In this month’s blog, I will address the CONS of wedding dress rental and explain why many brides who think they are saving themselves money by doing so often feel quite the contrary by the end of the night.
Con #1: Your dress shopping with your mom and your besties will not be ‘equal?’
Most engaged brides have long waited for that day they would say yes to their very own wedding dress! The day when their mom and bridesmaids would be there to support their decision and give them feedback on which dress to get. The issue comes when your looking at all the different options you have available to ‘get’ that dress. The option so common now, is renting your wedding dress. Brides who purchase their dresses through a rental definitely don’t have the same experience as you would for an in store bride. There won’t be showing your consultant screenshot after screenshot of Pins from Pinterest, no crying when you get butterflies in your stomach because you found “the one”, no holding a “I said Yes to the Dress” sign, and definitely no champagne toasts!
Con #2: Rented Dress equals don’t move or shake.
The major draw back about having a rental wedding dress is as follow: you need to return it in mint condition. Brides who rent their dress basically need to be focused not on having fun but on being extremley cautious with a dress you don’t own. Meaning, at your reception to keep your dress in mint condition, or whatever the details of your rental contract entail you would have to make sure your first dance, walk down the isle, and remaining party. What you will need to do is read carefully and understand what your security deposit covers and what it doesn’t cover. Don’t be afraid to ask if you need any clarifications. You don’t want to spill a drop of champagne on your dress only to learn later that you now owe the rental boutique the retail price for that wedding dress.
Just remember 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).
Con #3: Understand a rented dress has limits, specific sizes, limited quantities, and few styles which are not all same.
Cold hard facts are number one, and here will be yours if your renting your dress. Rental outlets will usually have a limited amount of stock, and won’t be able to just order a dress in your size the way your brick and mortar bridal boutique can. If you’re getting married during a popular season (like early summer) a bride has to start their dress quest as early as possible or deal with the very real possibility of wearing something that they are not in love with on their wedding day. Not the best way to start out happily ever after. Cold hard fact number two: Alterations on rented gowns typically aren’t allowed, as they need to be able to fit a wide variety of brides. Make sure to try the dress on immediately. If you have specific sizing issues, a wedding dress rental may not be your best option. We don’t recommend renting your dress either, but understand if that is your only option.
Con #4: The high price for a rental wedding dress: 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. There’s no arguing the fact that if you don’t own it, you can’t pass it on. If you own the accessories, you can pass those on, but let’s be honest, it’s just not the same.
By: Paula Haberichter