Wedding Dress Rental Websites Where Style Is Just a Click Away
Finding the perfect wedding dress online might seem farfetched—after all, many brides dream of trying on dress after dress as they try to find the one. As it turns out, surfing the web for the perfect bridal look is surprisingly simple. And when wedding plans change—like due to COVID-19—opting for a rental can save you time and money. Now, couples (and every member of their wedding party) can find, rent, and return big-day outfits from home. The result is a happy, well-dressed party with more room freed up in their closets to store the clothes they want to wear again, and more money in their wallets to spend on your wedding gift.
Each online rental service differs, but here are common features: Perusing is free. Go ahead and get started; it won't cost you a penny to check out the options. What's more, anyone in your bridal party can shop: Brides, bridesmaids, mothers, in-laws, and even guests can take advantage of online wardrobe renting. Online tux rental services are also now available for grooms and groomsmen. Many of these wedding dress rental websites come with virtual personal stylists. In fact, some of the fit specialists are virtual associates that not only verify measurements and hit the typical customer service notes but also make themselves available nearly round the clock by phone, e-mail, live chat, text, and Skype.
Renting your wedding dress or wedding weekend ware has another perk: you don't need to worry about dry cleaning. All of these companies provide prepaid envelopes with shipments that customers later stuff with worn clothes and accessories and then drop in the mail following the event. Once received, the retailer dry-cleans the garments. Just be sure you're not using a wedding dress rental as a fall-back. To ensure you have the pick of the litter (or any choice at all), secure rentals three to six months in advance.
Rent the Runway
The oldest company in the online rental pack with an upscale and ever-growing inventory, Rent the Runway is a one-stop shop for brides in search of dresses and accessories for their engagement celebration, bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, wedding, late-night festivities, day-after brunch, honeymoon, and more! Bridesmaids will also benefit from their chic and flattering designs, although there's no software oriented for wedding parties specifically.
The powerhouse is ideal for the bride, bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and groom, and guests. Anyone can rent for four to eight days, per customer preference, with cost increasing to match the duration. Or, if you have a monthly membership (from $69, renttherunway.com), you can keep items for every month you pay for the service. Plus, they have a standard return policy, fulfilled by UPS.
Beyond designer threads, this discount fashion haven carries bejeweled accessories, of-the-moment handbags, and bridal embellishments (read: veils, combs, headbands, and belts) that will jazz up one, if not all, of your ensembles—and your bridesmaids' looks, too.
Infinite Style by Anne Taylor
Whether you're trying to find your wedding dress online or want to rent something for your casual, low-key wedding weekend, everyone's favorite workwear company now offers a rental service. Infinite Style by Anne Taylor ($95 a month, infinitestylebyanntaylor.com) lets you keep three items every month you pay for the service, and offers up a range of sizes, making it a great place for online apparel rentals. When you're ready to return your Ann Taylor items, the company provides a prepaid envelope so you can send back your items. Or, if you want to purchase your attire, the service offers it to you for a seriously discounted rate.
If you're looking for a designer wedding dress without the high-end price tag, then Poshare is the perfect rental service for you. The rental website includes extensive size offerings, and rental options for every member of your bridal party. This lender-based website, where real people list their clothing for rent, allows you to select the number of days you'd like to keep the item of your choice, before returning it back to its original owner.
Boutiques are now offering rentals, too. This bride wore an Oscar De La Renta gown rented from Chicago boutique Janet Mandell. With a rotating list of dresses available to rent, and a select number of sizes available as well, they may be able to rent you your dream gown at a fraction of the purchase price.
BR Style Passport
Banana Republic offers a rental subscription that's perfect for bridesmaids, wedding weekend dresses (hello Sunday brunch!), and so much more. Sign up for the monthly subscription and receive three pieces of your choosing a month for $75. When you're done, simply ship it back with the prepaid label provided by Banana Republic.
DVF—the designer known fo her eponymous wrap-dress-filled collections—now offers a monthly rental subscription service. This means you can get four of your favorite dresses with unlimited exchanges, complementary dry cleaning, member savings, and free shipping for $159 a month, thanks to DVFlink.com. Mothers of the bride or groom will love this deal, and the bride herself might even find a rehearsal dinner outfit, or city hall-worthy dress, too.
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