(Closed) Any tips for buying a gown off the rack?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

At least at the two salons I went to, the samples were filthy and damaged.  One dress I tried on was discontinued (I grabbed it from the wrong rack) and she wouldn’t even give me the option of buying the sample because it was so dirty.

I hear a lot of girls really have success with it though, so good luck!

Post # 5
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5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@MM423: You’ll be fine, and dress shopping is so fun! Make sure you wear something comfortable and modest underneath.  I wore tan boy short undies and a tan VS strapless bra.  I think I just wore a slip on dress and flip flops too.  Do your hair and makeup a little nicer than normal, it gives you a better effect in the dress.

And don’t do what I did, and eat a giant bowl of Olive Garden baked ziti in between appointments.  LOL. I felt gross afterward!

Post # 6
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1506 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I bought my dress OTR at Filenes Running of the Brides. Make sure you are very thorough looking over the dress before you buy. Also, try to stick as close to your size as possible so alterations will be cheaper and easier for you. Good luck!!

Post # 7
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811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Just pick your salon wisely. I got my dress OTR as a discontinued sample and its in perfect condition. This particular salon makes you clean your hands when you enter and helps you get into the dresses. This way they’re never left sitting on the floor and are just kept remarkably clean.

I will advise you to buy a sample in your size. I bought one that was 1 size too small and they were going to take it out, this worked ok, but the seemstress has spent alot of time (and my money) on making the dress fit me. If I’d ordered a size bigger the fit would be so much better w/out all the work.

 

Post # 9
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811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@MM423: Sounds like they’ll have some nice samples. My dress was a sample that was 3 years old and honestly I can’t find a smudge or tear (and its a lace dress). I wont even be cleaning my dress because its that clean.

I did the same thing you did and went shopping @ sample sales. Not all the dresses are in perfect condition, but I didn’t come across too many that were so tattered they were unacceptable. I would doubt a salon that wants to uphold its reputation would sell samples that look anything less than perfect.

 

Post # 10
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767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I purchased my dress OTR from a sample sale.  My dress was originally priced at $1800.00 and I purchased it for $700.00 (tax included)!  The dress is a Pronovias dress, sample size and since you’re a 6 or 8 you should have selection to choose from. 

Tips:

– The big “blow out” sales aren’t like your typical fitting.  It’s loud and messy.  About 3 weeks before the big sale I made an appointment at the same boutique and acted like I was going to buy a dress.  That way I tried on about 20 dresses and could get a sense of what worked and what didn’t.  On the day of the sale, my Maid/Matron of Honor and Mom knew that certain dresses we could pass up because they didn’t work well.  Make sure you go in knowing what you want or don’t want.  I saw lots of girls get overwhelmed and leave.

– My boutique offers free cleaning and re-beading of the dresses, see if yours will throw in some extras.  My dress does have some loose beads but otherwise is in perfect conditions

The Good:

– Everytime I buy a piece of jewellery or accessories, I go home, get out my dress and try it on.  I ALWAYS know what works right away and I can either move on or return the item.  This has been AWESOME!

– I saved a tonne of money and still have that designer dress!

– Literally the entire process took 1 hour.  I tried on 10 dresses, one was amazing, I bought it with cash, tax included.  DONE!  If you like easy, this is the process for you!

The bad:

– You will have your dress the day you buy it.  Other brides don’t have the ability to stare at their dress everyday.  The result has been my CONSTANT re-evaluation as to whether or not the dress I bought is THE ONE.  It’s really annoying because I have an amazing dress and constantly have to stare at it and wonder if I did the right thing…

– Since I am a sample size – size 4-6, I bought my dress off the rack with no alterations needed.  My wedding planner LOVED that the alterations budget line was now free, however, I am CONSTATLY worried about my weight now.  I don’t really gain weight but now I’m OBSESSED with not gainining weight.  Ugh!

Good luck!  Keep us posted!

Post # 11
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3624 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@med700: oh! I have a tip, to eliminate that first “bad” point in your post! You let your mom or, someone close to you, that you trust, store the dress.

I originally didn’t like this idea, but my mom insisted on keeping the dress, in safe keeping at her house, mostly so i wouldn’t so Fiance, or he wouldn’t accidentally find it. It’s kept me from re-evaluating it!

Post # 14
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767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@.twist.: I JUST called my mom to arrange the transport of the dress!  Thanks!

Post # 15
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3624 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@med700: 😀 I’m glad I could help! It has seriously been my life-saver! I can think about it and dream about it, and if i REALLY want to see it, i can just go to my moms, but otherwise, no over-analyzing!

Although, I also don’t go looking for new dresses. I’ve seen a lot of girls pick out their dress, buy it, and continue to try on stuff…. WHA? I don’t get that.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@MM423:  If you stick within your size, and don’t try anything on that is too big, or too small, you’ll do ok for alterations! I ONLY need to get my dress hemmed. Although, if I were the height of any normal human being, it would be the perfect length and I wouldn’t need anything done!

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