there were two things i was certain of when i got engaged
the guy i was going to marry
and that there would be mason jars at my wedding
lots of them
everything else seemed to fall into place
around all the mason jars of course
...and then came baby...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

designer dresses on a budget: rent the runway

{carlos miele dress normally $1,100, RTR price $150}

{herve leger dress normally $1,050, RTR price $100}

{catherine malandrino dress normally $595, RTR price $75}

{badgley mischka dress normally $400, RTR price $50}

the hubs & i have had somewhat of a wedding marathon this year. by the end of october, we will have attended 8 weddings. 8! we feel so blessed to be part of these amazing days, and the open bars & free meals are simply icing on the cake.

here's the thing, when you add up the cost of engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelor/ette weekends, flights, hotels, rental cars and gifts, it's hard to even imagine buying a new dress. let alone 8! i've been trying to rotate in a few, but thanks to similar guest lists & good ol' facebook, it's become difficult to be a repeat dress offender.

a good friend recently turned me on to rent the runway & i think it just might be the perfect solution to the what-to-wear dilemma for wedding guests.

it's free to sign up, the dress arrives dry cleaned & ready to roll, you get to keep in your possession for 4 days & all you have to do is drop it in the mailbox on the due date.

a few awesome things to note, they'll send you another size for no extra fee just to be sure you get the right fit. and if you're feeling particularly indecisive, they'll allow you to order another dress at the same price level or less for only $25. hello, rehearsal dinner dress!

they also have a bump friendly section for all you expecting moms that don't want to spend a fortune on a new dress, but still want to look your best.

at first i didn't like the idea of renting a dress, but then i realized all of the fancy pants actresses borrow dresses for their big events. if they can do it, why can't i? it's true oscar de la renta isn't lending me a dress for free, but badgley mischka will rent to me for $50. that's not so shabby!

go here to find out exactly how the whole thing works.

anybody out there ever give rent the runway a try? how do you feel about renting a dress?

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