Rental bridesmaid dresses: yes or no?

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It’s a cool idea, depending on the price. It sounds more like suit rentals for guys. I mean, most bridesmaid dresses are either ugly or not the ladies’ individual styles, so keeping the dresses is often unnecessary. But then they get to keep SOMETHING for all that money. I’d throw the idea out to your friends once you get an idea about the cost!

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I love this idea!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

The only thing that would concern me is how well the dresses fit. My body is rather strange so my hips are about 4 sizes larger than my bust/waist so when I order a dress I always need alterations. Can these be altered to fit the BMs even though they are rentals?

 

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

It would depend on the cost to rent them. I think if you are asking them to spend $200 to rent a dress for your wedding you are asking way too much. AT the end of the day they will have nothing to show for their money.

Have you discussed a budget with them? because I think you need to do this first and then find a dress that fits their budgets. Or alternatively pay for the rental of the dress yourself if you have your heart set on them.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I think if they’re okay with the idea it could work out well. Like others mentioned most BMs don’t wear their dresses again anyway. I’ve rented once from rent the runway and the process itself went well but I wasn’t actually able to wear the dress. The sizing was off and way too small despite reviews saying it ran true to size. They do let you rent two sizes to help ensure fit but since I am near the high end of their size availability it didn’t work for me. The dress would not accommodate my bust size. So I would just make sure all of your girls are able to fit into high end designer sizes. I think compared to my normal dress size I would have needed to go up like three additional sizes. The return process was easy and I was given RTR credit which I later used to rent some earrings for a wedding I attended as a guest.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My mom is seriously considering Rent the Runway for her MOTB dress. I think that’s OK for her, since it’s her choice on how much she wants to spend.
I don’t know if I’d do it for my bridesmaids, but personally I don’t want them to spend too much money. I had considered it for a while but think I am going to ask my girls to do little black dresses or something like that (pick/ buy their own on their own budget)

Have you seen Little Borrowed Dress?
They are rental bridesmaids dresses that are designed to be work without alterations, and the cost is very inexpensive. They can send you free sample swatches, I got some and they are made from pretty decent quality silk.

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