Want more bang for your wedding buck? Recycle, regift, donate (tax deductions!), and sell off as many of your wedding-related purchases as possible. Here's our guide to outsmarting your bottom line.


Hire a seamstress to transform your wedding gown into a fantastic cocktail dress. Basic A-line silk-chiffon or satin dresses are easiest and cheapest to flip. Expect a hem alteration to cost about $250, and lace or beading removal to run at least $500.

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Donate your dress, then file a tax deduction for it. Brides Against Breast Cancer gives proceeds from the dresses it resells to support cancer victims, The Bridal Garden contributes proceeds to needy kids in NYC, and Brides Across America sends gowns to military brides.

Selling your gown online (on Recycled Bride, PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com, Nearly Newlywed, or eBay) doesn't mean you love it any less. Really. Current gowns should be marked half-off—60 percent off if they're older.

Photo: Yasu + Junko | Dress: Le Spose di Giò

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