Post # 1
I have a Brides Against Breast Cancer dress sale coming in my area soon. I was considering going there, but it’s about an hour away – not exactly close. Have any of you gone to one of their dress sale events? I have a very limited budget. They say on their website that their dresses run up to $799, but do you know if most of the nice dresses are in the high or low range of that? Otherwise I can just buy my dress from a preowned website… Thanks!
Post # 4
I’ve never gone to one (not even sure they’re around here), but all of their dresses are, I believe, donated by brides, so it would really depend on what’s donated.
Post # 5
Never been to a sale, but I donated my dress to them that originally cost about $1200, so I’m sure there are a range of dresses there that you can get at substantial discounts. Wouldn’t hurt to check it out.
Post # 6
I got my dress from them. The original price was $1,032 and I got it for less than half off! It’s a great cause and the dresses are in pretty good condition. My dress is the Casablanca 1900.
They also do layaway in case you can’t afford to pay everything immediately. Go for it. You don’t have much to lose and you can just go and browse dresses 🙂
Post # 7
I went to the one in Cleveland last month. I already have my dress and was hoping to try on veils, but was sorely disappointed in that area. The rest of it was an aisleway set up with several local hair stylists, videographers, and favor makers, who all wanted to give me their card. I’m not the bridal show type, so this part irked me, but could be worth going through to find the dress of your dreams. Or you could just ignore them all, lol.
The dresses appeared to be in great condition for being pre-owned, but there wasn’t an abundance of choices like you’d find in a big salon. Even the salon where I bought my dress had a comparable number of new, sale dresses for the same prices — some were even less. My budget was about $800 and I ended up paying about $389 for a brand new dress I found at a salon. The dresses I perused at the BABC show were more in the $600-$800 range…but, I wasn’t looking too closely at all of them since I was there for a veil.
It’s for a good cause, so I say anything is worth trying. I’m glad I checked it out. If you go, don’t expect a personalized experience like you get a salon – it’s pretty much like the mall or Running of the Brides, if you’ve ever been to that – be ready to do it all on your own. Bring a friend or two to help you in and out of the dresses and also to guard the curtain! And just one more quick tip, because this was where I got into trouble: every time I went to a store or salon, I’d get my hopes up that I’d find “the one” – and then I always left uber disappointed when I didn’t. Since these are all pre-owned dresses, I’d say this might be especially important to take in, since you won’t have the option of ordering anything similar to what you find and the choices are more limited. But I say go, have fun, and if anything get a feel for what you like/look good in!
Post # 8
I got my dress from The Brides Project. They had a really great selection of used dresses in really good condition, and I got a Alfred Angelo dress that was originally $1,400 for a really good price!!! I had a great experience and tried on lots of beautiful dresses. You can see pictures of 4 of them here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/need-your-opinions-on-these-5-dresses
I would say go!
Post # 9
I do think it’s worth going to these sales. When I went, they had a mixture of designer dresses and David’s Bridal dresses, all marked down by at least a few hundred dollars. They definitely seemed to have a lot size 10 dresses (I guess because a lot of samples are that size?) but they had a good range of sizes, even some plus size dresses.
All of the dresses were pretty and appeared to be in good condition. I didn’t see anything that I loved so much that I wanted to buy it on the spot, but there was a $150 pretty ballgown dress that I really considered.
When I went, the volunteers were very eager to help me, even though it wasn’t one on one attention.