6 Benefits of Wedding Dress Rental

Renting dresses for formal occasions isn’t really new. Women have been renting items from shops and boutiques for as long as I can remember. Celebrities often rent high quality jewelry and dresses for red carpet events. But a wedding dress is something special, and looking at the pros of renting dresses for a wedding may shed some light on why you should consider doing it.

Saving Wedding Expense

A bride can have her perfect wedding and substantially cut its cost by doing one thing: renting her wedding gown. By renting, a bride will spend only about 20 percent of a gown’s retail price. Renting a gown offers several benefits if a bride follows a few basic steps. She should carefully examine her dress to ensure it has not been damaged, reserve the dress early and have the dress professionally cleaned before returning it.

Renting your gown can help offset some of the cost of the wedding. Rather than spending hundreds to thousands of dollars on your dress, using a wedding gown rental can help put extra money in your pocket for other parts of your wedding, or for your honeymoon.

It is even possible to rent designer gowns. As a bonus, some rental salons offer package deals in which the dress, veil, shoes and makeup are included in the price.

Expands Your Dress Options

When renting a gown, the bride does not have to worry about special ordering one that fits her. The shops will have the gown in several different sizes. Furthermore, she can relax if she gains or loses a little weight from wedding planning stress. Rental salons carry the same gown in a variety of sizes, especially those that are popular. If the bride’s specific gown does not happen to be available in a another size, the rental shop likely will have a similar gown in her new size. Plus, some rental salons include free alterations in their rental packages.

Renting Isn’t Just For Wedding Dresses

In fact, you can rent bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos, wedding party dresses, mother of the bride dresses, flower girl dresses and more for your wedding day. Renting bridesmaid dresses is a great idea, because it helps your friends and family save money while ensuring they won’t be stuck with a dress they might never wear again. And who really needs a flower girl dress? Most of these items will be worn once, so renting can help ease the cost on everyone involved in the wedding.

Your groom’s tux or suit can also be rented at many tux shops. The stereotype of women loving to splurge on shopping and men trying to save a dollar disappears when renting both wedding looks becomes a factor.

Of course, no wedding would be complete without the shoes, jewelry and other accessories. You can often rent wedding accessories online, or sometimes at local wedding dress shops, so you have everything you need to look your best on your big day. Much like some of the celebrities we see on the red carpet, you could wear simple yet extravagant, or right big jewelry on your wedding day.


Another advantage of renting a bridal gown is the bride doesn’t have to take care of it for the rest of her life. First, she saves the cost of preserving the gown. Second, she doesn’t have to find a place to store it. This is especially important if the bride is moving to a home with limited closet space. Most wedding gowns take up a lot of space, and if there isn’t enough, it will be crushed.

Out-of-Town Weddings

Renting a wedding gown can be a particularly good option if the wedding will be held out of town. By renting, the bride doesn’t need to be concerned about transporting the gown, losing it en route or ensuring it is wrinkle-free for the wedding. Renting a gown for an out-of-town wedding also eliminates the fear that the gown could be torn or harmed in transport.

It’s All About Love

Marriage is a special thing, shared between two people who truly love each other. If you keep this in mind, the idea of renting your dress might seem easier to swallow if you’re a more traditional bride, owning your dress and always having it to look back and reminisce about is a wonderful thing. However, if you know anyone who’s been married, they can probably tell you that the nostalgia of the dress fades in time. Eventually you’ll probably become so busy that you won’t even remember your dress. Consider renting your dress for your wedding day, and see if it doesn’t make the whole day a little bit better.


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