When you first start looking for your perfect dress, you realize that there are about a million options out there! Well, the variety doesn’t stop simply with style! You will also have to decide whether you want to buy, or rent your dress – and since both options come with their pros and cons, we thought we’d make it easy for you to decide!

If you’re planning on buying…

PRO: It’s yours forever

Your wedding is a day that you will remember forever – buying your dress means you get to keep it just as long. This is great if you plan on wearing it again for photos or a vow renewal, or if you’re hoping to pass your dress down to your child or other family member for their wedding.

PRO: It will fit like a glove

Once you’ve bought a dress, it’s yours to do whatever you like with. Since most dresses are made to order, it will be made to your measurements and an alterations specialist will form fit it to your body. You can also shorten it after the fact and wear it again!

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CON: It can be expensive

Wedding dresses, especially designer ones, can rack up a big price tag – and since you’re likely only wearing the dress once – some brides feel that the expense isn’t worth it.

CON: It takes up a lot of room

We’ve all been there – standing in front of your closet, wondering if your partner would notice if you stole some of their side. Unfortunately, when you buy your wedding dress, you then have to store it. Depending on the style of dress, this can take up a lot of valuable real estate in your closet.

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If you’re planning on renting…

PRO: It’s cost-effective

While it will still be an expense, renting your dress will deliver a much smaller price tag than if you were to buy one! Since you will only have it for a few days, you won’t need to incur the cost of the whole dress. Plus, most rental boutiques will throw in alterations!

PRO: Hello costume change!

Have you been dreaming of multiple dresses throughout your big day? With renting, this is even more accessible thanks to the lower price tag and the fact that you won’t have to store multiple dresses in your closet after the fact! So go ahead and get the ceremony dress, the reception dress, and the cocktail hour dress…

CON: No big alterations

While it is true that some alterations can be made to rental dresses, they cannot be permanent. This means that the dress needs to be in pretty much the same condition as when you received it.

CON: Liability fees

When you rent a wedding dress, be aware that you will be on the hook for any damage incurred as a result of your wedding. rips, stains or other damage will come out of your pocket and depending on the extent, you may need to buy a whole new dress.