Whether you’re a bride-to-be searching for party frocks for all the events leading up to your big day or a wedding guest on the hunt for a designer gown without the designer price tag, Rent the Runway just might be your new best friend. (If you haven’t yet heard, RTR offers dresses from more than 95 different designers for all occasions that can be rented for a fraction of the cost of purchasing the dress.)
Their newly launched Weddings Boutique gives new meaning to “something borrowed.” Not only can you browse dresses in the season’s hottest neons or classic lace (and everything in between), Rent the Runway takes the guesswork out of shopping by breaking collections down by occasion. Borrow a dress for 4 or 8 days, and return it for free after you’re done…and when you rent one dress, you can get a second for only $25. With endless showers, brunches, bachelorette parties and family get-togethers to dress for, it doesn’t get much better than that. And you’ll never have to wear the same dress twice!
Here are some of my favorites. You can rent accessories too! But be warned: this site is seriously addicting!
Versace Floral Wonderland Dress — $125 rental, retails for $2,500
The fun floral print is right on trend, and one-shoulder gowns are an ultra-flattering silhouette!
Judith Leiber Royal Reflections Clutch — $275 rental, retails for $2,895
On a night all about showing off your new sparkler, what better accessory to have in hand than a mirrored clutch?!
Nanette Lepore Daisy Lace Dress — $65 rental, retails for $368
Turquoise + lace — is there a better combination for summer elegance?
Kenneth Jay Lane Statement Necklace — $45 rental, retails for $325
I love the pops of pink and the gold chain!
Narciso Rodriquez Ivory Contrast Dress — $275 rental, retails for $1,950
White for the bride, of course, and the black detailing adds a whole new level of sophistication!
Kate Spade “Putting on the Ritz” Necklace — $40 rental, retails for $278
Swoon—I’ve had my eye on this for months!
Since you’ll save so much by renting instead of purchasing new dresses and accessories, I hereby give you permission to splurge on shoes!
Tell us, have you ever used Rent the Runway? Visit the site and tell us what your favorite dresses are!
About Kelsey Bjelland
Kelsey is a professional journalist, web producer, aspiring event stylist and baker extraordinaire. After taking the plunge and moving from rural Montana to downtown Chicago in 2009, she took an internship at a local bridal magazine. Shortly after, she discovered her two loves—the wedding scene and a boy from Alabama. Those experiences inspired her to launch Pearls & Frosting, a dual-function website dedicated to connecting wedding vendors to share business advice and to providing intimate profiles of those vendors to future brides. By day, Kelsey is an assistant editor for several management consulting publications, a freelance magazine writer and a self-professed Pinterest addict. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Medill at Northwestern University.