(Closed) Best designer wedding dress sample sale or outlets? Would love your experiences!

posted 4 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’m in Montreal, Canada so I can’t offer any Chicago regional specific advice but I can definitely attest to the fact that sample sales rule. Like you, I wanted a designer dress without the original manufacturer retail sales price tag. Save that money for other wedding expenditures.

I shopped in June 2014 and was lucky enough to find a Spring 2014 Bliss Monique Lhuillier BL1401 dress for $1500 CAD (retail $3400 CAD). My wedding was in April 2015 and had all the alterations done the month before. In total, even with alterations and taxes on the dress, I saved money.

I highly recommend sample sale dress shopping. Since you are in Chicago, it might be worth your while to consider getting your dress in Canada since the Canadian dollar is so low. If you like ML, VW, and ODLR, my wedding dress store, White (Toronto or Montreal), might be a potential store. The Montreal store is having a sample sale next week.

Haopy shopping!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

northshorebride:  Have you thought about buying a dress secondhand? There are tons of sites that sell them, and many Chicago brides have listed their designer dresses on oncewed, preownedweddingdresses, etc, so you could see the dress in person before purchasing.

I went to Glamour Closet and had a good experience and a nice selection, but most of their dresses are size 8+, so if you’re smaller than that, it’s not a great option.

Depending on your budget, you may want to look into those desinger’s more affordable lines. I know Monique Lhuiller has a Bliss line with gorgeous dresses for around $3000-4000. It’s more than my budget, but certainly less than her standard line.

You should also shop around in your budget. You may find that you love a more affordable designer as well.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Totally know the feeling! I got my dress at a sample sale at Bella Bianca. They have 2 stores- one in Oak Brook, one in Gold Coast. Beautiful selection, but way over my price range. I got a great deal on my dress – $500 for a dress that was originally $1750 if I remember correctly 🙂

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2015 - Gibsons (Chicago - Gold Coast)

Glamour Closet was a good experience, but you may need alterations since the sizing is all over the place.

I bought my dress off the rack at Belle Vie bridal. They had a great selection of sample options that I was able to work with. Same for Mira Couture, who had samples and a number of rush-order options.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I will be going to Glamour Closet this weekend (hopefully). I hear that you can find great things for decent prices. No appointment necessary. I will try to write my thoughts afterward!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2015 - Gibsons (Chicago - Gold Coast)

piper628:  Good luck!! They also let me take photos in the dresses, which was nice since I went solo. I found great prices – dresses marked at 60-70% of retail. I did notice that some of the dresses were in rough condition (truly inspect beading and tulle so you know how much work there will be) but nothing a good seamstress can’t fix! HAVE FUN!!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

northshorebride:  I bought an Oscar de la Renta dress at a resale shop (the Bridal Garden) in NYC for a great price! It was in perfect condition and didn’t need any alterations except for length…

I am thinking of selling my dress – what size are you and what kind of dress are you looking for? 😉

But yes – while I’m not in Chicago, I totally second the idea of going to sample shops – you can find really great dresses!

Post # 10
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Busy bee

piper628:  I’ve been wanting to go there! It’s literally only 4 blocks from my work. Please let us know how it goes 🙂 

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Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

petitebee08:  I went to Glamour Closet last year. They have a lot of beautiful dresses! I didn’t find the prices to be that amazing, but I also had a lower budget (1500). If you’re a size 10-14, you’ll probably enjoy it more. I’m a size 2 and the cost to alter to my size would be astronomical and I couldn’t get a sense of what they would look like on my frame.

piper628:  I went on a weekday and had the place to myself, but I’m told it’s pretty busy on the weekends. Give yourself ample time in case you have to wait for a room.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

larissakay:  Thanks for the heads up! I wear a 0 or 2 street size so I have been wondering if sample size dresses would even work. And thats my budget for a dress so I think I might pass. What bridal salons did you end up going to? I have appointments at House of Brides on Franklin and BHLDN next month. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

petitebee08:  I bought a preowned dress online since I had a short engagement, but I tried on dresses at a number of salons. I’d recommend Jenny Yoo. It’s in the same building as the House of Brides on Franklin, and they have a number of dresses under 2000. You should go to Weddings 826 on Armitage, too. They carry a number of samples from stores with smaller sizes and runway samples.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2015 - Gibsons (Chicago - Gold Coast)

petitebee08:  I’m a 4-6 and found more sample dresses that fit (and quite a few that were too small!) at Mira Couture and Belle Vie (both in Gold Coast). They did have some dresses that could be rush ordered in 2-3 months at Mira Couture also. I ended buying sample from Belle Vie. 

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