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We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of Lover.ly, a wedding inspiration site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big day. Once a week, the ladies behind Lover.ly will be sharing their best tips for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.
Anyone who's been engaged for more than five minutes knows that getting married can be expensive. And unless you're having a city hall wedding with nothing but the clothes on your backs, the costs add up quickly. Though you already know that things like table linens, flatware, and dishes are available on loan, there are many more items that are now available for couples to rent. Read on for six things you didn't know you could borrow for the big day.
We understand you might not want to rent your wedding dress, but look at it this way: When will you ever wear an ornate, high-end, all-white gown again in your lifetime? Probably never. (And trust us, the likelihood of your future daughter wanting to wear your dress is pretty slim.) Head over to Rent The Runway and pick out a designer gown you could otherwise never afford and bask in all of its fancy-schmancy glory—without the pang of buyer’s remorse.
Turns out, don't need to buy new jewelry for your wedding. You can borrow it from your mom, your BFF, your grandmother, or, if all else fails, try Happily Ever Borrowed. Rent some statement pieces that complement your wedding theme, then send 'em back after the big day. If you want to purchase your own jewels but don't want to burden your bridesmaids, pick out some rentable baubles for them instead.
It's common knowledge that the groom and his guys can rent their formalwear, but what probably comes to mind is a boxy, polyester number. That's where The Black Tux comes in. Offering tuxes and suits in modern cuts—and prices starting at just $95—The Black Tux is catering to stylish millennial grooms in a way few others do.
You know how every vintage wedding seems to feature the same pink velvet couch and shabby-chic armoire? It's because the couples rented their decor. The owners of shops like Found Rentals and Rent My Dust scour flea markets, auctions, and estate sales to find the best quality antique goods sure to add something special to your event.
If you can't stand the thought of renting your wedding gown, consider renting your veil or headpiece instead. It's rare to wear these items again and they won't hold as much sentimental value as your dress. Happily Ever Borrowed has a gorgeous selection of these accoutrements, suitable for every bridal style.
Nail your "something blue" with the perfect pair of rental shoes. From flats to heels, we love the selection on offered from Just Soles. Just think: you can don the Manolos you've been coveting for just a fraction of their retail price.
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