*This is a paid post from an APW Sponsor*
Nothing thrills me more than a wedding business that is so flat-out brilliant it manages to solve a bunch of your wedding-related problems in one fell swoop. Which is exactly the case with longtime APW sponsor Little Borrowed Dress, a company founded on the belief that bridesmaid dresses should be affordable, stylish, high quality, and best of all—returnable. But the best thing about Little Borrowed Dress is that in the past few years, they’ve managed to streamline the process of renting bridesmaid dresses so well that I honestly can’t think of any question they haven’t answered or variable they haven’t accounted for. Which means that for those of you who have been dreaming of matching bridesmaid dresses since forever (or who just want the ease of different styles in matching colors and fabrics), you no longer have to feel bad about asking your best ladies to drop hundreds of dollars to make it happen. Or try and convince them that they’ll totally wear it again. Because, really?
But it’s not just that Little Borrowed Dress is affordable (their dresses start at just $50 to rent or $150 if some of your wedding party want to buy them), it’s also that their process is so, so, so simple you’ll want to use them for every time you have to buy a fancy dress. Here’s how it goes:
- First, choose your dresses. Since Little Borrowed Dress isn’t one of those sites that requires you to sign up before browsing (because, no thank you), you can tweet or pin your favorite dresses and crowdsource your wedding party for opinions. In the meantime, feel free to order a free fabric swatch to make sure you’re getting the color you want.
- Next, try it on! (Or don’t!) Little Borrowed Dress has a showroom in NYC if you want to try on their dresses. But if you’re not local, don’t worry, because Little Borrowed Dress includes a backup size in every order they send out. Which is so awesome it makes my size-confused heart want to hug them.
- Then place your reservation online and wait for your dresses to arrive. They’ll be there two weeks before the wedding, professionally cleaned and ready to go!
- Dance the night away.
- Finally, drop your dress in the mail using the prepaid envelope provided by Little Borrow Dress and never think about it again.
Magic, right? The funny thing is, I keep talking about bridesmaid dresses like the default is something you’ll hate wearing. But the collection at Little Borrowed Dress is honestly so stylish that you may actually end up liking the dress more than the price. In fact, we used them for our Hair & Makeup Tutorials last summer, and they were an absolute hit with our staff. And because of the way the dresses are designed and cut (they include built-in adjustments so that you can customize to your body!), they fit all of the different shapes and sizes in our group and were flattering on everyone.
But the proof is really in the pictures. If I’d found these images anywhere other than the Little Borrowed Dress blog, I’d have no idea the bridesmaid dresses were rented for $50-$75. And it’s not just that they are stylish and affordable. These are also bridesmaid dresses you can feel good about. Each one is 100% silk (that’s right, not an ounce of polyester on these bad boys) and manufactured locally in New York City’s garment district. Rad.
Plus, at the end of the day, working with Little Borrowed Dress means supporting a female entrepreneur who loves APW and wants to change the wedding industry as much as we do. Which is just a win all around. Corie, the brains behind Little Borrowed Dress, told me, “We are fundamentally trying to change the wedding industry. In five years’ time, I sincerely hope that renting a bridesmaid dress will be as ubiquitous as renting a tuxedo. But when you are trying to change an industry as traditional as the wedding one, the status quo is not always going to be welcoming. Honestly, when I discovered APW it was my safe haven. Reading about your weddings reminds me why I started this business in the first place—to give smart savvy brides like you a better option. You guys inspire me. So I am always flattered when you trust us enough to be a part of your wedding. (Plus you throw great parties and we love it when you send pictures!)”
And since Corie really does love you guys, she’s offering APW readers 10% if you order a free swatch tomorrow and put APW in the “how you heard about us” field! Or if you just don’t know what colors you might want, send an email to hello at littleborroweddress dot com by the end of the week and they’ll email you a code back!
So if you’re tired of feeling conflicted about wanting great looking matching bridesmaid dresses and not wanting to stick your favorite people with something that will collect dust in their closets, I don’t think I have to tell you that Little Borrowed Dress is the answer. So go. Browse the Little Borrowed Dress collection, order a free swatch, get a great discount, and then feel awesome about it. Because with Little Borrowed Dress, there really isn’t any other way to feel.
Photo credits: Photos with text by Elizabeth Messina, green bridesmaid dresses by Ryan Flynn and grey bridesmaid dresses by Elizabeth & Rich. For photos with text, flowers were designed by Flowerchild and Hair & Makeup is courtesy of Erin Skipley.