Are you expecting? Congratulations on your pregnancy!
Absolute Baby maternity gown hire is all about lessening your stress. No waiting on the mailman, an ill-fitting gown or a not quiet right colour.
Absolute Baby has CQs largest collection of elegant and stylish maternity gowns available to hire for photography sessions or special events. We are located in Rockhampton and can also organise gown postage to anywhere in Australia.
We want you to look great for your maternity photography session or special event. And we want to make your maternity dress hire experience as simple and stress-free as possible. Our collection contains numerous styles including sheer, lace and opaque which can be worn various ways. Our infinity gowns are amazing and suitable for maternity photos and special occasions.
Our maternity gown hire prices are for three-days. The first hire day being the day you collect your dress and the third day being the day it is to be returned. Most gowns are $30-$60 to hire which includes the dry cleaning fee and we can work within your budget. We also require a $50 bond which is fully refundable once the dress is returned in good condition or your credit card details as security. Longer hire periods can be negotiated for an additional fee. Payment is taken on the day of collection and all dresses are subject to availability.
When you’re done, just deliver the dress back to us and we handle the dry-cleaning. This means you’ll have more time to share your photos with us on Facebook!
While we ask that you take care of your dress, our maternity gown hire fees do cover minor accidental damage. You will not be charged for minor stains that come out in out during dry-cleaning. However, you are not covered for loss, serious damage or neglect. We reserve the right to retain part or all of the bond to cover tailoring fees or to replace the dress, if required.
It is important you return your dress on time so other Absolute Baby clients are not left without a dress to wear for their photo session or special occasion. Late fees will apply.
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We suggest you book an appointment for a private viewing so that we can work together and achieve a fully customised experience. Come over (bring a friend if you like) and see, touch and try on our growing range of maternity gowns available to hire. We will help you decide which colours and styles best suit your pregnant shape and enhance your glow!
Before attending your private maternity gown hire viewing it’s best to consider these questions:
- Do you want your belly (skin) visible with a front split in the gown?
- Would you prefer see-thorough (chiffon or lace) or opaque fabrics?
- Do you have a colour you love?
Absolute Baby is building a collection of accessories to compliment the maternity gowns we have available. These accessories will include flower crowns, sparkling belts and feature pieces.
Photos of our maternity gowns available for hire will be added as they become available. Please check back regularly or book your private viewing to see the entire range.
Maternity Gown Hire FAQs
Why hire a maternity gown instead of buying?
Let’s be honest, purchasing maternity dresses or gowns can become quite an expense, and only used for a limited time. Absolute Baby wants to give you the opportunity to look radiant for your photography session or special event.
Why fill up your cupboard with formal wear that you only plan to wear once? Absolute Baby allows you the flexibility to hire a gown that not only makes you feel beautiful and keep up with the latest trend but can be done at a fraction of the cost.
How long is a materntiy gown hire period?
Our most common hires are 3 day reservations.
Day 1 – Collect your dress and try it on. Accessorise and find the right shoes (if you’re wearing any)
Day 2 – Wear it (and work it) at your photo shoot or event
Day 3 – Return your gown and accessories to Absolute Baby or our preferred dry cleaner (if prearranged)
Remember, all time is chargeable including Saturdays, Sundays, Public Holidays etc.
When should I have a viewing and reserve a gown?
You can book a private viewing of the maternity gown collection at any time, but as bumps can grow quickly I would suggest around 1-2 weeks before your photo shoot or event.
Once we’ve found a gown that’s perfect for you we can lock it in.
What is the condition of the maternity collection?
Absolute Baby’s gowns and garments are professionally cleaned and inspected before every hire. We hold a high standard in reliability when it comes to fulfilling the needs of our customers. If a gown no longer meets the standard, it is promptly removed from our collection. All our gowns are in new to good used condition.
Can I get a maternity gown posted to me?
Yes, of cause. If we are arranging for a gown to be posted, the hire process is a little different.
A postage fee will be added to the ticketed price and we ask that you have the gown professionally dry cleaned before returning it.
You will be supplied with a pre-labelled, prepaid satchel along with the hired gown. You have five days from the requested start date to have the Gown professionally dry cleaned and recorded as ‘lodged’ at your nearest post office. (For example: if a package is dropped into a postage box at 5:30 pm on the return date, the package will not be recorded as lodged until the following business day and you will incur a late fee.)
You are responsible for the supplied postage material and if you misplace it, you must post the gown at your own expense (with $100 insurance) and provide a tracking number to Absolute Baby. Failure to provide the tracking number will result in the date of arrival at Absolute Baby to be considered the received date and not the date of post office lodgement.
Damages to package in shipping: Sometimes packages are damaged in shipment. Please take photos of any damaged packaging before opening and any damages to the item/s so a claim may be filed with the shipping provider.
Please be aware that late fees will apply if orders are not lodged on the agreed return date.
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What if I need to iron the gown?
We do our best to ensure that every dress is wrinkle-free. Certain fabrics are more prone to wrinkles though, and if you have a dress with slight creases, you can hang the dress in a steamy bathroom and the steam will de-crease it. However, please ensure to hang the dress where it can’t accidentally get splashed.
Note: please do not iron the dress as this may cause damage.
Do I have to clean the maternity gown I’ve hired?
No, don’t be silly. Absolute Baby is here to lessen the stress in your life. You just have to return it.
We do ask though, if there are any spills or possible stains, that you do your best to stop the stains from setting please.
Standard dry cleaning is included in all gown hires and generally gets the gowns clean, however excessive soiling may incur additional dry cleaning charges that will be passed on.
What if I accidentally damage the gown?
Accidents are bound to happen. If you do damage the dress, please let us know. There will be a small charge if its a minor damage, or an additional dry cleaning fee may be required.
However, if the gown is damaged beyond repair, the fee is the retail price of the item. If the gown is never returned, the fee is double the retail price of the item.
What happens if I don’t return the gown on time?
Hired gowns and accessories are due back to Absolute Baby or our preferred dry cleaner by COB on Day 3 of your hire.
We will send you a reminder if the gown is not returned on Day 3.
You will be charged additional hire costs (as listed in the Agreement) plus late fees for each gown, of $5 per day or $35 per month (whichever is lesser).
There is a 200% charge for the value of the garment that is not returned to Absolute Baby for any reason.
What if I lose or never return a gown?
If a gown is never returned for any circumstance the fee of 200% purchase price of a new gown will be charged towards your Credit Card.