Here at Magpie Wedding we love a beautiful wedding dress, especially a sustainable one. But we also like you to have a great choice which is why we offer authentic vintage gowns as well as new ones which are inspired by eras past at our shows (as well as truly modern ones of course). We also are keen to share the option of renting your dress. The team at Gatsby Gowns share some reasons with us as to why renting is such a great option.
(blog post first published in Feb 2016, updated in June 2021)
Most brides would like to have the perfect wedding dress for their special day, however this can be incredibly expensive, especially since you will wear it for one day only. You could consider renting a wedding dress or buying a vintage gown instead. If your thoughts start wandering off to your ideal new wedding dress, do you think you could also think about what to do with all the money you save when renting or buying a preloved one? You could spend the money on other parts of your wedding or on a grander honeymoon. Not only do you save money, but now you can have the perfect wedding dress within or even below your budget. If you are lucky and your wedding dress budget is unlimited, renting a dress ensures you don’t have to worry about the dry cleaning or the storage of the dress.
It is not a new idea to rent a wedding dress, actually if you think about it, it is really common to rent various accessories for your wedding. Think about the bridesmaids dresses and men’s suits, the tables, chairs and other bits and bobs. If you would rent a wedding dress (one of the most expensive parts of the wedding) you could have a much more exuberant wedding compared to when you have to buy it all. Renting a wedding dress makes you can have your dream wedding without a dream budget!
The economy is not what it used to be a couple of years ago. Buying a house is not always possible and also the happiest day of your life becomes more and more expensive. Therefore saving some money should be on your priority list. Beautiful new dresses can cost over £5000 …unless you can rent it or go pre-owned!
If you are not convinced that you should rent a dress, keep in mind that even more affordable new wedding dresses can be £800 and more. Currently an average wedding dress costs around £2000 without the costs of alternation, dry cleaning, storage and accessories. Renting a wedding dress is usually under £600.
If you are still dreaming about the perfect, but hard to reach wedding dress, here are some final reasons why you should consider renting your wedding dress before you splash out on a new one. Maybe one of the six reasons below can help you deciding on the perfect wedding dress.
You love this rented wedding dress
It is possible that you have a strong preference for a certain wedding dress and your gut feeling tells you this is the ONE. All of a sudden it doesn’t matter anymore if the dress is bought or rented. If you fall in love with a preloved wedding dress it is absolutely the right thing to wear it on your wedding day. It does not only make you feel good, but it is also good for your wedding budget.
It may fit your budget
You know very well that a new wedding dress can costs thousands of pounds, and renting will only be a fraction of these costs. You could spend the saved money on a bigger dinner, fireworks or a grander honeymoon.
You like its style
One of the most important reasons for a preloved wedding dress is its unique style. If you like something vintage, something that give that specific ‘the days have gone by’ feel, your choice for a vintage wedding dress will help you achieve this nostalgic feel. The same goes for something more modern.
It is an eco green choice
Maybe, as a bride to be, you are aware of your carbon footprint. Your conscience tells you that you will positively contribute to a greener planet if you opt for a rented wedding dress. If you went with a preloved dress, you are sure you don’t waste anything. For example you don’t have to buy new fabric for the dress putting less strain on our precious environment.
There are many more reasons to think of for renting a wedding dress. Or maybe you want to go new but still have an eco dress? Here are some blog posts to help.
How to find a sustainable wedding dress
A vegan wedding dress by River Elliot
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