Carrie Symonds’ budget wedding dress is inspiring other brides to turn to rentals

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With many weddings cancelled for the best part of a year now and a surge for more spontaneous weddings, renting a wedding dress has never been so popular.

Boris Johnson’s wife, Carrie Symonds, proved that wedding rental is the way forward as she stunned in a beautiful embroidered tulle gown by Greek fashion designer Christos Costarellos.

The gown is typically priced at £2,870 as part of an exclusive collection on Net-a-Porter but you’ll never guess how much she paid to rent it for her big day. Disclosure: you probably paid more for your round of drinks at the pub this weekend.

It’s tradition for brides to wear something borrowed on their big day and Carrie Symonds did just that as it was confirmed that she paid just £45 a day from My Wardrobe HQ for her beautiful wedding dress.

Garments can be rented between four and 14 days on My Wardrobe HQ and it’s not the first time she’s done this. The political activist is known for her consciousness of the environment and has rented several pieces for many high-profile appearances with her Prime Minister husband including a blue belted coat from Isabelle Fox for the Commonwealth Day service back in last March and a checked dress by Eponine London which she wore to visit the Queen in September 2019.

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Dress, Costarellos at My Wardrobe HQ, £45 a day here.

Since the news broke out that Carrie, 33, had rented her wedding dress, other rental service sites such as HURR disclosed that they saw a 268% surge in bridal rentals over the Bank Holiday weekend calling it ‘the Carrie effect’ with some bookings as far ahead as Autumn 2022.

Website By Rotation saw a 900% increase in rentals during and post the lockdown and a +600% increase in views on their wedding guest collection just last month.

Here’s a few of our favourite wedding dresses that are available to rent now!

Dress, Lihi Hod at My Wardrobe HQ, £122 here.

Wedding dresses can seriously break the bank and this Lihi Hod number is a particularly pricey one with prices ranging from £4,850 – £11,000 but you can rent this beautiful number for £122 a day – bargain!

Dress, TH&TH at HURR, from £29 here.

Simple and elegant – this sleek frock will look simply beautiful on your big day and it’s less than £30 – winning!

Dress, Yasmina Q, £25 here.

Last minute wedding? The dress is one thing you don’t have to worry about as Rotaro has this gorgeous Yasmina Q dress from just £25.

Wedding dress shopping has never been so easy.

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