Fact: wedding dresses aren't cheap. Generally costing at least four figures (sometimes more), the price to pay for a gown sounds even more expensive when you consider you'll only be wearing it once in your life (unless you get creative, of course). At this point, a bride might wonder — is it worth the cost? Should I rent a dress instead? Well, bride-to-be, there are both pros and cons to that idea. Let's narrow down the decision making process, shall we?
Wedding Dress Rental Pros
- Lower Cost
This is probably the biggest pro of them all, and probably what started you down the path to renting a wedding dress to begin with. When you've had your eye on a dream wedding dress that costs more than two month's rent, a girl's got to get creative. Dresses that were way over budget are suddenly in the realm of possibility. Renting a dress is a much cheaper option than buying one and often brings wedding dresses that cost four figures into three instead.
- Added Extras
Sometimes when you rent you end up getting more bang for you buck, as some wedding dress rental companies provide packages where you can get your wedding veil, accessories or shoes, as well. The overall discount in a package deal can bring your costs down even more.
- No Need to Clean
Cleaning typically comes standard with a wedding dress rental. Given that wedding dress dry cleaning can cost up to $200, that's another savings to factor in!
- No Need to Preserve or Store
As with dry cleaning, wedding dress preservation or clean up comes at a cost. A lot actually goes into making sure the delicate fabric of a wedding gown to saty clean and cool. There's no need to worry about where you'll keep your gown after the big day or how you'll preserve it. Send it back and you're done!
- Designer Options
You just may be able to snag a dress by your dream high-end designer that you'd never be able to afford otherwise.
__-Hassle-Free Destination Weddings
Renting a dress can be very convenient for destination brides, as some destination salons allow you to rent your dress. No need to worry about packing and flying it while keeping it wrinkle-free.
Wedding Dress Rental Cons
- Limited Options
However, the options available among rental dresses aren't as broad and might be dated. If you're looking for a specific style or are a picky shopper, renting may not be the best choice. Not only are gown options more limited, but the places offering them aren't as common as those offering buyable gowns.
- Size Constraints
Even if you do find a gown you like, it may not be in your size. Are alternatives allowed? That's something you'll need to ask wherever you're renting from.
- You're Responsible for Damages
Accidents happen. From wine spills to lipstick stains, torn hems to busted seams, your wedding dress can go through the ringer on your big day. While insurance covers minor issues, brides usually are responsible for the cost of the dress if there's any significant damage (or loss or theft). And, obviously, if you end up having to buy the dress anyway, it pretty much defeated the point of renting the dress to begin with!
- Online Ordering
This is always a risky bet. What if the wedding dress of your dreams arrives and looks completely different than pictured? Luckily, most rental services give you the option to order dresses just to try them on before committing to rent them for the big day, but that, too, comes with a cost.
- Extra Fees
Extra fees can include shipping, insurance or late fees. Make sure to read the fine print and understand what you're responsible for, as well as when the dress needs to be returned and in what condition. And don't forget to include fees in the overall cost of the dress — it all adds up!
- No Heirloom Factor
For some brides, a wedding dress holds memories of a lifetime. It's something they'll want to keep forever and possibly pass down to the next generation. With a rental dress, you might lose that sentimental value.
- Less of a Shopping Experience
If you dream of saying yes to the dress in a room full of your closest loved ones, you won't get that same magical experience renting a dress online. Whether you value sentiment or practicality more, it's up to you to give each of these pros and cons their own weight. At the end of the day, it all comes down to how you view your wedding dress ROI — is the dress a greater symbol of a day you'll never forget that you'll treasure forever, or is it merely just something you'll only wear once and never again? .
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