First off, talk about gorgeous! You look AMAZING in that dress! Wow! We might need to have a mop on hand to clean up the puddle of drool from your FI when he sees you coming down the aisle in the gown!
I have super good news! Before I found my Pronovias gown, I was obsessed with finding a particular Demetrios gown! Girl, I’ve already started a Demetrios spreadsheet! Here is what I found: Many small boutiques stopped carrying Demetrios in store but could order for me without a problem. Some larger bridal stores (Brides by the Bay, in SF, I think) still had some Demetrios dresses. Look to see if these boutiques are having some sort of blow out/promotional/holiday sale where everything will be a certain % off. It sounds crazy but, as I’ve been calling around, it happens.
In all, I talked to four Brides by Demetrios stores: San Diego, CA, Irivine, CA, Texas (I forget which city) and Oregon (again, sorry, I’m not sure which city), and one Demetrios store in Macy’s Bridal. They were all so helpful and were trying to find a way to send the gown to a boutique that sells Demetrios (but didn’t have any in store) so that I could try it on. (Seriously, they were so super nice). Eventually, KiKi, the fantastic manager at the Irvine store, put the dress on one of the consultants and took detailed pictures and sent it to me. Apparently, at both the San Diego and Irvine stores, an ordered 2015 Demetrios gown was 15% off, with a FREE veil at their recent trunk shows! Yay! KiKi at the Irvine store offered to order the gown for me with my measurements and to give me the trunk show sale price, if I wanted. My thoughts are that, if two different Brides by Demetrios stores were offering the same trunk show price, it is probably relatively standard for these stores. I did call a Brides by Demetrios in Macy’s Bridal, but didn’t get much info about their trunk show pricing.
Remember that by ordering from some states, you don’t pay sales tax! I thought that Arizona charged Sales Tax, but a bridal boutique that I talked to in Arizona when looking for my Pronovias gown said that there would be no sales tax on that purchase, so you might want to find out (just asking “what’s your sales tax rate” typically does it). I only mention Arizona because I see it listed here as a place that is having a trunk show in December.
Here is the list of Demetrios upcoming trunk shows! I hope that you find your dress at a fantastic price! 15% off doesn’t sound like a lot, but on a big purchase like this, it could be hundreds of dollars! The dress I was looking at would be a total savings of $462.50.
Here is a list with the Brides by Demetrios stores and their hours (it saves time from having to look up each individually):
Finally, just yesterday I wanted to see ONE last Brides by Demetrios gown (because I saw it online and it was stuck in my head) before I purchase my Pronovias next Saturday. The shop owner was SUPER sweet but, sadly, her boutique is going out of business. All dresses are 50% off, but they are the samples. Actually, her dresses were in GREAT condition (cleaner than any other samples I’ve seen). Most of her samples were between sizes 8 and 12, but she showed me how even a dress a few sizes too small could be altered for my size with little problems, and even told me what to ask the seamstress to do! I think most of her samples were from older Demetrios lines, but, for 50% off it is worth a shot to see if she has yours. She said email is the best way to get a hold of her, and she is closed on Sunday, FYI. Her shop is actually just 40 minutes from my house, so if you find your dress there and want it, I would be happy to go in person and inspect the gown for condition for you. We brides have to stick together! Here is her website:
I really hope this is helpful! I’m SO excited that you found your dream dress! Keep us posted! Good luck!