When should I start looking for my dress?
As a bride, looking for your dress can be an exciting prospect for some. In the search for pre-loved, you will be looking for a dress that is going to work for your style and budget.
Once you know what type of style you are looking for and you know what your budget is, start keeping your eye open for whatever gowns might pop up that might suit. It is advisable to not leave it too last minute, as you may need to arrange alterations for a more personalised fit.
Because you are looking for a gown that already exists, you may want to still start 6-12 months before your wedding date, as this keeps your options open to have time to make adjustments and transformations!
The best part about looking for pre-loved dresses is that if you are on a tight timeframe, you are always going to be able to find a gorgeous gown! (The closest time frame we ever had in our boutique was 1 week before the wedding! The bride still found a perfect option!)
How do I find a dress through Love Me Twice?
We have 3 options to suit most brides:
Search and visit individual sellers in their homes for a direct and flexible approach to searching for a pre-loved dress. Gowns available can be found on our classifieds website here.Discussions regarding availability is between you and the seller only. Love Me Twice is not involved in the details of the sale.
Pop up boutique at Eastland. This is a personalised approach where you register for our pop up with your size and style. Gowns are sourced from our private sellers, so you don't have to travel around to try them on. Every appointment is with our stylist, Jennifer, who can advise on fit, alterations and potential costs.
I would like to sell my wedding dress. Can I drop it into your store?
We no longer run a full time retail space, so there is currently no facility to stock or store your gown full time.
How do I sell my dress?
Love me twice offers a range of options to cater for the differing needs of both brides and sellers.
1- The first step is to list your gown on www.lovemetwiceweddinggowns.com.au
This is available to everyone which allows interested brides to contact you directly. This arrangement is between you and the potential customer.
We do not get involved in any part of the sales process.
An online ad also ensures that brides can also follow up with you if you participate in our optional events. (See below)
There is a flat fee for your advertisement. A one time $45 for private sellers (Single listing) or $90 per year for commercial sellers (List as many gowns as you like).
2- OPTIONAL events for our advertisers include:
A 2-3 day pop up boutique. Held at Eastland, Ringwood, Vic. This occurs once per month, except for December or the same month as a Market day.
This is curated to include gowns that our registered brides ask to try on. Not every seller will be invited to bring their dresses, as this is a personalised styling opportunity for individual brides. Only gowns that suit the size and style requirements of registered brides will be requested.
There is no placement cost for our sellers to bring gowns to the pop up boutique event. However commission fees do apply if the gown successfully sells. Unsold gowns are required to be collected at the end of the last day of the pop up. Details are provided to our advertised sellers.
Market days. A one day event is held in an open style market format. These occur 1-2 times per year.
Any of our advertisers are welcome to attend to show their gowns.
Dressing rooms and mirrors are provided.
Fees vary according to the venue booked. Flat fee for a space only.No commissions apply to any sales.
Brides register to attend with allocated entry times. They are not required to request specific gown styles.
Further details are provided to our advertised sellers.
If I advertise my dress, will it sell?
Selling pre-loved gowns can sometimes be like finding the right fit for a Cinderella slipper!
As your dress is already made up, it is a matter of finding the right bride at the right time with the right budget for your gown.
This can sometimes be a few weeks and can sometimes take a few years or not at all.
However, if you don't put it out there and promote it, no one will know it exists and it won't sell.
As brides these days are heavily influenced by the fast paced changes of trends and social media, the longer you wait to promote it, the chances of your audience narrows.
Advertising and promoting is an opportunity, not a guarantee, that your dress will sell.
How much should I advertise my dress for?
In general we find that most brides are happy to spend around 50% of the original purchase price. Newer dresses (current collections) can sometimes fetch up to 60%-70% of the original price.
Gowns that are older than one year (or no longer in current collections available at boutiques) seem to fetch anywhere from 20%-50% of the original price.