posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
111 posts
Blushing bee


Badnesa49r:  I hope to find a dress on sale also. Bridal salons in my area have facebook pages and sometimes they will post dates of when sale are going to happen and they hold sale events and you have to get there early and wait in line.

Post # 3
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

i’ve only ever seen the samples go on sale (in Ontario Canada) here. My Fall 2012 dress was still full price when I bought it Fall 2013 🙂

Post # 4
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Bridal stores will sometime have holiday sales, but they are only 10% off or so.  Other than that, it is just the sample gown.  Typically you have to wait until the gown gets discountinued before the sample is sold, and there is no set amount of time for that.  If you have a bridal store that specializes in sample gowns maybe call them and ask if they have the dress or they could keep an eye out for it.  

Post # 5
1319 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Kleinfeld’s is having a sample sale later this month.

Post # 6
1768 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

It depends on how popular a design is, but gowns like Maggie Sottero never go on “sale” – you could just get a discount (pay in cash, buy the sample, etc) – it’s not like JCrew where fall stuff gets discounted near the end of season. I think the only exception that is David’s Bridal where they have actual sales (or an atypical retailer like J.Crew Bridal or Ann Taylor)

Post # 7
858 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Wedding gowns don’t tend to go on sale, since they are custom-made to fulfill each individual order. It’s not like they have stock at the end of a season they need to get rid of. Designs just get discontinued when they are old. 

That being said, call some bridal salons and ask if they ever offer discounts. Many salons do a Black Friday sale, sometimes old samples are discounted (esecially after styles are discontinued; but keep in mind, samples are typically size 8-12 and are sometimes “well-loved” by the time they are retired), and many shops offer a “first visit discount”. Appointments cost shops money, so it makes financial sense for us to offer you an incentive to buy your dress in one appointment. Keep in mind, the discounts will rarely be more than 10% or $100, in that range, since designers to have MSRPs that they won’t let retailers go under. Typically they only get permission to drop the price during a trunk show, and even then the designer tells them what the discount can be. Any shop that doesn’t adhere to this is at risk for losing their contract and having orders (even orders that were already placed!) go unfulfilled! So be wary if somewhere is willing to offer you a really deep discount; if they get found out and lose their contract, you may not get your dress. 

While I caution people from buying a dress from China since you never know if you’ll get what is pictured (or get a dress at all….), you may want to look into some of the Chinese companies that make reproduction dresses that people on these boards have used. I think Jasmine’s Bridal tends to be one of the most well-regarded. It won’t be the exact dress that Maggie Sottero sells, but you may be able to get something that is extremely close within your budget. Just do your research before you place an order if you choose to go this route!

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