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Borrowing Magnolia, How the Modern Bride Does the Dress

I am thrilled to introduce to our Borrowed & Blue brides an incredible new company that is working to make sure each & every bride can find her dream designer wedding dress at a price that won't break the budget, which is something that, until now, has only gotten increasingly more difficult. Borrowing Magnolia launched in July 2014 & since then has amassed an incredible collection of designer wedding dresses that can either be bought or rented from former brides who have submitted them to the Borrowing Magnolia inventory. Intrigued? I thought so.

With Borrowing Magnolia, everybody wins: former brides can make a little extra cash by selling or renting their beloved wedding dresses while today's brides can find the dress of their dreams at a fraction of the cost and without causing any additional environmental waste (green minds, rejoice!). Spearheaded by three savvy women who each come to the dress dilemma with different experiences (one a soon-to-be bride-to-be wondering how she'd be able to snag her dream dress, one a recent newlywed wondering what to do with her dress, and another who'd had hers stored in the attic for six years), they came together to try to find a way to make this whole process a bit easier for brides, and Borrowing Magnolia was born.

So how does it work?

Today's brides can browse their extensive inventory of designer dresses that houses everything from Jenny Packham to J.Crew to Maggie Sottero until they find a few dresses that pulls at their heart strings. Some dresses are available for rent or for purchase, and brides can try on three dresses at home for $99 which gets put toward the final rental or sale. If you don't find what you love the first time, try on another three and again, that $99 goes toward the final bill! (You can also try on just one for $35, or two for $69).

Once you find your dream dress, you either simply keep it if it's in the "on sale" collection, or you send it back if it's the "for rent" collection & it will be sent back to you professionally cleaned & ready to go well before your wedding date. If you find yourself needing a few alterations to get the perfect fit, you're in luck: alterations are allowed as long as they're reversible, which most are, & Borrowing Magnolia will walk you through this process!

For brides that would like to either sell or rent their dress through Borrowing Magnolia, the process couldn't be simpler: just submit the dress through their submission form & they'll get back to you right away to get the conversation going.

This is such an incredible service for today's brides and every day they are adding to their already stunning & full collection. All of the images in this article are real dresses available through Borrowing Magnolia, and you can see even more here. It really is as easy as it sounds!!

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For more info about Borrowing Magnolia, click here.

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