Seeing as suit hire has been on my mind this week, it occurred to me to wonder whether anyone out there is hiring their wedding dress? We’re hiring suits for the men of the bridal party, but have bought my dress, which seems to be the typical way of doing things, with wedding dress hire a lot less common than it once was – perhaps due to the advent of eBay and the fact that so many high street stores are now selling cheap wedding gowns.
If our budget was such that we couldn’t have afforded to buy a dress outright, though, I wouldn’t have thought twice about hiring. It can be much less expensive than buying, and it’s not as if I’m going to realistically get the opportunity to wear that ivory silk number again, after all! (As much as I’d like to…)
I’ve only ever hired a dress once before, for a university ball. I was an impoverished student, and managed to strike gold (literally – it was a gold coloured dress) in an Edinburgh hire shop, when I discovered the dress of my dreams, available to hire within my budget. It was a brand new dress, so I was the first person to wear it, and it was altered so it fit me perfectly. All in all, a very positive experience, although I may just have been exceptionally lucky.
What about everyone else? Have you/would you hire your wedding gown, or do you want a dress that’s all your own?
(The Vera Wang dress in the picture, incidentally, is sadly not for hire – that’s just wishful thinking on my part.)