Do you know what every bride-to-be dream's off? To have the most spectacular wedding in the most spectacular designer bridal lehenga. However, the main question arises when it's time to acquire the wedding lehenga. Should you buy your bridal lehenga or rent it? While buying a bridal lehenga from a designer store is every girl's dream, it is bound to leave a dent in your pocket. Furthermore, purchasing a lehenga comes with its guidance and responsibilities. So, why not just rent it?
I know, I know. 'Rent my bridal lehenga!?' How controversial!
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But if you think about, we as millennials are always looking for ways to save a buck or two. And we're fine with renting cars, homes, furniture and a lot of other things. So, why does renting a lehenga for your wedding sound like a bad idea? Let me tell you a secret - it's not a bad idea to rent your bridal lehenga. The reality about why brides should rent their lehengas is that no one will look at you sideways for not buying your bridal lehenga. Many will applaud you for making such a wise choice, which will not only save you money but also allow you to look like a designer doll at your wedding. Still not convinced? Then let me give you 7 best reasons to rent a lehenga for your wedding that won't burn a hole in your pocket!
Why Renting A Bridal Lehenga is Better Than Buying A One?
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1. It's Easier On Your Budget
If you think about it, what's a better option? Spending more than a lakh on your designer bridal lehenga or spending just a few thousand bucks on your designer bridal lehenga? We know that as a bride, you'd love to dress yourself up in a high-end couture lehenga from the likes of Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi. However, bridal lehengas by such designers are never less than a lakh or two. And the price only keeps getting higher from there. When you rent a designer bridal lehenga, you get the opportunity to rock a designer piece in just a fraction of the cost. So, why not rent your bridal lehenga and not buying a one?
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2. It Is A Practical Decision
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Let's face it, you are not going to wear that bridal lehenga again. You may restyle your bridal lehenga, but it will never step out from that dusty trunk under your bed! We're a generation that easily gets bored with a particular design or move-on from its charm, even if it's your bridal lehenga. Honestly, one may look at the designer piece as it will leave them feeling nostalgic, but that nostalgia will fade within seconds. So, why buy something which you're going to wear only once? It's better to just rent it, girl! 😉
3. Your Favourite Designer's Work Becomes More Accessible
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A lot of times, it's not about a particular design but our fascination with a designer. I, for one, have always dreamt of wearing a Sabyasachi lehenga at my wedding. Now whether it's the Bordeaux silk 'Dil Guldasta Lehenga' or maybe a lehenga design not even made yet, is undecided. However, buying a designer lehenga that I am going to wear only once and then lock it away in my closet makes no sense. So, as a true millennial, I'll prefer not to buy it and go for something cheaper. Similarly, any millennial bride would opt out of buying a designer lehenga if it doesn't fit her budget. But when the option for renting the lehenga comes in, then the designer's outfit becomes more accessible to those who do not wish to spend a big fat sum of money on it.
4. The Money Saved Can Be Utilised Somewhere Else
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When you rent your bridal lehenga, you end up saving a lot of money, especially if you have kept a certain amount aside. So, whatever money you save, you can easily put it to good use in some other way. Maybe add an extra day to your honeymoon or choose a high-end decorator who will make your wedding look like a bomb. Maybe you could take your catering up a notch and the possibilities of using that money in someplace better are endless! With rental designer lehengas, you could take your entire wedding a step higher while looking like a million bucks as you head to the mandap. 📸💰
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5. You Won't Have To Buy A Cheap Knockoff
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A lot of times, brides who wish to buy a particular designer's work, will go in for a 1st copy (possibly from Chandni Chowk). It may be cheaper, but it will never be of the same quality or integrity. And honestly, you will feel a little embarrassed to flaunt the lehenga in front of others, because it's not the OG item. When you choose to rent your lehenga, you get the original piece designed by the designer at the fraction of the real cost. This way, you won't have to resort to a cheap knockoff of the original and can flaunt your bridal lehenga with much ease.
6. No Aftercare To Be Worried About
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Designer bridal lehengas, or any sort of bridal lehengas for that matter, need a lot of aftercare. Based on the material they're made in and the embroidery work done on them, each kind of bridal lehenga requires special aftercare. Like silks require to be encased in muslin cloths and embroidered pieces need to be placed in boxes without any jagged edges to ensure the threads don't get pulled apart. However, when you rent a lehenga, you only have to worry about not spilling anything on it while wearing it. The aftercare is the rental company's responsibility. Many rentals let some amount of stains pass as well, as they have extensive cleaning rules for each outfit. 🧼
7. It's Less Time Consuming
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We all know what's the most time-consuming part of any bridal shopping. Choosing your bridal lehenga! From walking the bylanes of Chandni Chowk to spending hours at a designer's store in Shahpur Jat to customise a piece for yourself, zeroing down on your bridal lehenga is a time taking task. Plus, once you've decided what you wish to wear, you will be left with the wait for over a month, as the store will create a brand new piece for you, irrespective of the place you get it from. However, when you rent a lehenga, you won't have to wait for long. You may end up finding your size within minutes and even if there are any alterations, they won't take more than a week or two to get done. Renting your bridal lehenga saves time and money! ⌚