A few months back Rent the Runway reached out to me for a partnership and I was beyond excited for the opportunity! I’ve heard amazing reviews about them from so many ladies but never tried them out, until recently.
How it works: you select the dress you want and choose your size. What’s nice is that they let you choose two sizes just in case (reading the sizing reviews are also extremely helpful). After that, you just choose the dates you need it for. My recommendation is if you know exactly when you need the dress, book the dress as soon as possible. Popular dresses get booked fast, especially during wedding season. I also recommend you choose a booking date at least a day or two before your event, just in case there is a delay in delivery. That way you’ll still have another day for it to get to you so you don’t have to freak out if you don’t have a dress for your big event.
What I love about RTR is that the site offers a huge selection of designer dresses that I would otherwise never have access to. Since Trey & I are planning a big wedding, we’re on a tight budget. With everything from bridal showers, to rehearsal dinners, to bachelorettes and everything in between, it’s tough to justify buying a dress for each event. That’s where Rent the Runway comes in. RTR provides the bride on a budget (me) a way to wear designer dresses without the designer price tag or commitment. I’ve already been eyeing so many good white dresses perfect for each bridal occasion!
A few weeks back Trey and I celebrated our 4 year (FOUR YEARS!!!) anniversary and I wore this Cinq a Sept dress out to celebrate.
I honestly never would have thought we would date past a year, nonetheless make it to 4, and be getting married. This is not because he wasn’t a great guy, but because we starting dating toward the end of college, and I just thought our careers would take us elsewhere.
Trey and I met in high school. We had just one class together senior year of high school (college English) and we sat next to each other. He was one of the nicest guys to me in high school (there weren’t many) and we became fast friends. I had a crush on him, but never really thought anything of it. I mean we were kids and about to graduate high school. We had exchanged numbers during the school year and about a year after graduation I randomly get a text from Trey. He wanted to meet up for lunch since he was at Georgia Tech and I was just 10 minutes away at Georgia State. I hesitated. I was afraid I was agreeing to a date and I wanted to make it clear that it wasn’t. So I tried getting out of it by rescheduling and rescheduling and rescheduling, until I had run out of excuses.
So the day came and I was dreading it. I didn’t want to go to lunch. I was scared it was going to be awkward. I mean, I hadn’t seen or talked to the guy in over a year and high school felt like ages ago. But when I walked up to the restaurant, the boy I remembered in high school was no longer a boy, but a smokin’ hot man. Trey was no longer the lanky, tall kid from College English, but instead a guy who’s jaw came in and who’d been working out .
We ordered lunch and I didn’t let him pay – I needed to make sure he knew this was not a date (he later told me he hated me for this haha). We sat down to talk and eat, and it was as if the year of not seeing each other ever happened. Conversation was great, he made me laugh like he always did/does, and it was still the same Trey I knew from high school, just more “mature”. I left lunch unable to stop thinking about him and what a great guy he was. I told him “we need to do this again.” But then I did the same thing I had done before. I stopped talking to him. I would ditch him, make excuses, and never got lunch again with him in the months following.
I did this for the next few years. We would meet once in a blue moon, have a great lunch/dinner, and then I would just ghost. Hah. Is that how the saying goes? He was a great guy, but I already had these predispositions that it would never work out long term. I was from a very traditional Vietnamese family, really firm in my family/faith, and I didn’t think this white guy from high school could ever really understand that so I put no real serious thought into it.
I remembered Trey and I met for one last time before I left for Washington, D.C my junior year for a semester internship. And that’s when I totally let him down. He told me he was interested in me and I told him I wasn’t. Yikes. But then my internship ended and I had to come home. And lo and behold the day I was moving back to Atlanta, I get a text from Trey. He wanted me to go to a party with him and his friends, which I was really weary about so I took my best friend with me as back up. Although the party wasn’t great, we still hit it off. It was just like all the other times, except this time it wasn’t.
We started dating after that and the rest is history. And I’m so happy he never stopped texting me.
*For reference: I’m wearing a size 4 in the Cinq a Sept dress :).
Sponsored by Rent the Runway. All thoughts are my own.