Rent The Runway for Bridesmaid Gowns?

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You run the risk of the sizing being off.  If they order the wrong size, there may not be time to get the correct one.  Plus, alterations are definitely out.

I would be incredibly uncomfortable if a bride suggested I rent a BM dress from RTR.

Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I was thinking of this suggestion for my bridesmaids as well…. but the sizing and lack of alteration kept me from choosing this as an option. 

I think you should present your bms with this option, and see what they think. They might prefer to get a dress to keep with the money they spend… 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

beautyofdreams:  I know someone who did this. She actually paid for her bridesmaids to rent the dress months before the wedding so they could determine what size they needed. Then, for the wedding day, they paid for their own dress and it worked out just fine. Even with the bride paying for the first delivery, it was still cheaper than buying most bridesmaid’s dresses. 

As someone who used Rent the Runway for a non-wedding event, their sizing information is really accurate. I read both what Rent the Runway recommended and the reviews left by people who had actually rented the dress and got a perfect fit. The nice part is that they let you get a second size for free, so you don’t have to worry as much about the dress not fitting.

I’d say if your bridesmaids are average height/weight and don’t have too much to worry about in terms of alterations, it might be a smart move!

Post # 5
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Busy bee

beautyofdreams:  Im also thinking about doing the samething with my BMs. My MOH was fine with either buying or renting. Im going to a wedding in august that Im going to need a nicer dress for so mom and I was going to test run it for them. before we make a desision.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

beautyofdreams:  I rented my wedding dress from them but there is a new site just for bridesmaids and wedding dresses http://www.littleborroweddress.com. You do run the risk of not having the size you need or them being too small, if you are in the middle range for sizes it can be great but gets iffy with anything over size 10

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I am actually doing this, floated the idea to my bridesmaids, and they LOVED it.  They told me in so many words that not only do they think I’m a genius, but a very considerate bride.  😉

I have used RTR several times in the past and feel comfortable using them for this purpose; however, it’s not for the faint of heart!  There is a level of control that you give up.  PPs have mentioned concerns about sizing, and that is definitely something you have to consider.  Luckily, having used RTR, I am aware of the backup size policy, the second dress policy (for 2 additonal sizes if need be) as well as RTRs amazing customer service.  I know they would overnight me a new dress if for some reason that needed to happen. 

I also suggested that if any girls are unsure of their sizing, they could take advantage of the 8-day rental period in order to have time for an exchange/new order.  4 of my 6 girls have never fluctuated beyond what size they are now and are familiar with the sizing of this particular designer, so that helps.

Mention it to your girls, show them a few options, see what they think.  🙂      

Post # 10
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Helper bee

Oh geez. What a hassle. I would never ask my girls to do this honestly. It’s a pain the ass ordering, then you have to make sure not to spill anything on yourself or you are going to be bills. You have scared bridesmaids all nights that they can smudge the dress they are in. I would probably drop out of a wedding If I was expected to do this. 

Post # 11
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588 posts
Busy bee

yellow7404:  I’ve wondered about this. I love the idea of RTR but I am sometimes clumsy and I would be SO scared of spilling something on myself. Do you have to buy the dress then or try to get emergency cleaning before you have to mail it back? Or do they just figure that into the price of their rentals?

Post # 12
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271 posts
Helper bee

MOHlookingForIdeas:  There is a $5 insurance fee covers minor stains and damage…. but “minor” is in the eyes of the beholder ya know? 

“You are responsible for loss, destruction or damage to the Products due to theft, mysterious disappearance, major stains or any other cause. You agree that we shall charge You, and You shall pay, for the price for repairing or replacing the Product, as determined in our discretion, up to the Retail Value for the Product.”

 

Who wants the responsility ?!?!

Post # 13
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588 posts
Busy bee

yellow7404:  Yeah, that would scare me too much. I was considering trying them for a friend’s engagement party coming up, but I don’t think the stress is worth it. Paying full retail value to replace a potentially really used dress also seems unfair too.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

FutureMrsPrim: I tried that dress on last week in the showroom. It’s cute, but runs really big (normally I’m an 8 to 10 and I wore a 6 in that style), and the sequins are scratchy. Super cute, though – more blush looking in person.

beautyofdreams:  I’m obsessed with rent the runway – I can’t even tell you how many dresses I’ve rented from there – I have three coming in the next three weeks alone, ha! But I will say that it’s mildy risky – beside fit issues, every once in a while you’ll get a dress that’s stained/ripped. Also, if you’re close, I recommend going to a showroom to try dresses on – they have bridal party events you can book. I personally wouldn’t do RTR for BM dresses, but to each her own.

yellow7404:  Eh, I’ve never had a problem with the policy personally, and I DESTROYED a dress once (wore it to an all inclusive charity event – think spilled drinks, chocolate, grease…yeah, it was gross and I felt terrible). I just felt bad for the next person!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

MOHlookingForIdeas:  I rent all the time and I’ve never had a problem, at all, with the insurance thing. Like I said above, I once destroyed a dress (all the stains, smells, etc – it was nasty) – and nothin’. I love RTR!

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