Post # 1
here in Hungary it’s not a tradition to buy the wedding dress but rent it. There are several bridal salons, they offer a wide range of wedding dresses and the bride doesn’t have to pay the real price of the dress only the rental price. Salons also can make alterations and cleaning. (These are usually included in the price)
What do you think? Would you wear a dress that was worn before a few times for a much more reasonable price?
(I bought my dress from a China factory, because our wedding will be in the US and I don’t think that any of the Hungarian salons would allow me to take their dress to the US with me.)
Ie. this dress is about 2000 $ for sale and about 700 $ for rent.
Post # 3
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
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
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
- 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
I would have DEFINITELY rented!
Post # 8
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
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
I wouldn’t, I’d rather the dress was fitted just for me well in advance and I keep it after.
Post # 11
Thank you for your answers! In Hungary the average salary is about $1000 per month that’s why renting is much more popular than buying a dress, it is really expensive for most brides.
As a teacher I make less than $1000 per month, that’s why I bought a cheap dress ($134) from China, but I’m loving it! 🙂
Post # 12
@BrideinHungary: Hi, neighbour! 🙂 I’m from Slovenia 🙂 Most brides here rent their dresses too but I won’t. I don’t want to spend my wedding day worried about spilling something on my dress or ripping it while dancing and having to pay the full price to the bridal salon, I haven’t exactly won the lottery. I’ll probably order mine from China too or have a local seamstress make it.
Where did you order yours from? I’m so glad you like it, bridal magazines here are full of horror stories about brides who got terrible dresses from China, I wonder how many of those are actually real and how many of those “disappointed bride” stories were actually written by bridal salon owners worried about their business!
Post # 13
@MsMeow: Hi 🙂
I ordered my dress from here:
I didn’t expect a magic for this price, but I’m absolutely satisfied with my dress. I asked them for some alterations (sweetheart neck and no beads) and they made it for my custom measurement. I ordered it in the middle of April and got it in 4 weeks. I hesitated a lot because of the horror stories about China dresses but this factory has a lot of pictures of its own gowns not only stolen images from catalogs.
I don’t regret ordering this dress, it would be perfect for our Las Vegas wedding.
Post # 14
@BrideinHungary: Thank you! Saved in my favourites for future reference 😀
Post # 15
I wouldn’t, not because I want to be the first one to wear it, but because even renting a dress is twice over my budget ! And I can’t sell it afterwards, so I’m basically throwing away my money.
BUT…if I wanted a particular dress, designer and way over budget, I think that YES it is a good compromise, it allows you to have your dream dress at a fraction of the price. But since I wasn’t already fixed on a dress, I didn’t feel like spending 800$ *average price here* on a dress I’d wear once ; used or new.