5 Reasons Not To Rent Your Wedding Gown

Thinking of saving on wedding costs by renting your dress?  Think again.  Buying your wedding gown PreOwned might be the less expensive option.  Not to mention other important reasons why renting just isn’t right for your wedding dress.


(left) Maggie Sottero Maura | PreOwned Price: $645 (resale value: $320), Rental Price: $630
(center) Monique Lhuillier BL1102 | PreOwned Price: $1,500 (resale value: $750), Rental Price: $1,100
(right) Lazaro 3750 | PreOwned Price: $1,800 (resale value $900)  Rental Price: $1,500


1. Buying PreOwned Can Cost Less
It sounds counter intuitive, but buying can actually save you more in the long run. We compared the rental cost of several wedding dresses and found them to be within a few hundred dollars (and sometimes more!) than their PreOwned counterparts.  Factor in resale value and you’ll come out ahead purchasing PreOwned.


2. Buying Gives You (Way) More Choice
Choose the dress you really want. Not just what’s available.  After all, it’s your wedding dress – one of the most special gowns you’ll ever wear.  PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com currently has over 16,000 wedding gowns for sale at $1,500 or less.  Compare that with about 100 available at a typical rental salon and the choice is obvious.


3. It’s the Only Way To Get A Perfect Fit
The key to making any wedding dress look amazing is the fit.  And this almost always requires alterations – which aren’t typically allowed in rental gowns. This means a rental wedding dress won’t look as gorgeous as it could.  And that alone is reason not to rent.


4. Worry (As In, You Don’t Have To)
Normal wear is expected (and covered) under standard wedding dress rental agreements, but major damage isn’t.  So if you rent, you be subconsciously worrying all night about a glass of red wine getting a little too close, or Uncle Bob stepping on your train.  If you own your dress, you won’t have to give it a second though – even while dancing with Uncle Bob.


5. Admire Your Dress.  Well Before The Wedding.
Rental dresses typically arrive 2-3 days before your event. That’s hardly enough time to get excited.  And definitely not enough time for a good stare-fest or another quick peek with mom.  When you buy, the dress will be in yours…and be available to view at a moment’s notice.


(left) Modern Trousseau Monroe | PreOwned Price: $899 (resale value: $499), Rental Price: $895
(center) David’s Bridal VW9768 PreOwned Price: $270 (resale value: $135), Rental Price: $400
(right) Allure 9059 | PreOwned Price: $500 (resale value after $250), Rental Price: $440

So leave renting to his tux, and buy the dress of your dreams PreOwned instead.

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Why Buying PreOwned Is Better Than Renting A Wedding Dress

What bride doesn’t want to save money on her dream wedding dress?  In 2004, PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com pioneered the wedding dress resale space as the first website dedicated exclusively to buying and selling.  In 2014, wedding dress rental has become a trend offering brides another way to save. But, the small additional savings come at a high price.

Limited Time Only
With a wedding dress rental, you can only have your wedding dress for a limited time before your big day.  So you can’t stare at it, smile at it, touch it, or even try it on until right before your wedding.  And isn’t that part of the fun?

Not A Perfect Fit
Alterations are a no-no with a rental gown.  There’s a reason brides have multiple dress fittings, it’s to get a perfect fit.  That made-just-for-you look that takes a gown from beautiful to absolutely perfect. With a rental, that impeccable fit just isn’t an option.

Nothing To Have and To Hold
Buying PreOwned means you’ll not only save up front, but you’ll get to keep the dress after your wedding.  Whether you resell it again and recoup some of your costs, or keep it for the memories, the decision is yours.  With a rental, you’ll need to ship the dress back before you even jet off for your honeymoon.

Buying PreOwned vs Renting
Maggie Sottero Karena Royale for sale on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com


Maggie Sottero Karena Royale

Retail: $1,250

PreOwned: $650

Rental: $440

Rental vs PreOwned Savings: $210








Justin Alexaner 8654


Justin Alexander 8654

Retail: $2,100

PreOwned: $975

Rental: $630

Rental vs PreOwned Savings: $345








Vera Wang White VW351027


Vera Wang White VW351027

Retail: $1,200

PreOwned: $575

Rent: $420

Rental vs PreOwned Savings: $155






Vera Wang 2G119



Vera Wang 2G119

Retail: $4,000

PreOwned: $800

Rent: $1,200

Rental vs PreOwned Savings: -$700










Monique Lhullier BL1102


Monique Lhuillier BL1102

Retail: $3,800

PreOwned: $1,600

Rent: $1140

Rental vs PreOwned Savings: $460










And the best news? PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com has over 20,000 new, sample and used wedding dresses, in every style, size and price.  So no matter what your budget and taste, there is a dress for you.  For less.  Look now for your perfect dress.

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Budget Bride? Wedding Dresses Under $500.

Bride on a budget?  That’s no problem with these lovely PreOwned Wedding Dresses.  They’re each listed at $500 or under. (That’s less than half of the average wedding dress price!)  And that means you’ll not only look great, you’ll have  money left over for other important things…like your amazing honeymoon!

Modeca Melody for sale on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.comNicole Miller for sale on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com
Modeca (left) | Nicole Miller (right)

Melissa Sweet for Sale on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.comUlla Maija Sophie on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com
Melissa Sweet (left)  | Ulla Maija (right)

Rosa Clara Two for sale on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.comTheia for sale on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com
Rosa Clara Two (left) |  Theia (right)

Alfred Angelo 2100 for sale on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.comAllure Bridals 8811 for sale on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com
Alfred Angelo (left) |  Allure Bridals (right)

Want to see more? PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com has nearly 6,000 listings priced at $500 or less.  Search them here.

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Six Stunning Wedding Dresses, For Under $600

Want to looking stunning on your wedding day (without a credit card bill that brings tears to your eyes)?  Buying a pre-owned wedding dress could be your answer.

Just take a peek at these amazing gowns, all under $600.  In fact, we currently have over 7,000 wedding dresses listed for $600 and under. Style and savings really can go hand-in-hand!

Lauren Elaine Ophelia, $425 | Enzoani Fabi, $599

Allure 8800, $550 | Sue Wong, $300

Monique Lhuillier Taylor, $500 | Wtoo Angelina, $550



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