Post # 1
I was wondering if there are actually any benefits to shopping during a trunk show or not. I’m assuming there aren’t any discounts. Is the collection larger? Do you get more options because the designer is there?
One of the boutiques nearby is having a Watters Trunk Show this weekend and I’m just wondering if I should rush over to take a look, or if I should just wait until it’s done. I know that they always carry Watters gowns.
Post # 3
Usually during trunk shows there is a discount. There doesnt always have to be one but its common. Sometimes a rep from the designer is there, sometimes not. The best part of a trunk show is the selection. There are more gowns as they bring in extras that the store doesn’t usually carry but once the trunk show is over, theyre gone.
Post # 4
I purchsaed my dress during a trunk show and received a 12.5% discount off of my dress, veil, and headband. There was a much wider selection available from that designer that day.
I ended up with a dress that is not stocked by the store and was only available during the trunck show. For some shows the designer is on site, which was my experience and it was a lot of fun to talk to them and get ideas for my full look.
At least in the NYC area there is almost always a discount of 12-15% during a trunk show in my experience.
Post # 5
Trunks shows = newer stuff and bigger selection. I would go!
Post # 6
All the trunk shows I’ve been to have discounts on the dresses. I bought my Nora (Maggie Sottero) at a trunk show and I got 15% off because I bought it right away.
Post # 7
I got my dress at a trunk show! Netted a sweet 20% discount on my dress, as well as accessories and wedding party outfits.
Post # 8
Call right now and make an appointment! Trunk show days usually fill up in advance. If they don’t have any spots left, ask them to honor the trunk show discount for you on another day.
Post # 9
Trunk shows do have a lot more dresses than what the salon normally carries. I tried on my dress during a trunk show that I wouldn’t have had the chance to try, had I gone to the same salon on a different day. I couldn’t decide on the spot if I wanted to purchase it because 1) I thought I was supposed to cry and I didn’t (silly, I know) and 2) It was only the second bridal salon I’d visited and probably the 8th or so dress I had tried – it couldn’t be that easy, could it? They had a 15% discount that day and since I couldn’t decide, they told me I could think about it for another two days. They would extend that discount for me. I got it in the end and am still so happy I did! Not only that, they were able to tell me what changes I could make to the dress so it could look a little more unique. So….you really should go to one, and if you can’t decide right on the spot, ask them to give you some time to decide, while still giving you the discount! 🙂
Also, some trunk shows even offer free accessories to go with your dress – like the veil, etc. But definitely make an appointment soon because the spots do fill up fast! Even if you don’t end up finding THE dress there, you’ll still have fun and you’ll have a much better idea of what looks best on you. Good luck!
Post # 10
If you buy a dress at a trunk show, do you have to pay the entire price of the dress up front or are you still given the option of paying 50-60% down and paying the rest when the dress comes in?
Post # 11
I did not attend the actual trunk show but I went the day after I believe. They did extend the 10% trunk show discount to me. I put 50% down.
Post # 12
When you buy a dress at a trunk show you typically get 10-20$ off depending on the designer. Also you get to preview their upcoming collection and try on dresses from past collections.
I bought my dress at a trunk show and got 10% off plus a free customized veil.
Post # 13
@kaleydonahue: It’s usually 50% down. I dont believe my friends or I have been to one where they expected a full payment. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 14
I got 10% off and got to meet the designer (Martina Liana). Had to put down 50% of the dress. I’m so glad I went because the store didn’t stock the dress I bought!