Post # 1
So I’ve found a dress that I really like. Unfortunately the salon has told me that they are not able to order the dress for me. They are willing to sell me the sample, at a discounted price. I tried to find the dress online, with no success yet, so I am thinking that buying the sample may be the only way to go. The problem is that I’m not in love with buying a sample dress! I like the idea of ordering a dress in my size that no one else has tried on before. The sample is probably just a size or two too big for me, so alterations wise I think it’d be able to work.
Has anyone bought a sample? How did you feel about it? Any general thoughts, opinions, advice?
Post # 3
@rain4sasha: I did, and I saved so much money that I was very happy about it! I’m tiny so it will need to get taken in, but even if you ordered in your size, you’d likely have to pay for alterations anyway. I really like having my dress in hand – not worrying that a six month order will turn into an eight month order, or that it will come in in white rather than ivory or blush or whatever. It’s in my closet, waiting til closer to the date for alterations.
Post # 4
I bought a sample for $400. It’s a size 8 and I need a 2/4 so it will have to be altered but I’d much rather buy a sample for less. The salon is going to clean it (even though there is nothing visibly wrong with it). I don’t think there’s anything wrong with buying a sample.
Post # 5
My dress was a sample. It is 3 sizes too small but they are going to change the zipper back to a corset so that should solve some problems.
I got it for $3K down from the original price of $5800. It was in excellent condition.
Post # 6
I bought a sample and its fine! No one else got married in it so that’s the main thing for me!
Post # 7
I bought a sample and it worked great. I had a short time frame (less than 3 months) and the sample was the size that I needed. I don’t regret it.
Post # 8
my dress is a store sample. it was discontinued the day before i went to pay for it, and they couldn’t order it. so i got the sample. it has “wear and tear damage”, but nothing that can’t be fixed. the original dress, i think, was $1200, and i paid a little over $675 for mine.
Post # 9
@rain4sasha: I bought a sample wedding dress two sizes too big and just today got three sample bridesmaid dresses and a flowergirl dress. In total I have saved £1420 which is about $2330. For me, I checked the dresses over thoroughly before I paid for them to make sure they were in good condition. to me there’s no problem buying a sample dress as long as it’s not too damaged. I love my dress and as it’s now discontinued that’s the only way I could have it.
Post # 10
I bought the sample for $800 below list price. I was lucky, because it fit me like a glove and almost no alterations are needed. It is immaculately clean, and the salon I purchased it from was very clean and carries beautiful quality gowns. My lovely consultant confided in me that only a few girls tried it on before me because it is not a popular style (it’s a very fitted sheath – Enzoani Evanston), which I was very happy about! I totally get where you’re coming from, because I hesitated for the same reasons. However, I went in last week to try it on for a pre-fitting and when she zipped it up I thought, “This is MY dress! I love it!”. I say go for it!
Post # 11
@rain4sasha: I bought a sample!
My DH and I were on a tight budget for the wedding and I couldn’t justify ordering the designer version of my dress for $500 more when I’d only get to wear it once (My dress is the Venus version of the Enzoani Blu Casablanca gown and side by side you can hardly tell the difference). The dress I bought was very clean, not super worn, practically new. I did have to take it down about 3 sizes to have it fit, but it worked out really well.
I don’t personally think there is anything wrong with a sample dress and if you love it, I think that is all that matters.
Post # 12
@rain4sasha: I bought a sample and save about $750 (about 60%). I was so happy to buy it that way. Not only did I get a Casbalanca Couture dress, but I got it under $1,000, which was my budget. After alterations and steaming, no one could tell it wasn’t brand new.
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Post # 13
Mine was also a sample! I got it for 50% off, and it had only been tried on one other time!
Post # 14
I guess technically my dress was a sample. It was on clearance because it was a sort of “test” sample that they send out to a few stores but it never got put into production, hence the huge discount. It was in perfect condition as far as I could tell, and I really liked being able to take my dress home when I bought it instead of having to wait.
Post # 15
My dress was a sample, and I only paid $300 for it vs. the asking price. It was a discontinued dress, and had been tried on like once. Other than the hips, it fits me like a glove, so I say go for it! It’s not like someone got married in it already.
Post # 16
@rain4sasha: Mine was the sample. They just got it in, so I was the first person to wear it and it was my size. The only alterations would be the bustle.