(Source: Borrowing Magnolia; Jenny Packham Dress, rental $1,800)
Here is the story of my wedding dress: after months of militant research, shopping and second-guessing, I found 'the one,' wore it for approximately eight magical hours on my big day and promptly had it preserved by an outrageously expensive dry cleaner. Ever since then, my fairytale Vera Wang
gown has lived in a huge, bulky box that I store—no joke—on top of my dog’s crate.
If this cautionary tale sounds familiar—or you're wary of following in these oft-tread footsteps—then Borrowing Magnolia
is going to rock your world. The site makes it easier than ever for past brides to rent or sell their worn-once masterpieces, and for future brides to nab a stunning designer gown at a fraction of the price (rentals run from $385 to $1,920, and purchases from $275 to $4,380).
(Source: Borrowing Magnolia; Lian Carlo Dress, rental $900)
Here's what differentiates Borrowing Magnolia from other secondhand gown e-tailers we've come across: brides-to-be can actually try on
that dreamy Amsale or Carolina Herrera
confection before committing the big bucks. For $99, the site will ship your top three picks for you to test out in the comfort of your home, then credit the fee towards the look you ultimately decide on. And if you settle on a rental gown, don't fret: you get the dress for a full 14 days, and don't have to worry about hefty dry-cleaning fees (Borrowing Magnolia will take care of it for you).(Source: Borrowing Magnolia; Pronovias Dress, rental $750)
The only problem? Deciding which of the beautifully edited selection of like-new gowns strikes your fancy. The current offering includes drop-dead styles from celeb faves such as Monique Lhuillier
and Jenny Packham
, plus tons of pretty options from bridal mainstays including Maggie Sotero and Pronovias.
And if, like me, you're looking to offload your mint-condition dream dress, head here
to start the oh-so-simple dress submission process.