(Closed) Sample Sale Advice?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

If you can go try on dresses before do it. It doesnt matter if you go to davids bridal or whatever but you should get an idea of your body shape first. Also I would wear something you can strip down in easily with undergarments your willing to get naked in infront of potentially a lot of people (these are my recomendations for any clothign sale), a easy slip on and off dress with comfy sandals will make thigns a lot faster and less fussy. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

That’s the thing with sample sale shopping– you basically have to make a decision ON THE SPOT. I know with Pronovias specifically (I went last year), they ship overstock and last year’s dresses to the flagship from Spain, so many of the dresses that are at the sale, aren’t typically in the store prior.  I second what naturalysam suggested- bring good undergarments and an extra pair of heels to get an idea of what it will look like. Keep in mind that you will need to do alterations or dry cleaning yourself if the dress is a true sample.  There are lots of places in Manhattan that specialize in cleaning wedding dresses.  It is a bit of a high pressure situation but you can not BEAT the bargains to be had! At least with Pronovias, they take appointments at the sample sales, it alleviates a lot of the mayhem that sometimes might occur otherwise. I used to take photos of myself and TEXT them to my mom so that she could see- just keep the dresses you are considering on your rack, so no one else grabs them! Good luck!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I got one of my dresses at a sample sale (I bought a few with reselling them in mind – my entire wedding keeps changing).  People told me to be prepard to stand in line, make sure to get an appointment so you have an attendant, be ready to pay with cash if necessary.

I was seriouly the only bride in the store.  It was totally dead.  I had 3 attendants helping me.  I didn’t have anyone to bring as a friend though.

I did buy mine on the spot – I think mainly because it was such a good price for such a high quality dress.  It fits perfectly.  It may not be the dress I end up wearing on the big day, but it’s a beautiful dress regardless!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@lmorton:   I did wear a longline bra borrowed from my FSIL.  At this shop, the attendant was in the room with you at all times so I didn’t want to be all nekkid!  They also didn’t let you take hotos of the gowns so maybe that’s why you were always accompanied.  (The other place I put myself into the gown and they zipped it when I stepped out, plus I could take photos.)   I wore regular underwear (not a thong).

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

@lmorton:  If the 2 friends going with you don’t know you really well, I would recommend going alone b/c you don’t want to be swayed by other people’s opinions.

The first (and only) time I went shopping for wedding dresses was at a sample sale at a bridal salon in Chicago.  It was only 2 days after I got engaged!  I tried on SOOOO many beautiful sample dresses but I actually fell in love with a non-sample dress!  So you may end up being able to try on non-sample dresses as well, which I would recommend – just be open minded and go with your instinct!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Any update on the sale? How did it go?

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yeah, they are sometimes really hit or miss. In the end I didn’t purchase from Pronovias either- their dresses weren’t very flattering on my body. I think it was all the lace and not much support within the dress. RK Bridal carries a large selection of BOTH La Sposa AND St. Patrick and you don’t have to make an appointment. Just wander in whenever you feel like it and pull the dresses off the rack. RK is a bit intimidating but if you go onto their website FIRST and see which styles they carry, you can then go to the store and have a sales associate help you pull the dresses for you. They also price match. Good luck!

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