Ladies, we know the dress is a big deal. Huge, in fact. You’ve dreamed about the way you’ll look on your wedding day for as long as you can remember.
But some of us are on a budget, right? Either you splurged on the ceremony dress, and you need something to change into for your staged exit, or the budget went mostly towards other things you really wanted and you have to prioritize. Maybe you’re even considering a small elopement or a non-traditional wedding that doesn’t require a glamorous ballgown.
Well, we’ve got a solution and it’s called Rent the Runway. For those of us who haven’t relied on a rental service for special occasions, this pay-as-you-rent program is perfect for perusing an inventory of over 200,000 pieces to find a one-time designer garment without the price tag. Bonus: you return all items that you rent free of charge thanks to a supplied UPS label.
One of our very own staff members rented her dress for her engagement photos – a Kate Spade, valued at $448 retail, rented at $75 with shipping! And, isn’t it perfect?
The website even has a For the Bride dress section in their Wedding Shop of dresses specific to the occasion. Whether you need something suitable for a black-tie ceremony, or a casual gathering of friends, brides can filter and select dresses based on a number of criteria like size (you get a free back up size!), color, body type, price range and season.
The most reassuring part of the rental process is the in-depth reviews and sizing information provided for each dress. Whether you’re a pear-shape or a petite frame, you can be sure you’re filtering through dresses that will flatter your figure.
Also, if there is even a slight chance that the dress you have scheduled for delivery is not going to be on time, the website will prompt you to select a second option (free of charge) to have as a Plan B. Pro tip: ALWAYS select your backup plan, especially if you’re relying on a rented dress for your upcoming event.
Accessorizing a dress is always half the battle, even when you want some simple earrings or a matching clutch. Luckily, RTR has an entire section on jewelry, sunglasses, handbags, undergarments and more to complete your outfit. If you’re renting a dress, there are several options that are offered for a small add-on fee rather than a full price rental fee.
Now, for the best part of all: the rave reviews you’ll receive on your dress. Be sure to leave feedback on the RTR website once you’ve returned your dress to keep the good vibes going. Then, send us your comments (and photos) below!