You are engaged, congratulations! This is the most exciting time of your life. You have begun your wedding planning! A lot of times the most exciting part is finding the perfect dress. You have dreamt of your big day and all eyes watching you as you walk down the aisle in that gorgeous gown. So what do you do when you find the gorgeous gown and the price is out of your range? Well, now a day there are plenty of options including renting a dress. So the big question is should you rent or buy your dress?
Typically if you are purchasing your wedding dress, you use it only for a couple of hours. Then it occupies the rest of its life in storage, till maybe your daughter’s wedding. So it is definitely wise to consider the cost of the dress and how important it is for you to own it.
There are three categories of bridal gowns, according to Carley Roney of ‘theknot.com’ website
1) Custom design or couture dress-
You go to a designer or dressmaker and get a dress designed and stitched from scratch. These are most expensive, starting from $1000.
2) Custom order dress
You go to a salon or store and try on a sample designer dress, available in sizes 8, 10, or 12. Once you place an order, the dress is cut to your size and several fittings maybe required. Prices start around $600.
3) The ready-to-wear dress
You can buy off-the-rack and take it home immediately if no alterations are needed. These are least expensive and start at $250.
After considering these three categories your decision for renting a wedding dress or purchasing one should be a little more clear. Just remember do what will make you happy, this is your big day!