Should I buy or hire my wedding dress

Many brides choose to buy their wedding dress, however there are others who decide to rather hire their wedding dress instead. Weddings are quite expensive as is and more often than not, the wedding dress is the most expensive item on the list! Let’s look at the pros and cons of both options to help you make the right choice for you.

Pros and Cons of Renting Your Wedding Dress

Pro: It’s Cheaper

If attire is not your biggest priority and you would rather spend more money on your honeymoon, renting your wedding dress will free up those extra funds. You might also be able to afford designer wedding dresses that would otherwise be too expensive to get.

Pro: It May Seem More Practical

Chances are that you will only be wearing your dress once. This may seem to some people like it’s not worth the money and maintenance that goes Into buying a wedding dress.

Pro: The Process is Quicker

Since there’s not a lot of customization to do, you will spend less time on your dress. If your date is approaching fast, and time is not on your side, renting your dress will likely save your special day.

Con: You Miss Out On a Custom Look

Some bridal boutiques may allow some alterations, but they won’t allow a lot if they do. This means you will not have a unique dress,  since many other brides have and will wear the same dress and style as you.

Con:  You Can’t Keep the Dress

This probably goes without saying, but if you rent, you can’t keep your dress. Unfortunately, you can only keep it for a limited time. This also means you can’t pass it on, reuse it for a milestone anniversary or for a vow renewal.

Con: Usually You Don’t Get To Try The Dress On Ahead Of Time

For some brides this is a deal breaker, but you can work around it by trying it on in person before renting it, or you can extend the rental period at an additional cost.

Pros and Cons of Buying Your Wedding Dress

Pro: No Restrictions

When you buy your wedding dress, you have the freedom to make any changes to the dress to make it unique to you.

Pro: No Extra Expenses For Damages

Accidents can happen despite the best of efforts. If you bought the dress and it gets damaged, you don’t have to pay anything extra for your wedding dress.

Pro: A Wider Selection

When you hire, some bridal boutiques will only allow you to choose  from pre-selected gowns. However, when you buy the dress, you aren’t limited and you can pick the perfect dress without settling for less than what you want.

Pro and Con: Renting And Damages

If you don’t care for originality, you can make your dress a financial asset. You can rent it out, but you should be aware that the bride can possibly damage it, so there is some risk to this.

Con: You Only Wear It Once

Unless you keep your size and figure an intend to renew your vows or dressing in it for a big anniversary, you only wear it once. You can save it for your daughter or another family member, but they may not want to wear it.

Con: Maintenance

Unfortunately, you have to maintain and preserve the dress to keep it from damaging, and the services for such costs money.

To help you make the right choice and help you with any alterations to your wedding dress, Exclusive Alterations will be with you every step of the way.

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