When it comes to buying a wedding dress, brides tend to have a laundry list of things to consider. White or coloured? Long or short? Traditional or unconventional? To veil (à la Princess Beatrice) or not to veil? It's an expensive process and, paired with all the other wedding and honeymoon purchases, it's no wonder the global wedding industry is estimated to be worth a staggering £72.6 billion.
In 2021, there's another thing to consider: with sustainability on everyone’s minds, many brides are buying secondhand dresses to cut costs and their ecological footprint. Circular shopping – buying secondhand and used garments rather than introducing new product to the market – is now considered to be the most sustainable way to shop.
In the last year alone, global search platform Lyst found that there has been a 93% increase in views of pre-owned wedding dresses, and a 42% combined increase for related searches using terms such as 'vintage' and 'second hand'.
For the bride conscious of her bank account and her environmental impact, we've rounded up the best places to find secondhand wedding dresses, from online marketplaces to vintage markets and (believe it or not) good old eBay.