Consider Renting Instead of Buying These 6 Wedding Must-Haves

Brides, You'll Love These Easy Ways to Save Major Cash

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It's a common truth that weddings can be very expensive, and your wedding budget might start to give you a headache once you realize that things cost a whole lot more than you ever imagined. One simple and easy way to cut costs is to rent instead of buy. There are some things that you'll use only that day and never have a need for again. In those cases, go with renting so you can pay a flat fee, use it for the day, and return it without the hassle of having to bring the items back home with you and store them. Wondering what is best to rent versus buy? Here's a list of the top six things you'll save money renting over buying for your wedding day.

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Your Wedding Dress

Bride in Wedding Dress with Quarter-Length Lace Sleeves

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Even if you found the dress of your dreams, you can still get it for a good price if you rent it. There are many sites out there, like Vow to Be Chic, where you can pay a big discounted price to rent a dress for the day. When the night is over, send it back—without worrying about the dry-cleaning bill and how to store it.

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Reception Decorations

Tented Wedding Reception

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Whether it's linens, flatware, or even glasses, having to think about buying all these items when hosting a wedding at a space that's BYO everything can be a true money sucker. Look for companies where you can rent these items and then send them back or have people come pick them up for you at the end of the night.

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Party Furniture

Bohemian Wedding Ceremony Seating

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If you're planning a wedding with a certain theme or vibe to it and want special furniture to make that vision come to life, consider using furniture from a rental company so you can rent tables, chairs, and even couches rather than buying them for thousands.

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Bride Wearing Diamond Earrings and Hairpiece

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It might sound crazy, but you can rent diamond jewelry for your wedding. Companies like William and Henri let you rent diamond necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and even rings. You'll pay a low price to wear these items for the night and shine like the diamond you truly are but can't afford.

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Groom in Tux with Suspenders

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Just like with your dress, your fiancé doesn't have to get a custom tux for thousands and can instead rent one for hundreds. That way, he doesn't have to invest in a fancy suit that he may never wear again.

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Bride Putting on Floral Wedding Shoes

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Yes, you can even rent shoes. If there is a pair of shoes you really want to wear for your wedding but can't afford or don't think you'll ever want to wear again, you can pick them up for rent at places like Just Soles for a fraction of the price.

Jen Glantz is the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire and the author of the new book Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire). She frequently wears old bridesmaids' dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.

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