When you think of getting an eco-friendly wedding dress, you might not be thinking about renting a wedding gown – but buying or borrowing a pre-owned gown is definitely worth consideration. With approximately 2.7 million weddings in the United States annually, it’s no secret the production of wedding gowns— which are typically worn only once—has quite an impact on the planet. Heightened environmental consciousness, coupled with the high price tag of designer gowns, is leading more brides to consider alternative options like wedding gown rental.
There are a number of wedding gown rental companies online now, but one site - Borrowing Magnolia - is really doing its part to help you reduce the environmental impact of your wedding, at least as far as the dress goes! Borrowing Magnolia connects future brides and previous brides through its managed resale and rental service. You can shop Borrowing Magnolia’s extensive online collection of designer dresses and, for a $99 fee, try on up to three gowns at once in the comfort of your own home. The best part is that they have gowns for every style wedding. Here are some of our favorites for this season:
A Wedding Gown For The Classic Bride
For a bride with classic sophistication, Nicole Miller's Veronique dress fits the bill with it's sheath silhouette in a stretch Jacquard fabric. We love the unique texture of the material and the gorgeous fishtail train.
A Wedding Gown For The Romantic Bride
This tulle, empire waste Amsale gown is perfect for the romantic Bride. The beautiful silk flowers at the bust and layers of flowing tulle make this gown both whimsical and feminin
A Wedding Gown For The Elegant Bride
The exquisite alencon lace detail and cap-sleeve mermaid silhouette make this Lian Carlo dress perfect for the elegant bride. We love the open back of this gorgeous gown.
A Wedding Gown For The Vintage Bride
Jenny Packham's Esme gown exudes glamour and style. The intricate beadwork and romantic sheer back make this the perfect gown for the bride going for a vintage look.
A Wedding Gown For The Bohemian Bride
We love Claire Pettibone's Queen Anne's Lace for the boho bride. The dress is romantic and relaxed with it's soft sheath silhouette, delicate lacework and deep V back.
Don’t think borrowing or buying a pre-owned gown means sacrificing style. In fact, because the prices of wearing pre-owned are more reasonable than buying something off the rack, you just might find yourself walking down the aisle in a dress you thought was way out of your budget. You won’t have to worry about your dress looking worn, either. Borrowing Magnolia allows each gown to be worn a maximum of five times before being sold, which means you’re making a sustainable choice while still wearing a gown in like-new condition.
If going pre-owned isn’t for you, then you can still consider giving another bride the opportunity to enjoy your beautiful gown after your big day. You’ll recoup some of your investment and be doing the eco-friendly thing at the same time. Details about submitting your gown to Borrowing Magnolia (to be bought or borrowed) are available athttp://borrowingmagnolia.com. It’s a win-win any way you look at it.