"I do": Second Hand Weddings are Trending

Shpock: British couples-to-be are increasingly buying second hand for their big day

When wedding bells are ringing, money is rolling. With some dream weddings costing in excess of 30,000 Pounds, thrifty couples-to-be are seeking second hand bargains to save where they can. Buying parts of a wedding pre-used not only saves thousands financially but can also be more sustainable. An analysis of the boot sale app, Shpock, reveals the average wedding dress is listed at just £85 by the owner. 

Ahead of the start of ‘Wedding Season’, Shpock is noticing an increase in searches for products relating to weddings.

“Second hand no longer has a negative connotation“, explains Conor Gannon, Shpock spokesperson. “Instead, being thrifty has become a trendy lifestyle of sorts – second hand gifts are given, vintage fashion is trending and there are massive potential savings when organising a wedding.”

An analysis of over 25,000 wedding dresses in the boot sale app showed the following results:

  • There is a dress for every taste – long, short, classic or princess style, cream-coloured or floral white
  • Dresses can be found for a fraction of their original price
  • The average wedding dress is sold for just £70
  • The largest number of wedding dresses are sold in autumn but early spring also shows high figures

Where can you save the most money?
However, dresses are not the only wedding items on Shpock with the potential for huge savings. Thousands of pounds can be saved in other parts of the ceremony. Recycling wedding decorations has also become a thing. Many newlyweds are left with a large number of unwanted table decorations and other accessories after their big day. More and more couples are using this excess as an opportunity to make a quick pound using online marketplaces such as Shpock. This makes perfect sense as they are usually in excellent condition, having been used only once. Many items have not been used at all as they were bought in bigger quantities than needed. 

These wedding related products can be easily bought or sold at online marketplaces (examples see pictures below):

  1. Decoration material: candle jars, deco-confetti, stand-up displays (“Mr & Mrs“), frames and chair covers.
  2. Bridesmaids’ outfits: dresses, shoes, bags and hair accessories.
  3. Guest accessories: blankets, comfy shoes such as flip flops or ballerinas, hats, sun glasses, refreshment sprays and gift bags.
  4. Accessories for fun photos: fake moustaches, feather boas, funny glasses and weird hats.
  5. Equipment for the stag/hen night: sashes for brides/husbands-to-be, funny accessories and costumes.
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Conor Gannon PR Manager UK
Conor Gannon PR Manager UK
About Shpock

Shpock is a mobile marketplace that brings millions of private buyers and sellers and local businesses together. The categories range from electronics, fashion and furniture to specialised interests such as cars and property.

Shpock has more than 10 million active users and over 2 billion page impressions. These numbers and regular #1 rankings in the App & Google Play Store in three core markets (UK, Germany, Austria) make Shpock one of Europe’s most dominant shopping apps. 

Facts and numbers

- Among the leading online marketplaces in three countries (UK, Germany, Austria)
- Over 10 Million active users monthly 
- Over 2 billion page impressions per month
- Products worth more than 1 billion pounds are being traded per year (2018)
- A multi-national team of 100+ people responsible for the success of the digital marketplace

Recent prizes
- Apple awarded ‘Best of 2017 App’ in the category ‘Sustainability’
- Google awarded Shpock the “Android App Excellence 2018“