The dilemma was shared on anonymous forum Reddit last week and has since gained the attention of brides worldwide.
The purchase was last-minute as her first choice was seen by her husband and consequently ruined.
“My fiancé went to the first shop and I found a dress I really liked but I didn’t want to buy it because he had seen it,” she said.
The dress she ended up choosing came from the recommendations of shop assistants as falling outs with her mother, sister and maid-of-honour forced her to shop alone.
“Eventually the girls at the shop (not in a bad way) convinced me I liked one and I bought it,” she said.
The burden-to-be was an A-line Davids Bridal gown that retails for $1,175.
The bride-to-be listed the non-refundable gown at half its price on trading website Craigslist in a desperate bid to raise enough money to buy another.
"The dress is non refundable, and I'm running out of time," she said.