Back when I made the plan to purchase it, I knew I was going to at least attempt to sell it on the other side. The plan was to put it up for sale on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com, and see what happened. But before I even had the dress in my hands, Weddingbee came through and made things even easier for me! I actually had three different people contact me about buying the dress, and the very first one who piped up received my/our Guindon this weekend!
While I live in Chicago, my buyer lives in Bloomington, IN, which is about 4 hours away. She'd known she'd be visiting Chicago this weekend from a while ago, so we decided on October 11th as our "exchange date." Because her wedding isn't until next summer, and we knew we were going to be able to do an in-person hand-off, we nixed a contract or deposit. If for some reason she didn't want it anymore after seeing it in person, we simply wouldn't go through with the sale. So this trade was way simpler than the way I got the dress, which required a "transporter" (a wedding guest of the original buyer ) to get the dress to Chicago, pictures for proof of the good condition of the dress, and increments of money being sent at different times to increase trust on both sides of the purchase.
(Can I just add that this was actually a really difficult photo to take? Twirling in a big dress and a veil is harder than it looks without falling and/or having the veil just wrap around your head!)
For those of you who are curious, we priced it out the same way the original owner and I decided to - she paid half of what I paid, which means I sold it for $825. While I got it in newer condition, she ultimately ends up with the dress, so we considered that fair. Considering she was quoted $4,200 for the dress at the salon, I'd say that's a win for everybody!
While I was a little sad to see my dress leave my hands, in the end, I wouldn't have it any other way. Guindon exudes happiness and joy - it doesn't want to be in a closet! (Yes, I'm anthropomorphizing my dress. Deal.) It wants to bring a smile to another bride's face! (And $825 into my bank account.)
If anything, it felt more like the end of an era in our lives. With our wedding and second reception finished and the dress out of my hands, our wedding officially feels like it's in the past. I can't say I'm suffering from post-wedding blues, though. I thought I might, but...I think we did a really good job of enjoying and appreciating the day, and living in that moment. No regrets, and we're ready for (and already living in) the next part of our lives: marriage!
The story of my dress is one I am proud of, and is pretty unique. I don't think I could have written a better story if I had made it up! If anyone is ever considering tackling a project like this, feel free to contact me! I'm happy to share more details and advice.
And so, my dress story concludes. Fare thee well, Guindon! You'll always have such a special place in my heart.