Rent the Wedding

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A wedding gown is serious business. But it doesn’t have to be a serious investment. And if you aren’t the nostalgic type, you can save beaucoup bucks by renting the gown, tux, accessories, and bridesmaids dresses. We found four sites that let you have the dress of your dreams, with a much dreamier price tag.

Little Borrowed Dress
You like your bridesmaids, yes? Help them avoid expense and hassle by renting their gowns through Little Borrowed Dress. Starting at $50, there are 12 different dress styles in 18 colors. Want to coordinate with the flowers? LBD will send you free fabric swatches. Once the bride has picked the style and color, the bridesmaids simply send in their size and place their order. Within a few months, the dresses arrive—there’s even a backup size, just in case. After the wedding, they just ship the dress and the pre-paid envelope back via UPS. littleborroweddress.com

Borrowing Magnolia
Shopping for a dress can be unpleasant, with all the fluorescent lighting and whatnot. Borrowing Magnolia allows you to browse designer gowns from the flattering comfort of your own home. Search details such as fabric, silhouette, and height. Once you’ve narrowed your choice down to a few you’d like to rent or buy, you can have them sent straight to your house for $99, which is credited towards the rental or purchase of your final choice. Try them on, twirl a few times, and pick your favorite. Then send the other two back and move on to the cake tasting. borrowingmagnolia.com

The Black Tux
You could make three separate trips to a tux rental store down the street. Or you could use The Black Tux, an online tux and suit rental service that starts at $95. Renting is simple: First, pick a complete outfit, or build your own, choosing fit, several types of fabric, leather shoes, and neckwear. Once you’ve found your look, get measured and place your order. The tux will arrive a week before your event. After you rock it James Bond-style, you just drop it in the mail. theblacktux.com

Rent the Runway
Rent the Runway is the Cadillac of mail-order rental services, boasting hundreds of high-end dresses and accessories. Order a Vera Wang rehearsal dinner dress and a Raoul bridesmaid dress at the same time. And they have Spanx and Fashion Tape to help you avoid those unfortunate wardrobe malfunctions. Book your dress for a four- or eight-day wedding period and order. It will all arrive by 8 p.m. on your delivery date (just try not to murder your Maid of Honor while you’re waiting). Afterwards, send back the items in the pre-paid envelope—no dry-cleaning necessary. renttherunway.com

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