Wedding Dress – To Rent or To Buy?

For most brides, one of the best things about one’s wedding is wearing a beautiful wedding dress. Many of us have long dreamt of putting on a beautiful white gown, all made up and looking like a princess, ready to dazzle our family, friends, and, most especially, our groom. Regardless of the type of wedding that we want to have, we all want to look lovely in every minute of it – and for that, we need to have the right wedding dress.

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Photo by Volans Couture

Once you’ve decided on the style of wedding gown that you want, you then have to decide whether to buy or rent it. Each option can be attractive: renting is good if you’re cutting down on cost, while buying is better if you put a lot of sentimental value in your gown. Here are the finer points of each choice:

Renting Your Wedding Gown

If you go for this option, you can have your dream wedding gown without the hefty price, given that renting can save you up to 70% of a gown’s retail price. But your considerations shouldn’t end there. To get a good deal out of your rent, you need to follow these steps:

1. Carefully check the dress. Examine the seams and stitches of the dress you’re planning to rent to ensure that it has no damages and that it’s properly stitched together. If it’s a spaghetti strapped gown, for example, request to run a few stitches to secure it in place and ensure that it won’t break.

2. Understand the agreement and book right away. As soon as you find the dress you like, reserve it as soon as you can – but make sure to read and understand the agreement before signing anything. Know the cancellation policy and the payment terms, and confirm the pick-up and return dates of the wedding dress.

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Photo by Z Wedding Design

3. Communicate with your rental company. If you have any questions or if you’re uncomfortable with some of the terms in the contract, discuss this with the rental company. It’s always best to have your concerns addressed immediately rather than be stressed about it later on as the wedding day comes closer.

Benefits of Bridal Dress Rental

1. Expense

The biggest advantage of renting your wedding dress is the savings: you’ll pay considerably less for your dress than you would if you buy it, allowing you to allocate the money for other parts of your wedding that mean more to you. Moreover, with a bridal dress rental, you can wear a dress that might be beyond your financial capacity if you were to buy it. As a bonus, many bridal salons in Singapore offer package deals wherein the fees for alterations, accessories, and cleaning of the gown are inclusive.

2. Storage

Another benefit of renting a wedding dress is that you won’t have to take care of the dress for the rest of your life. This wouldn’t just save you money from paying professional gown preservation, you also wouldn’t need a place to safely store the wedding dress. This is especially important if you’ll be moving into your new home with very limited closet space. With wedding dress rental, you simply have return the dress after your wedding.

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Photo by Seletar Broadway

3. Perfect Fit

If you rent your wedding dress, you probably won’t have to worry about having the gown altered to your exact size since rental salons usually have several pieces of the same dress style in different sizes. This gives you some allowance and ensures that you’ll still get the dress that you want in case you gain or lose weight in the time between your wedding and when you ordered the dress. Plus, as mentioned above, there are even rental salons that include free alteration in their packages.

Wedding Gown Buying Options

1. Couture Dresses

The making of a couture dress can be strenuous but a lot of fun. This option allows you to bring your dream wedding gown to life. The real challenge of this option is in looking for a professional and qualified dressmaker, someone who has years of experience, has exceptional dress designing skills, and specializes in creating bridal dresses. Once you’ve found a dressmaker, your dress will be designed and stitched from scratch. Expect to pay quite more with this option since making wedding dress to your exact specifications will require an extensive and meticulous process.

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Photo by White Link

2. Off-the-Rack Dresses

This is another option that many brides and bridesmaids go for. You go to a bridal store or department store, try on a few dresses, and then purchase a size that best fits you. This option is much cheaper compared to buying couture dresses. Keep in mind, though, that most of these stores don’t offer on-site alterations; therefore, you need to look for your own seamstress who can alter the dress according to your measurements. Moreover, with this option, you cannot expect to own a one-of-a-kind wedding dress as off-the-rack dresses are manufactured in bulk and in different sizes of the same styles.

3. Overseas Online Bridal Shops

Let’s say you’ve tried on so many dresses, but nothing could still match your dream gown, which unfortunately happens to cost a fortune. If you really want a designer dress that’s just way beyond your wedding budget, try searching online for similar gowns at more affordable prices. Many online shops make knock off wedding gowns that are so good that you can hardly differentiate it from the original. However, be careful when dealing with online sellers. Make sure to check their legitimacy and policies when purchasing their products.

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Photo by My Dream Wedding

As a savvy modern bride, try looking into all your options to find that perfect wedding dress. It never hurts to try exploring your options on how you can save from this major wedding expense. Just make sure, though, that you’re happy with your choice, which is, after all, the most important thing you need to have at your wedding.

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