With the cost of a wedding dress often eating up a considerable amount of budget, have you ever considered renting your dream gown instead?
If you’ve been dreaming of your wedding since you were little, odds are you’ve already pictured yourself in the perfect gown. Walking into a boutique adorned with pristine white dresses dripping in lace, diamantes and tulle is a part of wedding planning that many brides-to-be can’t wait to experience. Sipping champagne while you twirl in front of the mirror and waiting for friends and family to “say yes to the dress” is a magical moment, only to be dampened by price tags that contain perhaps one too many zeros. In Hong Kong, wedding dresses can easily start from five figures, and that’s before you even consider the wedding venue, menu and groom’s suit. If you’ve been pining for a couture gown, however, don’t despair just yet. Have you ever considered renting?
Typically worn just once, there are plenty of brides now opting to rent the dress of their dreams rather than splurge on something that will eventually end up hanging in the back of their closet. Not sure where to start? We’ve sourced nine stores that offer affordable rental options, leaving plenty of your budget to fork out on that open bar…
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Editor’s Note: Many of the bridal stores listed below are by appointment only, so be sure to call ahead to avoid disappointment.
This luxurious bridal salon houses an exclusive collection of gorgeous wedding gowns from designer brands across the globe, including Roberto Cavalli, Iris Noble, Blumarine, Daalarna, Zahavit Tshuba and Anya Fleet, to name just a few. Though the designs are all classically beautiful, they each put their own unique and contemporary twist on the traditional wedding dress – perfect for the edgy bride looking to stand out on her big day. Whether you’re purchasing or renting, you can guarantee the dress you choose will ultimately make for stunning photographs that you will treasure for a lifetime. Be sure to catch Circle Weddings’ New Year sale, which runs from now until Sunday, 7 February, where you can enjoy up to 35% off.
If you’re looking for a real showstopper for your big day, The Wedding Gown will have exactly what you’re looking for. In fact, between the ethereal garments from Liz Martinez, immaculate craftsmanship of Lian Rokman, dramatic couture gowns by Nicole + Felicia, fashion-forward designs of Inbal Dror and Alon Livne White’s structured modern cuts (and with over 600 gowns available in store), you’ll be hard pressed to settle on just one! With a breathtaking exclusive collection of bridal dresses by emerging international designers, it’s no wonder the brand is a favourite amongst celebrities and fashion elites. Thinking of renting one of these stunning designs for your pre-wedding shoot? Why not take advantage of the brand’s all-in-one styling and wedding portrait service? Leave it to The Wedding Gown’s in-house art director and creative team, The Styling Concepts, to create the editorial-style bridal shoot of your dreams. As the most followed Hong Kong bridal shop on Instagram, you’re sure to be in good hands!
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Le Soleil Bridal Closet offers a refreshing selection of effortlessly glamorous garments which bring together fashion and bridal gowns in a combination that every bride craves. Its studio, located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, provides a cosy and intimate space (complete with a serene forest window view) where you can view and try on a range of fabulous dresses by the likes of international designers such as Neta Dover, Danit Levi, Elia Vatine, Kim Kassas and many more. Dress rental starts from as low as $6,000, meaning you won’t have to break the bank to wear the dress of your dreams on your wedding day. Book your one-on-one appointment here.
The gowns at Adele Bridal Couture are truly timeless. Each piece is elegant, with choices ranging from vintage designs to simple classics. Whether you love a good A-line silhouette or are hoping to bring the wow-factor with a sparkling ball gown, each dress is embellished with handcrafted details and expertly tailored using quality fabrics. Not only offering affordable luxury rentals for brides on a budget, Adele Bridal Couture also provides suits for the groom and groom’s party, as well as wedding day and pre-wedding photography services.
Featuring gowns that have been handpicked from across the globe, Miss Bride Wedding Shop caters to fashion-forward brides with a selection from some of the coolest indie designers in New York and Barcelona. Stocking internationally renowned labels exclusive to its Wyndham Street store such as Hayley Paige, Watters, Jenny Yoo and Carol Hannah Whitfield, budget-conscious brides can bag the dress of their dreams for $10,000 or less. Bringing your bridal party along for the ride? You can browse an array of bridesmaid dresses and stunning hair accessories too.
Look no further than LMR Weddings boutique when it comes to sophisticated and luxurious bridal gowns, as well as formal frocks for mothers-of-the-brides, bridesmaids and wedding guests. Browse through racks of beautiful dresses at friendly prices – you’ll find only the latest and best European designs for rent, sourced by a team of experienced bridal professionals.
A popular boutique amongst budding brides, Central Weddings holds a handpicked range of stunning designer wedding gowns available to rent at purse-friendly prices. Stunning and available for photo shoots before and on your big day, each piece is bound to help create memories that will last a lifetime. What’s more, its knowledgeable bridal consultants provide personalised appointments to suit each bride’s needs.
Chief designer at Beliér Design, Vivien Lee creates a range of subtle yet effortlessly elegant modern wedding dress deigns that never fail to delight. In its latest wedding gown collection, dresses have been crafted with inspiration from vintage guises, romantic styles and feminine silhouettes. Offering expert guidance and tips for choosing the perfect dress to flatter your figure, prices start from an affordable $7,880. Beliér Design also features a variety of formal dresses, perfect for mothers of the bride or wedding party guests.
Book in for an expert consult at Elysian Bridal Couture and feel confident in choosing the perfect gown, accessories, veil and jewellery for your big day. It’s an authorised retailer of esteemed brands in the US, Europe and Japan, so brides can pick out designs by the likes of Claire Pettibone, Crystal Design Couture, Estee Couture, Olia Zavozina, Ari Villoso, Mon Cheri and more. The brand also owns an exclusive licence for selling Henry Roth, Michelle Roth, Blush by Hayley Paige, Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta and Canta Bella in Hong Kong. Thanks to Elysian’s dedicated team, shopping for your dream dress is guaranteed to be an exciting, easy and stress-free occasion.
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Featured image courtesy of lucas mendes via Unsplash, image 1 courtesy of Circle Weddings, image 2 courtesy of The Wedding Gown, image 3 courtesy of Le Soleil Bridal Closet, image 4 courtesy of Miss Bride Wedding Shop via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of Central Weddings via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of Elysian Bridal Couture via Facebook.