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Wedding Budget Tip #27: Rent Instead of Buy

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Wedding Budget Tip #27: Rent Instead of Buy

This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB where we share wedding budget tips to help you save money on your wedding! You can access all the wedding budget tips on a single page for your convenience and future reference. This post is all about renting items for your wedding instead of buying new!

Wedding Budget Tip #27: Consider renting wedding items or attire rather than buying them.

Wedding Budget Tip #27:

Consider renting wedding items (even your wedding attire!) rather than buying new.

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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, your wedding flowers, and more.

Let’s be real — the grooms often 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, but it’s also eco-friendly.

Renting a wedding dress is a growing trend among budget brides and luxury brides alike, as seen in an 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.

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!

Rent the Runway

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!

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Learn more about Rent the Runway on The Budget Savvy Bride

Happily Ever Borrowed

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:

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Little Things Borrowed

Little Things Borrowed provides brides with access to a variety of exquisite designer bridal accessories and veils to rent at an affordable price for their big day or special event! They’ve got pieces from the top bridal accessory designers that you’ve drooled over, then cried over because they weren’t in your budget. Now you can have the luxurious veil or crystal encrusted headpiece that you’ve dreamed of without busting into your piggybank.

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Learn more about Little Things Borrowed on The Budget Savvy Bride

Where to Rent Wedding Guest Attire

Brides aren’t the only ones who can get in on the rental goodness! Check out these resources for bridesmaids, guests, and flower girls!

Le Tote

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.

Learn more about Le Tote on The Budget Savvy Bride

Where to rent your wedding flowers:

Learn more about Something Borrowed Blooms on The Budget Savvy Bride

Don’t want to pay for fresh flowers, but don’t want to purchase a bunch of fake ones either? Check out this awesome company that allows you to rent faux flower arrangements for your wedding. And you might not believe it, but they look just like the real thing!

Something Borrowed Blooms offers brides the blooms that are expensive and difficult to find out of season at a fraction of the cost. They’ve hand-selected the highest quality silk flowers and the most sought-after bridal trends to deliver you superior wedding flowers directly to your doorstep to rent at an unbelievable price. Check out their gorgeous assortment of bouquets, centerpiece arrangements, boutonnieres, flower crowns, aisle decor and more!

The cost of your rental includes a 4-day rental and shipping both ways, so it couldn’t be simpler. Want to learn more? Visit Something Borrowed Blooms for a full catalog of beautiful floral looks for rent!

So tell us: would you consider renting these items for your wedding?

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Rent instead of buy items for your wedding

Wedding Budget Tip #27: Consider renting wedding items or attire rather than buying them.
Rent instead of buy items for your wedding

Wedding Budget Tip #27: Consider renting wedding items or attire rather than buying them.

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