Where to Rent the Chicest Bridal Dresses for All Your Prewedding Events

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Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
Monica Mercuri
Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
Monica Mercuri
Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
  • Monica writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in fashion commerce content
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Monica was an assistant style and market editor at House Beautiful
  • Monica holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication from George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs
Updated Mar 09, 2022
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If you love the idea of picking out cute bridal outfits for all your wedding-related events, you're not alone. But it's no secret that the cost of buying a bunch of new dresses adds up quickly—so how can you save money and still rock a few different looks? We've got two words for you: Rent them. Nowadays, there are several great rental companies offering trendy and occasion-worthy clothes from all your favorite brands. But each one—whether it's a one-time rental service or monthly membership—is different, so finding the right option for you is key.

When it comes to renting a dress, we always recommend reading customer reviews, familiarizing yourself with the rental policy and selecting some backup options just in case. And because sizing varies across brands and rental sites, it's important to consult the size guides to help you find the right fit. Some companies offer interactive tools for customized size suggestions, which make shopping even easier.

Below, we're breaking down the best places to rent dresses for wedding events—detailing exactly what you need to know before diving in. Plus, we're sharing our favorite bridal dresses from each site to get you started.

1. Rent the Runway

    • Best for: One-time and designer dress rentals
    • Sizes: 00–22
    • Membership plan: Yes
    • One-time rentals: Yes
    • Cost: Memberships from $89/month; one-time rental rates vary

    Rent the Runway is a go-to rental company for brides looking for formalwear. It's completely free to browse through the site's rotating closet of designer dresses and accessories; filter for the formality of your event and the weather to narrow down your search.

    Uniquely, RTR offers one-time rentals, which is ideal if you're searching for one dress rather than multiple. The service is called RTR Reserve and the process is simple: Once you find a dress you like, select a four- or eight-day rental period and enter the delivery and return dates to ensure it's available for your occasion. (Pro tip: You can make your reservation up to four months in advance.) Each Reserve order includes one free backup size and complementary dry cleaning.

    RTR also offers a monthly membership with even more benefits, including free shipping and flexible returns (here are all the membership perks). It's $89 for four items per month, $135 for eight items per month and $199 for 16 items per month—plus, there are new member discounts. With each plan, you'll start with four rental slots, then swap out items as you please. Best of all, you can keep each item for as long as you'd like—and you have the option to buy the styles you absolutely love. Bonus: If there's a lull on your event calendar, you can pause or edit your membership.

    ML Monique Lhuillier Lace Dress in Ivory

    ML Monique Lhuillier ivory lace bridal rental dress

    You'll glow in this beautiful bridal shower-worthy dress. The vintage-inspired lace mini boasts a crew neckline, elegant long sleeves and black accent trim for a look that's equally timeless and sophisticated. Most importantly, you can rent this piece starting at just $65 for a four-day rental.

    Fame & Partners Francois Drape Gown in White Satin

    Rent the Runway rehearsal dinner drape rental dress

    Now here's a stunning rehearsal dinner dress that'll blow your guests away. We're obsessed with the elegantly draped sleeve and minimalist silhouette on this silky satin gown. Add gold jewelry and a sparkly clutch for party-ready attire (RTR has accessories too!). This style starts at $41 for a one-time rental.

    2. Gwynnie Bee

    • Best for: Inclusive sizing and casual dresses
    • Sizes: 0–32
    • Membership plan: Yes
    • One-time rentals: No
    • Cost: $49/month–$199/month

    Using Gwynnie Bee is so simple, you'll question why you didn't sign up for this dress rental subscription service sooner. You can browse, wear and return (or buy) bridal clothes from a wide range of brands, including ELOQUII, Adrianna Papell and Calvin Klein. The type of plan you sign up for will determine how many pieces you can have at a time. Members pay a monthly fee that starts as low as $49 a month (for one item) and goes as high as $199 a month for 10 items out at a time. Done partying? Drop your pieces in the mail (shipping is free) or purchase your favorites at a discount. The site also has an innovative Size Advisor tool that's designed to match you with your best-fitting size (which will improve in accuracy as you try on and rate more styles). While it doesn't carry petite- or tall-specific sizing, there are curated collections for members under 5'3" or 5'9" and over. To get started, take the style quiz to begin building your personal profile.

    ELOQUII Cutout Detail Shirtdress in Brazilian Sand

    ELOQUII white rental shirt dress for brides

    This chic plus-size shirt dress could be dressed up or down depending on the style of your event. The preppy collar, button-down front and side cutouts stand out on this pretty midi. Trust us: You'll be glad to have rented this versatile piece.

    Maison Tara Solid Dot Dress in Blush

    Maison Tara blush dotted rental dress for wedding events for bride

    Soft pink is a popular color for brides, and this lovely fit-and-flare polka dot frock is a dreamy option you can't pass up. With a beautiful V-neckline, elbow-length puff sleeves and a sweet self-tie sash, you'll feel stylish and comfortable.

    3. Fashion To Figure Closet

    • Best for: Plus-size dress rentals
    • Sizes: 12–28, XL–3XL
    • Membership plan: Yes
    • One-time rentals: No
    • Cost: From $55/month

    Fashion To Figure's rental closet is a plus-size subscription service where you get to choose the dress styles and accessories that'll be sent directly to you. FTF Rental offers two monthly membership plans starting at $55 a month: The first allows three clothing pieces per month, while the other allows three clothing items and two accessories per month (so you could easily rent multiple outfits for different prewedding festivities). To return your items, use the prepaid bag and drop off your unpurchased pieces in the mail, which will then prompt an email letting you know that it's time to pick out new styles. If something doesn't fit, you get to rate your items, so you'll receive better suggestions in the future. On the flipside, if you love something, you can buy it for up to 50% off the retail price. And similar to some other subscriptions, you can pause your membership at any time.

    Fashion To Figure Floral Midi Dress in Blue and White

    Fashion To Figure blue floral dress rental for brides

    You'll wow friends and family in this floral rental dress for wedding events. The statement-making garment has bold puff sleeves, a high side slit and a chic allover floral design. Whether it's for your daytime engagement party or brunch bridal shower, you'll stay the center of attention in this gorgeous rental.

    Fashion To Figure Long Sleeve Ruched Dress in Cream

    Fashion To Figure fitted white dress rental for wedding event

    Here's a body-hugging rental dress that'll accentuate your curves. The ruching detail adds a sexy and stylish finish, while the stretch-knit fabric will keep you comfortable throughout your event. Style it with bold earrings, black or nude heels and a cute clutch.

    4. Nuuly

    • Best for: Whimsical and boho bridal dresses
    • Sizes: Standard (XXS–XXL), Plus (1X–5X), Petite (XXS P–XXL P)
    • Membership plan: Yes
    • One-time rentals: No
    • Cost: $88/month

    Rent the cutest pieces from the company behind BHLDN, Anthropologie, Free People and Urban Outfitters. Nuuly's rental subscription charges a monthly flat rate of $88 for its service, which ships six clothing items per month (with laundry and repairs included in your plan). You'll need to either buy or return unpurchased items by your billing date to receive your next monthly shipment. While you're searching for options, save your favorite bridal dresses and outfits to your personal Nuuly closet. (Note: Adding the item to your closet won't hold the item for you, so there's a chance it might be out of stock when you want to rent it—which is why the brand recommends saving lots of different options just in case.) With so many trendy dress styles for the bride-to-be, you'll feel well-dressed for all your prewedding affairs without spending a hefty fee. Most importantly, this service offers plus and petite size options. Check out some of our favorite dresses below.

    Free People Wanna Dance Mini Dress in Ivory

    Nuuly Free People bridal rental mini dress in ivory

    There are so many things that we adore about this romantic mini rental dress, including the short puff sleeves, eyelet detailing and scalloped trim on the skirt. Also, how cute is the lace-up back? Depending on the event, you can heighten the look with elegant accessories and stylish pumps or dress it down with sandals or cute white sneakers.

    Selkie French Puff Midi Dress in Ivory

    Nuuly Selkie puff sleeve bridal dress for rent

    Here's a delightful rental dress for trendsetting brides. The sheer, poofy fabric is perfectly fun and whimsical. Plus, we love the romantic empire waist.

    5. Vince Unfold

    • Best for: Luxury and minimalist dress rentals
    • Sizes: 00–24, XXS–XXXL
    • Membership plan: Yes
    • One-time rentals: Yes
    • Cost: $160/month for a membership; one-time rental rates vary

    Here's another clothing rental subscription site to keep on your radar: Vince Unfold. For one flat fee of $160 per month, you'll have access to Vince's high-end clothing collection, including the brand's newest dresses refreshed on a weekly basis. First, curate at least 10 items in your personal "Edit" and prioritize your favorites, then the rental site will use your priorities to send you four pieces at a time. After your event, send back the items in a prepaid bag or own your favorite pieces by purchasing them at a discounted price. While this dress rental option is pricier than others, Vince's luxurious pieces are well worth the monthly price tag. You'll appreciate having these beautiful dresses handy for your wedding weekend and beyond.

    In addition, Vince recently launched the Borrow program, an extension of its rental service where you can "borrow" individual pieces without the monthly subscription fee. Simply browse the site for items that catch your eye. Once you find something you like, select your preferred size and color; if the item is available to rent, a Borrow button will appear with the rental price and return date. (If you'd like to keep the item for a longer period of time, you'll have to pay a daily usage fee for the extra days.) Before you start shopping, keep two things in mind. First, availability fluctuates with inventory, so you may have to check back if you don't see the button for your size. Second, your rental window will start immediately—there's no option to schedule your rental for a future date.

    Vince Relaxed Long Sleeve Shirt Dress in Optic White

    Vince long-sleeve rental dress for bachelorette party

    Calling all minimalist brides-to-be: You'll appreciate the simple silhouette of this long-sleeve shirt dress. Pack this versatile frock for your bachelorette party getaway along with nude sandals, a cute woven bag and sunscreen.

    Vince Rib Scoop Neck Dress in Heather Dark Ivory

    Vince ivory ribbed rental dress for engagement party

    Effortlessly elegant, you'll want to try this gorgeous engagement dress rental from Vince Unfold. The simple silhouette features a scoop neckline, fitted bodice and subtle A-line skirt for free movement. Plus, the long sleeves and ribbed fabric will keep you comfortable during chillier months.

    6. Banana Republic Style Passport

    • Best for: Budget-friendly dress rentals
    • Sizes: 00–18, XXS–XXL
    • Membership plan: Yes
    • One-time rentals: No
    • Cost: $75/month

    Think of Banana Republic's Style Passport as exclusive access to the brand's latest and greatest styles. For $75 a month, you can create a virtual closet of your favorite Banana Republic pieces and accessories. (Psst: You'll need to have a minimum of eight items in your closet, but the brand recommends maintaining around twenty for the best experience.) Each month, you'll receive three items from your closet in each box. Here's the fun part: You can keep a box all month or swap at your convenience to make the most of your subscription (renters typically receive three boxes per month). Plus, you don't have to worry about paying for shipping, returns or dry cleaning. To plan ahead for your next bridal outfit, add your favorite dress styles in advance and make sure to prioritize them in the system. That said, note that nothing's guaranteed—items are sent based on their availability.

    Banana Republic Petite ECOVERO Midi Dress in White Floral

    Banana Republic petite rental dress for bride

    Here's a lovely yellow and white rental dress covered in beautiful printed blooms. The midi silhouette and subtle side slit are perfect for spring or summertime. You'll also love the cap sleeves and chic back cutout. It's an appropriately formal choice for your engagement party or bridal shower.

    Banana Republic Off-the-Shoulder Sweater Dress in Transition Cream White

    Banana Republic off-the-shoulder sweater bridal dress for rent

    You'll adore the look of this cozy sweater dress for your fall or winter event. The timeless design features an off-the-shoulder boat neck, draped bodice and modern pencil skirt. Pair it with gold accessories, neutral heels and a sparkly clutch.

    7. FashionPass

    • Best for: Unlimited dress rentals
    • Sizes: 00–12, XS–XL
    • Membership plan: Yes
    • One-time rentals: No
    • Cost: $79/month–$139/month

    FashionPass is an unlimited rental subscription service where you can rent dresses for your wedding events. Search by occasion, dress style and color to shop fashion-forward frocks from Show Me Your Mumu, ASTR The Label, For Love & Lemons, ELLIATT and more. The site offers three plans ranging from $69 to $129 for the first month (and $79 to $139 for every month after). The least expensive option is the Socialite, where you can rent two clothing items and one accessory at a time, followed by the Trendsetter, where you can reserve up to three clothing items and two accessories. Finally, the most expensive option, Wanderlust, will let you keep four clothing items and three accessories at once. What's great about FashionPass is that you can swap your box for a new one as many times as you want, plus you keep your items for as long as you please—so the frequency is entirely up to you. As with other rental sites, shipping and dry cleaning are conveniently included in your membership fee. Additionally, you can purchase your rentals for a members-only discount of 30% to 60% off.

    ELLIATT Harley Dress in White

    FashionPass ELLIATT bridal rental dress with feathers

    Feathers are so on trend, and we love how they complement this gorgeous rental dress for brides. The design features sleek spaghetti straps, a wispy feathered neckline and a fitted midi silhouette. Whether you wear it as your engagement party outfit or for your bachelorette party, you're bound to get plenty of compliments.

    Blue Life Baylee Dress in Blue Blossom

    FashionPass blue and white floral rental dress for wedding events

    Ring in your wedding weekend festivities with a fun, flowy rental dress. This flouncy sun dress is covered in pretty blue floral details (your something blue, perhaps?). Pair it with a sun hat, statement jewelry and heeled sandals.

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