Planning Your Wedding Ensemble? Don’t Count Out Consignment

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Planning a wedding is notoriously time consuming and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Sarah Leon, whose recent nuptials were featured on Vogue Weddings, recommends “a tight timeline for anyone trying to keep wedding planning low stress.” How does one keep to a tight timeline when the wedding dress journey alone could take up to six months between choosing, ordering, and having fittings? One less conventional way to work around traditional wedding dress hunting is to shop secondhand. Wearing something preowned certainly isn’t for every bride, but who’s to say you wouldn’t be able to discover your dream look (or at least part of it) at a consignment shop? 

Not only is shopping secondhand or vintage the more sustainable route, especially for an outfit most brides only wear once in their lifetime, it also doesn’t require any long waiting times or special orders. It’s also a great resource for finding like-new designer pieces at more affordable price points. As Leon told Vogue, “almost everything we [she and her husband] wore, including our rings, were purchased secondhand”. Leon opted for a beautiful green coat from Rochas and a pair of timeless black Manolo Blahnik mules, both of which she found on eBay, while her classic ankle-length white frock from Marni was purchased from The RealReal.

A bride who is open to donning pieces that are a little less traditional can find an endless amount of stylish treasures in the online consignment store abyss. For example, maybe an Alexander McQueen suit or Erdem overcoat. Rest assured there’s no shortage of classic bridal accouterments and accessories to be had either, like a white box clutch from The Row or a pair of pearl earrings from Tiffany. And if you somewhat know what you want to wear already, all it takes is a little bit of searching and scrolling. 

From diamante dotted hairpins, a something blue shoe, and elegant earrings to classic white dresses, here, a handful of wedding-ready pieces you can shop on consignment, for both the traditionalist bride and the unconventional. 

Erdem floral ecru coat

$615

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Dolce & Gabbana 1990s sweetheart-neck fitted dress

$950

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Sophie Buhai pearl Francis drop earrings

$575

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Manolo Blahnik suede bow mules

$212

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Alexander McQueen suit jacket

$1,678

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Alexander McQueen suit trousers

$664

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The Row Inrou tassel-trimmed clutch

$525

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Salvatore Ferragamo pre-owned sculpted metallic heel pumps

$313

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Tiffany & Co. vintage 18k pearl drop earrings

$1,895

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Simone Rocha dress

$689

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Malone Souliers mules

$190

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Dior hair accessory

$435

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Oscar de la Renta long dress

$945

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Miu Miu clutch

$498

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Tory Burch cloth mules

$150

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