Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Weddings  > Wedding Dress Rental

Wedding Dress Rental Cost


How Much Does a Wedding Dress Rental Cost?

 
low costLow: $75-$200average costMedium: $250-$500high costHigh: $600+
post E-mail post Post   Comments (1)

Though men rent tuxedos, women traditionally buy a wedding dress. With the recent increase in popularity, wedding dress rentals are now an option for many brides.

Typical costs:

  • Inexpensive wedding dress rentals may cost $75 to $200. A popular place to elope, Las Vegas tends to have inexpensive gown rentals. Beware of hidden fees when you see prices in the $100-and-lower range.
  • Moderate wedding dress rentals may cost $250 to $500. In this price range, you should be able to pick from several current, designer styles. For $250, many companies across the U.S. offer a complete rental package including accessories, alterations and cleaning fees.
  • Expensive wedding dress rentals may cost $600 and higher. Brides looking for dresses from well-known designers may rent a gown rather than purchase to stay within their budget. A $3,000 designer gown may rent for $600, for example.
Related articles: Wedding Dress, Wedding Dress Alterations, Bridal Veil, Lace Veil, Wedding Shoes, Groom's Suit or Tuxedo

What should be included:
  • A complementary dress fitting should be included, both when you pick out the dress and also just before the wedding (after alterations). Alterations may or may not be included in the overall fees.
  • A bridal rental boutique should clean the gown before your wedding day and deliver the dress in ready-to-wear condition.
  • Many rental companies will let you keep the gown for two to three days surrounding your wedding date. Always read the fine print to avoid late fees, and have a friend return the dress and accessories if you'll be on a honeymoon.
Additional costs:
  • Unless otherwise specified, expect to pay alterations fees starting at around $35 for a basic hem up to $100 for taking a dress in or out.
  • If accessories are not included, you might pay $50 to $100 to rent a slip, bra, veil/headpiece and shoes.
  • Pre-wedding cleaning fees of $10 or more may apply. Ask if either a pre- or post-wedding cleaning is included in the rental fees.
  • A damaged dress fee of $8 up to the entire retail cost of the dress might apply. Normal wear and tear and make-up stains are usually excluded from this.
  • Late fees of up to $25 per day may apply for returning the dress after the due date.
  • Shipping fees of $15 to $30 may apply if you are ordering the dress from out-of-state. Remember to try the dress on and allow plenty of time for alterations if you're having it shipped before the wedding.
Discounts:
  • Look for dress rental packages that also include the groom's tuxedo rental and accessories.
Shopping for a wedding dress rental:
  • Expect to pay either a deposit or the entire rental fee upfront.
  • If you aren't crazy about the idea of wearing a pre-worn dress, The Knot[1] suggests asking if the shop has any new gowns in stock or if they will order any prior to your wedding. You could be the first to wear the rental gown.
  • If keeping or preserving your gown is important to you, ask if the boutique will let you purchase the rented dress for an additional fee.
  • If you are renting to save money, consider instead buying a bridesmaid-style dress in white or ivory. According to the Brides.com[2] forum, these are usually cheaper than bridal gowns.
  • While there aren't any large, national chains that specialize in renting wedding dresses, many smaller, independent stores are willing to ship gowns across the country. If you don't know where to start, try Austin-based Classy Concepts Design[3] or the popular Los Angeles rental company, One Night Affair[4] .
post E-mail post Post   Comments (1)
CostHelper News


10 Key Ways to Prepare for Extreme Snow
Forecasters are predicting a true nor'easter will hit the eastern and central states with rain, thunderstorms, ice, snow and high winds over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's crucial to plan ahead, before bad weather hits. || Posted November 26 2013


10 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures Before the Holidays
With reunions and other get-togethers scheduled during the holiday season, most people want to look their best at this time of year. For some, that means filling in those wrinkles with a bit of botox, or having a nip and tuck down here and there. || Posted November 23 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Great Place To Rent Wedding Dress In Utah
Amount: $359.00
Posted by: Gabriella in Salt Lake City, UT.Posted: September 21st, 2010 01:09PM
The dress was perfect! I received so many compliments and looked amazing. Included with the wedding gown was a petticoat, corset, and some alterations.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Wedding Dress Rental
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Store: Style: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  wedding.theknot.com/bridal-fashion/wedding-dress-shopping/articles/wedding-gown-shoppin...
  2.  www.brides.com/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=54545
  3.  www.classyconceptsdesign.com
  4.  www.onenightaffair.com
More Weddings Topics
Check Out All Costs for Weddings How Much Do Wedding Invitations Cost? How Much Does a Wedding Reception Venue Cost? How Much Does a Wedding Photographer Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Lizard
Paid: 150.00
The beardie was adopted for $20.00 at a local repticon. Tank was over 30 inch long, cost less than $70-80 at Petsmart during Xmas sale. Everything else were bought online from Dr. Foster, Amazon and Chewy... [more]
-Gaga
Pet Lizard Cost
My Entertainment Company Went Above & Beyond The Call Of Duty
Paid: 2100.00
All I can say is WOW. When I hired Evan Nine Entertainment, I had no idea I was going to get so much extra for my money. His company handled The DJ/MC, Photography, Uplighting, and Wedding Officiant... [more]
-Linda Grayson
Wedding DJ Cost
TTE 93306
Paid: 1208.00
Went for echo at cardiologist's office. Hadn't met deductible and my BCBS estimate online was $408 done in doctor's office. Well, the cardiology office had been acquired by Mission Hospital so they charged their rate which was ~$1980... [more]
-C. V. Wynne, M.D.
Echocardiogram Cost
Broken drain line replacment
Paid: 7600.00
After Roto-Rooter inspected the drain line which could not get passed 35 feet from the cleanout, serviceman suggested for a new cleanout to be installed near the area where the camera could not pass, this at a cost of $1,450... [more]
-#IFEELTAKEN
Sewer Line Replacement Cost
Cost should be capped
Paid: 4550.00
In August of 2014, my husband need to be transported to the helicopter pad at the hospital and we received a bill for $4,550 and when we questioned why so much no one could provide a valid answer. The helicopter pad is less than ... [more]
-dkoz
Ambulance Cost
Cost of topo survey
Paid: 3800.00
Surveyor staked four corners and surveyed entire 4.95 acre lot at 2 ft contours in Issaquah, WA... [more]
-User in WA
Property Survey Cost