(Closed) Bridal Gown Sample Sale Success Stories?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I didn’t buy my dress at a sample sale, but to my knowledge most samples are a bridal size 10, which is actually a street size 6. I don’t know if there are stores that sell samples in different sizes though.

Post # 4
1077 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@jenniferk10:  Have you considered preowned?  A dress worn by 1 bride is likely in better shape than a dress tried on by 200 of them.  Also, some brides (like me) sell their “dress regret” dress brand new.  It’s also more likely to be your size or closer to it.  I doubt you will find a designer sample in a size zero.  In my experience, bridal size 10 was like a street size 10, or maybe an 8 if you shop stores that size big.

I found my (designer) dress online, but the girl selling it was local, so I tried it on at her home before buying it.

I had a range of experiences with samples.  At one shop, they were totally beat to hell.  At another, they were pristine.  I never saw a store parting with them for less than half off, and the ones in really nice shape were about 30% off retail.  You can probably get a better deal through a place like the Glamour Closet that buys and resells the samples that stores can’t sell.  

Post # 5
1506 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I bought mine at Filenes Running of the Brides in size 8. The one I left with was mint conditition, but many weren’t. It’s very hit or miss there, but when you hit, you hit the jackpot!
What size are you IRL tho? If you’re a 0/2 in street clothes, you’ll probably be a 6/8 in bridal, which should be pretty easy for you to find.

Post # 6
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I went to Vows in Boston (they also sell online…their website is http://bridepower.com) thinking there was no point.  They didn’t have the dress I wanted on their website (Amsale’s Kennedy), but I was in Boston to visit family and took my mother there. 

I told my mother we were looking for a one shoulder with a bow on it by Amsale.  We split up.  Having tried on dozens of dresses before, I wasn’t pulling much because I knew what I wanted.  After less then three minutes, my mother showed up with the very dress I wanted in her hands.

I don’t know why, but it wasn’t listed on their website.  It was a bridal 8 and I’m probably a bridal 6 (street size 2), so it’ll need some tailoring.  The store had it cleaned and repaired (the bow was a little loose) and shipped it to me by the end of the month.


I had my doubts about buying a sample, but I’m very pleased! 



Now, I also stumbled upon the Filene’s Basement Running of the Brides one day when I was in DC.  I found 1 Reem Acra and a Jim Hjelm, but the rest of the labels were low end or no-name.  Most styles were a little outdated.  The deals were fantastic, though, and the sizes were most 8-10. 


Post # 8
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I bought my dress from http://www.yourdreamdress.com.  They are all runway samples and are in pristine condition.  They are usually sample sized 10.  However, they are all designer dresses so that is about a street 4.

Post # 9
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Just like @GeorgiaBee, I purchased my dress from http://www.yourdreamdress.com.  2009 Badgley Mischka.  Most of their dresses are a bridal size 10 but you will be surprised how different bridal sizing is incomparison to street wear.  I am a street size six in regular and couture clothing.  My dress is a bridal size 12.  My 1st purchase from them was a size 10 and I couldn’t zip it up.  I was able to trade it in for my Girl, who I will showcase once I’m married.

The ladies from yourdreamdress.com are awesome so I would suggest you try them.  If they don’t have what you want, there are other small boutiques that sell on preownedweddingdresses.com, recycledbride.com, and oncewed.com.

So, I say go for it.  Check out sample sales as well online stores for a sample.  Its definitely worth it.  I got my dress 90% off of original price.  You can’t beat that:)

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