Reduce the impact the fashion industry is having on the environment and HIRE your dress!
It's fast becoming so much the norm for our younger generations, to hire their gowns for their special events.
So what about hiring a wedding dress for your big day?
Wedding dresses aren't cheap, generally costing at least four figures and more..
The price to pay for a gown is even more expensive when you consider you'll only be wearing it once in your life.
At this point a bride might wonder — is it worth the cost?
Should I hire my dress instead?
Well, bride-to-be, here are the pros and cons to consider.
Lower cost - This is probably the biggest benefit of them all. When you've had your eye on a dream wedding dress with an eye watering cost, it's good to look at alternatives. Dresses that may have been way over your budget are suddenly a possibility. Hiring a dress is a much more cost effective option than buying one.
No Need to Clean - Cleaning typically comes standard with a wedding dress hire . Given that wedding dress dry cleaning can cost up to $200, that's another savings to factor in!
No worry about storage - As with dry cleaning, wedding dress preservation comes at a cost. There's no need to worry about where you'll keep your gown after the big day or how you'll preserve it. Send it back and you're done!
Designer Options - You just may be able to snag a dress by your dream high-end designer that you'd never be able to afford otherwise.
Selection - Hunt around, hiring a dress for an occasion is like a dating site, they are now in vogue , everybody is doing it, there is no stigma in hiring a dress .
Good for the planet - A dress that will be used more the once , doesn't become the dreaded single use plastic bag.. adding to the synthetic problem that clothing is creating in our oceans.. so hiring is an ethical choice.
Food for thought
Limited Options - There possibly won't be the same choice of dresses to select from, but hunt around as many designers will offer hire .. if they don't appear to .. just ask?
Size Constraints - Even if you do find a gown you like, it may not fit you perfectly, but there are many tricks that designers have to make sure you shine on your big day.
You're responsible for damages - 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). And, obviously, if you end up having to buy the dress anyway, it pretty much defeats the point of hiring the dress to begin with, so you will need to take extra care , as I suggest you would anyway.
Online Ordering - What if the wedding dress of your dreams arrives and looks completely different than pictured? Most hiring services give you the option to order dresses to try them on before committing to hiring them for the big day but this comes with a cost, you may also be able to try on at a the hirer's physical site.
Extra fees - can include shipping, insurance or late fees. Make sure to read the fine print and understand what you're responsible for, as well as when the dress needs to be returned and in what condition. And don't forget to include transport fees in the overall cost of the dress — it can add up!
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, (however fashion changes and most daughters want their own dress ) With a rental dress you might lose that sentimental value.
Less of a shopping experience - If you dream of saying yes to the dress in a room full of your closest loved ones, it will just be executed a little differently with your on line hire, although many hires will get you to come in first if you can.. so they can perfect the fit, so you can take your crew with you then?
Whether you value sentiment or practicality more, it's up to you to give each of these pros and cons their own weight. At the end of the day, it all comes down to how you view your wedding dress — is the dress a greater symbol of a day you'll never forget that you'll treasure forever, or is it merely just something you'll only wear once and never again?