Wedding Season is Upon Us

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I’m attending a wedding in Cabo San Lucas over Memorial Day weekend which thrills me to no end. I mean, duh, it’s Cabo San Lucas, and it’s been quite awhile since I visited. (Cabo used to be a frequent destination for my family, and hoo boy, do I have stories. Near-death experience 40 feet under the ocean? Check. Drunken escapades galore? Check. Bad decision making? HAHA, CHECK. Alas, not today. Over drinks, perhaps?)

So! Cabo San Lucas, YAY. Procuring wedding-appropriate garments for Cabo San Lucas, BOOOOO.

I know, I know. Me? Not looking forward to shopping? Bizarre…but it’s just that I never look forward to buying new cocktail/wedding-type dresses because I know, despite telling myself differently and SWEARING THIS TIME IT WILL BE DIFFERENT, I’ll wear them once and only once. Return on Investment? Not really happening with the fancypants dresses. Am I the only one who feels this way?

Nevertheless, I’ve spent mucho time looking at possibilities online, and here’s what I’m loving. For now.

Methinks this might the perfect time to try out Rent the Runway. Has anyone used them before? Thoughts?



COMMENTS (27)

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  1. Weddings seem to be less formal (at least the ones I have been to lately) so I try to buy something that can work for multiple events if I can or be dressed up in some way with shoes & accessories. Now if only I could find a friend getting married in Cabo…sounds divine.

  2. I have a couple (2 or maybe 3) dressier cocktail dresses that serve as a kind of go-to for nicer events. My absolute favorite has been worn to weddings, nice dinners and then to my own wedding rehearsal dinner. Definitely getting my monies worth on that one. I think the key is picking a dress that is a bit timeless in style/color that you can keep for years. And then for the event where you just really feel like wearing something new or maybe extra fancy (like a gown) absolutely use rent the runway! I have used them to great success!
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    • whoorl says:

      See, you are awesome. I have dresses like that, but I just don’t want to wear them again. I know, I SUCK.

  3. Darcey says:

    As someone about to get married (10! Days!), I just want my guests to be comfortable. I don’t care if I’ve seen their dress before – I want them out on the dance floor with me!!

    And Rent the Runway? LOVE IT. I rented 2 dresses about 6 weeks ago for our very belated engagement shoot. Not only were they spectacular and made me feel like a princess (a very Mad Men princess), but the fit was just as promised, and it was such an easy transaction. Worth every penny. When else am I going to have an excuse to wear a floor-length rose gold sequined gown? You can see them here on our photographers’ blog – it’s the sequin gown and the black/green one: http://ardentstory.com/darcey-joe-engagement/

  4. Since we have family in New Orleans, we have gone to a million and one weddings which always includes the rehearsal dinner. And god forbid you wear the same dress! So rent the runway has become my absolute favorite for one-off dresses I wouldn’t necessarily wear again. I have also found some good gems at Nordstrom Rack.

  5. Christina says:

    I too have a few dresses that I can dress up for weddings, or put a cardigan over for work.

    I LOVE the floral J.Crew dress though. Definitely would be able to wear it multiple times.

  6. Sharon Schneider says:

    I have tried Rent the Runway twice (with great excitement!) and both times were a total bust. The first time, the dress didn’t look at all good on me in person and I tried to return it for a different one but they couldn’t get me one in time. Second time, same thing. The dress I tried to rent was a shapeless muumuu even in the backup size. And it arrived on a Saturday for a four-day rental since my black tie event was a Monday–smart to plan ahead, right? No such luck. They told me Fed-ex doesn’t pick up on Saturday so, again, they couldn’t get me a replacement dress. So I had to run out last minute to buy something anyway, which just added to my stress.

    All this to say, unless you know the designer well and look good in anything, don’t count on Rent the Runway to come through in a pinch. I so wanted to love this service but it just didn’t work for me at all.

  7. I’ve heard that Rent the Runway is great if you are familiar with a designer’s sizing (i.e. You always fit into a 1-2 size range from Kate Spade) but it’s a risk if you’re trying it for the first time.

    You’re small enough that it will probably be ok, but for people with big busts/hips it’s either a bargain or a waste of $75. I ended up chickening out because I realized that I could find a dress to own at Nordstrom Rack for about the same price as what I would rent and then possibly sell it if I don’t end up re-wearing.

  8. That Tucker cami dress is FAB. And you could wear it with a black blazer back home. Totally versatile:)

    • whoorl says:

      I think I’m going to get it. It’s definitely my favorite. (Although the navy and orange tunic from Emerson Fry is a very close second!)

      • That’s my second fav too, but it’s probably not as versatile (if you’re going for a cost-per-wear item).

  9. for what it’s worth, I tried RTR for a black tie wedding after much deliberation. i should have known that being on the ‘most popular’ list of their dresses that it might look a little tired. i contacted RTR and they assured me they wouldn’t send out a dress that they themselves wouldn’t wear. i got the dress and it had threads hanging and little snags. i ended up buying a BCBG off the rack in about 20 min over my lunch break the day before the wedding. don’t know that i’d go back…

  10. Melissa Flohr says:

    I’m all over that maxi from Anthro. Would def fit with the Cabo vibe and a nice pair of bangs!
    xo

  11. Love those dresses although they’re pricey if you’re going to wear them once! Do you ever wear Ann Taylor Loft? (Look at the paisley print lace trim halter dress if so.) It’s only $89.50 and if you only wear it once, I’ll buy it! Win Win!

  12. shannon says:

    I’ve used RTR and had a great experience!

  13. yasmara says:

    I just bought this dress as an experiment – and for $17, you basically can’t go wrong. I got it in black, but I actually like all the colors. The blush (Sierra Hills) would be really fun for a wedding.

    http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1142243/apt-9-sequin-drapeneck-dress.jsp

  14. I love you Whoorl, but I’m having a really hard time holding back snark about how nice it must be to spend a whole whack of money on a cocktail dress and then wear it only once. So in lieu of snark, I give you genuine confusion: Why on earth wouldn’t you wear a dress twice? It’s not like it’s always the same group of people seeing you at multiple formal events, is it? And even if it is, if you rotate through 4 or 5 dresses they won’t even remember seeing it before by the time you get back to the first one…
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    • whoorl says:

      Fair question! And you’re right…I definitely have dresses that I’ve worn more than once (this one has been worn a gazillion times: http://whoorl.com/archives/7731)

      Maybe it’s just this event in particular…or outdoor weddings in general; I just feel like nothing in my closet will work. So, in essence, it’s not that I worry about people seeing me in the same dress, it’s just that I don’t think what I have works in the current moment.

      And I love you too. I think. ;)

      • Haha ok that’s VERY different than what I thought you were saying. :) I thought you meant you had a closet of dresses you only wear once and you have to get another one this time and are certain you’ll only wear it once also!

  15. amti'b says:

    a lot of these look like you wear again with a casual sandal!

  16. Before I even got to the end of this post I was yelling “Rent the Runway!” I pretty much strictly RTR for weddings these days, as I don’t have much use for formal dresses in my day to day life, and there’s often overlap amongst guests at these events, so yeah. Plus, I could never justify buying a $700 Halston dress, but will happily pay $75 to rent one. I’ve had nothing but good experiences with the company. The customer service associates are really helpful, and with the free second size option, I’ve never had an issue with fit. One time I did end up ordering two dresses that I just didn’t really love once on, and the associate who took my call guided me to two replacements, which they then overnighted to the hotel where I was staying before I’d even sent the two I didn’t like back. Nothing but love for RTR! Good luck! You will of course look great no matter what you wear!

  17. For those prices to wear once??? Use RTR! This is where TLBD (The Little Black Dress) comes in handy. My brother is getting married in September, and I already know the style I want. I haven’t been to an wedding in years, so I am going a little dressy. I have the shoes and the clutch and just need to head to David’s Bridal for the dress. I plan on using this dress as a Christmas party dress as well.
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  18. There is something vital about a new dress for a destination wedding. Period.

    I was so stressed because in June I am going to my best high school friend’s wedding. She is an actress in LA now (on Mad Men, Pete’s secretary) and is marrying a big music producer so it is going to be pretty amazing with lots of hip guests. STRESSFUL!! I was also on a really tight Budget.

    I found this jumper at Loehmanns for 80% off. It’s from a little while ago, but it is amazing and makes me look like I am 5’9″.

    http://www.revolveclothing.com/DisplayProduct.jsp?code=ALI-WR1

  19. I love Rent the Runway! It is seriously a service that I can not go without! Sign up for the site and they usually send a code for $20 or $25 off. I might even have a code right now if you want it!