Experiencing sticker shock while wedding dress shopping? You may want to consider buying a pre-owned gown. I get that the idea might make some of you guys squeamish, but the program at Denver bridal consignment boutique The Altar actually sounds legit. Brides can bring in their professionally-cleaned, gently worn wedding dresses to shop (which opened last January) where a staff member evaluates the gown to make sure it's in excellent condition and less than five years old, and then a price is mutually agreed upon. The dress is displayed in the boutique for up to three months, and if someone purchases it in that time, the seller gets 50 percent of the sales price.
The always-changing inventory has included dresses in sizes from 2 to 24 by designers like Vera Wang, Alfred Angelo, Priscilla of Boston, and Pronovias, priced at 40 to 75 percent off retail. Plus, the boutique has a staff of seamstresses that are available for making alterations. I think it's all kind of genius! What do you think—would you buy or sell your wedding dress at a consignment boutique? —Lauren Matthews, editor, Brides Colorado