Would you rent a dress?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Would you rent a dress?
    Never, I would like to wear it first. : (15 votes)
    22 %
    I would if I can wear it first. : (3 votes)
    4 %
    I would and don't care it was worn before if the rental price is reasonable for my dream dress. : (50 votes)
    74 %
  • Post # 3
    393 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    yup that was my plan at first! who cares if someone wore it before.. and your only wearing it for one night.  I mite sell mine after and give the $ back to my mom since she bought my dress. I wont need it after

    Post # 4
    720 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

                           I would have considered renting my dress if there were a place here where I lived that did that. There is a consignment shop where you can purchase used dresses but when I went in there, they didn’t have anything in my size and everything was dirty at the bottom because people didn’t bother to dry clean it before trying to sell them. Its hard to justify the prices sometimes when it comes to certain dresses. I ended up buying my dress with no regrets! 

    Post # 5
    478 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I think it’s fine to rent! I did buy my dress but I think it all depends on you. They can be crazy expensive, so its definitely not a bad idea!


    Post # 6
    1822 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    I personally wouldn’t rent, not because I want to be the first to wear it, but because I want to keep it.

    Post # 7
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I would have DEFINITELY rented!

    Post # 8
    3394 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    It’s quite common in Asia too to rent gowns. A lot of bridal salons have tie-ups with wedding photography studios, so you can choose from an array of gowns and have your photos taken. Having said that though, the gowns are pretty generic – and often quite worse-for-wear. There are some places that have designer gowns, like Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier, but you can imagine they’re not looking that perky after numerous wears and dry-cleaning. 

    I would consider renting a gown for photo shoot purposes, but for my wedding day, I would rather have my own dress that can be worn all day and has been tailored to my body.

    Post # 9
    1400 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with renting, but I want to keep my dress so a future daughter can wear or use it or a piece of it on her wedding day. I’m not especially close to my mom and she never got her dress preserved, but I’m going to use some of the lace from her dress to wrap around my bouquet, and I love that. I get sentimental about a lot of clothes, and I bought most of them from a thrift store, but on my wedding day I want a dress that’s exclusively mine.

    Post # 10
    10748 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I wouldn’t, I’d rather the dress was fitted just for me well in advance and I keep it after. 

    Post # 12
    1988 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @BrideinHungary:  Hi, neighbour! 🙂 I’m from Slovenia 🙂 Most brides here rent their dresses too but I won’t. I don’t want to spend my wedding day worried about spilling something on my dress or ripping it while dancing and having to pay the full price to the bridal salon, I haven’t exactly won the lottery. I’ll probably order mine from China too or have a local seamstress make it. 

    Where did you order yours from? I’m so glad you like it, bridal magazines here are full of horror stories about brides who got terrible dresses from China, I wonder how many of those are actually real and how many of those “disappointed bride” stories were actually written by bridal salon owners worried about their business! 

    Post # 14
    1988 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @BrideinHungary:  Thank you! Saved in my favourites for future reference 😀

    Post # 15
    2878 posts
    Sugar bee

    I wouldn’t, not because I want to be the first one to wear it, but because even renting a dress is twice over my budget ! And I can’t sell it afterwards, so I’m basically throwing away my money.

    BUT…if I wanted a particular dress, designer and way over budget, I think that YES it is a good compromise, it allows you to have your dream dress at a fraction of the price. But since I wasn’t already fixed on a dress, I didn’t feel like spending 800$ *average price here* on a dress I’d wear once ; used or new.

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