- Selling one's bridal gown is a growing trend, inspired both by financial incentive and the influence of celebrities like Beyonce, whose dress is currently listed on the site
Published: 20:34 GMT, 2 May 2013 | Updated: 21:55 GMT, 2 May 2013
Wedding dress re-sale site PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com has released a Wedding Dress Value Calculator for former brides who want to figure out how much their used dress is worth.
T he calculator estimates a gown's worth based on the label, date purchased, price paid and other characteristics like whether or not the dress was cleaned.
'The calculator is a starting price that we consider to
be "fair value" for a seller's gown given all of the factors that we know influence a sale price, site creator Josie Daga tells MailOnline.
Celebrity fans: Beyonce's crystal-encrusted Barraci wedding dress is for sale for $30,000 on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com. The steep figure is a relative bargain - the original price tag was $85,000
She typically recommends that a used gown be priced at 50per cent of its retail value - if it is less than two years old, has been cleaned and is in great condition.
Designers like Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier can fetch slightly more than 50per cent, while custom work can be harder to recoup in a sell.