How to Rent a Wedding Dress

Visiting bridal shops and buying the perfect wedding dress has been a rite of passage for many brides. However, many brides are now renting their wedding dress. Some brides rent a wedding dress to save money while others do it for convenience. Wedding dresses can be renting in most styles, sizes and price ranges.

Function

The bride selects the wedding dress several months before the wedding and reserves it for the wedding date. The bride picks up the wedding dress before the wedding and returns it to the shop after the wedding. Many rental shops also offer shoes, veils and jewelry for rent with the dress.

Benefits

One of the main benefits of renting a dress is cost. It is significantly cheaper to rent a dress than it is to purchase the same quality dress. If you are having a destination wedding, you can rent a dress at the wedding destination. This saves you the time, money and hassle of shipping or transporting the dress. By renting a wedding dress, you also save the time of not having to dry clean, preserve and store your dress after the dress.

Effects

One of the downsides of renting a wedding dress is that you have to return the dress after the wedding and cannot pass it on to one of your future children. Because you have to return the dress, you also must be extra careful while you are wearing the dress. If you damage the dress, you pay for the damage or purchase the dress.

Considerations

When selecting a wedding dress rental shop, ask about alternations. Some shops allow you to alter the dress before the wedding, but others require that you wear the dress as is. Ask how many days you can pick the dress up before the wedding and when you must have it returned by. Verify any deposits required or damage fees before signing a rental contract. If you are leaving from the reception to your honeymoon, make arrangements for a friend or family member to return the dress.

Misconceptions

Many people think that wedding dresses available for rent are used. Some shops rent new dresses to brides and then sell the dresses as used dresses. People often think that only low end dresses are available for rent. However, many high end designer dresses are available in rental shops

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