Post # 1
So I have a question…….. my wedding dress from May is just sitting in my closet. I don’t know yet if I can bring myself to sell it (I could use some extra cash right now!), but what if I rented it out???
Would any of you RENT a dress for $500 (with a $500 refundable deposit when it comes back undamaged)??? The dress cost me $1250, and then I had alterations done to it, like taking out the zipper to add buttons, the strap around the bust that keeps the dress up, and the bussel. They would be allowed to do minimal alterations, obviously.
Is that crazy? I would think that if someone’s budget is $500 or so, they would probably love to wear a $1250+ lace dress instead – even if they don’t get to keep it.
Post # 3
You may want to post photos, your measurements and the designer/style number. Also, you will probably have better luck under classifieds.
Post # 4
OH, yea I was just wondering if you all thought it was a crazy idea or a good one! What do you think? Do you think someone would actually rent a dress? Do people do that?
Post # 5
@KateT: My sister-in-law rented her wedding dress – it was beautiful… but she didn’t pay $500 (I think it was closer to $2-something).
Post # 6
I’m going to be brutally honest, here.
Numbers-wise, the difference between $1300 and $500 IS significant. But I had a $600 dress and I gotta tell you, the difference between $1300 and $500 in terms of the dress itself just isn’t that much to make NOT having your own dress worth it–in other words, no, I wouldn’t pay $500 to rent a dress, even if it were more expensive than a dress I could own. In other terms, you are competing against a whole market of dresses available for the same pricepoint and you have the added issues of the fact that the customer wouldn’t own the dress and that it would be used–the price would have to be really good, I think, to offset those concerns.
I’d probably pay more like $100–but that’s me. I’m sure other bees will have wildly differing opinions and hey, if you want to rent it for $500 (and I’m confused–the $500 deposit–does that mean $1000 in up front costs?), then all you need is one customer in the end.
Post # 7
I agree that $500 would be too much to rent a $1250 dress. And with the deposit the upfront cost is the same, and to many bees if they had the extra $500 to put towards the deposit they would rather put it towards a dress.
Besides, what are the chances that someone will want your particular dress that is also the exact same size as you? Nearly all brides have to have their dress altered in order for it to fit them, and you wouldn’t be able to properly do that with a rented dress.
My advice, if you are willing to take the risk of having someone borrow/rent it and do damage to it that way, then consider the idea of selling it.
Personally, I bought a dress that was a little outside my price range. I would have loved to buy a used one, but they were all to small! I plan on selling it afterwards to make up some of the diference of the cost.
Post # 8
$500-$700 is a good pricepoint for selling a used dress that cost you $1250, if you want to consider that option. You could probably rent it for $100 but I don’t know how many times the dress can be realtered and reused, so I don’t think it would be a worthwhile effort.
Post # 9
Have you ever seen the website http://www.renttherunway.com? You can rent designer gowns for 10% of the retail cost. I would not pay $500 for a dress that I had to return, especially a $1,200 dress. Maybe a $5,000 dress.
Post # 10
I dont think people will pay $500 to rent a used dress. unless the dress was worth around 10,000 or more. Otherwise brides can buy brand new dresses for $500 thanks to sample sales, running of the brides and yes the affordable Davids bridal collection. If you really want to rent your dress i think it would have to be for much less than 500
Post # 11
Okay, point taken. Thanks for the replies!