It makes sense to rent a wedding dress, it is an eco-friendly option and it should save you money but I was shocked at how much some of the rental prices are!
I found one dress for rent for $1000 which is just mad when you could look at buying a similar wedding dress second hand for much less. However, on average rental wedding dresses that I have seen are $300 - $400.
Even $300 seems like a lot for a dress that you will wear for one day and then hand back but if it was the most amazing dress and fitted you like a glove (or fitted you like a well-made wedding dress ;o)) then that would be understandable.
Sadly most wedding dresses for rent are not of a great quality, however this is changing.
The reason for the poor quality is that a number of dress designers and manufacturers do not allow their dresses to be rented out. Others even ask for their dresses not to be sold online so that they can try and avoid their prices being undercut.
Choosing whether you rent a wedding dress is also a cultural choice too.
Korea and Brazil are two countries where it is considered mad not to rent your dress. That might be due to the fact that Korean brides normally have up to 3 wedding dresses! The UK also has a number of rental shops for brides but the US has very few of any great quality.
One of my friends rented her wedding dress in England for her wedding in Ireland and it was stunning, they altered the dress to fit her and it was perfect. Her sister then returned the dress to the bridal store on her return to England.
If you are going to hire your wedding dress you will probably be better off looking locally for a boutique or store. However, here are some online stores that do have a reasonable amount of dresses to choose from.