should you buy or rent your dress for your photoshoot?

Planning what to wear for your maternity session should be fun and exciting! These photos will be treasured for years to come and you want to feel beautiful when you look back on them in years to come. It’s important to really pay attention to styling so that when looking back on your photos you’ll be happy with every detail, from the way your hair was styled to the design of your dress.

One of the biggest decisions you can make with regards to your maternity photo shoot is whether you rent or buy your maternity dress. There are loads of pros and cons to every choice, and you should definitely look at both options carefully so that you can make an informed decision.

Benefits of Renting A Maternity Dress

If you are looking at wearing a truly extravagant dress for your maternity photoshoot, but can’t afford to buy one, renting a maternity dress may be a great option for you. Renting a dress is obviously cheaper than buying one.

Additionally, you may only need to wear this dress once as it is most likely going to be quite formal and let’s face it, you’re not pregnant throughout your whole life. So why clutter your closet with a dress that you will only wear on one or two occasions, depending on how many pregnancies you will experience?

Downsides To Renting A Maternity Dress

Renting a dress involves quite a lot of details. You’ll need to pick up the dress on a certain date as well as return it on a specific date too. If the dress doesn’t fit perfectly, you will not be able to make any alterations to it and you may lose out on your deposit should you happen to spill anything on the dress or cause damage to it accidentally. Also, renting means second-hand and if you’re not comfortable wearing second-hand clothes, rather opt to buy a dress.

Benefits Of Buying A Maternity Dress

The main benefit of buying your maternity dress is that it will belong to you and you can make as many alterations as necessary to ensure it fits you absolutely perfectly and frames that baby bump beautifully! You also won't have to worry so much about getting it dirty or damaged during the session.

Downsides to Buying a Maternity Dress

The only real downside to buying your own dress for your maternity photo shoot is the cost, which is at most times higher than the cost of renting a dress.

Rather Rent

In my opinion, renting a dress for your Maternity Session seems like the better route. There are so many amazing designer gowns to choose from these days to rent online, and they really have made it a very easy process. Let's be honest – you are most likely only going to wear this dress once in your life. Go all out, and rent a fabulous dress that you typically wouldn't spend that kind of money to buy something.

Looking for that perfect dress for your maternity photoshoot? I've put together a list of both my favorite place to rent and buy from!


• Flutter Dress

• COVEN & Co.

• Dalliance Bespoke

• Nuuly Rent

• Etsy

• The Kindred Soul


• Reclamation Design Company

• Baltic Born

• Joyfolie

• Pink Blush

• Lulus