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theadvicist

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UK wedding dress rental - anyone have any recs?
« on: May 28, 2015, 06:52:00 AM »
I've been talking to some fairly mustachian friends about their wedding. She was talking about buying, wearing, and reselling a wedding dress. I mentioned renting as a way to save the hassle. She was very into it!

Does anyone have any experience or recommendations for companies to use? The only friend I had who has done it (great experience) was an overseas wedding.

Thanks to anyone who might be able to help, though I know it's a long shot.

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Re: UK wedding dress rental - anyone have any recs?
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2015, 06:54:26 AM »
We didn't rent ours but it didn't cost much, my wife went to an area of London where there are a lot of Pakistani tailor shops and got something very nice there for a low price. I'll see if she can remember where it was but it was 8 years ago now.

I got my wedding Harrods suit from Oxfam ;)

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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2015, 10:14:13 AM »
I looked at renting dresses for my wedding in London last year but found the rental prices were actually quite steep - mostly in the 200-350 range.  I ended up buying one for 450 as it wasn't that much dearer than renting and I've always got the option of selling it on to recoup some of the cost if I want to.

I know these are not rental options, so apologies for not answering the question but if she does decide to buy instead, check out David's Bridal* in Westfield Stratford - they have a huge range of dresses (traditional and quirky!) and most of them are priced from 200-600.  Monsoon also do a wedding range with dresses in the 200-400 range but they're a bit more ball-gown type dresses rather than proper wedding dresses.  So may not be the right kind of thing.

*(I know David's Bridal is a massive chain in the US but it's very new to us in the UK and the idea of being able to get a wedding dress for under 1000 is a REAL novelty here, there are barely any stores that offer that!)

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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2015, 04:28:34 AM »
Thanks Climbgirl!

I was googling yesterday and found one place that *rented* dresses from 695!!! What on earth?! I had a big, white, poofy wedding dress, and it cost 700 to buy! I guess maybe they can't get many wears out of it, so it's not as economical as say, hiring a dinner suit.

David's Bridal is a great shout, thank you. I had a flower girl dress bought by an American relative over there because the choice was so vast. I didn't know they had one here so I will definitely mention it.

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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2015, 08:01:46 AM »
If she'd consider renting (which is technically used), then buying a used wedding dress from eBay would be a good way to go approx. 100.  Probably easier if she already has a good idea of a style/size/brand she likes. Many sellers allow returns though. Alteration would be an extra cost.

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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2015, 08:03:18 AM »
Hi Eljay, the original idea was to buy used, wear and resell. I just thought renting was an easier way to accomplish the same thing... but it's probably not worth the fact that someone has to take a cut somewhere to make it a viable business. I think used is probably the best idea. Thanks.

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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2015, 08:33:32 AM »
I bought my wedding dress when I lived in the London. I found a dress I liked from Jcrew and then bought the same model on eBay from the US. It cost about $80 but I was lumped with a whole bunch of fees, tax and a "processing fee" that ended up costing more than the dress. However the dress was beautiful and new. I spent about 25 pounds having it altered to fit correctly. I looked pretty smashing if I say so myself and had a pure silk dress that was gorgeous. There are plenty of Jcrew wedding dresses available on eBay for a moderate sum and of course you can sell onwards. I wil say their sizing is quite off. I was supposed to be a size 6 according to measurements but I'm actually much smaller than their size 6, hence the alteration fees. Anyway just a suggestion on finding a moderately priced dress.