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This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB – we share a wedding budget tip every Tuesday to help you save money on your wedding! You can also see past posts (and a sneak peek at what's ahead) on this wedding budget tips page for your convenience and future reference.
Wedding Budget Tip #27:
Consider renting wedding items or attire rather than buying.
These days, there are more options than ever to shop for just about everything you need for your big day. Why bother paying beaucoup bucks for things you'll likely only use or wear for one day? I'm talking about your wedding dress, accessories, and more.
Let's be real — the grooms get to rent a tuxedo since they probably won't be using it too often. Why shouldn't a bride be able to rent her wedding dress? The good news is you can! Not only is renting your wedding attire budget-savvy, it's also eco-friendly.
Where to rent your wedding dress and accessories
This is just another example of how the internet has had a major effect on the wedding industry. Now, there are several online businesses that offer rentals on everything from wedding dresses, bridesmaids attire, and accessories that you can borrow for your big day. Many of these sites carry pieces and gowns from super high-end designers, so you can really save a bundle on your wedding attire by renting. We've rounded up a collection of them for you if you're interested in exploring this option!
A huge selection of designer clothing for rent, with plenty of options that are perfect for the bride, bridesmaids, or wedding guests! We love how many search and browse options are available– search by color, length, occasion, embellishments, and so many more. There are some amazingly wedding-worthy white dresses for the truly budget-savvy, plus incredible options for every wedding-related event from the engagement party to the honeymoon! They carry some of the hottest designers you love, and now you can actually afford to wear them! We love Rent the Runway because they send you two sizes of the same dress to ensure you get a great fit, so you can rest easy knowing you'll look fab!
Focus on Accessory Rentals. Rent anything from Hair Combs, Headpieces, Clutches, Veils, Jewelry, Cover Ups, Sashes, and so much more. Why spend the money on a piece of jewelry or accessories that you'll likely only wear once? Happily Ever Borrowed has the most amazing assortment of bridal crowns, hair accessories, and veils so you can have that swoon-worthy look at a budget-savvy price! Check out some of our favorite finds from Happily Ever Borrowed below:
Borrowing Magnolia offers Wedding Dresses both for rent and for purchase. Try them on in the comfort of your own home before committing to purchase. We spotted gowns by Pronovias, Anne Barge, Maggie Sottero, Monique Lhullier, Watters, Lazaro, Badgley Mischka, and so many more! Their site makes finding your dress so convenient– you fill out a fit profile and they curate a selection of dresses that will work best for you with minimal needed alterations. You even get to try them on in the comfort of your own home. You can get multiple dresses sent to you to try on so you aren't limited to only one. They also give you everything you need to ship back, and they take care of the cleaning, too! Talk about convenience.
Renting a wedding dress is a growing trend among budget brides and luxury brides alike, as seen in this article from The New York Times. Let's be honest, with the way the trends change and shift over the years, what is the likelihood that you will even have a daughter who will A) be the same size as you and B) want to wear your decades-old wedding dress?
Be smart. Be savvy. Rent your wedding dress and save yourself a bundle of money, as well as valuable storage space in your closet. Brides aren't the only ones who can get in on the rental goodness! Check out these resources for bridesmaids, guests, and flower girls!
Where to Rent Wedding Guest Attire
If you're a busy gal on the go, there's no better way to get a fabulous wardrobe of designer pieces on a budget than Le Tote. They have different plans to suit your needs, and offer everything you need to look your best as a wedding guest. You can even rent accessories like bags and jewelry to finish off your look! We love that Le Tote offers different price plans depending on your budget and wardrobe needs. With pieces from designers like Vince Camuto, Kate Spade, BCBG Generation, Badgley Mischka, Nine West, French Connection, and more – you'll be looking fab all month long.
Flower Girl Dresses for Rent
Rainey's Closet offers adorable rental dresses and outfits that are perfect for the tiniest members of your bridal party – the flower girls! Browse their styles by category, size, brand, date, or color. You can reserve your items for either 5 or 10 days, and you can even add accessories to complete the perfect look. After the big day, just place everything in the original packaging and ship back using your free return label. Rainey's Closet takes care of everything else (including cleaning!).
So tell us:
would you consider renting your wedding dress?
Leave a comment below and let us know!
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