Our Favorite Wedding Guest Dress Looks

Now that the temperature is cooling down, wedding season is gearing up! October and November are two of the busiest months for weddings in Tampa Bay (with March and April rounding out the Spring wedding season).

With more Tampa Bay brides and grooms hosting classier affairs, we’re seeing wedding guests upping their fashion game. Plus, one of the perks to attending a wedding is getting dressed to the nines.

While you may not be able to buy a new dress for every wedding, with Lending Luxury in South Tampa, you don’t have to! This dress rental boutique has been our go-to shop for weddings, holiday parties and galas.

Unlike renting a dress online and worrying about how it will fit, we love that you can go into the store, browse from hundreds dresses and try them on to make sure they are flattering to your figure. Plus their staff is super helpful making recommendations for gowns to fit your style. They carry up to a size 16 and even offer alterations on certain gowns (extra fee), so even at 5’2 I can wear a floor length gown that won’t swallow me.

On my most recent trip, I was dress “shopping” for a black-tie optional country club wedding. While you can preview dresses online, I just like to go into the shop to browse the racks. I love how they have photos of models in the gowns so that you can see how it photographs and looks on:

South Tampa Wedding/Prom/Holiday Party/Gala Ballgown Dress Rental Shop | Lending Luxury

I tried on a total of four dresses that ranged from a beaded, form fitting dress, to an elegant chiffon ballgown and a glamorous rhinestone sapphire blue dress.

South Tampa Wedding/Prom/Holiday Party/Gala Ballgown Dress Rental Shop | Lending Luxury

Jose Rental Price: $95 | Tadashi Rental Price: $55 | Clarisse Rental Price: $110 

But ultimately I choosing the Clarisse Luxe Lace Evening Gown (rents for $95), which also turns out to be the most popular wedding guest dress rental!

South Tampa Wedding/Prom/Holiday Party/Gala Ballgown Dress Rental Shop | Lending LuxurySouth Tampa Wedding/Prom/Holiday Party/Gala Ballgown Dress Rental Shop | Lending Luxury

Visit Lending Luxury online or in-store at 2102 W Platt St, Tampa, FL 33606. The showroom is open Tuesdays and Thursday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and by appointment. Save 10% off your rental with code “Marry10.”

This post was sponsored by Lending Luxury. While I received a dress rental for this post, all opinions expressed are my own.


Marry Me Tampa Bay editor, Anna Coats, created Marry Me Tampa Bay in 2012 to showcase the area's best local weddings and vendors. She has been featured as a wedding expert on the national talkshow Daytime, Fox13, ABC Action News, Great Day Tampa Bay, and Bay News 9 (now Spectrum).

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