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The 9 Best Wedding Dress Rental Companies [Affordable Dream Dresses]

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Are you dreaming of wearing a fabulous gown on your wedding day? Does your vision of the perfect strut down the aisle include a perfect designer dress? Then you’ve surely noticed how those big designer names can come with some even bigger designer price tags.

Whether you’re picturing a white floor-length ball gown or a hot pink mini full of embellishments, your dream dress can be super affordable by hopping on the unconventional trend of turning your gown purchase into a rental.

Wedding Dress Rentals We Love

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HAH Reversible Take a Bow Dress

HAH Reversible Take a Bow Dress

Carolina Herrera Dress

Carolina Herrera Dress

Mila Cowl Back Slip Dress

Mila Cowl Back Slip Dress

Ribbed Halter Dress

Ribbed Halter Dress

Nicola Embroidered Dress

Nicola Embroidered Dress

Why You Should Consider Renting

Renting a wedding dress isn’t for everyone.

If the idea of passing your wedding dress down like a family heirloom makes you feel sentimental and teary, you should pass on the idea of renting. A perfect option for the minimalist, renting your wedding dress can give you endless access to designer wedding gowns, evening gowns and dresses that may have been out of your budget, worn once and stuck in your closet for who knows how long.

According to a survey by The Knot, the average wedding gown costs between $1,600 and $2,000. If that’s a little more than you’re wanting or willing to pay, renting can get you the same dresses for sometimes as much as 80% less than the retail cost to purchase.

We had a chance to chat with Kirsten McKinley, founder of Weddings & Brides, who shared her thoughts on wedding dress rentals. “Wedding dress rentals allow you to choose from a wider range of dresses. Since renting a dress is cheaper than buying one, you can afford to go for a fancier more expensive dress, as you’re not outright buying it! Wedding dress rentals are becoming increasingly popular and there are now plenty of dress rental companies, meaning you’re bound to find one that’s right for you.”

If you’re sold, check out these nine wedding dress rental companies that make it easy to save on your dress for the big day without having to sacrifice style.

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1. Rent the Runway

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Rent the Runway is a fashion rental website that allows users to incorporate high-end designers into their wardrobe at a fraction of the price. And while they aren’t specifically for wedding gowns, they have plenty of white and non-traditional options that work beautifully for a wedding. This company rocks in terms of options, as you can always buy something you fall in love with and keep pieces as long as you like.

One dress that we love is the HAH Reversible Take a Bow Dress (pictured above). This reversible dress is versatile and affordable. Wear forwards for a high neck three-quarter sleeved gown perfect for the ceremony, and turn backward for a high collared dress with a plunging cutout that is perfect for the reception.

Membership runs as low as $89 each month with an introductory trial month for only $69. This plan allows up to four rental items per month from the “Basic Closet,” which doesn’t include designers or formal wear. Upgrade to “Full closet access” for $135 a month and get up to 8 items per month. Individual, four-day rentals are available without a membership on most items.

Rent the Runway is a great option for picking up a handful of pieces to wear throughout your wedding weekend. Score a great outfit for the rehearsal dinner, the day-after brunch and your bachelorette party, all in your first month’s subscription service.

Dry cleaning or laundering is not required before the return, which is always a bonus, and Rent the Runway accommodates sizes 00-22.

2. Poshare

Much like Rent the Runway, Poshare lets its users rent designer clothes for a fraction of the cost of purchasing. Only in this case, it’s for a limited number of days, making this company great for special events like weddings and parties. Once you find an item you want to rent, select the date of your event to ensure timely delivery and add it to your bag. You’ll have a chance to choose rent or buy in this section if that’s an option.

After you’ve worn the item, return it to the lender with a shipping label that is almost always conveniently included in the original package.

Even if you’re not sold on the idea of renting, check out Poshare for the excellent sales on dresses for purchase. Our favorite, slightly saucy number is this knockout from Primavera Couture (pictured above). Bell sleeves, beaded overly, open back and a pooling skirt makes this dress oh-so-dreamy and perfect for a wedding.

Dry cleaning is the individual lender’s responsibility, so there is no need to clean the items. Garments are available in sizes 00-24.

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3. Borrowing Magnolia

wedding dress from Borrowing Magnolia

Don’t let the name fool you, Borrowing Magnolia is technically a second-hand wedding dress retailer but still deserves a look because the prices are sweet. On average, you’ll save about 50% from the retail cost, and the dress is in like-new condition.

Smart filters allow users to shop for their dream dress by size, wedding date, price, sleeve length and even body type and fabric. Once you find what you think will be your perfect fit, you message the seller to ask any questions, get more photos, and then seal the deal with payment.

Since there is no return, cleaning is up to you. Borrowing Magnolia offers sizes 0-18 with limited styles in 18+.

As inventory is constantly changing, our team can’t pick one of our favorites and have it available to you. Make sure to check out the sale page for extra savings and stalk their new arrivals sections to get the fresh listings before they are gone.

4. Nuuly 

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Much like Rent The Runway and similar clothing rental services, Nuuly isn’t designed specifically for weddings, but it does offer plenty of dresses that you could easily wear for one. You’ll find dresses from recognizable brands such as Anthropologie, Free People and Urban Outfitters. 

The website works via a membership subscription, versus just asking you to pay for renting clothing items one at a time, as needed, so that is something to consider. Monthly plans start at just under $100 and you can rent six clothing items each month. You can pause or cancel your subscription at any time. 

You could feasibly use Nuuly to rent a dress for your rehearsal dinner, wedding, morning-after brunch and honeymoon, all for just your one monthly fee. At the end of the month, you’ll just need to return or purchase your chosen six items.

Dresses we love from Nuuly

A quick search for all of the white dresses on offer on Nuuly shows a bevy of wedding dress options. You won’t find your big ball gowns or mermaid dresses here, but you can find a lot of more contemporary, modern and sleek options like this Mila Cowl Back Slip Dress (pictured above) or this silky maxi dress

5. Vince Unfold

vince unfold wedding dress rental

Much like Nuuly, Vince Unfold offers a membership plan that allows you to rent four pieces at a time and then send them back or purchase the ones you love and want to keep long-term. However, unlike Nuuly, Vince Unfold also offers one-time rental options, which might be preferable if you’re looking to only rent one dress. 

Monthly memberships start at just over $150 per month, but, for the price, you do get access to a lot of luxury pieces you won’t find elsewhere. The site also offers a wide swathe of sizes, from extra-extra-small to extra-extra-extra-large. 

Dresses we love from Vince Unfold

Again, you won’t find a wide range of formal dresses here, but you will find a lot of casual and boho-chic dresses that would be perfect for a wedding that’s more along those lines. This ribbed halter dress in optic white (pictured above) would be just the thing for a beach wedding, while this draped neck halter dress could be gussied up with some heels for a classy, refined look.  

6. FashionPass 

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FashionPass offers unlimited clothing rentals for a set, per-month fee. Plans start at $80 per month and the basic plan gives you two clothing items and one accessory at a time, and then you can swap those three items out as much as you want, as often as you want. 

Again, this particular rental provider doesn’t have wedding gown-specific options, but you can work around that by browsing FashionPass’s black tie dresses and searching for white-only options. In addition to finding gorgeous dresses, you’ll also find wedding-appropriate accessories, such as shoes. You can broaden your search further by just looking at white dresses available on the site overall, beyond those designed for formal-only occasions. 

7. Janet Mandell

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Janet Mandell should be your pick if you prefer a very high level of hands-on service, plus want designer dress rental options. You can choose to conduct your rental entirely online or visit one of the Janet Mandell showrooms. 

If you opt for the latter, you’ll get an appointment with an expert stylist for a fitting and then, once you’ve picked your dress, you’ll receive assistance with temporary hemming. If you prefer the former, you’ll be able to browse all your options online, access the help of a live stylist and book a virtual styling session. 

There are a few downsides, though. Janet Mandell offers limited sizes and only one dress is available in each style, which means you may not always be able to get the dress you want when you want. Additionally, the website’s search feature is a little lackluster. You can only browse dresses by designer and size, not by color or occasion. 

8. Rebecca Taylor RNTD

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This subscription-based dress rental company allows you to browse, rent and return as often as you like, with new styles available each week. You can keep the clothes that you rent for as long as you like, too, which is a nice benefit. 

Like many very similar subscription-based rental providers, Rebecca Taylor RNTD doesn’t offer wedding dresses specifically, but you will find plenty of wedding-ready dresses on the site.

Dresses we love from Rebecca Taylor RNTD

You’ll find a range of dress styles here, from flow-y wrap dresses to bohemian sundresses to sleek cocktail dresses. A few wedding-ready options include this pinstripe linen wrap dress, this tweed v-neck dress and this embroidered creamy wrap dress (pictured above). 

9. Tulerie 

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Tulerie is a unique option in that when you use the app, you’re not really renting your dresses from any one provider. Instead, you’re requesting items from other Tulerie users that open up their closets for rentals. 

You’ll find a range of options from top designer brands, such as Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Gucci and more. However, you can’t really start browsing your options until you are approved for an account. Still, if you want to rent your dress without paying a monthly rental subscription fee, this might be a good option to consider. 

Don’t Want to Rent? You’ve Got Other Options

Of course, you don’t necessarily need to rent a wedding dress in order to save money on your wedding budget. You can save cash on your outfit for the big day in a range of other ways. While you’ve likely checked out your local thrift stores (and maybe walked away disappointed), there are other spots online where you can snag a wedding dress for cheap.

Etsy

Etsy offers a range of wedding gowns, at a range of prices, from just a hundred dollars to a few thousand. Of course, when you buy an affordable wedding dress anywhere online, you want to be sure to check the reviews thoroughly; don’t just take a glance at the reviews and assume that, because they’re positive and plentiful, they’re legit. Read those shop reviews carefully to avoid a scam. 

One of Etsy’s most well-reviewed dress vendors is ieie Bridal, which offers custom dresses at a range of price points. One reviewer said the shopping experience with the vendor was “the most positive and easy experience in terms of wedding planning.” 

Nordstrom

While you might not think Nordstrom and cheap wedding dresses go together, you may actually be surprised at what you find when you browse the retailer’s online wedding shop. Nordstrom offers a range of wedding-appropriate dresses, some as affordable as under $50, if you manage to snag one on sale. 

You’ll find dresses in an array of styles and sizes and, even if you don’t find a perfect fit for your own dress, you might spot something that will work for your bridesmaids, as many of the dresses in the wedding shop also come in other colors beyond white.

Nearly Newlywed

Nearly Newlywed sells new, sample and pre-owned dresses at prices up to 90% off what you might find in the stores. Once you find a dress you love on the site, you can ask Nearly Newlywed to examine your purchase and verify that it’s in pristine condition before shipping (this service comes with an add-on fee). Once you receive the dress, you get five days to return it or keep it. 

One cool aspect of going with Nearly Newlywed for your dress? Any dress purchased on the site is pre-approved to resell on the site after you wear it, so you can return it and sell it if you decide not to keep the dress long-term. 

Wedding Dress Rental FAQs

Have more questions? We’ve got answers.

How do I pick the right rental provider for my wedding dress?

You’ll want to take several things into consideration when you go about picking the best rental service for your needs. 

For starters, do you want only one dress, for a limited amount of time? Then you may find that a wedding-specific provider like Wedding Dress for Rent will suit your needs.

If, however, you’d like the option of buying your dress and you want more than just one wedding dress, you may want to consider a broader rental clothing provider like Nuuly. While a subscription service does come with a monthly fee, you’ll get a lot more options and may find that your subscription comes in handy as you pick outfits for all of your upcoming wedding events, from showers to the bachelorette party to the honeymoon. 

Is renting a wedding dress expensive?

It all depends on where you go to rent your dress. You can find wedding dresses for rent for as little as $100, and dresses that go for closer to a thousand dollars. It all depends on the designer, quality, platform and other factors.

Do I have to get a rental dress dry-cleaned before I return it?

The last thing you want to be worried about after your wedding is getting your dress dry-cleaned and then shipped back to the rental provider within a set number of hours. Luckily, with most platforms that rent out clothes, either on a one-off basis or as part of a subscription model, there’s no need for any cleaning or even repairs on your part. You can literally just take off the dress, slip it into the prepaid packing box or bag and then ask someone in your wedding party to drop it off at the post office.

How long do you get to keep a rented wedding dress?

Most rental providers only allow you to keep a rented wedding dress for a few days, maybe a week at most, though some providers do allow you to keep an item as long as you like before returning it. This option, however, is usually only reserved for brides renting through a subscription-based provider.

Can you rent bridesmaid dresses?

Yes! You can rent bridesmaid dresses as well as wedding dresses. Most vendors that offer wedding dresses for rent likewise offer dresses and clothing options for your entire wedding party. 

Can you get a rented wedding dress altered?

In most cases, no, you can’t alter a rented wedding dress (though some providers, like Janet Mandell, offer temporary alterations under certain conditions). This means that your wedding dress isn’t — most likely — going to be a perfect fit. 

If you frequently have trouble finding dresses off the rack that fit your individual needs, you may have even more difficulties when renting a wedding dress. It’s something to consider as you decide whether or not renting a wedding dress is right for you, versus simply buying a dress and having it altered to your specific body style.

How limited are my options when renting a wedding dress?

You won’t have as many options as you might if you were shopping for a wedding dress with an unlimited budget, but you will still have plenty of options to pick through. You can find a range of wedding dresses in a range of styles in a range of sizes, all available for renting online. 

How do I know what kind of wedding dress to rent?

Most brides will (hopefully) only try on wedding dresses once in their lives, or at least that’s the goal, right? This means that you probably don’t have much experience in wedding dresses thus far. 

To get an idea of what you like, what styles you prefer and what looks best on you overall, consider booking an appointment at a wedding dress boutique to see your options. You don’t have to buy anything, but, afterward, you will, most likely, have a better idea of what kind of dress you want to rent, if you decide to go the rental route. 

Rentals For Everybody!

Wedding dresses aren’t the only garments in the rental game. Tuxedos are the original rental star, but now you can take care of the whole wedding party from the comfort of your living room. Sites like The Black Tux let users rent designer suits and tuxedos conveniently from the comfort of their home. Tuxes are delivered two weeks before the big day, so fit and sizing can be checked and adjusted if needed.

The bridal party can also reap the benefits of rentals by using one of these companies for their bridesmaid dresses. This can work especially well when the bride has been given free rein on what dress each person will wear with instructions to just stick to one select color or style. Most of these sites allow you to filter your search by any “bride-given criteria” to narrow down your options.

When it comes to weddings, everything is rented. The location, tables, chairs, literally everything is probably rented or included in your location package as a rental. So why do we get so hung up on the sentimental value of a wedding dress?

Fact: Renting your perfect dress won’t only save money, it will save you valuable closet space as well. Who actually needs a perfectly preserved dress hanging around the back of their closet? Or, worse, all boxed up in that giant heirloom preservation box, memorializing fashion from a bygone era.

You might as well take advantage of the financial savings, think about the good you’re doing for the planet by recycling your designer gown, and enjoy your dream wedding.

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Best Places to Rent Wedding Dresses:

  1. Rent the Runway
  2. Poshare
  3. Borrowing Magnolia
  4. Nuuly
  5. Vince Unfold
  6.  FashionPass 
  7. Janet Mandell
  8. Rebecca Taylor RNTD
  9. Tulerie

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