Photo: Rent The Runway
Choosing your wedding dress is tough enough, but finding a bridesmaid dress that every single one of your girls loves might be even harder. But luckily a few dress rental websites are making the choice for bridal-party wear very simple. They have an extensive selection in every silhouette and shade. Plus, the cost is significantly cheaper than purchasing the designer look outright. To help you find a rentable dress you and your girls will approve of, we rounded up a few of our favorite dress rental sites.
Rent the Runway
RTR really changed the game when it came to online dress rental and the site has expanded to include a robust bridal selection, including gowns for bridesmaids. The process is simple: The bride and bridal party search for their selection of dresses and make a decision on which they would like; the designs are booked for four or eight day rentals; you wear the dress and then return it in its pre-paid envelope — dry cleaning included. The brand also has a brick-and-mortar store in New York City and Las Vegas, so ladies can test drive dresses ahead of time.
Vow to be Chic
Vow to be Chic promises to make sure that the price of your bridesmaids dresses are affordable, with designs starting at just $50 from labels like Nicole Miller, Theia, Tadashi Shoji and Jill Jill Stuart. Once your ladies submit their measurements, the site will send along the most-loved dresses in two sizes to be tried on at home. The bridal party can then send back the dresses they don't want in the pre-paid packaging provided, and return the ones worn after the festivities are over. (Bonus for brides: The site just launched rentable little white dresses — perfect for your all of your pre-wedding parties!)
Weddington Way has very cool social features, which allow brides to compare and share their experiences. First, the bride registers, then adds any gowns she likes to her list of favorites. Once she's gathered all of her picks, she can compare the designs side-by-side and then add the members of her bridal party to the site. The 'maids vote on their faves and the bride can add the highest-ranked dress to her girls' shopping carts. To try on the dresses before purchasing, bridesmaids can visit Weddington Way's brick-and-mortar store in the San Francisco Bay area or enroll in the site's "Try Before You Buy" program.