Wedding dresses: To buy or to rent?


I accidentally stumbled across a website on wedding dresses 2012 styles and I took a peep out of curiosity or should I say my eyes loves to behold beauty. Well, the wedding dresses were quite expensive for average Nigerians. Ranging from N150,000 to N250,000 or even more  depending on the dress that catches your fancy.  Am I just thinking aloud for average Nigerians or am I crying more than the bereaved. Anyways, I wondered how we can buy wedding dresses at an outrageous price but wear them just once. Call me naughty! I was thinking it can be won twice perhaps on the day we wed and on the day we die. Lets face it most ladies would not like to rent their wedding dresses and most men find it appalling that they have to spend so much to buy a wedding dress when their suits are not outrageously expensive. Personally, I love the wedding dresses. the wedding dresses provoked thoughts of weddings and I naturally craved for one, so much so that I started proposing to all my male friends ( just joking!! ) I can’t stop laughing at that joke. Call me old school or conservative I can’t propose to a guy. I only admire from a distance those ladies who are so empowered and bold to propose to a guy. Just the other day, I was watching some American program where the lady proposed to the guy and he accepted to marry her. I was so happy for them and I realized that we can’t publicize that in Nigeria. perhaps, we are too judgmental in Nigeria, we have this haughty look and condemning attitude which we inherited from our colonial masters . Thus,  when we hear stories on how some couples met  and eventually ended up married we are always looking for the bad side of the story. For instance, if the guy(unknown to the lady ) offered to give the lady a ride and she accepted and eventually they dated and married, rather than responding with nice words and commenting on how romantic the meeting was, we would ask questions like what if he was a ritualist? or what if he was a killer or an armed robber? Hey! she took a great risk in accepting his ride, she was lucky that he did not rape her. I know bad things still happen but we should try to spice our lives a bit with romance.

Back to the topic, there are pros and cons associated with buying a wedding dress especially when the couples are on a tight budget, I am aware that this topic has generated a lot of controversy as most men with tight budgets are of the opinion that the wedding dresses are only worn once while the women on the other hand cries foul as the wedding is a very important ceremony and event in their lives. Hence why not indulge in the luxury even though it pinches in the pocket., they feel buying a wedding dress makes them feel brand new as opposed to renting what someone has worn before.
I am of the opinion that we should learn to live within our means and if we can afford to buy the most expensive wedding dress why not? but if we can’t afford it we should forget about it as the wedding dress does not bring about a happy marriage and what people say about the wedding dress cannot make your marriage last a life time.


3 thoughts on “Wedding dresses: To buy or to rent?”

  1. Thumbs up FloraMicheals nice topic.. True cheap or expensive wedding gowns doesn’t guarantee a long lasting marriage as they say wedding is for a day and marriage is for a lifetime so cutting one’s cloth according to one’s size is a fair enough statement..

    Intending couples especially the lady endeavor to work according to your hubby to be’s budget if he can’t afford you an expensive gown sure he will do much more for you as the budget improves in the marriage.

    On a more comic note, as funny as it is men could always re-wear their own outrageously expensive suits why ladies cannot as generally believed but I have good news for ladies out there who crave for designer wedding gowns despite their tight budget here is it ,you know we nigerians can be very creative you won’t believe this a friend’s sister who used a very expensive gown made by a reno known company known for making designer wedding gowns called….(Don’t wanna mention the company’s name if you wanna advertise your company contact floramicheals she could advertise for you on her blog under monetary terms ‘wink wink’) after her wedding she took her gown back to her tailor and guess what it was turned into a beautiful skirt and blouse that when they show you wouldn’t know it was once a flowing adorable gown ..So here is to you..
    But kindly don’t get me wrong nothing wrong in buying a very expensive gown when its within your budget that’s totally fine guess what do you know you can even make some money with that your expensive gown ie: by renting it out to others who worked within their budget and prefer to rent a gown rather than buy a liability gown…(There are bridal shops you could take that gown to and make some dough)

    Note I also love Nice and gorgeous Wedding gowns..
    Wink’ Wink’…

    1. True Talk Eyii. Men can always wear their suits to the office and other functions.Women on the other hand are stuck with keeping that wedding dress in their box. Imagine wearing the wedding dress to the office. Everyone would so laugh at you.

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