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Pros and Cons of Renting Your Wedding Dress

Pros and Cons of Renting Your Wedding Dress


Future brides are so excited about gathering their girlfriends and Mom and going wedding dress shopping. The whole experience of having your bridal squad there to help you decide which dress to wear on your wedding day is one of the things the bride gets to look forward to. Have you ever thought about renting your wedding dress? While most brides have never even considered this option, we came up with the Pros and Cons of Renting Your Wedding Dress for those that are open to the idea.


Pros and Cons of Renting Your Wedding Dress
Pros and Cons of Renting Your Wedding Dress - Photo by: Taylor Heery

Pros of Renting Your Wedding Dress:


1. Saves Money


One of the biggest reasons on our list of Pros and Cons of Renting Your Wedding Dress is the opportunity to save money on your overall wedding expenses. With the average cost of a wedding dresses being somewhere around $1,600, you could reduce the cost if you choose to rent rather than purchase your wedding dress. The good news is that some of your favorite designers can be found at wedding dress rental stores for a fraction of the cost.



2. No Preservation or Storage Fees


Many brides don't even begin to think about what to do with their wedding dress after the wedding. That's why we've listed no preservation or storage fees on our Pros and Cons of Renting Your Wedding Dress. Yes, that's right! After your wedding, you may want to preserve your wedding dress for your daughter to wear on her wedding day, but that too comes at a cost. If you choose to rent, you eliminate the preservation and storage fees.



3. Convenience


If you don't have time to shop, find a seamstress, attend fittings, get alterations, and all that comes along with purchasing a wedding dress, then it would be convenient to rent your wedding dress especially if you need a wedding dress in a hurry. Wedding dress rental companies can save your date and have your wedding dress available for you promptly.



Cons of Renting Your Wedding Dress:


1. No Passing Down to Your Children


If you are big on tradition, then you must know that one of the cons to renting a wedding dress is that you will not have the opportunity to pass your wedding dress down to your children.



2. No Advance Try-Ons


While the wedding dress rental process can be convenient, there is always the flip side, right? If you choose to rent your wedding dress, you usually don't have the option to try it on beforehand because you're renting a couple of days before the wedding. This could pose a problem. What if the dress is damaged? What if it needs cleaning? What if it doesn't fit the way you want? These are all things to consider when choosing to rent your wedding dress. Many brides don't want to risk any of these things and would rather purchase their wedding dress.



3. Damaging the Dress


You want to "let your hair down" at your wedding and enjoy it to the max. However, damage to the rental dress could deem more costly if you aren't careful while wearing it. Also, you have to be extremely careful not to ruin it by getting any stains on it that you can't get out of it or having a dress malfunction because the dress didn't fit right in the first place.


If you would like to learn more about the Pros and Cons of Renting Your Wedding Dress, please contact us to speak to one of our wedding planners.