy to filter by brands/designers, colors, styles and more. Tradesy charges a 9% commission, and unlike some other re-sell sites, guarantees no fakes (if a designer item turns out to be a knock-off, Tradesy will give you a full refund) and has free return shipping if you return items that you try on and don’t like.
Preowned Wedding Dresses
- Dresses and accessories
- $25 flat fee to list dress
Another resale site dedicated exclusively to apparel, Preowned Wedding Dresses also buys and sells bridesmaids, flower girl and mother of the bride dresses (plus shoes, veils and jewelry). With this website, the buyer and seller communicate directly; the website serves as a message board. Sellers pay $25 to list a gown for as long as it takes to sell. The website even has a calculator to help you figure out a reasonable asking price. If you’re looking for a specific dress, you can set up an alert to let you know if a seller lists it. You can filter by designer, height, condition, neckline, silhouette, sleeve-type, type of seller (individual, consignment shop, manufacturer, etc.), and more.
Did you recycle your wedding or plan to? How did/will you do it? We’d love to know your ideas!
Photo Credits: ENCHANTED ATELIER by LIV HART