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On the hunt for the perfect wedding dress? Well, we know it can be a bit stressful to find one that suits your exact vision and price tag. If you’re starting to feel a bit defeated it might be time to ditch the dream of buying a gown and opting for wedding dress hire, instead. Hiring has a ton of benefits and we’re here to help you learn why it might just be your best option.

Here are a few reasons to do a wedding dress hire.

You only wear it once

One sad truth: you’ll probably only wear your dress once. That means the cost per wear is extremely high, which (understandably) can be difficult for brides to justify. If you’re not fussed about keeping yours forever, a wedding dress hire may just be your best option.

You’ll save money

Saving money is the biggest reason brides opt for wedding dress hire over buying. Gowns typically go for hundreds of pounds while renting can be as low as £100 (a HUGE difference). If you want to splurge in other areas of wedding planning, choose a luxury honeymoon destination or are just looking to keep your savings account intact, borrowing is the way to go.

You can get a more expensive gown (for less money)

Want to rock a designer wedding dress on your big day but don’t have the money to purchase it? Good news, renting your wedding dress will keep those costs down while providing you with the frock of your dreams. You’ll want to take the time to do some research on which stores (or online retailers) stock your preferred brands so that you know if you can get the exact wedding dress silhouette and style you’ve been lusting after.

You may be able to get a package deal

Want to take care of your entire bridal ensemble all in one fell swoop? Some wedding dress hire companies also lend out accessories, shoes and veils, so there’s a good chance you'll be able to find a package deal. This will save you even more money and the stress of hunting down all those goodies on your own.

You won’t have to deal with the aftermath

If you purchase your wedding dress, you’re going to have to deal with cleaning and preserving, which can be costly and a bit of a hassle. Hiring your wedding dress means you can skip those steps, though you will be responsible for any snags or stains (just be prepared to pay a few extra quid).

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