(Closed) Are trunk shows worth it?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@FutureMrsT1221:  I just attended a Justin Alexander trunk show. The designer was not present, but there were more 6-10 styles to try on than the store usually carries. I received a 10% discount for ordering. 

Post # 5
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431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@FutureMrsT1221:  I got my dress at a Stella York trunk show. No tax AND 25% off all accessories. Tax over here is 13% so I thought this was a great deal! 

Post # 6
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839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@FutureMrsT1221:  Yeah, especially since you’d have to go back to pick up the dress when it comes in, so you’d realistically need to make 2 trips. You’d exceed the savings in gas expenses alone.

From what I’ve heard, 10% off is par for the course when it comes to trunk show discounts. 

Post # 7
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4442 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@FutureMrsT1221:  I almosttt went to one that offered 15% off, that would have been almost $200 off.  The only reason I didn’t was because I wasn’t quitteee ready to buy yet.  When I did purchcase my dress the shop offered EITHER a free veil or they would pay your tax.  So I saved some money either way and I’m not sure if they would have offered the veil or tax if it was also a trunk show.

Post # 8
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786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m going to an Allure trunk show this weekend and I was expecting a 10-15% discount.  But this salon and the last one I went to offer $100 and $250 off a dress with their own coupons so I don’t feel pressured to buy it just to save money.  Check the websites of stores in your area for coupons, that’s how I found mine

Post # 9
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211 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

The trunk shows can also be handy to try a dress that may not have samples yet but is available to order. one dress I’m interested in is a new 2014 dress and the samples won’t arrive until January.

 

Post # 10
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2069 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

i found trunk shows difficult because the sizes they carry are tiny (for me). i fell in love with a few gowns that i couldn’t even try on because they were a bridal 6 and i am… definitely not that.

i ended up buying a dress that the store always carries in a bigger size but i got 10% off due to the trunk show. my dress was quite expensive so 10% was significant!

Post # 11
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480 posts
Helper bee

I found my dress online, and upon seeing it on other brides, I knew it was the one. When I located the dress in a store near me, they were in the middle of a trunk show. I received 10% off (which equated to, I think, $190).

Post # 14
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80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@FutureMrsT1221:  

If you know what dress you want, you can take advantage of the trunk show and just order over email/the phone. They’ll honor the discount. In my case, the designer allowed for one free modification (ie, custom hollow to hem, skirt/top change), and with the 15% off, I saved over 1k.

Post # 15
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464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I purchased my dress at a Jenny Packham trunk show.  The designer wasn’t there, but I got a 10% discount and an alterations package for $495.  For me, the best part about the trunk show was that the entire collection was there rather than just a few dresses selected by the store.  Only a few places carry JP in SoCal so I knew a trunk show would be my best bet to find “the dress,” and I did. Second one I tried on on my first shopping trip. Doesn’t get any better than that.  

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