How do I ensure that the dress fits?
Every style we carry was specifically designed to fit and flatter a variety of shapes and sizes. We are determined to design the ultimate bridesmaid dresses, so we use multiple fit models with varied body types to ensure the dresses will fit with no alterations required!
But don't take our word for it. We include a second dress size free with every rental order and you will receive both dresses a full two weeks before the wedding, so if neither fits we have enough time to make it right. We are dedicated to making sure you look picture perfect!
How does the free back-up size work?
When you enter in your order you will be asked for a second back-up size which is included free of charge. Both dresses will arrive two weeks before the wedding and each will have a tag attached. Just cut the tag off the dress which fits you best and leave the other attached. The day after the wedding, place both dresses in the pre-addressed / pre-paid packaging and return.
*** Please ensure that you only remove one tag. Any order which is returned with both tags removed will be charged for an additional rental. ***
If you decide to wear the back-up dress of another bridesmaid in your party, please let us know so that we can make a note of it. You will only be charged if your party wears more dresses than paid for (e.g. two bridesmaids rent dresses and a third wears one of the back up dresses).
What happens if neither dress fits?
If neither dress fits, we will send out a third dress to you at a flat-fee of $25. This is dependent on what dresses are available in our inventory at the time, so we highly encourage you to measure yourself prior to placing your initial order. Call us immediately upon trying on your dress to ensure adequate time to get the dress to you prior to the wedding.
You are also welcome to swap dresses with other bridesmaids in your party. If you decide to wear the back-up dress of another bridesmaid in your party, please let us know so that we can make a note of it.
How can a single dress look good on both my petite, skinny-mini best friend and my tall, athletic cousin?
There are three main measurements that typically determine whether a dress will fit: hips, waist and bust. The challenge occurs when each measurement spans different sizes on the size chart, e.g. your waist measurement says you’re a 4, but your bust measurement says you’re an 8. As our business depends on the dress fitting without alterations, we have put a tremendous amount of effort into solving this problem.
All our dresses feature an A-line skirt or empire waist to flatter even the curviest of girls – which takes care of the hip measurement. We have then added built-in adjustment points (think strategically placed elastic) to give flexibility around the bust to waist proportion. So you can base your size on your waist measurement, as each style has some give in the bust. For example, our Catherine style dress features a self-tie at the shoulder. So if you have a smaller bust size you can tie it tighter and if you have a larger bust size you can tie it a bit looser.
In addition to a great fit, the collection was designed with thoughtful details to make your wedding day go smoothly. For example, all our dresses have zippers to allow you to step into the dresses rather than pulling them over your wedding day hairstyle.
Can I try the dress on in person before I rent or buy?
Yes you can! Make an appointment to visit our New York City showroom.
Can each of my bridesmaids rent a different style and/or color of dress?
Yes! We love the mix and match trend and had this in mind when designing this collection. The color palette we offer allows you to select different shades of the same color (e.g. the three greens we offer all go together without clashing) and our fabrics all complement each other.
Your friends will also thank you for letting them wear the style fits them the best!
How do I rent from Little Borrowed Dress?
- Find your favorite bridesmaid dress looks
- Place your rental order at least three months before the wedding
- Wear the dress on the big day
- Simply place the dress in the return shipping envelope provided and drop it at your Post Office or in the nearest blue USPS mailbox—simple!
How do I buy from Little Borrowed Dress?
- Find your favorite bridesmaid dress looks
- Place your order at least three months before the wedding
- We will send you the dress within 12 to 14 weeks
- Alter the dress if necessary
When should I make my reservation?
We recommend you reserve your bridesmaid dresses as soon as possible! For the best chance of ensuring your color and style is available, reserve at least three months before the wedding date, that way, if the dress you want is reserved, we can likely increase our inventory to fulfill your order. If the wedding is less than three months away, contact us to see if the dresses you want are available.
Should each bridesmaid submit a separate order or is it best for the party to submit the order together?
We recommend that each bridesmaid places their orders individually to ensure that they are able to try the dress on as soon as possible upon receipt. If all the bridesmaids live in the same city, you can place your order together to save on shipping provided each bridesmaid is able to try the dress on as soon as it is received. We ask that each bridesmaid tries the dress on as soon as possible so if there are any issues with your order we have time to fix them.
How long is the rental period?
The rental period begins fourteen days prior to the wedding date you indicate when making a reservation and ends the next business day following the wedding. For example, if the wedding is on a Saturday, your dress will arrive two Saturdays before the wedding (rental start date) and must be postmarked on the Monday after the wedding (rental end date). We ask that you postmark the dress by the end of the day on your rental end date.
What happens if my rental period ends on a Sunday or holiday?
Just drop your return envelope at any US Post Office or in any blue USPS mailbox and it will be postmarked the following day. The return will be considered on time.
How do I cancel my order?
Let us know as soon as you can! You can email us at Orders@LittleBorrowedDress.com. Cancellations made more than 60 days in advance will receive a refund of your full rental fee. The cancellation fees outlined in your rental agreement may be incurred for cancellations made less than 60 days in advance.
What is a trunk show?
Trunk shows are events held in various locations across the U.S. to give you the opportunity to see and try on the entire collection. We will have a dress in each style and size so you can see how it will fit without using the bulky binder clips or extenders used in bridal boutiques that only stock styles in one size.
When are you coming to a town near me?
Please click here to register for our newsletter which will keep you up-to-date on all our upcoming trunk shows.
Besides the trunk shows, do you have a studio where we could try on the dresses?
Yes we do! For brides in the New York area make an appointment to visit our New York City showroom.
What if one of the members of the bridal party wants to keep her dress?
We also offer brand new dresses for sale—orders must be placed at least 3 months prior to the wedding date.
What if I accidentally stain or damage the dress?
We understand minor spills happen, as well as minor wear and tear, and it's ok! For these types of situations, the dresses are covered by the $5 insurance fee included in your rental price.
Significant destruction, for example a dress torn apart at the seams, cigarette burns, major rips or theft is not permitted or covered by the insurance. Although we expect these situations to be extremely rare, if it happens your credit card will be charged for the full retail price of the dress.
How do I know my dress is clean?
Our dresses are professionally dry cleaned between rentals. Once dresses return to our warehouse from our cleaning partner, we inspect each and every one to ensure it is as good as new. We will only ship dresses that meet our exacting standards!
This is my wedding, how do I know my bridesmaids will receive the right dresses on time?
A wedding does not leave room for error. The dresses must arrive on time, looking perfect. No exceptions; no mistakes. This is our pledge to you.
In addition, we ensure the dress will arrive to your bridesmaid at least fourteen days before your wedding, so in the unlikely event there is an issue with your order, call us immediately and we will make it right before the big day.
Why rent a bridesmaid dress rather than buy?
The average bridesmaid spends around $1,000 per wedding between the dress and alterations, shoes and all the fun activities and presents. In today's economy it is hard to ask your friends to outlay the kind of money that being in a wedding entails. Renting a Little Borrowed Dress allows your friends to wear a gorgeous silk dress to your wedding, while saving them money.
And bridesmaids' bank accounts are not the only thing feeling the pain—our environment suffers too. With over two million weddings a year in the United States and an average of four to five bridesmaids per wedding, that is a lot of silk taffeta brightening up our landfills.
What is Little Borrowed Dress?
Little Borrowed Dress is an online wedding boutique which offers bridesmaids dresses for sale or rent, giving brides the choice of a designer-quality dress that all their bridesmaids can afford.
What is Little Borrowed Dress' shipping and delivery policy?
For dress rentals:
You will receive your order at least 14 calendar days prior to the event date specified in your order.
For dress purchases:
You will receive your order within 12-14 weeks from confirmed order date. Once your order has been confirmed with the manufacturer, we will send you an email with the estimated shipping date. You will receive an email notifying you when your order has been shipped.
All orders are shipped via FedEx, however Little Borrowed Dress reserves the right to change shipping partners at any time and without notice.
For any additional questions regarding our shipping and delivery policy please contact us.
How much does shipping cost?
Standard shipping costs vary by order size - note that you are not charged shipping for your free extra size – e.g. if you order one bridesmaid dress, you will get an extra size free of charge and will not pay shipping on that dress:
- 1-2 dresses: $12.95
- 3 dresses: $13.95
- 4 dresses: $14.95
- 5 dresses: $15.95
- 6 dresses: $16.95
- 7 dresses: $17.95
- 8 dresses: $18.95
- 9 dresses: $19.95
- 10 dresses: $20.95
We recommend submitting one order for the entire bridal party to save on shipping costs.
I'm in a destination wedding—can my package be delivered to a hotel or location other than my home?
Of course! Lighten your suitcase and have it shipped directly to your hotel. Just provide the exact address where you would like it to be shipped (if it's a hotel, please put the hotel name included in the first line of the address) and address it to the person with the hotel reservation. Please make sure the hotel concierge knows to expect your delivery.
Do you deliver outside the continental United States?
Unfortunately, at this time we don't ship outside of the U.S. and orders must be returned to us from within the U.S. International destination wedding? Call us and we can discuss extending the rental period so you can bring it with you and return it when you get back!
What if I return my order late?
It is important that dresses are returned on time so we can fulfill other orders; late returns will be charged a late fee of $20 per dress for every day the order is late.
How do I return my order?
Simply place the dress in the return shipping envelope provided and follow the directions included! Most orders are returned via USPS, but occasionally we may ask you to return via FedEx. In these cases we will include a shipping label and ask that you return the dresses in the box that you received them in.
No need to clean or iron the dress—we handle it. It's important that we receive the dress on time so we can ensure availability to other members, so please don't forget!
What if I misplace/lose my return shipping envelope?
We provide each customer a prepaid return envelope lined with protective bubble paper, ready to be dropped into the mailbox. If you misplace the envelope and return-shipping label, it is your responsibility to send the order back to us by the due date at your own expense. If you need assistance, please contact us.
My question isn't answered here. Where can I send my question?
Please email us at Info@LittleBorrowedDress.com.