Post # 1
Tomorrow I am going to see my dress and potentially purchase the sample. The dress is relatively new (straight from the runway) and in my exact size. I had asked about purchasing the sample before (as the dress is quite expensive as is), but the lady told me she could not discount the dress until the actual style was being dicounted. Well, she emailed me recently to tell me that business is not where she’d like it to be and that she could offer the dress to be at a 15 percent discount. Great right! Well for some reason I am nervous to purchase the sample. Of course, I will check the dress thoroughly for any issues but I am still uneasy about committing. One concern of mine is the length. I LOVE heels and plan on rocking sky highs (I have my heart set on a certain pair). The dress from hem to hollow is 52 inches, I am 49 inches. I also plan on putting a little more volume under the dress to make it “poof” out at the hips, which will make the dress even shorter.
Now I know having to sacrifice on shoes seems like a small price to pay for a deal on a dress, but I have always been a shoe girl. It would feel wrong not wearing fabulously tall pumps. FI is also over 6 feet.
I also wonder if I am just nervous to pull the trigger, period. I have always made snap decisions and often regret them, so when it comes to my wedding I’ve been attempting to exhaust all options and thoroughly think things through.
My question is: did being offered a deal influence your decision of which dress to purchase and did you regret it? I am not making a poll because I feel there are too many factors involved. For example, yes I was offered a deal but I also loved the dress.
Post # 3
Why can’t you get alterations done? I purchased my dress off the rack. It was the last one available and it was also being discontinued and it was my size! I’m only 5 ft tall so of course I was too short for the dress. I got it hemmed and it was perfect.
Post # 4
My dress was a sample and I’m so happy to have found it! It was my exact size and I got it for almost 50% off. There were no stains and barely needed any alterations.
Post # 5
I saved boatloads by purchasing off the rack! If you’re concerned about the dress being too short once you add a crinoline and heels, why not wear heels of equal height (or better yet, the shoes you plan to wear at the wedding) and wear or borrow a crinoline to see exactly where the hem will fall.
Post # 6
I bought a sample and never looked back! They offered to go over the dress with an eagle eye and fix any tiny little snags or irregularities (there was a lot of beading). They did just that, and since my dress didn’t need alterations, I saved even more! That said, I only bought the sample because there were no imperfections (other than a few loose beads). If it was dirty or stained or lots of snags, I probably wouldn’t.
Post # 7
@lindseyl06: i can get alterations done. But there is not much I can do if the dress is too short for me. Its a detailed fabric that would be extremely difficult to match if I were to attempt to add length. I really don’t think that is even an option 🙁
Post # 8
My dress is a sample dress and I love it. The fit was nearly perfect so I got a really great idea of how it should look and it was in really good condition. My dress retailed for $3k+ and I bought it for $1900 so the price was within my range.
You should be able to get all of the alterations you’re talking about. My dress was altered with no problem. I had it taken in, hemmed, bustle stitched in. And now it’s being cleaned and for my next fitting, the seamstress will go around and hand sew any beads or sequins that need to be tightened into place. It will be hand cleaned after that, pressed/steamed and ready for pick up by August.
Just like any other dress without the 4+ month long wait.
Post # 9
@blushbliss: Oh I’m sorry I must have misread what you wrote. I thought you were saying the dress was too long. I’m not sure what may be done about that. Did you ask the salesperson?
Post # 10
I bought a sample 70% off the original price, and it is perfect. No stains, rips, or anything! It is a bit big in the chest and a bit long so I will need alterations, but for $350 for a dress I love I am happy as a clam! No regrets whatsoever.
Post # 11
i have to say that honestly, 15% doesn’t seem like much of a discount for a sample dress. Most sample dresses i see are more like 50% off the original price – certainly more than 15%! If you are going to get it I would certainly see about getting a bigger discount!
Post # 12
I purchased a sample and don’t retret it at all. It was my dream dress and just happened to be discontinued when I went to try it on. Like PP have said, 15%off is not that big of a discount for a sample. Mine was 75%off
Post # 13
Where did you find a sample with a 52 hem to hollow? That’s amazing.
Post # 14
@Soon_To_Be_Mrs_T: i agree that is not that big of a discount, but the dress is from the brand new collection which has not even been released yet. She got the sample straight off the run way
Post # 15
My reception dress was a sample at 50% off. They asked an alterations lady to make sure everything I needed was possible before I purchased.
Post # 16
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
I bought a sample. I didn’t get much of a discount at all, but it was a brand new line and the store had just got it in. In fact the line came out in Sept and I purchased the dress at a sample sale in Oct. But I knew it was my dress. It was my dream dress and I just had to have it. I was fine purchasing the sample for only a few hundred less than it would cost for new. Plus I saved on shipping.