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Should you hire or buy your wedding outfit?

A bride will have had an idea about what she wanted her dress to look like from a young age but in contrast, the wedding outfit can even be an afterthought for the groom! The first step is deciding you want to wear a kilt, the next is choosing whether to hire or buy your outfit. When weighing up the pros and cons of hiring and buying a kilt outfit for your wedding there are 3 main areas that you should focus on to help you make your decision. 


The first factor is time as there is a significant difference in the time it takes to organise a hire kilt outfit in comparison to buying an outfit. When buying a kilt outfit there are a lot of options to choose from such as the tartan, jacket style and brogue type which takes longer to decide on than you may think. Once those selections have been confirmed there is a minimum of 6 weeks for the outfit. Hiring a kilt outfit on the other hand can be done last minute, but we still recommend getting your outfits organised in good time to ensure the availability of sizes, tartan and jacket style. 

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A major difference between buying and hiring a kilt outfit is the amount of choice available to you. If you have a specific look or tartan you would like to wear on your big day then buying your outfit may be the best choice for you. Buying your outfit allows you to choose from over 4,000 different tartans, a huge range of jacket styles and a comprehensive range of accessories. Hiring a kilt is a little more limited in what choices you have but still a great way to get everything you need for your wedding outfit. MacGregor and MacDuff offer 14 different hire tartans which include our Exclusive Mist range as well as traditional and contemporary jacket options to match the theme of your wedding.

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Your budget will play a big part in helping you decide whether or not you want to buy or hire your outfit. Buying a traditional kilt outfit starts at £525 where a full hire outfit starts at £69. If you are only planning on wearing a kilt for your wedding day then hiring an outfit is possibly the best option for you. If however you can see yourself wearing your kilt at future events then buying may be the best choice. A quality kilt will last a lifetime which makes buying a kilt outfit an investment and having an outfit in the wardrobe ready to go for future events is always positive. So the initial cost of buying a kilt outfit may seem like a big purchase but over time, the money saved on rentals might actually make buying the cheaper option. 

If you are struggling to make your choice and need a little help, feel free to give us a call on 0141 280 3398 or email us at If you give us details about your wedding and outfit requirements we would be happy to offer our best advice.