Shopping for a wedding gown can be exhausting, and even more expensive, but I think the process just got a little easier. Nearly Newlywed is an amazing online boutique that carries a beautifully curated selection of nearly new designer gowns (think Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta), that they sell for a fraction of the original price. Boutique owner, Jacqueline Sheller Courtney, describes it as the “borrow, alter, send back or sometimes keep” experience, and it really is as simple as that.

It might seem crazy to buy a designer wedding dress online, but Nearly Newlywed makes it totally risk-free with free shipping and a five-day return policy. So if you try a dress and it doesn’t suit your fancy, you can just send it back! Or, if you love it, wear it on your wedding day with the option of selling it back – how awesome is that?!

If your wedding has come and gone, or if you’re like me and decided to wear an entirely different wedding gown than you originally planned, consider submitting your dress for consignment at Nearly Newlywed. Once you’ve agreed on a selling price, just send them your dress and they take care of the rest. Easy peasy!

And now for the really fun part! Nearly Newlywed is giving one Snippet & Ink reader a $250 gift certificate toward the purchase of a wedding or party dress. To enter, just leave a comment on this post with the Nearly Newlywed dress that you love most. You have until Monday, May 21st, at 5:00 PDT to leave a comment. The randomly selected winner will be notified by email. Happy dress hunting!

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  1. Jess

    The Carolina Herrera Pleated Silk Party Dress
    would be PERFECT for my after rehearsal dinner!

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  2. Kristy Lou

    Wow, this would be fun to shop with :)

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  3. Carli

    I love, love, love the Nicole Miller Silk Grecian gown. The would be my pick hands down! :)

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  4. Vanessa

    The Elie Saab Crystal & Silk Chiffon Gown is PERFECT

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  5. Kim

    Love the Reem Acra grecian strapless gown!

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  6. abby

    that reem acra dress is an absolute dream

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  7. Celia

    Oh my! That Alberta Ferretti Crystal Silk Chiffon Gown is divine! Gorgeous!

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  8. Jess

    They’re all lovely, especially the Marchesa rosette gown! I wish they had plus sizes, though :(

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  9. Elizabeth

    I love the Melissa Sweet Silk Bow Tie dress. I love the tea length!

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  10. Jacqui Shaffer

    The Nicole Miller Grecian gown is gorgeous!

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  11. Emily

    Looove the Oscar de la Renta Embroidered Floral Gown!!

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  12. Sarah

    I love the Alberta Ferretti Silk & Lace Grecian Gown – so pretty!

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  13. Molly

    The Alberta Ferretti Silk & Lace Grecian Gown is stunning.

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  14. Elissa

    I LOVE Vera Wang’s ‘Eliza’ Lace & Tulle Princess Gown – It has so many elements that I love, and it looks great with that black sash!

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  15. Eden Claire

    Im a vintage girl and the Alberta Ferretti Silk & Lace Grecian Gown is a dreamy, drapey expression of Roman days. Yes, please.

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  16. Tiffany

    The ‘One’ I love the most:

    http://www.nearlynewlywed.com/collections/all/products/oscar-de-la-renta-leaf-motif-princess

    Other Dream Dresses:

    http://www.nearlynewlywed.com/collections/all/products/marchesa-pleated-ruffle-princess

    http://www.nearlynewlywed.com/collections/all/products/oscar-de-la-renta-leaf-motif-princess

    http://www.nearlynewlywed.com/collections/all/products/monique-lhuillier-lumiere-embroidered-mermaid

    http://www.nearlynewlywed.com/collections/all/products/vera-wang-eliza-lace-tulle-princess

    http://www.nearlynewlywed.com/collections/all/products/monique-lhuillier-crystal-embroidered-sheath

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  17. Lindsay L

    Well, I’m getting married…in 10 days! So I’m not in need of a gown – though I wish I knew about Nearly Newlywed 7 months ago. But I would love to get that floral Phillip Lim party dress for all the weddings I will be attending soon. And I will be contacting them to sell my dress after the big day! Thanks for letting me know about such a great business!

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  18. Dena Lee

    I love the Vera Wang ‘Eliza’ Lace & Tulle Princess Gown! So whimsical and romantic~

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  19. Gesine

    I love the Reem Acra Grecian Strapless gown. Very classic and versatile.

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  20. Cara

    I think my favorite right now is the Marchesa Tulle Rosette Princess Gown – very pretty, although I worry it is too full and would make me look huge!

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  21. Misha

    I love the Monique dress… so pretty!

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  22. melissa

    What a terrific idea! Just the thing for my budget friendly, DIY wedding: a designer gown at prices I can afford :-)

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  23. Nicole

    Definitely have to pick the Monique Lhuillier!

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  24. Lauren

    I LOVE the Vera Wang ‘Eliza’ Lace & Tulle Princess Gown. Which is of course the most expensive one I saw. Sigh.

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  25. Lori Azzarello

    I can’t believe I didn’t know Monique L’huillier and Ocar de la Renta was before I got engaged…..so amazing!!

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  26. rosemariee

    i love the Tibi Single Shoulder Pleated Party Dress, but I wish it came in white or ivory!

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  27. Agabriel

    The Marchesa silk ruffled gown is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing this site!

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  28. Abi

    Great concept for reusing/reselling wedding dresses. I love the Elie Saab Crystal & Silk Chiffon Gown! Thanks!

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  29. Emily

    I L-O-V-E the Phillip Lim Silk Alligator Textured Party Dress! Perfect for…well, anything! (:

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  30. Deborah

    Alberta Ferretti Silk & Lace Grecian Gown—How stately, elegant, and classic! Just like me!!!

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  31. Laura

    I absolutely love the Alberta Ferretti Crystal Silk Chiffon Gown.

    http://www.nearlynewlywed.com/collections/all/products/alberta-ferretti-crystal-embellished-sheath

    Too bad I couldn’t possibly ever squeeze myself into it.

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  32. Kathleen

    Totally in love with the Oscar de Laurenta embroidered gown. So incredibly pretty!!

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  33. Wedding Invitations

    Wow, the Oscar de la Renta is gorgeous!

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  34. Lorri Adair

    I’d love to rock the Carven Asymmetric Taffeta Short Dress at my bridal shower next month!!!! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  35. ashleigh

    i can’t get over the sweet details in the Melissa Sweet Silk Bow Tie Detailed Dress. so lovely!

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  36. elissa

    that ellie saab crystal and chiffon number is pretty amazing. beautiful!

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  37. Caitlin Collins

    I almost screamed at work when I read this! I am in the process of selecting a dress when I found out that Melissa Sweet is closing up shop! I would love to get this dress, Melissa Sweet Reverie Fitted Lace Mermaid Gown, I’ve been admiring a similar one for MONTHS! This coupon would also put swiss dot in my price range! The Priscilla of Boston ‘Swiss Dot’ Mermaid Gown is gorgeous. Aaaa drool.

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  38. Natasha Melo

    I sooooo need a party dress for my engagement shoot in Lisbon, Portugal this summer. Did you know red with purple accents is my fav Colour combo?! I need that dress.

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  39. Theresa

    The Marchesa Rose Gown – the skirt is to DIE for!

    http://www.nearlynewlywed.com/collections/bridal/products/marchesa-rosette-princess

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  40. mina

    I just got engaged last weekend and am so excited about this website! I love the Vera Wang ‘Eva’ Feather & Tulle Gown!

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  41. CupcakeCaliBride

    I love the Melissa Sweet Single Shoulder Modern Gown!

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  42. Amber L.

    I absolutely love the Vera Wang ‘Eliza’ Lace & Tulle Princess Gown. Would kill for that dress!! Gorgeous.

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  43. Meredith

    Love Love the Monique Lhuillier ‘Celestine’ Cascading Tulle Gown.

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  44. Zoe

    “Carven Asymmetric Taffeta Short Dress”–with engagement photos coming up, wouldn’t this be adorable??

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  45. danielle

    I love the carolina herrera pleated organza party dress!!

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  46. Zoe

    Elie Saab Crystal & Silk Chiffon Gown is beautiful!

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  47. Suzy

    The Reem Acra Grecian Strapless is my favorite. Unique and different, with a traditional feel.

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  48. Miranda

    The Oscar de la Renta is fabulous! I love the belt!

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  49. Laura

    The Vera Wang Eliza is BEAUTIFUL! There are so many great dresses to choose from. :)

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  50. Natalie Rucando

    Looking for a unique bridal gown is so difficult.. International designers offer so many gorgeous designs if you are willing to look for them. The Croatian designer BOUDOIR offers many unique wedding dresses.

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  51. Unique Invitations Australia

    Monique Lhullier all the way!

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