Wedding Dress Photos by Glenn Guiao
Disclaimer: The photo above does not depict the couples mentioned in this article. It is included solely for illustrative purposes, while certain Reddit threads I discovered online have proven useful.
Can you rent a wedding dress?
everytime i think of buying a dress, i get upset, bc how can I justify spending so much money on something that will just sit in my closet and never been worn, except the day of wedding which is a few hours.
If you live somewhere with a sizable Asian population you might be able to find places that specialize in rentals. For example in Vancouver, BC area I was able to find 2-3 Chinese wedding photo companies that do dress rentals. They had really nice selections and offer free alterations. Most of the dresses have a corset style back to account for many different bride sizes.
In Singapore, it feels like the opposite - I can't justify spending so much (ala carte gown rentals start at USD$650, and these are in-house designs, not designers) for a 3 day rental + just waist/strap alterations. The gowns I liked were all over $1k.
If you hqve cheaper options where you live though, renting sounds like a good idea. You can also buy secondhand dresses from stillwhite (what I did, got an older designer gown for less than $800!), and maybe even resell it after!
If it's sustainability, look for the natural fabrics or sustainable brands. Brides, Green Wedding Shoes, and The Knot all have lists of these brands. Reformation, Pure Magnolia, The Cotton Bride are some that come to mind but there are plenty more.
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