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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Wedding Dresses

28 February 2011

On the subject of wedding dresses and after doing some research I wondered where I could go to purchase a recycled wedding dress. I know it is quite popular for brides to get their dresses preserved but in this day and age, recycling and reusing is a hip trend (not to mention cheaper at times).

Recycled Bride offers not only over 5,000 recycled wedding dresses but also other items such as decor, bridesmaids dresses, and ceremony items. Think of all that ribbon left over! You can also post items here to sell post-wedding.

Encore Bridal, an online bridal consignment shop that started in LA when owner, Julie began looking for her own wedding dress and she couldn't find a thing in consignment shops. So she started her own website that allows sellers to sell and buyers to search for gowns by designer that typically cost 30-70% less than the original price.

Preowned Wedding Dresses as featured on The Early Show and Martha Stewart Weddings, is based out of South Carolina after founder Josie was also looking for her own wedding dress online at discounted prices. Preowned Wedding Dresses offers over 5,000 wedding dresses to search from and choose.

Once Wed is one of the most popular sites for wedding dress consignment shopping. Individual sellers upload their dresses to the interface and buyers can peruse. Dresses range from hundreds to thousands but that is the decision of the seller. Also, a portion of the revenue made by Once Wed is donated to to International Justice Mission which supports justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and violent oppression.

Brides Against Breast Cancer and Great Green Weddings are two more sites that are focused on the greater good. Brides Against Breast Cancer donates proceeds directly to breast cancer foundations to promote the wishes and wellness to breast cancer patients. Great Green Weddings is focus on promoting earth and green friendly wedding planning.

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