Bridesmaid Dress Rentals: A Comparison

One of the joys of being a bridesmaid is forcing your closest friends to drop some dough on a dress they’ll never wear again.  Oh we know that you have great taste but chances are that your tastes are different from your besties.  One possible solution-go for bridesmaid dress rentals for your bridal party.  It saves your bridesmaids money and is one less dress that clogs up their closet.

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Rent this Badgley Mischka Hidden Waterfall Gown

 

Rent the Runway-Chances are you’ve already heard of Rent the Runway.  This massive online store allows you to rent thousands of dresses hundreds of different designers.  Need a ballgown for a black-tie gala? They’ve got a dress for that. Need something slinky and sexy for the bachelorette party in AC? Yep, they’ve got about 600 options.  While they don’t have a bridesmaid dress section per se, with so many options brides are bound to turn to them to look for bridesmaid dresses.  The sheer variety means that you can opt for non-bridesmaidy dresses like a shift from Lilly Pulitzer or a gown like the Badgley Mischka dress to the left.

Swatches: No.

Best for: Designer bridesmaid options; Brides who want non-traditional bridesmaid dress options

 

Weddington Way-If you haven’t heard of Weddington Way, you are missing out on a vital “Bride’s Little Helper.”  Weddington Way allows you to set up an online webpage where you select the dresses you want and your girls can just logon and buy them.  Easy!  Now, they allow you to rent some of their dresses.  Rentals are $75 or the girls could purchase the dress for $129.  The biggest downside-right now, the dress rentals are only available in 6 colors and 6 styles.

Swatches: Yes.

Best for: Brides who are not having a black-tie wedding as the dresses are all short styles

 

Rent this Jane Dress in Royal Blue

The Jane Dress in Royal Blue

Union Station-This might just be the granddaddy of all of the rental sites.  At Union Station, you can rent (or buy) a wide selection of dresses in different colors and lengths.  Rental orders need to be placed 3 months before the wedding.  Rentals cost either $50 or $75 plus shipping and insurance.  The dress on the right, the Jane Dress, is available to rent for just $75 and in 18 colors. Actually, all of the dresses are available in 18 colors.

Swatches: Yes-for free.

Best for: Brides who want a traditional bridesmaid dress for their girls

Inspiration Board: Phillies Baseball Wedding

 

 

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Clockwise: Wedding Cake: Mitzi Thompkins via Story Board Wedding; Favors: Etsy Favor Box Bakery;  Invites: Etsy Wedding Monograms; Tablepiece: IstyBelle via Kara’s Party Ideas; Tablescape: Amorology via Bridal Cookie; Food Serving Idea: Elizabeth Anne Designs; Kids Looks: Story Board Wedding;  Candy: Ann’s Bridal Bargai

So the Phillies might not be the hottest team in baseball right now (understatement of the year) but they do hold a special place in our City.  Some of our fondest memories are of the Phils winning the World Series , of Chase and Jimmy hitting home runs, of after game cheesesteak runs.  The Phils might be having a horrible season but our weddings can still reflect our hometown team.

SALE ALERT: BHLDN

Bhldn, the sister store of Anthropologie, just marked down more of their bridal gowns-and at these prices, it’s worth a look.  Much like Anthropologie, Bhldn is a favorite for those brides who want a vintage and bohemian look.  As their website makes clear, Bhldn wants to be the bridal store for every bride-from those with City Hall weddings to the backyard and beach bride  The nearest store is in New York City (or DC) but you can also order online.

This dress is just $500! Image via bhldn.com

This dress is just $500! Image via bhldn.com

As for the sale, the dresses vary in price and style.  Their Ines Gown is just $500 right now, a savings of $200!  Designer Tadashi Shoji  took corded lace and arranged it into elaborate scrolls over tulle to make the dress feel both elegant and ethereal.  We are loving the high neck with the v-back.  It’s both vintage and modern at the same time.  Hurry-some sizes are selling out.

image via bhldn.com

image via bhldn.com

The back is the star of the Winnie Gown, a whopping $1000 off! This embellished-illusion back is dying to be shown off.  It also has a plunging neckline and silk tulle skirt to make it both modern and vintage-inspired.

And don’t forget your girls! Several of their bridesmaid dresses are on sale right now too.

Psst-save the date for their sample sale. Held at the Navy Yard on Saturday, July 11 from 9 am to 2 pm, it promises to have gowns beginning at just $100.

 

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