Bridesmaid Trade

9 May

In perusing various bridesmaid oriented blogs and sites, I stumbled upon Bridesmaid Trade and was immediately intrigued. A site to buy and sell “gently-worn” bridesmaid dresses, owners Jeanette and Kathryn took the time to answer some questions. Thanks, ladies!

1. Tell us, how did Bridesmaid Trade get started?

Jeanette: The idea for Bridesmaid Trade came from Kathryn, who was a bridesmaid several times in a few months, and then wondered what she was going to do with all the dresses! She saw a lot of her friends in the same situation so she wanted to create an online marketplace where women could buy and sell gently worn-bridesmaid dresses.

Kathryn: I connected with Jeanette in the summer of 2009, who has a background in business, and we launched Bridesmaid Trade together in the summer of 2010.

2. What is the process for trading?

Kathryn: There are now three ways to use Bridesmaid Trade to make your wedding more beautiful, affordable, and eco-friendly!

  1. SELL: If you have a bridesmaid dress sitting in your closet, sell your bridesmaids dress through Bridesmaid Trade. It only takes a few minutes to create a dress post using our simple online form. Once the dress is bought by a visitor to our site, you will receive instructions for sending the dress to the buyer. If the dress arrives in the condition described in the post, you will receive a check in 1-2 weeks.
  2. BUY: If you’re looking for a bridesmaid dress, search our inventory to buy the one you need for only 40-60% of full price! You can also email us at if you’re looking for a specific dress, and we can reach out to our network to help you find it.
  3. RENT: Bridesmaid Trade just introduced a rental line that allows women to rent bridesmaid dresses starting at just $30!  We love these chic, classic dresses.

3. What are the benefits of using Bridesmaid Trade?

Jeanette: By using Bridesmaid Trade, you can make your wedding affordable and beautiful. Bridesmaid dresses in event-ready condition are available on our site for 40-60% off retail price. Plus, it’s eco-friendly. Every bridesmaid dress worn again means that resources don’t need to be used up to make a new dress.

Kathryn: With our rental line, I love that a bridesmaid can find a great dress for less than the cost of a mani-pedi.

4. Are there ever any dresses that you see that you want to keep for yourself?

Jeanette: Yes, definitely! For example, I LOVE this Jenny Yoo dress in Terracotta ($85, originally $289):

From our rental line, I love the J.Crew Sophia Dress in Silk Tricotine (only $30 per rental!). I am planning to wear it to a friend’s wedding this summer:

Kathryn: This Bari Jay bridesmaids dress in Wisteria with a petal skirt is so cute. And it’s only $80, brand new!

5. What is next for Bridesmaid Trade?

Jeanette: We just introduced our rental line this spring, so we’re still working on getting the word out about this new service.

Kathryn: We would love to hold a contest to let bridesmaids vote for the next set of dresses we should buy next for our rental line!

Jeanette and Kathryn are happy to answer your questions about Bridesmaid Trade at

Like what you see? Follow Bridesmaid Trade on and, too! 

**Update!  Bridesmaid Trade is offering 2 free tickets to see the movie Bridesmaids this weekend!  All you have to do is go to their Facebook page and follow these steps- Good luck! The photo with the most Likes wins!

  •  If you’re already a BT fan, simply post a picture of you – or the bridal party – in the bridesmaid dress that’s been your favorite, in a comment on the wall at If you’re new to Bridesmaid Trade, simply “Like” the page first, and then you can add your post.
  • Invite your friends to “Like” your picture. You can “Share” it from the wall once it’s posted on the Bridesmaid Trade wall. One easy way to share it with friends is to “@add” some of the other bridesmaids from the wedding who might also be in the picture.

4 Responses to “Bridesmaid Trade”

  1. Molly 05/09/2011 at 6:50 pm #

    I’m so excited you are featuring Bridesmaid Trade today! I sold a dress on that site once for a great price! Everyone should check it out.

  2. Xochitl 05/09/2011 at 11:19 am #

    I love this idea! And what a great way to have a more eco-friendly wedding – I see this more and more these days, people bringing in their commitment to sustainability into their wedding planning. Love it! Plus, I love supporting women in business 🙂

  3. Cat 05/09/2011 at 11:12 am #

    O my goodness, what a great idea — I’m going to post a dress right now!!

  4. Jessica 05/09/2011 at 10:22 am #

    This is a new one to me. But I think it’s totally worth checking out.

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