Is a sample sale worth it?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
Member
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would wait. There are sample sales all the time, I actually bought mine at a sample sale 50% off. Just keep an eye out for future sales next year! 

Post # 4
Member
11 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You do have time, so it might be good to try on some gowns first to get an idea of what you like. That way you don’t have the dilemma of, “I really like this one, but I don’t know if it’s THE one, but it’s now or never!”

I definitely say sample sales are worth it, though! I got my dress at a sample sale… a stunning, intricate $7200 Reem Acra, for $700. It’s in extremely good shape, too. Agree with PP, keep an eye out for future ones.

Post # 5
Member
5421 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

I went to a big one with no intention of actually making a purchase; I knew I wanted a designer gown after browsing stores and seeing what was available, but most of the ones I liked cost in the region of £1800-2500/$2600-3700 and I just was not prepared to pay that. So, I went to get an idea of what was available, what the discounts were like, etc.

I ended up buying my gown (ahem!); a whopping 2 years and 10 months in advance! I personally I’m glad I did; I love my dress and still do, a year and 10 months later. HOWEVER, I wouldn’t recommend that approach as while I’m quite fixed in my tastes, a lot of people aren’t; and I see SO MANY dress regret posts on here.

So by all means go along to see what’s available and how good the discounts are; but be firm and don’t make a purchase until you’re nearer your goal weight. Stores have sample sales every 6-12 months, so there will be another opportunity to get a heavily discounted gown before your wedding in 2015.

Post # 6
Member
511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You could go just to look, but 2015 is a long ways away and your wedding plans (venue, theme, etc.) may change between now and then, so I don’t think I’d be in a hurry to buy anything just yet.  For what it’s worth, I found the two sample sales I visited kind of disheartening – lots of beat-up dresses and very little customer service.  That said, for someone with a better knowledge of fabric care and sewing, I’m sure they’re great for snagging deals!

Post # 7
Member
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Bethesda Academy Whitefield Chapel & Brockington Hall

I would WAIT! Sample sales are great IF you know what you are looking for. ALWAYS go to a sample sale with a plan in mind of what you want. If you don’t know what you are looking for, it can be overwhelming and you can get caught up in the moment of a “good enough deal” and end up with a dress you aren’t 100% in love with. Since your wedding is not until 2015, this store will have another sample sale before then! I would make a regular bridal appointment so you know what kind of gown you want, and then start looking out for sales in your area!!

Good luck and Congrats! 🙂

Leave a comment


Sent weekly. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Find Amazing Vendors