I recently spoke with a young lady that had her Bridesmaids “rent” their dresses. I thought that was a lovely option for the Bride to offer her Friends and Family members, whom she had asked to be a part of her Wedding Party. I also thought it would make an interesting Blog. Meredith did not let us down. Enjoy her blog on an interesting subject.
Patti & Melinda
“You know what the best part is? You can always shorten it and wear it again!”
Every bridesmaid has heard this line. Scratch that. Every woman has heard that line. 27 Dresses shed light on what it’s like to be a bridesmaid over and over again. The prepping, the helping, handing out place cards, the making sure the bride isn’t freaking out, and most importantly – the terrible god-awful bridesmaid dresses.
You might give yourself to your best friend and pledge your love and life to them on the wedding day. We bridesmaids commit ourselves to a life long relationship with a dress that we will most likely never wear again.
However, in recent years, thanks to 27 Dresses, and in all honesty just better wedding fashion in general, bridesmaid dresses are not all that bad. Every bride wants her wedding to be memorable, unique, and breathtaking – making the dress choices for bridesmaids better than what your mom had to wear.
Thanks, fashion world.
Another bridesmaid dress component that brides take into consideration is price. Obviously you don’t want your bridesmaids to have to shell out hundreds of dollars for these dresses. With this in mind, there are several companies that are offering bridesmaid dress rentals. This allows the bride to get designer dresses for a fraction of the cost, the bridal party doesn’t have to hang on to the dress forever, everyone wins!
Bridesmaid Dress rentals:
Rent the Runway (https://www.renttherunway.com): This site offers many options of designer gowns. They are not traditional Bridal Shop type of bridesmaid dresses, but if you are looking for unique designer dresses – this is the way to go. The site offers tons of costumer reviews with pictures, along with clear instructions on ordering and returning.
Average Price Range: $50 – $100.
Vow to be Chic (https://www.vowtobechic.com):
This site offers a fit guarantee with more of the traditional bridesmaid dress selection (same dress, different neckline, same style different color, etc.). These dresses aren’t as red carpet worthy as Rent the Runway, but for the sweet and simple bridal party look – Vow to be Chic has you covered.
Average Price Range: $100
Weddington Way (https://www.weddingtonway.com):
Pinterest meets Dropbox meets Boutique. This site allows a bride to create a group (her wedding party) in which everyone puts in their favorite dresses, and decides on what would look good on everyone, the color, etc. Then send in the measurements, and the dresses are shipped directly to you! Great for bridal parties that don’t all live in the same area, or just to get the idea ball rolling.
Average Price Range: $125 – $150
These were the top rental companies online, but what if renting just isn’t your thing? Some bridesmaids actually like buying their dresses for the sentimental value, and as I’ve said, with the better wedding fashion that’s around, the prospect of wearing the dress again is greater than it used to be. Want to buy the dresses but still don’t want to break the bank? ModCloth and Etsy have many options for that. ModCloth does have more of the short dress variety, but Etsy has just about anything in any style that you want – with many custom made options.
ModCloth Price Range: Anywhere from $20 – $200
Etsy Price Range: Vaires, but many around the $100 mark.
Our wonderful friends at The Knot also compiled a list of bridesmaid dresses under $100 that you can purchase online. (https://www.theknot.com/content/bridesmaid-dresses-under-100)
So what to take from this?
As with every decision for a wedding, the buzzword is: options. Oh so many options. In the end it depends on the look you want for your wedding party, and the budget of your bridesmaids.
So pick the colors, consult your bridesmaids, and let the narrowing of options begin!
Elegant Whims Intern