Give something beautiful to another bride.
Brides shell out a ton of cash planning their wedding, and the biggest chunk sometimes goes to their wedding dress, which they’ll wear for a few hours. Yes, it may be the most important day of your life, but you really don’t want to leave it gathering dust in your closet for decades, right?
What do you do with your used wedding dress? You can save it for your daughter or granddaughter, you can sell it, or you can donate it. To donate a wedding dress, there are plenty of nonprofit organizations that distribute these dresses to people in need. You may even get a tax break.
So, what are the best websites where can you donate your wedding dress? Look no further
This is a large wedding dress marketplace that offers sustainable option for brides wanting to sell their gowns for extra cash post-wedding, but also for brides-to-be to find their dream dress at a rate they can afford. This is like THE Poshmark of bridal wear, and gowns are sold by women who are looking to pass on their wedding dresses for some extra space in their closet.
Dress by Mori Lee
Once Wed is another site where women can share pre-owned wedding dresses. Although donating your dress locally might sound appealing, chances are slim for someone in your area sharing the same size and taste. Why not sell the dress online, where the market is infinitely larger, with the price tag of $0? You will make a future bride incredibly happy.
This is a beautiful program with a sad mission. It takes donated wedding dresses and transforms them into free, beautiful burial gowns for infants who pass away during their hospital stay. These gowns are all made by volunteer seamstresses.
Dress by Catherine Deane / Photo by BHLDN
Support the military with this program that provides wedding dresses to brides who are in the military or are emergency workers. They aim for donations of gowns less than 5 years old to keep styles fresh and current.
This program accepts used wedding gowns for re-sale and is based out of Portland, Oregon. The idea came from one sex trafficking survivor’s own donated wedding gown, and all proceeds are donated to raise awareness and prevention of human trafficking and support victims.
This is a non-profit Manhattan bridal shop that accepts all types of wedding dresses and accessories (gowns, veils, and so on) that are less than 5 years old. Dresses sell from $600 to $4,000, and a percentage of the proceeds goes towards the education of disadvantaged youths in New York City.
Dress by Watters
This is another Portland-based bridal store that raises funds for charities, collects and resells wedding dresses, and they’ve raised money for charities across the country. To donate, fill out a form and drop off the dress at a location listed on the website, or mail it in using the shipping address.
This is a spot that forms an online marketplace to sell pre-owned wedding dresses and also buy one at a deep discount via a one-time listing fee, with no commission for the site. There’s fun features like a dress value calculator, and a very streamlined search function.
This program, created by St. Mary’s parish in the Archdiocese of Washington, takes donations of wedding dresses and resells them to raise money for St. Mary’s sister parish, St. Joseph’s, in Carcasse, Haiti.
Photo by Ksenia Pro Photography
This is a fantastic organization that requests donations (that are tax deductible). They prefer dresses be cleaned before being donated and are five years old or less, in order to keep styles fresh. They also will do consultations about vintage dresses.
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