Wedding Dress: Hire or Buy?

Every bride has dreamt of the perfect wedding dress! Short, ball gown or vintage, the world (and the internet) has thousands of options and ideas for amazing wedding dresses. Wedding dress hire has become very popular in recent years, so when it comes to buying vs renting a wedding dress, which is the better option for you?


Designing and buying a wedding dress

Designing your own wedding dress is a great way of showing off your personal style. Because you are wearing something that you created from scratch, it is very memorable and will make you feel stunning and confident on your special day.
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Give life to your unique dress ideas

If you can dream it, they can design it! You will be able to bring all of your quirks and whimsy together to create your dream wedding dress! You can incorporate all the elements you have always wanted to really stand out on your wedding day!


Pro’s of buying a wedding dress:

  • There are no limits! The designer will make the dress of your dreams.
  • The fit will be perfect!
  • You will receive your dress a long time in advance for fitting and matching accessories
  • You will have access to a designer to create extra accessories like a veil and trimmings for your wedding shoes.
  • You can keep it forever as a keepsake of your special day


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Cons of buying a wedding dress:

  • It can be very expensive! Wedding dress prices usually start at R15 000 …
  • Having to go for fittings will take up a lot of your time.
  • You will spend a lot of money on a dress you will only wear once.
  • Storing and maintaining your wedding dress after the big day will take up a lot of space and time.


Hiring a wedding dress

Designing is not your only option any more! Wedding dress hire can achieve the same level of fabulousness for your wedding look. Have a look at some bridal gowns for hire in the Pink Book Directory.

If you have always dreamt of wearing a designer wedding dress, hiring might be the way to go! Those unobtainable designer wedding dresses that you have oogled on Pinterest can now become a reality for you! Wearing that designer dress always seemed impossible due to the high costs. Having your dress designed by your favourite designer can cost you thousands, while renting it will cost you much less.


Pros of wedding dress hire

  • The price! This is probably the most important pro as this is a fantastic way to save money.
  • Less fittings and less stress – you already know what the dress looks like and you already love it!
  • You know the dress style early enough so you can get a head start shopping for wedding shoes and accessories.
  • The dress will be returned straight after the wedding and you don’t need to maintain or store the dress.


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Hiring is Ideal for a Budget Wedding

In the current economical climate, splurging on a wedding dress can be a financial stretch. Re-using and recycling are the buzz words in weddings at the moment. A cheap wedding dress doesn’t have to look cheap! Use the extra money you save for a special honeymoon outing or treat for you and your new hubby.


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Cons of wedding dress hire

  • You might not get what you want. There will be certain dream aspects of your dress that you might not be able to find in a hired dress.
  • Sometimes it is hard to find a rental dress in plus size, therefore, finding the perfect fit can be a challenge!
  • You may be allowed to alter the dress but you won’t be able to give it that personal touch.
  • Liability costs can be a stress on your wedding day! You will have to pay for any damages to the dress and that as a result might make your over cautious and paranoid!


Your dream wedding dress is out there!

Whether you are buying or hiring, your dream dress is out there waiting for you! Remember that your wedding dress must be a reflection of you, your style and most of all, it must be comfortable! A confident bride is a beautiful bride!


Check out our awesome [QUIZ] Plan Your Wedding & Find Out Which Wedding Dress Suits You!

image credits: Images via Cindy Bam; images via Modweddings, Images via wedbook; images via John Galliano

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