Hire vs Buy

My Wedding - - FASHION | DRESSES -

TSalma Rayan:

o buy or rent is a ques­tion faced by cou­ples buy­ing a home, land or car … and many brides are now fac­ing the same dilemma when it comes to their dress. As with prop­erty, there are pros and cons to both buy­ing and rent­ing, or hir­ing, as we pre­fer to call it. Some brides pre­fer to have a dress to rem­i­nisce over for years to come, and the no­tion of pass­ing their dress down to the next gen­er­a­tion is all too ro­man­tic. Hir­ing a dress, on the other hand, is of­ten the less ex­pen­sive op­tion and avoids the need for stor­age space and care re­quired. We sourced the opin­ions of two brides who’d re­cently hired gowns. If hir­ing is an op­tion for you, sim­ply con­tact Joan or Belinda on 09 2724629 to dis­cuss fur­ther or to set up an ap­point­ment. They will happily guide you through their wide se­lec­tion of styles. Al­ter­na­tively feel free to visit their web­site and fol­low them on Face­book.

Bri­dal Bril­liance of­fers a hire ser­vice for the dis­cern­ing bride. www.bridal­bril­liance.co.nz “Per­son­ally, I had no at­tach­ment to the idea of a wed­ding dress, nor did I deem it a nec­es­sary item to keep long af­ter the wed­ding. Be­sides, I am hope­ful that it be a dress that I will only ever wear once. As such, I de­cided to take the rent route and I have no re­grets what­so­ever. The dress cost half the price to rent than to buy, and Bri­dal Bril­liance had a ded­i­cated and very skilled seam­stress to get your dress ex­cep­tion­ally fit­ted for you, adding that per­sonal touch of buy­ing your own.

“Af­ter the wed­ding day, which went smooth as but­ter, I re­turned the dress and never had to deal with all the has­sle of stor­ing a wed­ding dress. Not to men­tion the fact that I saved a pretty penny, deem­ing me ‘awe­some’ by my happy hus­band. Rent­ing can be the ideal op­tion if you’re tight on space, cash or both, which many of us are to­day. Af­ter all it is the mem­o­ries, tears and laugh­ter that are most re­mem­bered on your spe­cial day.”

Ni­cole Collins:

“I mar­ried my lovely hus­band on the 1st June 2012 - our 7 year an­niver­sary - in a beau­ti­ful Ni­col­ina dress hired from Bri­dal Bril­liance in Auck­land.

“I had heard amaz­ing things about Bri­dal Bril­liance from a num­ber of ladies on a wed­ding fo­rum I was us­ing, so de­cided to make an ap­point­ment. It was the best de­ci­sion I ever made. Joan and Belinda were so help­ful and it was here I found the most amaz­ing dress that did not even com­pare to the many oth­ers I had tried on.

“I had al­ways in­tended on pur­chas­ing my wed­ding dress but was on quite a tight bud­get. When I first vis­ited Bri­dal Bril­liance I was in­tend­ing to buy but soon re­alised that my dream dress was un­for­tu­nately out of my price range. Joan was so help­ful in choos­ing my dress and 100% hon­est with­out be­ing too harsh if a dress did not suit me. I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated her hon­esty. The dress I ended up hir­ing was picked out for me by Joan.

“At first I found it a lit­tle strange to be hir­ing a wed­ding dress. Af­ter think­ing about it for while, I quite liked the idea of hav­ing a beau­ti­ful dress to wear on my wed­ding day that I oth­er­wise would not have been able to af­ford … and the idea that many other brides will get the chance to wear the same beau­ti­ful dress on their spe­cial day. Hir­ing a wed­ding dress also meant I didn’t have the has­sle and cost of get­ting the dress dry-cleaned and stored prop­erly. I know of so many peo­ple that spend so much money on their wed­ding dresses to have them ru­ined be­cause they have not be­ing cleaned and stored prop­erly.

“The only rea­son I had planned on buy­ing a wed­ding dress was be­cause that was what ev­ery­one did ... but I am so happy I choose to hire in the end and do not re­gret it one bit. My pho­tog­ra­pher knew I was hir­ing my dress so she made sure to take some amaz­ing pho­tos of the dress and all the de­tails of it for me to re­mem­ber it by. I just want to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank Joan and Belinda for all their help. Your shop is amaz­ing with such a beau­ti­ful se­lec­tion of dresses and ac­ces­sories!”

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