Post # 1
Does anybody know if you can request dresses at bridal shops if they don’t stock them in store already? Even if you’re not sure you will purchase the dress, as you’ll obviously need to try it on first.
Say, if I wanted to go to a particular store that normally carries Maggie Sottero, could I just call them and ask them if they have a particular dress and if they do, make a fitting appointment. If they don’t, they might be able to order it from the USA for me and then have a fitting?
The problem is, I live in Europe and while most bridal shops carry Maggie Sottero dresses, they don’t often have the entire collection.
If someone (preferably in Europe) has an answer to this, I would be so grateful!
Surely, shops must be able to order dresses and won’t carry entire collections of each designer! How does this work? Enlighten me!
Post # 3
Most of the time, they will have a sample size, and it’ll either be bigger or smaller than your size. If it’s bigger they will clip it on so you can see how it would look, if it’s smaller you can still try it on, you just wont be able to zip or lace it up.
They probably won’t order a dress specifcally for you to try on. Many women try on 10 or more dresses without finding one they love.
Post # 4
Thanks for your answer!
So what would you do if you love a particular dress, but can’t seem to find it anywhere? Just give up? Try other dresses?
Of course, you never know what you’ll end up with, often a very different dress than what your original dream dress was, I know that. I’m just really curious what the possibilities are if you have a particular style in mind and no bridal shop in your area seems to cover that.
I am personally now thinking of keyhole backs, but of course, there might be other styles too that are less popular, but some designers do have recent dresses with them.
Post # 5
Yes, I did exactly this. However, the shop charged me £40 for it! They got it from another store in London I think. It was a Maggie. I’m glad I did it as I wanted to try the dress badly and could not locate it in my area. However, do check what size they can get it in for you as I seem to remember most of the samples available to order in were 8’s which is ridiculous given the average woman in the UK is a 14.
Post # 6
I have heard of this but for a fee, like $50-100 per dress to bring in. But then if you order any dress from that store they credit it back to you.