Hiring A Wedding Dress Vs. Buying One? The Pros and Cons

It’s a concept that is changing the way we consume and wear clothes. Dress hire services are on the rises and the reasons why are clear, we all have a formal dress or two sitting at the back of out closet collecting dust. But would you consider renting the ultimate one-wear-only dress, a wedding dress?

We have weighed up the pros and cons of renting your wedding dress so you can focus on other things, like marrying the love of your life, ya lucky duck.

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Firstly, let’s look at the pros of hiring a wedding dress.


The biggest benefit of renting your wedding dress is that it keeps costs down. Renting a dress will be significantly cheaper than purchasing one brand new. If you have a caviar taste on a tuna fish budget, renting a dress might be a serious option to consider. Most dress hire places will stock the latest collections from a range of designers meaning you can get the hottest look for less.

No One Can Tell The Difference

When you think about it, no one will be able to tell the difference between a rented and bought a dress. Instead, they will be thinking how gorgeous you look! And seriously, how do you get your face to do the thing where it looks so dewy and radiant? Oh, it’s love. Never mind.


So you have said ‘I do’, cut the cake, and galloped off into the sunset of marital bliss with your husband. You may have a spot of trouble trying to store your wedding dress. They require special storage to preserve the delicate details and fabrics. When you hire your dress, you do not have to think about storing it after the wedding.

Now let’s hear the cons.

The Memories

Your wedding dress is a memento from your special day, and most importantly, it’s something you can chuck on when you are doing the housework. When you rent your dress, you lose the heirloom factor. If you have visions of proudly showing your dress to your future children, then renting might not be for you.

The Fit

While we all generally have the same body shape -and by same we mean have arms, legs, and a torso- there will be differences in the proportions and sizes. There will be a size out there that will fit your body shape, but an alteration here and there can make all the difference. When you rent a wedding dress you may not have the luxury of getting it altered so it fits just right.

You Break It, You Buy It

If there is any day where you have to be extra careful not to spill red wine or Bolognese sauce on your clothes, it’s your wedding day. If your dress is yours to keep, then you can own that rip near the zipper because someone thought they were Beyoncé and dropped it too low on the dance floor. If you have rented a dress, you have to be extra careful not to damage it because a spill or a split could result in added costs when you return it.

Written by Sarah Mourtos

Posted in Wedding dresses by wedded wonderland

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