Pretty Please Let Your Bridesmaids Rent Their Dresses
I love you a lot but your bridesmaids really don't want to buy their dresses for your wedding. They won't wear them again. But luckily you they don't have to buy them because they can RENT THEM. This is literally the best thing ever. You can make them wear whatever you want with zero guilt because you don't have to find something they might wear another time, and they get to spend less money. WIN-WIN. Here are some places you can rent bridesmaids dresses:
Rent The Runway
If you live in or around NYC (or if you're going to be there for your bachelorette?!) you can visit their Flagship store and try on the gowns in person. I (hi! Rachel Jo Silver here, founder of Love Stories TV) am a member of Rent The Runway's Unlimited Program and I'm obsessed. Based on my experience with them I would totally rent my bridesmaid dress from them. If you have more than one or two bridesmaids I would contact their customer service to ask for help renting in bulk.
Vow To Be Chic
Vow To Be Chic is dress rental exclusively for weddings so its really easy to use! Brides can set up a \"bridal suite\" where you showcase the dresses you want your maids to rent making it really simple for them. Plus they have tons and tons of styles so even if the bride hasn't initiated renting, if you're a bridesmaid you can just check this site to see if the dress you have to wear for the wedding is available to rent! They stock designers like: Donna Morgan, Jenny Yoo, JY Jenny Yoo, Monique Lhuillier, Theia, Twist, and Watters. More on how it works here.
Union Station actually makes and rents their own dresses. So if you're looking for a specific designer's dress to rent you won't find it here. BUT Union Station is the place to go if you want all your maids in the same color but want varying or dress shapes or if you want the same dress shape but in all different colors. If you have a lot of bridesmaids of varying sizes this is the place to go.
These bridesmaids (who arguably made THE GREATEST TOAST OF ALL TIME) are wearing Union Station and they look super cute: