(Closed) Couture Rental Wedding Gowns

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: If there was a top notch place to rent couture wedding gowns would you rent your wedding day dress?
    Absolutely I would if it saves me a ton and if the dresses are top notch : (22 votes)
    48 %
    Probably: Would if the savings and quality were good : (13 votes)
    28 %
    I would not : (11 votes)
    24 %
  • Post # 4
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I think it’s a great idea, but would be hard to execute.

    Most bridal gowns undergo alterations to fit the bride perfectly. I’d assume with rented gowns, you couldn’t do those alterations.

    If I found one that fit me perfectly AND I loved it, I’d definitely do it. But I think it’d be hard to find a dress to fit every bride in her desired style without stocking hundreds of thousands of dresses in varying sizes and lengths.

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I would! But I would also be paranoid about spills/tears/any other dress trauma…if something were to happen to the dress would I be stuck buying it? I guess it would depend on that.

    Post # 6
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    5494 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I would not.  I’m normally not into wearing anything second hand or used.  But this goes double on my weding day when I want everything to be new and special.

    Post # 7
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    167 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Yes, indeed! This is a brillant idea! I have always wondered why there weren’t any wedding dress rental shops…maybe because many ladies need tailoring?

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I would rather buy a used dress than rent one. You would be very limited in making any alterations and modifications you want to a rental dress. For someone as petite as myself, the sample sizes and hem lengths would not work. Also I looked into a company that does this in LA and wasn’t impressed with any of the dresses.

    Post # 9
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    305 posts
    Helper bee

    There are actually a lot of places that do wedding gown rentals in the southern California area.  However the prices do vary a lot.  I went to this place One Night Affair in Santa Monica, CA.  They had a pretty good selection of gowns but the prices were very expensive.  The gown I liked would have cost $800 to rent + 300 alterations.  Which wasn’t worth it since I could go to Koreatown and get a rental gown, alterations, and rental accessories/veil for the same price.  (Plus the sales lady at One Night Affair was very pushy and incredibly rude once I stated I wasn’t putting a deposit down that day.)

    If you live in an area with a large population of Koreans or Chinese try going by some of the bridal stores and photography shops.  They can usually point you toward a good rental place.

    However this might not be a good option for the plus-sized or very tall people.  While a lot of gowns were at their original factory length, if you needed something longer or larger in size they might not be able to accommodate you.

    Post # 10
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    5984 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1999

    I would be very interested, but how would the gown fit properly??

    Post # 11
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    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    i would never fit into a rental gown…it would be way too long and too large all over.

    Post # 12
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    7300 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    grooms rent their tuxes all the time. I would love to rent a really expensive ball gown and just give it back a few days later. 

    Post # 14
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    305 posts
    Helper bee

    All of the places I spoke with were willing to hem and alter the dresses to the proper size.  I have no idea how they accomplish that but I know one of my BMs rented her wedding gown.  While I didn’t get up close and personal to see the stitching, it fit her perfectly and she is much shorter than me so they probably had to do some serious hemming on that dress.

    Post # 15
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    7300 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @IAmLemondrop: It’s easier to take in a gown a couple of inches and then let it out. They probably carry a bunch of sizes so if a plus size bride needs a bigger size, they can move her up to the next size and take in some inches to the larger dress if needed. If another bride needs the same size but needs those inches let out, then I’m sure they do it that way. 

    Post # 16
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Nope – I don’t wear much used/second hand stuff anyway so I certainly wanted a new dress for my wedding day.  If that isn’t an occasion to buy something new, I don’t know what is!

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