Post # 1
hi bees! did anyone purchase their dress at a trunk show? i’m curious how much you saved, and if you went to one for a specific designer looking for a specific dress and it was there for purchase…thanks! how do these work exactly? are they usually pretty crazy with tons of brides??
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel
Hi! I purchased my dress at a trunk show, but I didn’t even know until I decided on that dress. I had made an appointment at Kleinfeld a few weeks before (the appointments book up quickly!) and after I picked “The One”, my sales consultant said, “Oh, and there’s a Kenneth Pool trunk show going on today, so you get an extra discount”. I think it was 10% or something like that. Score! It was a great bonus since it was unexpected.
I didn’t notice that the store was any crazier than what I’d imagine was usual. A rep for Kenneth Pool was there to talk to brides about the dresses, and she came in and congratulated me after I picked it. There is the discount to get you to buy, but from my experience it wasn’t high pressure at all.
Post # 4
I went to a Maggie Sottero trunk sale but didn’t have the best experience…They brought in only 7 or 8 of her new gowns to try on! The salon wasn’t busier than usual, and I felt the pressure–from myself!–to buy since the discount was so good. Make sure you know what you are looking for, and if you do buy, get it because you love it, not only because of the price!
Post # 5
I tried on my dress at Saks Fifth Avenue during a Monique Lhuillier trunk show. I made the appointment and went in specifically to try on everything I could from this designer, since I had a pretty good idea I wanted one of her dresses. There was only 1 other bride there that day, so not crazy at all. I absolutely fell in love with a ML dress. The trunk show discount was 10%. I wasn’t willing to pull the trigger that day, but Saks said they’d give me a couple additional weeks to decide. I went to Chicago and tried on a million other dresses and didn’t find anything I liked more. I ordered the dress the following week from Saks and they honored the trunk show discount.
Post # 6
I bought my dress during a trunk show but it was totally not planned. Maid/Matron of Honor and I were just going from one bridal shop to another. Anyways, we ended up at one shop where they asked if I wanted to try the designer’s dresses. Sure enough I fell in love with the dress and bought it. I did get a 10% discount which was great because I wasn’t counting on getting any discounts.
The shop wasn’t any busier than normal but then again I went mid-week. Definitely know which dress to try on. If you’re set on a particular dress, call ahead and double check that they have it.
Post # 7
Oh I’m going to a trunk show Sunday, I didn’t know they had discounts during trunk shows. Good to know 🙂
Post # 8
i found “the one” at a maggie trunk show, but i waited to order it. the dress shop where the trunk show was held was offering 10% off the price of the dress if i ordered that day, however the intitial price of the dress was about $100 more than what i’d been quoted at another dress shop closer to me. i’m not sure if they jacked up their price just for the sake of off-setting the discount, or if they charged that much everyday…either way, i told them i needed to think about it and ended up going with the other shop (that i liked better anyways).
Post # 9
I’ve randomly “stumbled” into trunk shows while shopping for my wedding dress at various boutiques. Sometimes they have models showing off their lines and they make it more fancy with drinks and snacks. However, I never felt pressured to buy anything from these shows because they only give a 10% discount, and I found the dresses to be jacked up in prices (I agree with @bellamargot)! Sometimes they “throw in” a free pair of shoes (I’ve seen them and they’re usually ugly, haha) or a free veil (plain, non-embellished).
I think you should go to the trunk show and see if you like anything. But don’t feel pressured to purchase right then and there. They throw in all these “goodies” to hook you, but in the end, the savings aren’t all that (especially once taxes are added too).
Post # 10
I bought my dress from a JIM HJLEM trunk show in my local bridal shop. I knew I wanted a Jim Hjelm dress so when I went to the site I clicked on trunk show and there it was a month away, so of course I scheduled an appt. I picked the fisrt appt @ 10 am and had the best experince. I was the only one there that whole hr. They were very attentive and let me try on like 8 dresses. THE ONE was the second dress I tried on! I fell in love! They gave a 10% discount but the experience was PRICELESS!!
Post # 11
I haven’t been to a trunk show, but am booked in for a couple. I don’t want a strapless dress, and most of the dresses I seem to like are never in stock at local stores and they charge £30 to order in a sample for me to try on. I see trunk shows as a good way of seeing the full range and not having to pay to try on a sample.
Post # 12
15% off plus my veil (a $400 value). It’s totally worth seeking one out but I wouldn’t go to one your first time out. You might feel pressured to not pass up the discount.
Post # 13
I had an appointment to try on dresses the day before a trunk show and they had already set up for it so I ended up trying on that designer’s dresses that day and fell in love with my dress. So I made an appointment for the next day when the designer’s reps would be there so I could ask a few more questions and place the order to get the discount. My sales person was very helpful and told me at my first appointment that she would request they thow in the veil, which I guess is a fairly common request. So I got the dress with a 10% discount plus the veil and the reps threw in an extra sash since I was having trouble deciding on a color. In terms of a regular appointment versus one during a trunk show, I think the only differences were the presence of the reps (not pushy in my experience, just very informed of what could be changed, let out, etc), a cake from a local baker, and a fresh floral bouquet instead of the faux one.
Post # 14
I specifically went to a particular designer’s trunk show (Modern Trousseau). I got 10% off my gown, plus the designer was there and helped me try on all of the dresses, took my measurements, etc.
(Also, I made an appointment and the only people in the salon were me, my sister, my Bridesmaid or Best Man, my fiance, and the girls who worked there – it was great!)
Post # 15
I got my dress at the Claire Pettibone trunk show-I don’t know how much I saved though. I got it in Januray lol.
Post # 15
How much was the discount at the Maggie Sottero Trunk Show? Also does the dress you choose by the designer have to be from the most recent collection to receive a discount?