How do you see yourself on your wedding day?
This was the same question I asked when I started to dream about of getting married. Imagining myself wearing that little crown on my head and dancing with my long beautiful white gown, made my heart skip a beat. I couldn’t wait for that day to become a reality.
When me and my fiancé then, now my husband Dave started with our nuptial preparations, we set a certain budget for all the suppliers. As financial planners, we don’t want to indulge ourselves in a posh celebration yet will leave us with empty pockets after the ‘big day’. After classifying all the wedding items as negotiable and non-negotiable, I found myself crushing the reality that my bridal gown is a negotiable item for us and not on the top priorities of our budget. But of course, the woman in me wanted to make that ‘dream wedding dress’ a reality.
However, four months before our wedding, I still didn’t have a bridal gown. (panic mode!) Tapping a couturier was not our option since it is not within our budget which custom made gown ranges from 25,000 pesos and up. We also heard some horror stories that gown was delivered just few hours before the wedding ceremony started. We didn’t want to have that kind of stress since we know four months is such a limited time for a sewer to finish the dress. We went to malls and wedding expo and looked for ready to wear (RTW) gowns. There were very few low-priced gowns but some didn’t fit my body type and other designs are not my type. (Sighhhhh…)
“Oh dream wedding dress! Where can I find you?”
Ooops I forgot…
Oh cheap dream wedding dress! Where can I find you?”
But we still had our last option. What if I rent a wedding gown?
I made an extensive research about shops that offer wedding gowns for rent. I read reviews and testimonials from brides for each shop. Then I found this shop nearby called Damsel which is located in Makati Cinema Square. We went to the store and we were really impressed by the hospitality of Belle and her staff. They accommodated us promptly and showed us their available gowns though there were other customers at that time. Wedding gown rental rates starts at around 2,000 pesos. After trying out three gowns, finally, I found the perfect one for me. We avail their wedding package which includes wedding gown, accessories (tiara, veils, petticoat, pillows, cords, mannequin, etc.) plus the groom’s coat for only 10,000 pesos. We picked up the dress two days before our wedding day.
Some people will find renting a wedding gown amusing and unconventional. But if you are like me who is frugal, in a limited budget and time, who doesn’t know where to put the dress after wearing it (Swear, it will not fit in your closet!), and who doesn’t care if you’ll not be able to wear the same wedding dress on your 50th anniversary or for your daughter on her wedding day, then renting might be good for you.
After you make a decision to rent your wedding dress, research, research and research! Aside from the cost and their policies, read feedback from the shop’s clients. Read reviews about their personnel because they will be part of your wedding team. Check their online portfolio to see their designs. Consider also the location of the shop. It is advisable that it is near your hotel or house since you are going to return it within a week. Be mindful also of the accessories and be careful on how you wear your dress since any missing item or damaged to the dress will be deducted from your deposit.
Me and Dave believe that this was one of the best decisions we made during our wedding preparation. I was able to choose the best wedding gown for me without shedding most of our funds. But after all, a bridal gown is just a small part of your wedding. What really makes a bride beautiful is the love and joy that glow from within.