Not everyone is into the classic bridal look, and I think Vegas brides are a perfect example of this trend. If the idea of shopping bridal boutiques, getting fitted for a gown and dropping hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars on a dress then getting it to Las Vegas isn’t your deal, keep reading!
Rent the Runway is a great option for Vegas brides, bridesmaids and wedding guests. If you are not familiar with Rent the Runway, it is a designer gown rental service. There are a number of popular “off the rack” looks in the shop at any given time, but the biggest bonus is being able to choose a gown online to pick it up in the shop when you arrive ahead of your wedding. The online retailer/service now operates a boutique in Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas which makes picking up the designer dress of your dreams for a lower price point so much easier.
I recently stopped in for a tour and some window shopping and was thrilled with what I found. Staffed by helpful staff (even on a busy afternoon) there were a number of Vegas locals and tourists picking up or trying on looks.
The gown arrives freshly laundered and ready to wear. With sizing for nearly every body type, including tall and petite sizing, you will be surprised by how great these looks will fit. They even provide a back up size if you aren’t quite sure what the fit will be like. Rentals are typically for four days, making it easy to pick up and drop off without rushing back to return it the next day.
Great for brides, mothers of the bride, bridesmaids, wedding guests, Vegas bachelorettes, honeymoon excursions, vow renewals, rehearsal dinners or bridal brunches, Rent the Runway is a stellar addition to the Vegas fashion scene. They will be sure to give your wedding aisle a big dose of couture style…at a fraction of the price.
As a bonus, here are some of my favorite bridal and bridesmaid looks available through Rent the Runway. And for you Little Vegas Wedding readers, here’s a coupon for $25 off your first rental of $75 or more. Just use code 25OFFNEW at the checkout.
Five Favorite Bridal Looks from Rent the Runway
From luxe high-end to more affordable, chic looks, Rent the Runway has a crazy selection of traditional wedding gowns…and of course, more off beat if you have something else in mind. Jumpsuit, anyone?
Five Favorite Bridesmaid Looks from Rent the Runway
The best thing about bridesmaids looks is that there are multiple sizes, or even the same style in many colors, so it is easy, affordable and fun to outfit your maids. Book the trying-on suite at Rent the Runway at Cosmopolitan and turn it into a fun afternoon the day before the wedding. All the ladies need to bring is their shoes and dancing feet!
Rent the Runway
At Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Level 2
Monday – Thursday 11am – 10pm
Friday and Saturday 10am – 10pm
Sunday 11am – 8pm
Pickups, dropoffs, walk-in styling, appointments and private event rentals available
Photos: Kelly at Little Vegas Wedding
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If you are finding yourself stressed about getting your wedding dress to your destination Las Vegas wedding, fear not! Editor Jemma at the You Mean The World To Me destination wedding blog is here to help with a guest post on the topic.
With tips on what to look for in a wedding dress if you haven’t gone shopping yet, what to ask for when on board with your dress and what to do when you arrive at your destination, she’s got all your questions covered.
You’ve booked your venue, your wedding planning is well underway and then you suddenly think: “How am I going to take my wedding dress on a plane?” Well, never fear! Here’s some practical advice and top tips to get you started, with an action plan for taking your wedding dress on a plane.
If you’ve not bought your dress yet, bear in mind that chiffon or silk dresses are more lightweight to carry and easier to pack for destination weddings, plus any little creases your dress might get will drop out pretty easily.
Beware Budget Airlines
When it comes to booking your flights for your wedding, consider that it might be worth spending a little bit more money so that you fly with an airline that is more flexible in terms of hold and hand luggage allowances. Many “budget” airlines have very strict rules on the size and specification of luggage.
Once you have your flights booked, speak directly to the airline for their advice in terms of taking a wedding dress on their aircraft as every airline has different policies.
Once Onboard The safest route is to take your dress in the cabin with you. I wouldn’t recommend checking your wedding dress just incase your suitcase or luggage is delayed, ends up on the wrong flight or gets lost.
Hanging your dress — Some airlines will hang your dress bag up in the first class wardrobe if there is space (call ahead and ask the airline and ask if this is a possibility.) This option is more likely with summer destination weddings, if you are coming from a colder climate because there will be fewer passengers with coats to hang up.
There is the risk that the airline might say that they are unable to hang your dress up once you board the flight (even if their customer services team said it might be a possibility) and the air stewards may ask you to put your dress in the overhead bins.
Boxing your dress — If your airline can not guarantee that they will be able to hang your dress bag up for you and you are not keen on the idea that you might have to fold it in the overhead bins, check out the hand luggage size allowed on your flight and purchase a dress box. A dress box that fits to the hand luggage size specifications for your flight will ensure that your dress is packaged, easy to carry and you will know for definite that you will have no problems taking it on the flight as hand luggage.
Do also check if you can take one or two items on as hand luggage as you will most likely want a bag with you as well as your dress. Many low-cost airlines have strict rules about having one piece of hand luggage only and that the item you have must fit within their sizing rules.
Make sure that any wedding dress box that you buy comes with white acid-free tissue paper. Use the tissue paper to pack and protect the dress and to avoid creases.
Better dry cleaners sell wedding dress boxes with acid-free paper and they may even pack your dress for you. Your bridal shop may also have this service or know somewhere locally that they can suggest. You can also order destination wedding dress boxes online and find packing videos and guidance on YouTube.
Arriving in Las Vegas
When you arrive at your hotel, check your dress over and then hang it up (in its protective bag) to let any small creases fall out and to ensure that it doesn’t get knocked or marked before the big day.
Plan where you will hang your dress; maybe you won’t want it hanging in your room where your future husband could take a sneaky peek!
You can always turn the shower on hot in your hotel bathroom, close the door until the room becomes steamy and use the steam to help any creases to drop out of your dress. Make sure you hang the dress in a clean, dry area of the bathroom!
(Kelly here: there are a few people in the Las Vegas area who specialize in steaming your dress when it arrives. Debi at Fit for a Bride comes highly recommended and will even pick up your dress for you, although her location is very close to The Strip.)
If you need any further advice or inspiration for your destination wedding, then head on over to You Mean The World To Me!
When I asked several brides a few weeks ago to share things they wished they changed about their Las Vegas weddings, a common complaint was that they wish they had picked a lighter/cooler/airier wedding dress.
I thought I would draw up a list of options of wedding dresses with shorter lengths or lighter materials, perfect for a hot Vegas wedding. These dress are budget-friendly, but still high on fashion.
Lace, one-shoulder detailing, minimal and modern designs as well as some Vegas-friendly retro wedding dresses are featured. And all of these wedding dresses are under $700. Full disclosure: some are bridesmaid’s dresses, but your secret is safe with me.
It’s been a while since I went window shopping on ModCloth’s site, so I was super thrilled to wander over there today and find some fantastic new little white dresses that I thought would be perfect for a Vegas wedding.
These retro-inspired budget (don’t you dare say cheap!) wedding dresses would be perfect for a chic little elopement or a rehearsal dinner, meet and greet party or for an in-suite cake cutting. They’re all under $300, with most falling under the $100 price point. If you are looking for a vintage-style second dress or just a budget wedding ceremony gown, these are some great options for a Vegas wedding!
This 1960s inspired lace-backed dress, Par Fate, reminds me of actress Mia Farrow (who was also a Vegas bride herself!)
This dress is quite casual, with an elegant and simple skirt but A Way With Awards features some seriously fashion-forward pearl and jewel encrusted shoulder epaulets.
A flattering cross-front and oversized bow on the back keeps Give Me Amour cute and fun, with a retro feel.
Alight of Heart is airy and flowy, perfect for a Vegas garden wedding. Also available in plus sizes.
I’ve featured a shorter version of Aisle Be There before — I’m obsessed with the vintage style beaded bodice! Love it even more in a maxi-length.
Adding a brightly colored petticoat to With Only A Wink would elevate the 1950s tea-length skirt…this would be perfect for a Neon Museum wedding!
Another goddess-style gown, the floaty, jewel-belted Never Spin Better is a lot lighter than other long dresses, and would look gorgeous at a sunset wedding at poolside.
Didn’t find a design you like? Don’t worry. ModCloth has all sorts of bridal looks in their new wedding lookbook, including affordable accessories, shoes and more!
Disclosure: Links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you choose to buy the dresses featured, I receive a small commission from the sale. There is no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support!
Las Vegas is probably the best spot to really wear what you want to on your wedding day. It might be a downtown vintage era wedding that would suit a full skirted tea-style little white gown. Or perhaps a luxury lounge ceremony that can support a fashion forward and high drama wedding gown label, much like today’s styled bridal shoot. The city can support so many gorgeous looks and styles!