Post # 1
Hi ladies, so I’m helping my SIL out with wedding dress shopping. She fell in love with a beautiful dress by Maggie Sottero this past weekend that is out of her price point. The manager suggested she could sell her the sample for a “little bit” off. We didn’t have her elaborate on “little bit” because my SIL at the time was thinking she wanted a white dress and the sample one was in ivory. So she’s since changed her mind and for the right price, will take the ivory.
I don’t want the manager to rip her off regarding price now that it’s a sample dress. So I’m curious, what percentage did you get off your dress being that you bought the sample?
If it helps, the manager said that she has had this dress for over a year. And the dress looks great for a year old sample, though it has areas that would need some fixing, but honestly not THAT much.
Post # 2
I saved 70%, but I think that’s unusual. I got a great deal!
Post # 3
I hate math so I’m not going to try to figure it out but it was over 50%. But I still paid thousands so it might be different for something in a lower price point.
Post # 4
Mine was about 40% I think depending on how long they have had it though and if there is any additional damage other than the normal wear and tare they will sometimes mark it down more.
Post # 5
From Pronovias I got a quote from 2000euros down to 700euros. May I also say that it was a sample because it was discontinued therefore if I wanted that dress, it had to be a sample. I dont know if that makes a difference. So it was a price to basically get completely rid of the stock (which was only 1 year old but that is how Pronovias works I think).
Post # 6
I got over 60% off by buying a sample dress. Other than having to have standard alterations to be taken in, there were no issues with the dress besides having to just be cleaned, which the store was able to do for a small fee.
Post # 7
My sample dress was 50% off and they just got it in that week so it was in great condition. I think at least 40% off would be enough to do it, UNLESS the sample is drastically too big or small (like 5 sizes either way) alterations could really impact the overall shape of the dress. My sample was a size 8, they took in to a size 2, but I wouldn’t go any bigger of a change.
Post # 8
I work in a bridal boutique maybe I can help elaborate. Ok so most girls who get a large discount odds are it was a sample sale and the dress they bought was from an old season for example we are selling discontinued sample dresses for 50-75% off right now. If it is a relatively new dress and still re-orderable normally most stores will either not sell it off the floor or give a minimal stock discount. Its not about ripping anyone off because if the store sells you a good new dress they have to buy a new one for the floor. We do this and if it is a new current sample we do 15-20% off. Hope that helps and obviously every store is different.
Post # 9
I saved 40%. It was awesome. I took the sample because they could no longer order it in ivory. I don’t know what kind of discount I would have gotten if I had just asked to take the sample.
Post # 10
I paid $25 for my clearance sample gown! Sample all the way!
I say you should ask for 40-60% off.
Post # 11
I believe mine was 50% off, they may have been running a special at the time though.
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2015 - country club in Michigan
I tried on a $3300 sample dress marked down to $2300. It was in PERFECT condition, and my size. They offered to take an additional $300 off, which would have been a 40% off discount total. For a dress in perfect condition (no tears, marks, stains inside or out), it was a great deal. I didn’t buy it, but it was really tempting.
Consignment is a another great option, especially for designer dresses. I tried on a $4400 vera wang dress that was going for $1,800, and had been worn by 1 bride. A few small tears that were easy to fix (hence the steep discount), but it just wasn’t my style.
Post # 13
I got my VW sample for around 60% off. It is a few years old and needed minor repairs but I’ve never regretted buyinh the sample.
Post # 14
Mine was a brand new sample on the floor from Vera Wang.. the associate did me a solid and bgged head office to sell it to me.. I got 10% off.. but on the cost of my dress it ended up being a good amount of moula!
Post # 15
I saved 40% on my reception dress (which had only been tried on a like 3 times so it was in pristine condition) but then I ended up spending a ton of money to alter it down, so I probably only really saved about 10%. If your SIL is close to the sample size, I’d say it’s worth it.