There's so much sentiment attached to your wedding gown — from the very wedding day to the experience shopping for the perfect fit, it's a huge part of any wedding. Which means it can also be stressful . . . and expensive. So, you have two options: purchase a gown, or rent one. We gathered the opinions of wedding planning professionals to hit us with the facts. Wondering at the pros and cons, and how to go about renting if that's what you decide? It's all here for you!
I love that today brides aren't restricted to buying their wedding dress off the rack or having one custom-made. Websites like Rent the Runway have provided brides with the option of being able to wear the dress of their dreams at a small portion of the retail price which makes dresses by favorites Monique Lhuillier and Marchesa and more contemporary designers like Halston Heritage easily accessible. While renting means you won't be able to hold onto the dress for sentimental reasons, it does mean that you won't have to worry about storing the dress for years to come.
On the other hand . . . buying a wedding dress is a special moment for a bride, finding that one that is hers to wear and treasure. One that she can pass down to future generations and become an heirloom. To me, there is something magical about that prospect.
A middle ground . . . I absolutely love that sites exist for brides to re-sell their pre-loved gowns. Stores like Shop Gossamer has some incredible vintage pieces while many other sites exist where brides can purchase pre-loved designer gowns like Vera Wang. — Victoria Cameron