Plus Size Wedding Dress Rental - Styled Shoot Rentals for Photographers
Inclusive sized dress rentals for styled shoots and portfolio building for photographers to build a more inclusive portfolio.
Let's get real: the wedding industry is NOT inclusive. Many groups are underrepresented in all aspects of the industry. Underrepresented couples start their planning journey and immediately feel alienated. This milestone is supposed to be joyful, not exclusionary. Every couple deserves to feel welcome and supported during this time of their life. One step to help couples feel like they belong is seeing people who look like them in wedding photos.
As the vendors making up the industry, we play an essential role in shaping the culture surrounding our career. To better represent everyone in our portfolios, sometimes we have to do free sessions or styled shoots. It's important that couples know their photographer can take care of them whether that's editing for their skin tone and creating a session atmosphere that celebrates their body. Free sessions and styled shoots give you an opportunity to build those skills without using a real life wedding day as an experiment.
A serious gap preventing photographers from putting together body inclusive styled shoots: there's no rental dresses available in true plus sizes.
This is when I decided to start this! I currently have 2 dresses available, bridal size 22, for photographers to rent for styled shoots. Keep reading to learn more about renting these dresses!
How It Works
Dress rental is for one week of time (7 days). This should give you plenty of time to get a shoot or two in with the dress! You're welcome to take the dress on tame adventures as long as you're cautious with it. For a 7 day rental period, it is $45. There is also a refundable deposit that will be immediately refunded if dress is returned in good condition. This fee covers shipping the dress to you as well as the rental fee. Then you will cover the cost to ship it back to me with 2 day shipping! This is currently only available within the U.S. If you would like to rent the dress for use in the Brookings, OR area, we can arrange a pick-up and deduct the shipping cost off your rental fee.
Dress Rental Options
Dress 1: Flowy, tulle dress. It features a lace-up back for more flexible sizing. It's a size 22 but seems to fit more like a size 18 street size. This dress is perfect for a whimsical look for your styled shoot! Since it is tulle and must be shipped in a box, you may have to steam this dress before use.
Dress 2: Lace dress with bell sleeves. This is a perfect fit for a styled shoot with boho vibes. It is a size 3XL which is the equivalent to a 22-24 (will likely fit smaller). This dress can be flattering even if slightly oversized. The dress has a zipper back and minimal stretch in the fabric. The lace is less prone to wrinkling during shipping but may still require some steaming after shipment.
How to Book
If you'd like to learn more about renting a dress, email me at email@example.com. I have a detailed PDF I can send your way with clear guidelines on how the dress can be used and rules for rental. We can also discuss availability!
I hope these rentals make it a bit easier to create a more inclusive wedding industry!