Post # 1
I have been contemplating this for a bit. So, I decided to get some opinions from all of you.
As a bridesmaid, if the cost to rent was the same as the cost to purchase, would you rather rent or purchase your bridesmaid dress? Why?
Post # 3
If the cost is the exact same, I would rather just buy it. Then I can at least try and resell it.
Post # 4
I think it totally depends on what dress you are looking at renting vs. what dress you are looking at buying. I personally would rather rent a nicer dress than buy a dress I will never wear again/might be hard to sell.
Post # 5
If the cost was the same, I would definitely want to keep it. It’s when it’s cheaper to rent that things get a little less clear cut. Then I think it would depend on the dress.
I’ve been thinking about offering the option of renting bridesmaid dresses using Little Borrowed Dress. It’s like Rent the Runway, but bridesmaid dresses. They are $50 to rent and $150 to buy (you get a brand new dress). Silk chiffon, made in the US. The other option that appeals to me is J.Crew but those are significantly more expensive at $250.
Post # 7
I agree with Birdee. If the price to rent and purchase is the same, I would buy it. Even if I can’t resell the dress afterwards, I’ll donate it to someone or to some charity.
Post # 8
If the cost was the same, I’d buy. No incentive to rent for the same price.
Post # 9
If the cost was exactly the same then I would rather buy. I might end up wearing it again depending on what it looks like and I could always get it made into something else or sell it.
If it was cheaper to rent then I would 100% rather do that.
Post # 10
@vermonster: I got some swatches from Little Borrowed Dress and they seemed nice! You can order different swatches for free on their website I think. I needed varied styles so I went with J.Crew. They often run coupon codes- no one paid full price! Also a bridesmaid who really did her homework was able to get her dress for around $60 worn once on ebay. This was easier for her though because I picked a popular color (bright coral) and let them choose whatever style. Sorry to threadjack, but I just wanted to let you know how we made J.crew affordable.
I just think some of the rent the runway dresses are sooo pretty and if you said, “Hey, let’s all rent Nicole Miller/Vera Wang/ML/Bagdley Mischka, etc.” I would think you were the best bride ever and jump on it because it would be an expensive dress that I wouldn’t ever buy myself, but would love to wear.
Post # 11
Thank you to all who have responded so far. You’ve even brought up points I hadn’t really considered (ex. being able to resell/donate the dress, etc.).
@Carley7.6.13: I say costs are the same because I plan to subsidize the costs for my BMs over a certain price. That way, I won’t be asking one Bridesmaid or Best Man to shell out a ton more money then another.
ETA: LOL I’m thinking about using Rent the Runway, and those are some of the dresses I am considering.
Post # 12
Shameless bump for answers from Bees on the other side of the world. 🙂
Post # 13
See I’d rather rent it because I know that I’d never wear it again. I love the dresses on rent the runway and I think this is a really great idea. I’d love to wear a beautiful designer dress for the day:)
Post # 14
Like PP I would rather buy it if the price was the same or very similar. If you pick a dress that I would honestly wear again, I would rather just buy it. I looked at Rent the Runway for my Bach. Party dress and while I would kill to wear a $400 Badgley Mischka dress for only $150, I would rather just find a similar dress for the same price that I never have to return.
Post # 15
Personally, I’d rather rent. Unless the dress is a more casual style or a neutral color, I’d be lying to myself if I said I’d wear it again after the wedding. I know myself well – if I buy, the dress would sit in my closet for a few years and end up being donated.
Post # 16
if the cost is the same, I’d rather buy it. that way I could possibly wear it again or sell it to somebody else who could