What’s the most annoying thing about wedding season? For us, it’s the often-excessive amounts of cash bridesmaids are asked to drop on dresses for the ceremony. Usually, these items are the sort of thing you buy, wear once for your friend's special day, and then never touch again. They don't really make sense as an investment, because they're not super wearable as a more-than-once piece.
Our personal favourite solution: allowing your bridesmaids to rent their dresses. There are a number of new online shops popping up that provide stylish options for anywhere between $75 and $150 a rental—much lower than the several hundred dollars many of us are used to spending on these one-off dresses.
Below, our three favourite bridesmaid online rental shops—and 12 stylish dresses to rent right now!
Long the go-to shopping destination for stylish shoppers interested in designer wares, but unwilling to drop loads of cash, Rent The Runway officially launched their bridal portal earlier this year. With everything from bridesmaid dresses—from designer names like Badgley Mischka, Monique Lhuillier, Osman, and more—to jewellery, shoes, and headpieces to complete the look, it’s a great way to get completely outfitted for a wedding for much, much less.
Osman Forget Me Not Dress ($150)
Monique Lhuillier We Belong Together Dress ($85)
The term LBD gets a whole new meaning via this bridal rental shop, which offers perhaps the most variety when it comes to styles and colours. Catering to brides who want their bridesmaids in classic silhouettes, the site offers 12 dress styles in 18 different colorways. Once the bride selects the dress she wants, bridesmaids are alerted and able to pick one in their size. Best of all, rentals start as low as $50, so you’ll have plenty of extra cash to spend on something you’ll actually want to keep for a while—like shoes.
Little Borrowed Dress Ann Dress ($75)
The newest entry into the rental bridal market, Vow To Be Chic is a membership-based shop that allows both brides and bridesmaids to shop for dress rentals starting at $95. You pick out the styles you like, get two sizes sent to you to try on several months prior to the big day, make your selection, and then return it after the wedding.
Alvina Valenta Zara Dress ($110)