How Much Does a Costume Rental Cost?
Costume rental companies provide all types of costumes, from historical and period dresses, to horror costumes, to movie-inspired suits, to contemporary attires needed in the acting community as well as in other related pursuits. In order to put on a successful production, the audience needs to know who and what the actors and actresses are portraying. Without these costumes, it would be very hard for the audience to do so. Costumes can be made, but there are some that would be very difficult and would probably not look as good as they would if they were rented. When choosing a costume rental company, make sure to not only consider the cost, but also the quality of their costumes and if they have an extensive selection to accommodate varied needs.
How much does it cost?
- Depending on what you want to rent, plan on spending anywhere from as little as $15 to as much as $150 for the day or week of costume rental. The average rental is typically between $50 and $85.
- At Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Masschusetts, the rental fee per costume, if returned laundered, is $25 for the first week and $15 for each subsequent week. Consultation fee is $25. The costume rental fees are per whole costume.
- Ohio-based Costume Holiday House offers an array of costume rentals with prices ranging from$65.95 to $95.95, depending on the type of costume. Rentals require deposits ranging from $65 to $95, also depending on the costume to be rented.
- Costume rentals at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley vary by type. All rental prices are based on a standard 5 to 6-week rental period, which is usually the time frame in which acting companies need them for rehearsal and for the actual production. The following are the rental prices for the costumes in their stock:
- General Men’s Wear – $20 to $65
- Men’s hats – $20 to $45
- Men’s footwear – $20 to $55
- Contemporary women’s wear – $20 to $85
- Women’s period and specialty – $20 to $125
- Women’s outerwear – $35 to $45
- Women’s hats and accessories – $10 to $45
- Women’s footwear – $20 to $45
- Unisex/Miscellaneous – $15 to $50
- Occupational – $20 to $35
What is going to be included?
- Some companies calculate their production rental fees through this method: full list price during the first week, and 25% of full list price during the second week. Depending on the rental firm, services cover pulling all items from stock and shipping or delivering them to the clients.
- When visiting a rental company in person, your measurements will be taken to ensure proper fitting. Orders via phone require specific measurements to be provided, including height, chest/bust, waist, waist to floor (females only), inseam, neck/shirt size, hat size, and hips (females only).
- Some rental companies require a valid credit card as a security deposit on all rentals. Deposits are also usually required, held subject to proper return of the costume, and will be kept if items are damaged or lost.
- The rental of costumes should include all relevant items, such as shoes, jewelry, head pieces, etc.
- If you do not know exactly what type of costume you need, a representative from the company can meet with you and help you figure it out.
What are the extra costs?
- Extended costume rentals require additional charges. Some rental companies charge 15% per day for extended rentals, and 50% per week for a week or longer.
- At some costume rental companies, costumes that are returned unlaundered are charged an additional $10 per costume.
- If you need to change the costume, additional fees can apply.
- Shipping and handling fees may also be required for costumes that need to be shipped to certain addresses.
- The deposit that you give the rental company can either be given back to you or taken off your total bill. However, if the costume is damaged or not returned, the deposit will be held and you will still owe the total of the bill plus the cost of the costume.
Tips to know:
- Make sure to be careful in handling and using the costume rentals. Rental companies may charge excessive fees for damage to the items. Some will charge for the cost of repair (materials and labor) on top of the usual fee. The full replacement cost will be charged for costumes returned beyond repair.
- When using a costume rental company for costumes used in programs, some rental companies require the renter to give them credit by printing their company name on the program or printed material that provides information on production credits.
How can I save money?
- If you need to rent a costume for a short-term period only (per contract), find a costume rental company that offers discounts on costume rentals for short runs.
- Compare the rates offered by several costume rental companies to find the most affordable option offered, but also check the quality of the costumes to make sure they are up to your standards. Make sure you consider the cost of shipping or delivery when checking prices.
- Make sure that the rental is worth it. There are many high-grade costumes that can be purchased on the internet for as little as $100. Others that are not as complex could be made for even cheaper.