(Closed) Would you rather rent or buy?

posted 5 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: Rent or Buy your BM dress?
    Rent. The dresses I have just take up closet space. : (16 votes)
    19 %
    Buy. Why pay the same price and not keep the dress? : (55 votes)
    66 %
    Buy. I am a pack rat. : (0 votes)
    Buy. I want to have the alterations options. : (9 votes)
    11 %
    Burn them, I don't care. I just like polls! : (3 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    3170 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    If the cost is the exact same, I would rather just buy it. Then I can at least try and resell it.


    Post # 4
    395 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    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
    1150 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    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
    251 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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
    16194 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    If the cost was the same, I’d buy. No incentive to rent for the same price.

    Post # 9
    2490 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    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
    395 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @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 # 13
    2951 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1998

    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
    6110 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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
    2685 posts
    Sugar bee

    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
    722 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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

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