Post # 1
After MONTHS and MONTHS of searching I could not make up my mind. I finally picked a mermaid dress. It came in a few weeks ago and hated it! With such a short time to the wedding the store let me exchange it for a ballgown (which I do really like a lot) but it was a sample in the store. I knew at that point I should have always just looked for a ballgown and didn’t.
My wedding is in 5 weeks and i am STILL looking at gowns on line. I think I will just never find the perfect dress and always be looking. Just how I am I guess.
Anyway the Sample Dress again I really do like a lot! Just needed some beads sewn on. The back of it though has a small tear in the top tulle layer at the very bottom of the train which I am sure no one will see. And of coarse the inside of it a bit dirty from so many people trying it on. My mom and Maid/Matron of Honor says it looks perfectly fine! But of coarse bothers me all these months of searching and changing my mind I end up with a Sample Dress and not a brand new one.
ANyone do this? Did it bother you OR would this bother you? Am I letting something so silly worry me? Wondering what you think. Help me put my mind at ease. I know it comes down to the day and not that the dress is brand new right??
Post # 3
I personally am not wearing one but, if my dress was offered as a sample I would have been all over it.
Post # 4
I’ve got a sample dress and couldn’t be happier. It’s being dry cleaned by the shop and altered to fit and I’ve basically got a £2.5k dress for £1k. Nobody will notice!
Post # 5
I am wearing a sample dress!! I love my dress and it didn’t bother me one bit! The boutique I went to picks new dresses that come in and use them as ” off the rack” dresses and I went it saying lets look through here! My dress was originally 1500, and I got it half off! Don’t let it bother you at all! Add things if you want but don’t pass it up if you love it!
Post # 6
I would have taken the sample of my dress from Alfred Angelo in a heartbeat. I had it on so many times during the decision process that it feels like my dress. It was so comfy and fit me perfectly…and I wouldn’t have minded paying 1/2 the price I did. As long as you get it at a good sample price, and the dress is in good shape, I don’t see an issue with it.
Post # 7
I got a sample dress…. got me 50% off the RRP!! They even sent it off for cleaning and made sure all beading was still intact!! 😀
Post # 8
I’m wearing a sample dress and haven’t had one second of regret. It was in great condition when I bought it, with just a couple of things here and there that needed to be fixed, and of course I will need to have it professionally cleaned but that’s fine by me. Unless there are huge issues with your sample that won’t be able to be repaired prior to your wedding, *no one will know it’s a sample*.
Post # 9
I wore a sample! It was in PERFECT condition as the store where I bought it took very good care of their samples. I paid 1/3 the original price, plus alterations. It was gorgeous!
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
For many, buying a sample is a smart way to make the budget stretch further. There are MANY bees on here who are wearing samples! 🙂
Post # 11
I wore a sample dress. I picked out my dress about 6 weeks before my wedding so ordering new was not really an option anyway!
All it needed was some hemming and a cleaning (both of which they handled for me) as it was in great shape and fit me perfectly. It was perfect for me, and perfect for my wallet too, ha ha! How many times can I say perfect?
No one will know it is a sample unless you tell them. And even then, who cares? Nothing wrong with a sample! I told people it was.
Post # 12
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
You love the dress, and no one will know it’s a sample, unless you want them to (I tell everyone who asks about my dress, that I was able to get a sample.) Can’t wait to wear it!
Post # 13
I tell everyone my dress is a sample too—why not? I like the fact that I got a designer dress for 1/5 the cost!
Post # 14
I bought a sample dress and love it. It was originally $4000 but with the store closing and great sale I was able to get it for $1600. There is no way I would have paid full price for it. There was a few buttons missing from the back, but the store had the buttons but other then that it was perfect.
Post # 15
I’m wearing a maggie sample that i scored on ebay from a bridal store that was closing down! 1/4 of the orig price and in perfect condition, looks like it was never tried on! I was really lucky. and i think it’s the best way to get the dress of your dreams and stay within your budget 🙂 it’s a win win!
Post # 16
I wore a sample and I was perfectly happy with that decision! My dress was slightly imperfect when I bought it, but all imperfections were dry cleaned and altered away very easily. At a 30% discount over retail, I was more than happy to buy it!