Newport Wedding and Renting the Runway!

by Nicole on October 18, 2010

Happy Monday? or not…

This post is a bit girlie and about trying on/renting/buying dresses…feel free to leave if none of this interests you….but this is a healthy living blog. Healthy living involves doing what makes you happy and for me that means trying on many different dresses. So read on if you agree.

It was another weekend away for us, except this weekend Danny and I had different events to go to. Every year for the past 5 years, Danny’s friends have a Support Your Troops pub crawl in Boston and usually we all go, including my friends. This year I had a wedding to go to, so Danny went to the pub crawl with his friends and I went to the wedding. We both spent the weekend with our friends and had a lot of fun. I will share some more wedding photos later, but for now I wanted to share my experience with Rent the Runway.

This was my second time renting a dress from them. I had heard about it from a couple of people, but mainly from my friend Lauren. This was my first dress:

After my first experience, I decided to do it again for the wedding I was going to this weekend. For this dress I had my eye on this Robert Rodriguez collection dress I saw on a commercial for Keeping up with the Kardashians. I ordered it and was psyched to get it.

Here’s what you need to know about Rent the Runway:

  • The dresses and prices range from a ton of different designers, styles and price points. The dresses I’ve ordered have been priced at around $500-600 dollars and I can rent them for $50-$75 dollars.
  • They will send you 2 sizes so you can try on.
  • You mail the dresses back in a prepackaged envelope and still it in the mail.
  • You need to know what dresses look good on your body and what size you basically are. (I’m usually the same size give or take, so it’s pretty easy for me to order a dress online, I know that is not the case for everyone.

So I was patiently waiting for my dress and then drama ensued. To make a long story short, the person who had the dress last weekend mailed it back late and it was in the mail somewhere. I have to say that Emily from Rent the Runway was super nice and helped me out. She refunded my money and sent me 3 dresses to try on, one of which being the dress I ordered in another color. I picked out some back up options and she delivered had to Danny’s office. I was a bit stressful when I didn’t have a dress yet at 5:00 on Friday when we were leaving around 7:00, but Emily told me she wouldn’t leave me dress-less and I believed her.

Please don’t pay any attention to my pale skin and zero makeup….and my disaster of a bedroom at that point.

Option 1: LOVE

black shoshanna one shoulder

Option 2: Not so much…hence the face.

Robert Rodriguez Heavy Metal Dress

Option 3: Also LOVE

Gray Shoshanna

And the winner was…

the gray shoshanna. I loved the beaded detail on the shoulder, which made the dress not need any special jewlery, so it was effortless. I just threw it on with some shoes and it was perfect. I really, really love Rent the Runway because I really love wearing different dresses. I tend to buy a dress and wear it once, don’t we all?? Rent the Runway turned what could have been a mini dress crisis into a outfit success.

Now some wedding pictures! The wedding was at the Atlantic Beach Club in Newport, RI.

Photo Booth

Love this dress. Want to buy it. Congrats to Luke and Anna!!

Did you have a great weekend?? IIN starts today, pretty excited!!

*Note: I paid for the dresses I rented with my own money, Rent the Runway did NOT ask me to review their services at all. This review is based on my personal experience with them!

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

MelissaNibbles October 18, 2010 at 8:53 am

Rent The Runway sounds fabulous. I’d love to try it out for my next social event. I would’ve gone with the Shoshanna too. I love her designs!

The wedding looks like a blast!


Nicci October 18, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I definitely love the 3rd choice on you.1 I can’t wait to rent a dress from them, I’ve heard all great things. I’m just waiting for an excuse to rent a dress…I have a wedding coming up soon. Can’t wait.


Laury @thefitnessdish October 18, 2010 at 12:37 pm

The wedding looks like it was so much fun!!! Rent the Runway is such an awesome site! LOVE the one you picked….and you are FAR from pale darling, hate to break it to yah ;-)
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Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' October 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm

You definitely made the right choice! I love that dress! :D

I’m finally done with wedding season this year, but I’m going to keep Rent the Runway in mind for next year!!


Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 18, 2010 at 8:34 pm

You looked great in all of them, but I really loved the one you picked! That sounds like a great way to get a nice dress for an event! I will definitely check that out next time I need something!
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Christine October 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm

You failed to mention the great day you had with meeeeee =]

Loveee that gray dress though!


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