There is no greater honor than being asked to be a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding. I’ll be a bridesmaid in two weddings this year, and the thought of standing beside two of my best friends on the biggest days of their lives is so special. But being a bridesmaid isn’t all fun and games. There are also responsibilities and costs to being a bridesmaid, including purchasing a bridesmaids dress. So what if you didn’t have to purchase a dress? What if you could save money and rent a bridesmaids dress? Today, let’s talk about bridesmaids dresses from Rent the Runway.
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES FROM RENT THE RUNWAY
The way brides approach bridesmaids dresses has evolved. More and more brides are opting for a mix-and-match bridesmaids look over identical gowns. In my wedding, all of my friends wore different nude and blush dresses (see my wedding post here). Everyone has different preferences. But whether the bride is going for the mismatched bridesmaids dress look or taking the traditional route with identical gowns, Rent the Runway has gorgeous options that won’t break the bank.
Rent the Runway even has a selection of convertible dresses. This is PERFECT for brides who want a mismatched look without having to worry about colors clashing. Your bridesmaids can borrow Rent the Runway‘s convertible dress in black, navy, blush, burgundy, or nude for $70 and style it however they’d like. There’s even a jumpsuit version! Retail, these dresses cost over $300, so the value in borrowing bridesmaids dresses from Rent the Runway is REAL.
At the very bottom of this post, I’ve provided a few tips on how to ensure you get the right size in time for the wedding. Below is a selection of gowns that would work beautifully as bridesmaids dresses from Rent the Runway:
RENT THE RUNWAY BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES – BLACK
RENT THE RUNWAY BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES – SEQUIN
RENT THE RUNWAY BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES – RED
RENT THE RUNWAY BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES – BLUSH
RENT THE RUNWAY BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES – NAVY
RENT THE RUNWAY BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES – SILVER/GREY
Tips to ensure you receive the right dress in the right size in time for the big day:
1) Choose the 8-day rental option, and set the date you are to receive the dress as the Monday before the wedding (if the wedding is on a Saturday). That way, you’ll have plenty of time to determine whether or not you need to find something else to wear. Rent the Runway lets you select two sizes, as well as a backup dress, to avoid a situation where you’re left with nothing to wear—but things happen. By choosing the 8-day rental, you are giving yourself time to figure out another option just in case.
2) Go to a brick-and-mortar store and try on the dresses you like from Rent the Runway. The first time I rented a dress from Rent the Runway, I picked my top 3 options, noted the designer and style, and called several department stores to see if they had the dresses in stock to try on. Department stores like Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Barney’s, and Saks carry most of these designers. Look online or call your local store to see if they have the dresses you like in stock. At the very least, you can try on a dress by the same designer so you can get an idea of how sizing works.
3) According to the Rent the Runway website, if you receive your dresses and none of them work for the wedding, “call before 3pm” and they’ll “overnight you another dress.” If you live near one of their stores (NYC, Washington, DC, Chicago, Topanga, or San Francisco), “you can swap your original dress for another style, no appointment necessary. If the style you select is more expensive, you will be charged the difference in price. If the style is less expensive, you will be given a merchandise credit for the difference in price.”
What do you think? If you’re a bride, would you let your wedding party try borrowing bridesmaids dresses from Rent the Runway? If you’re a bridesmaid, is this something you’d consider trying? Let me know in the comments below.