Planning a wedding is notoriously time consuming and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Sarah Leon, whose most recent wedding was featured on Vogue Weddings, recommends “keeping a tight schedule for anyone trying to keep wedding planning stress free”. How can you stick to a tight schedule when the journey with the wedding dress alone between choosing, ordering and decorating can take up to six months? A less conventional way of getting around the traditional hunt for wedding gowns is through second-hand shopping. Wearing second-hand goods is certainly not for every bride, but who says you can’t discover your dream look (or at least part of it) in a consignment store?
Not only is second-hand or vintage shopping the more sustainable route, especially for an outfit that most brides wear only once in a lifetime, it also doesn’t require long waiting times or special orders. It’s also a great resource for how to find new designer pieces at cheaper prices. Leon told Vogue, “Almost everything we have [she and her husband] worn, including our rings, were bought second-hand ”. Leon opted for a gorgeous green coat from Rochas and a pair of timeless black Manolo Blahnik mules that she had both found on eBay, while her classic ankle-length white dress by Marni was bought at The RealReal.
A bride open to donning slightly less traditional pieces can find an endless number of stylish treasures in the abyss of the online consignment store. For example an Alexander McQueen suit or an Erdem coat. Rest assured that there is no shortage of classic bridal gear and accessories, such as a white box clutch from The Row or a pair of pearl earrings from Tiffany. And if you already know what to wear, all you have to do is search and scroll a little.
From diamond-dotted hairpins, a slightly blue shoe and elegant earrings to classic white dresses – here is a handful of wedding-ready pieces that you can buy by mail for both the traditionalist bride and the unconventional.
Dolce & Gabbana 90s dress with sweetheart neckline
Sophie Buhai pearl Francis teardrop earrings
Manolo Blahnik suede bow mules
Alexander McQueen suit jacket
Alexander McQueen dress pants
The Row Inrou clutch with tassels
Salvatore Ferragamo used molded metallic heel pumps
Tiffany & Co. vintage earrings made from 18k pearls
Oscar de la Renta long dress