(Closed) Renting a wedding gown?

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I don’t have any experience with this, but I think it’s a great idea!  If I were you (ie, hadn’t bought my dress yet), I would definitely look into this more. 

Post # 4
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

My mum rented her wedding dress back in 1987. She said that it was great because she could afford to rent any dress she wanted, where if she bought one she couldn’t afford the higher end ones. The shop she went through had a great rental policy, you were allowed to have the dress fitted to you, as long as you weren’t taking giant chunks of fabric out of the dress. My mums dress had little tucks put in that could be let out by the next bride if she was a bit bigger. Then once she was done she just returned it to the shop and they took  care of cleaning it. I can’t remember how much she said it cost, but she said it was like 25% of the cost of a new gown, without fittings.

Post # 5
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

My matron of honor rented her dress somewhere in Kansas 3 years ago and it was like the earlier poster said they altered it for her and it came with the accessories like the veil and they cleaned it afterward.  She thought it was a great deal because she was trying to save money.  It was a gorgeous dress too and did not look rented at all.

Post # 7
1738 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

in Puerto Rico you dont buy the dress, you rent it. 90% of the brides rent their dress. that is the norm. they order any dress you want and altered for you. i think is a great idea

Post # 8
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

It’s a great option. It might actually be cheaper in the end to buy a dress and sell it on afterwards, but then you run the risk of not being able to sell it (or not being able to get much for it), plus the hassle of listing it online. Plus you have to pay the upfront cost first and hope to get most back, where with renting you know exactly what it’ll cost and you won’t have to pay a cent more.

Post # 9
878 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My sister looked at renting when she got married.  But the places she looked at had limited rentals that seemed to be about 15 years out of style.  So she really wasnt able to find anything that she liked.  She ended up making her dress (and by making I mean the night before the wedding she was still sewing….eck no thankyou).

I havent started the dress search yet because I am 7 months pregnant so my body isnt its normal shape right now.  I am hoping that I might have more success with renting then she did when the time finally comes to think about it.

Post # 10
3315 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I wish we could have found a place to rent from.  We managed to buy our dresses from a consignment store, and to sell one of them (for about half the price we paid for it) after the wedding.  However, we still haven’t had any offers on the second one, even at 50% off the price we paid for it.  Even though we paid under $500 for each, it just seems so wasteful to pay that much for a dress we only wore for a few hours.

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