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6 golden nuggets of advice on shopping for sample wedding dresses

6 golden nuggets of advice on shopping for sample wedding dresses

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For those seeking a beautiful wedding gown without breaking the bank, sample wedding dresses can be a fantastic option. Bridal boutiques host sample sales to clear out inventory, making it an ideal time for budget-conscious brides to score great deals. These dresses, often lightly worn or tried on by other brides, offer the opportunity to get a wedding gown at a fraction of the original cost. However, navigating the world of sample dress shopping requires some careful preparation. In this guide, I'll provide you with valuable advice to make your sample wedding dress shopping experience smooth, enjoyable, and ultimately successful.


1. Research and set a budget

Before diving into the world of sample wedding dresses and booking appointments, conduct thorough research on various designers, boutiques, styles, and price ranges. Establish a realistic budget that includes alterations and accessories. This will help you stay focused and avoid falling in love with a dress that's out of your financial comfort zone.


2. Timing is key - shop early

Since sample dresses are unique and may be one-of-a-kind, it's crucial to start your shopping journey early. We advise you to start early to avoid disappointment. Usually boutiques are clearing out at least at the end/beginning of the year, so keep your eyes peeled for sample sales in December and January. If you’re getting married in June, it might be worth starting looking for your dress in December 18 months before your wedding, just in case you will go through a few disappointing sample sales before you find your dress. Alterations specialists will also be busy and may have a turnaround time of several months, so plan ahead.


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3. Be open-minded

Sample dress shopping might not offer the same extensive selection as you would have when shopping with a bigger budget, but it presents an opportunity to discover unique styles and designers you may not have considered. Be open-minded and willing to try on different silhouettes and fabrics to find the dress that complements your figure and suits your taste. Remember, often the dress you have envisioned wearing on your wedding day is not the dress that you end up actually liking the most.


4. Inspect the dress thoroughly

It's essential to inspect the wedding gown carefully for any damages or imperfections before committing to it. Check for stains, loose threads, snags or missing embellishments. Most issues can be addressed with alterations, but it's essential to be aware of any potential challenges.


5. Bring a trusted companion

Bring a supportive friend or family member whose opinion you value. Having someone you trust can provide valuable feedback and make the decision-making process more enjoyable. However, avoid bringing too many people, as too many opinions can be overwhelming.


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6. Consider alteration costs

Alterations are an integral part of the sample dress shopping process. Factor in the cost of alterations when budgeting for your gown. It's recommended to consult with a professional dressmaker early on to get an estimate and ensure there are no surprises later.


One last, and most important, piece of advice: do not play around! If you find a dress that you love in a sample sale, get it. Sample dresses are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and if you snooze, you might lose.

Shopping for a sample wedding dress can be a thrilling and cost-effective way to find the gown of your dreams. Who doesn’t love finding a bargain!? By following these tips and staying patient, you can navigate the process with confidence, ultimately saying "I do" in a stunning dress that fits both your style and budget. 

Check out our sample sale and book an appointment today to make sure you won't miss out on your dream dress at a lower price. Happy shopping!