(Closed) Is it better to rent a wedding gown??

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I’m not saving my dress for me, it’s for my daughter or granddaughter.  To answer your questions:  yes, I think it is a worthwhile keepsake with the above reason in mind; no, I probably won’t look at it much after I wear it; yes, it will probably "collect dust bunnies in the closet". (I mean, not technically, it will be cleaned and put in an box with tissue paper.)

Post # 4
202 posts
Helper bee

no way! 😛


you can always sell it afterwards, especially if it is a known brand. 

Post # 5
212 posts
Helper bee

i don’t know if its "better" but in some countries, like Hong Kong, the majority of brides rent.  Not sure why that is, but that’s the way it’s done there.

I’m buying my dress, but I will be selling it after the wedding.  I’m never going to wear/look at it again and to keep it for the next generation is kinda weird… we all know styles change, ppl are different sizes, etc, etc

Post # 6
228 posts
Helper bee

I don’t see why not- makes sense to me.  Like Amy mentioned, it’s not as common in the US, but plenty of brides in Asia and Europe rent their dresses.

 My dress is neither white nor bridal looking- I plan on wearing it many more times after the wedding =)

Post # 7
153 posts
Blushing bee

that is a great option to save money.  I would never be able to do that though, because I am fairly certain that something is going to be spilled on the dress by the end of the night.  Would you have to buy it if that did happen?

 I would also suggest looking into buying a used dress. 

Post # 8
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I am planning to donate my dress to charity after the wedding; I don’t feel like I will ever wear it/look at is again and I want my future children to have their own dress shopping experiences. I say go for it!

Post # 9
4 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

If you do decide to rent the dress, make sure that the place you rent it from has good testimonials. I had a friend rent a dress, and it was very clear that the owner valued the dresses much more than the brides. Customer service was horrible. and the dress they gave her was missing some of the elements of the dress she had chosen. I’m sure there are some great places to rent from, but try and make sure that you get the treatment you deserve. And don’t go to gowns by Pamela. Seriously.

Post # 10
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’m not sure about the "it costs at least $1000".  There are many beautiful dresses out there under $500 — it just depends on your tastes. I have a friend that rented her dress; she was very happy with it. Her only complaint was that the dress she really wanted could not be rented.  I think it is a personal choice.  I purchased my dress for $650 and I love it!

Post # 11
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

If it means a lot to keep your dress, but you don’t want the price tag, there are other options besides paying a thousand dollars, as caliocteach mentioned.  I got a stunning Amy Michelson (too lazy to see if I spelled her name right) dress in my size off craigslist for $200!

So you can have your cake and eat it, too, so long as it’s a smaller piece of cake… or you’re better at finding deals than me.

Post # 12
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

My dress (a gorgeous Alfred Angelo) was $650.  I had also looked at a couple of dresses from Nordstrom that were around $350.  I don’t think you have to spend anywhere near $1000 if you don’t want to.  Some of the gown rental places on the internet say $250 to $600 for a rental!  I guess if you can rent a $2500 dress for $500, and you have to have the $2500 dress, its a good deal.  But I think can can find a nice dress in that price range, and then if you don’t want to keep it you can donate it and take the tax write-off.

By the way, my sister wore my mother’s wedding dress.  So it does happen.  It was a very classic style, didn’t look dated at all, and was gorgeous on her.  It also fit almost perfectly.

Post # 13
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I also wanted to add that my dress is from David’s Bridal and was $450, and it’s my absolute dream dress! They are definitely not all over $1000. Probably won’t look at it after and my fiance has suggested selling it after the wedding, and I might, but I’m also pretty nostalgic, so we’ll see..

Post # 14
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Renting? heck yeah! i was open to that! unfortunately, i couldnt find any place that had bridal gown rentals in my area. at. all.

 I ended up getting my dress at Bridal Mart for a little over $700. a gift from my grandmother. i saved well over $1000. i could have easily gotten a dress for a lot less though, this particular one just had all the elements i was looking for.

as mentioned above, you can find really great deals on dresses. you just have to seriously hunt them down.

i will probably sell my dress on Craiglist afterwards. i dont think i want to keep it for future generations and i know i wont wear it anymore……

Post # 15
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

If you think that you will want to keep your dress for the future, why don’t you look at sample dresses?  I saved a TON of money (more than $3000) by buying a dress that have been used as a sample.

 Check out this post by Miss Toucan for info on the place that she went for her second dress http://www.weddingbee.com/2008/04/08/chronicles-of-a-two-dress-bride-part-ii/.  I got my dress online from the same store, their website is http://www.bridepower.com.  My dress was shipped to me in less than a week because it was one of their super low deals and no cleaning or repair work was done on it but for the cost, it’s totally worth it for me to take care of those things myself.  The dress itself is actually more beautiful than the picture online and I love it more than I could have even imagined.

Post # 16
53 posts
Worker bee

I found this site while researching dresses. They make custom dresses for $250.  The gowns look amazing and the price can’t be beat.  


However, I haven’t seen one in person so I can’t vouch for quality or workmanship.  But I wanted to pass it along to all the brides…  

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