Renting Bridesmaid Dresses

As I mentioned here, I’ve been a bridesmaid a time or two – ha! Thankfully, my friends have excellent taste and are great at picking out relatively affordable bridesmaid dresses. But sometimes you just don’t need another dress in your closet. Enter… bridesmaid dress rentals!

I’m not sure why it took women so long to get on board with the concept of renting bridesmaid dresses, since men have been renting tuxes for decades. But it’s about time we utilized this market more. With online stores like Rent the Runway proving to be a raging success, I think bridesmaid dress rentals can be the next big thing. Bridesmaid dresses don’t have to be boring or expensive or a waste – they can be inexpensive, easy to order/receive/wear/return, and they can still be stylish and unique! And the cost savings to bridesmaids would be incredible, especially if you’re a chronic bridesmaid!

I’ve done some research and suggested bridesmaid dress rentals to some of my brides, and my two favorite bridesmaid dress rental companies are Vow to be Chic and Little Borrowed Dress.

 Vow to be Chic

With Vow to be Chic, an online designer bridesmaid rental shop, it’s easy to rent bridesmaid dresses for the big day! It’s a seamless, easy, stylish option, and they’ve thought through everything. Designer bridesmaid dress rentals begin at $95, and there are so many beautiful dress options to choose from., from Lula Kate (a Southern favorite of mine!) to Watters to Jim Hjelm to Nicole Miller.

Vow to be Chic has even outlined the steps to renting a bridesmaid dress (the styling is so cute!), and I agree with them wholeheartedly – why didn’t I think of that? What’s not to love?
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Little Borrowed Dress 

Another great option for renting bridesmaid dresses is Little Borrowed Dress (LBD – how appropriate!). Similar to Vow to be Chic, renting bridesmaid dresses isn’t a chore, and there are fifteen versatile, popular styles to choose from with eighteen color choices. Long dress rentals are $75 and short dress rentals are $50. What amazing prices! You even have the option to purchase the dress, should you choose. There aren’t quite as many dress styles to choose from, but I like the selection of dresses here (all made in NYC!), and the prices and ease of ordering a rental is ideal.

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So, what do you think? Brides, would you be okay with having your bridesmaids rent dresses? And bridesmaids, are you on board the rental train? It seems like such a sustainable, stylish, and easy option, and I’d love to see more bridesmaids using rentals for a friend’s wedding day!

Featured | CNBC and MSNBC

I was recently quoted in a CNBC article, 7 of the Priciest Weddings – for Guests – what an incredible honor! I had a phone interview with the writer of this article, and it was so fun and refreshing to talk with her about weddings and my take on things. And it was equally exciting and humbling to be quoted alongside the director of The Knot and the founder of Lover.ly – hooray! It’s still a little surreal to see “Stephanie Scholl, an event planner based in Washington, D.C.” in writing. I think I like the sound of that!

CNBC article

 

Here’s the text from the section of the CNBC article that I was quoted in:

“Experts say the AmEx estimate of $618 to participate in a wedding might be on the low side. Khalil puts the figure at closer to $700 to $900, given the costs to help throw and give gifts for an engagement party, bachelor or bachelorette party and bridal shower.

It’s also becoming more common for couples to schedule extra events in the days before and after the wedding, particularly for a destination wedding or one in a unique location, said Stephanie Scholl, an event planner based in Washington, D.C. There might be a Thursday wine tasting or spa day, a Friday night rehearsal and a Sunday brunch. “It’s very fun, but it definitely contributes to the increased price of the wedding and the cost of attending the wedding,” she said. That kind of scheduling can require the bridal party to book more hotel nights, take more days off work, and spend more on those extra activities if the costs aren’t fully covered by the bride and groom.

Backing out isn’t easy once you’ve committed, so be sure to consider the obligations for your time and money before saying “yes,” said Winikka. “You are taking on a financial commitment,” she said. Most couples are sensitive to their guests’ and attendants’ budgets, so bring up any concerns.” -Kelli B. Grant, CNBC

MSNBC article

And two years ago, I was also featured in an MSNBC article, Friends’ Weddings Busting your Budget?. Another fun interview, for sure! To be clear, I really, truly, and deeply love weddings, and it is an honor and a privilege for me to attend all of my friends’ weddings and wedding related events. It might be expensive and I might travel all the time, but I simply adore weddings! What’s not to love? A celebration of love and commitment of two dear friends, watching a marriage begin, a reunion with best friends, great food, flowing drinks, lots of dancing, and so many gorgeous locations/venues! Though I may travel more than I’m home and though I spend a good chunk of my salary on weddings, I am not complaining – and I don’t think anyone who knows me thinks I am, either!

PS: Though this article states that I spent at least $3,000 on weddings that year, my final calculations were about 3x that – ha!