Where to Find Ballroom Dance Gowns for Rent

Rachel Hanson
Affordability through renting

Dance clothing can cost more than a pretty penny, which is why ballroom dance gowns for rent are popular money-saving options. While a one-of-a-kind ballroom gown costs thousands of dollars, renting the same type of gown costs somewhere in the range of $100 to $300 depending on the dress and how long you need to rent it for. While this is still a lot of money, it is a very considerable amount of savings compared to buying the same dress.

Beautiful Ballroom Gowns

Every ballroom dancer wants to be the belle of the ball, which means dancing well, but it also means having a gorgeous dress, killer shoes, and nicely done makeup and hair. Ballroom gowns are very expensive because of the detail that is included in their craftsmanship; for example, many ballroom gowns have beading worked into their fabric, which is done by hand. While some dresses can be made cheaply, the most gorgeous ballroom gowns, such as those designed and worn on Dancing with the Stars, take a week or more to make, which drives the price quite high.

Ballroom gowns are seldom worn over and over again by the same person; while you might wear a gown more than once, you will most likely not wear it more than twice or three times, which means that renting a gown is going to be cheaper than buying one. In addition, you free yourself from feeling like you have to wear a gown a second time only because you feel like you have to get your money's worth out of it. Save yourself the headache and rent a gown instead.

Who Offers Ballroom Dance Gowns for Rent?

Several companies rent ballroom dance gowns through the Internet and send them to you through the mail. Most companies also offer the option of trying on the gown before you agree to rent it, a process which makes the rental dress a bit more expensive, but ensures that you have the perfect dress, and the perfect fit, for your dance performance.

  • Rhythmic Rentals was founded in 2003 and commits to bringing their customers the perfect ballroom gown matched with impeccable customer service. The founder is a ballroom dancer herself, which inspired her to start the rental company to help others solve the 'perfect dress, perfect price' dilemma. The company features many different dresses in a broad range of sizes; trying on a dress is recommended, and rental terms range from one to five days.
  • Crystal's Creations is a company that specializes in making ballroom dancing gowns. While the primary business is making custom gowns, the business also offers a large selection of ballroom dance gowns for rent. Priced in the range of $150 to $200, the rental time is eight days, and a security deposit is required.
  • Ballroom Dress Rental rents several different styles of ballroom dresses in the range of $150 to $200 for a rental period of six days. The dresses are gorgeous, and several offer extensive amounts of beading, the trademark of stunning ballroom gowns. You can also purchase a dress from this company.
  • Dance Connected offers ballroom dresses to rent in the range of $175 to $250. Dance Connected also offers children's ballroom gowns for rent, which is unique.

Rental Terms

Some companies will offer you the option of trying on the dress before you agree to rent it; if you decide to do this, remember that you will be charged the full rental price if it is clear that you actually wore the dress instead of simply trying it on.Once you agree to rent a dress, you will be required to pay a reservation fee, which in most cases is non-refundable and non-transferable. If you must cancel your reservation, the earlier you cancel, the more likely you are to get some of your rental fee returned to you.

Remember to return your dress on time and to return it in the same condition you received it in (except for having worn it). If you have to alter the dress in any way in order for it to fit well during your competition, be sure that it is altered in a reversible manner, and be sure to have your tailor take out the alterations before you return the dress. You will always be charged for any damage the dress incurs while in your possession, so be sure to take even better care of a rental dress than you would a dress of your own!

Where to Find Ballroom Dance Gowns for Rent