What’s the most annoying thing about wedding season? For us, it’s the often excessive amounts of cash bridesmaids are asked to drop on dresses for the ceremony. Usually, these items are the sort of thing you buy, wear once for your friend’s special day, and then never touch again. They don’t really make sense as an investment since they’re not super rewearable.
Our personal favorite solution: allowing your bridal party to rent bridesmaid dresses. There are a number of new online shops popping up that provide stylish options for anywhere between $75 and $150 a rental—much lower than the several hundred dollars many of us are used to spending on these one-off dresses.
Below, see our four favorite bridesmaid dress rental destinations—and 17 stylish dresses to rent right now!
Rent the Runway
Long the go-to shopping destination for stylish shoppers interested in designer wares but unwilling to drop loads of cash, Rent the Runway touts a separate bridal portal for straightforward shopping. With everything from bridesmaid dresses—from designer names like Badgley Mischka, Monique Lhuillier, Osman, and more—to jewelry, shoes, and headpieces to complete the look, it’s a great way to get completely outfitted for a wedding for much, much less.
Ever wanted to shop straight from your most stylish friend’s closet? That’s what clothing swap destination Style Lend offers—the ability to “lend” pieces from your own wardrobe and, of course, vice versa. While the selection offers some seriously covetable labels, be sure to put in your dress size first to more effectively shop the pieces you’ll actually rent.
Vow to Be Chic
Founded in 2014, Vow to Be Chic is a membership-based shop that allows both brides and bridesmaids to shop for dress rentals starting at $95. You pick out the styles you like, get two sizes sent to you to try on several months prior to the big day, make your selection, and then return it after the wedding.
This wedding day destination has endless options when it comes to color, and its selection of universally flattering cuts makes it ideal for the bridal party that sticks to one color but chooses different styles. Although not technically a rental site, Weddington Way offers affordable bridesmaids dresses, starting at just $99.
Weddington Way Chloe ($149)
Available in sizes 00 to 18.
We’re already predicting lavender will be a huge color trend this year.
Looking for some celebrity inspiration before you go shopping? FYI: Taylor Swift was the cutest bridesmaid.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated by Anna LaPlaca.