It's that time of year! Instead of splurging on a dress, you may want to consider these affordable services.
The wedding season is back in full swing, which means, ladies, it’s time to start planning those outfits. Formalwear can be a tough one to figure out, and splurging on a dress—your own wedding gown included—that you’ll only wear once isn’t the smartest strategy. To help, we’ve rounded up the five best and most affordable evening gown and wedding dress rentals in Bangkok—they’re a godsend.
If you’re one of those who’s always proclaiming “I have nothing to wear!” to a closet full of clothes, then perhaps Bchu Runway’s wide selection of gorgeous fashion pieces will give you some much-needed inspiration. Deciding what clothes to wear to which special occasion has never been easier, since the store is divided up into 20 “occasions,” including wedding, date night, bachelorette party, prom, birthday party and gala dinner. Besides the categories, you can filter the outfits by designer—3.1 Phillip Lim, Valentino, Disaya and Poem, to name a few—length, editor’s choice, most popular and new arrivals.
Rental price: From B790-B2,590 for cocktail and mini dresses and B2,340-B14,500 for evening gowns.
How it works: Bchu Runway offers free standard delivery, and a four to eight day rental period. You can return the dress by post or messenger, or drop back at their showroom directly..
Ekkamai Soi 21 (Soi Cham Chan), 064-192-6366. Open Mon-Fri 11am-8pm; Sat-Sun 1pm-7pm (by appointment only). www.bchurunway.com
This spot specializes in beaded evening gowns and cocktail dresses with a touch of 1920s Gatsby about them. You can filter the dresses by collection or by color, with 10 different shades available including rose gold, misty blue, silver gray, gold and burgundy. Browse through the Thai designers collection and you’ll find lustrous satin gowns with voluminous drapes from Chai Gold Label and pastel pink, off-the-shoulder cocktail dresses from Poem, with a few pieces from Vatanika and Canitt thrown into the mix. Meanwhile, their signature collection offers glamorous beaded dresses mostly by US designers Aidan Mattox and Adriana Papell. Bridesmaid dresses and bridal gowns are also available.
Rental price: From B1,500-B3,500 for cocktail dresses and evening gowns; B2,500-B2,900 for bridesmaid dresses; and B2,900-B49,000 for bridal gowns.
How it works: Browse through the collections either online or try on in store. If you book a dress online, you can either pick it up in store or have their messenger deliver it to you. It can then be returned within four days either direct to the store or by messenger.
1/F, Room 109, All Seasons Place, 87/2 Wireless Rd., 086-359-2293. Open Mon-Fri 11am-9pm; Sat-Sun 11am-7pm. www.formalaffairbkk.com
Want to look like a princess on your wedding day? Japanese designer Takada Yoshie specializes in regal, understated wedding dresses with romantic, luxurious fabrics embroidered with Swarovski crystals and sequins. They even apply feng shui to the design of each dress in order to bring happiness and good fortune to the bride-to-be. Beyond the gorgeous collection of wedding gowns for sale and rent, the label also offers show-stopping evening gowns suitable for the most special of occasions. Wedding organizer packages, hair, makeup and wedding photography services are also available.
Rental price: From B3,900 up to B60,000 for wedding gowns.
How it works: Visit the showroom to get the right fittings and measurements with their in-house designers before paying the deposit. The dresses can be rented for up to four days.
Ideo Mix Sukhumvit 103, 9/9 Udomsuk Soi 3, 02-042-4665. Open Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. www.somethingsacreddress.com
This is your one-stop destination to rent gowns not only for weddings but for all manner of special occasions. They have a wide selection of Thai and international designer gowns from B1,500, including Pradith x Milin, Vickteerut, Vatanika, BCBG Max Azria, Alice & Olivia, CH Carolina Herrera and Jenny Yoo Collection. From chic sequined cocktail dresses and floor-sweeping lace gowns to 1920s flapper dresses, this brand’s got you covered. They also have dress rentals for brides and bridesmaids, as well as for purchase.
Rental price: From B1,500-B5,500 for evening gowns; B1,500-B3,000 for bridesmaid dresses; and B1,500-B35,000 for bridal gowns.
Sizing: Mostly in US4/UK8
How it works: Choose the dress you want to rent, then select a delivery option—either pick up at the store, where you can get a free fitting service, or have your dress sent to you via EMS delivery or registered mail. Dresses can be rented from four to eight days.
18 Udomsuk Soi 31, 096-926-9263. Open Mon noon-9pm; Wed-Sun noon-9pm (showroom). www.stylestatementofficial.com
Vivaris Wedding Studio
This wedding studio has possibly the most comprehensive selection of wedding dresses and gowns in Bangkok. Whether you want a dress that’s classic and minimal, a little seductive or royal-wedding worthy, Vivaris has got you covered with hundreds of creations conjured up by a team of in-house designers. Their wedding collections include Thai traditional wedding dresses, Muslim ceremonial dresses, and Cinderella-style ball gowns, as well as ethereal floor-length gowns and cocktail dresses for engagement ceremonies. Aside from bridal and evening gowns, Vivaris also offers services for pre-wedding photography, professional hair and makeup for pre-wedding shoots and wedding ceremonies, and decoration services for wedding receptions and ceremonies.
Rental price: From B5,000 for engagement dresses; B5,500 for Thai wedding dresses; and B10,000 for modern bridal gowns.
How it works: Dress fittings and made-to-measure wedding gowns (for rent and for purchase) are available on the second floor of their showroom. Dresses can be rented for up to five days.
302/1 Asoke-Dindeang Rd., 02-247-1446. Open daily 10am-8pm. www.vivarisstudio.com