There is so much emotion connected to wedding gowns. In short, wedding gowns play a tremendous part in any wedding ceremony, something that makes the strife of finding the proper fit distressing and very costly. So what options do you have when considering having a wedding? Do you buy a new gown or do you rent one? Before deciding on which way to go, there are several factors you have to put into consideration.
You first have to balance the pros and cons of buying a new gown and renting a wedding dress. Some of the positives of renting a wedding gown are:
- No need to clean. This can save you a lot of cash since rented wedding dresses are not charged cleaning fee, which can amount to $200 and more.
- Costs less. This is the biggest advantage of renting a wedding gown, and most of the time it is what has led you to take this path. When the price tag of the gown of your dreams is more than three months’ rent, then you have to think outside the box. Renting can make gowns that cost four figures to drop to three figures, saving you a lot of money which you can use for other things.
- When renting gowns, there are times when you get some added extras that are not available while buying the gowns. For instance, you might find some rental companies offering special packages where you are given accessories, shoes, and a veil for free when you rent a gown from them. If you consider the discount, the overall cost goes down significantly. It would have cost you a lot of money buying all those items, but renting enables you to have them all saving you some money in the process.
Rented gowns have their downside too. One of the cons is that they provide limited options. Gowns for rent do not have a huge variety to choose from which limits a person’s choice unlike the ones for sale, which have a wide range of variety. So if you are after a specific unique style, renting may not be the best option for you. Another negative that comes with rented gowns is that you are usually responsible for any damages.
Accidents happen all the time, and they can happen on your big day, from lipstick stains to wine spills. If the gown is damaged in any way or even stolen, it is the bride who will cover the cost. When renting a wedding dress, there are a lot of extra fees such as insurance fees and shipping fees (if necessary), that are added to the total cost, and these extras can make the expenditure to go up. So for you to decide on whether to buy or rent a gown, you should look at your budget and consider the pros and cons of renting. After you have all the facts, you can then make an informed decision and get ready for your big day.