If you're getting married in London and looking for a way to save money, wear an amazing dress outside your budget or reduce waste, renting or hiring a wedding dress in London is a great option. Not only does it give you access to designer wedding dresses that might otherwise be out of reach, but it also helps to reduce the environmental impact of your wedding. In this guide, we'll cover everything you need to know about renting a wedding dress in London.
1. Start Your Search Early
Whether you are renting your dress or purchasing outright, you always need more time than you think! At P.S. Bridal, recommend starting your search 9-12 months in advance of the wedding. For renting, the dresses are already made so therefore you can afford to look a little later but aim to start your search for a wedding dress to rent or hire at least three months in advance to give yourself enough time to find the perfect dress and have it tailored to your needs.
2. Know Your Budget
Renting a wedding dress can be a more cost-effective option than buying one, but it still requires a budget. Know your budget before you start your search to avoid falling in love with a gown that's outside of your price range. Some rental companies offer price ranges or packages that might suit you, so it's worth researching different options. Take a look at our full range of wedding dress to rent or hire on P.S. Bridal Rental.
3. Research Rental Companies
Do your research when it comes to rental companies. Look at online reviews and ask for recommendations from other brides. Consider the quality of the dresses on offer (we are biased but the P.S. Bridal Rental selection is definitely the best!) the range of styles and sizes available, and the rental fees and deposit requirements. It's also worth checking the company's policies on alterations, cleaning, and damage, as well as their delivery and return policies.
4. Try on Dresses
The only bridal rental business that offers the option to try on dresses before you rent them is P.S. Bridal Rental! Take advantage of this service to find the perfect gown. Make sure you have any undergarments or and shoes you plan to wear on your wedding day to ensure the dress fits properly.
5. Plan for Alterations
Even if you find a dress that fits perfectly, you might still need to make some alterations. At P.S. Bridal Rental we allow reversible alterations by our select vetted seamstresses. Do not try to find your own, this could result in damaging the dress. Reach out to your P.S. Bridal Stylist via email or WhatsApp to find out more about our reversible alterations service.
6. Care for the Dress
Renting a wedding dress comes with some responsibilities. Make sure you follow the rental company's care instructions for the dress to avoid any damage. Don't try to clean the dress yourself, and avoid wearing it in situations where it might get stained or damaged. If something does happen to the dress, notify the rental company immediately.
7. Return the Dress on Time
Make sure you return the dress to the rental company on time to avoid any additional fees or charges. Plan ahead to allow for shipping times or drop-off requirements, and make sure the dress is clean and in good condition before you return it.
Renting a wedding dress can be a great option for brides looking to save money or reduce waste or wear a dress far better than they would have been able to (or wanted to!) purchase outright! With a little bit of planning and research, you can find the perfect gown for your special day without breaking the bank or harming the environment. Follow these tips for renting a wedding dress in London, and you're sure to find a dress that makes you feel beautiful and confident on your wedding day.