(Closed) How much did you save buying a sample dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I got my sample pronovias dress for 20% off with free alterations, and I thought it was a great deal. it took my dress down 460 dollars to right in my budget! and the free alterations which are normally around $300 really helped too!

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

My Maggie was a $1,500 and I got it for $500 as a sample. It was a discontinued style but $1,000 savings was worth not having a brand new dress. 

Post # 18
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Tuscan Farmhouse

I’m a bridal store owner and in answer to the discount question I sell sample gowns at 40-50% off retail or more if a lot older style or shows some wear. Some gowns look perfectly new some have been tried on more. It’s a great way to find a discontinued dress.

Post # 19
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Newbee

I saved 70% on mine. It was $3300 down to $1100. It did however have fake tan on the inside, and have had to pay $350 for dry cleaning. Still an amazing price though 🙂

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My dress was originally priced at 7k but I bought a sample for 3k so it was a hell of a deal.

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

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Diamond84:  2k.  And I’m only spending $80 on alterations (less if I don’t change the back to a corset.) Because it was cash and carry I had no qualms going with a seamstress I know personally instead of going with in-house alterations at the bridal store.  My dress needs a bustle, the strap shortened by an inch.) 

Post # 22
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Helper bee

The shop offered me 10-15 percent off the sample of the dress I wanted since I didn’t have time to order a new one in time. I did not purchase it because I found the same dress new with tags from someone who had cancelled her wedding for cheaper.

Honestly, I don’t think 10 to 15 percent is a great deal considering that you have to pay taxes on it since purchasing it from the store.  When you buy a dress from the maker, tax are not added to the existing price of the new dress.  I am in CA where sales taxes are high though.

Post # 23
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I got about 50% off. 

Post # 25
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Newbee

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Diamond84:  mine was not discontinued but it was a sample- the designer said she just thought it was time to make a new one to use as the store sample. It really was just the ideal situation. 

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Post # 26
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I saved $1000, it was a $1300 dress and i got it for $300. What I would do is insteda of buying the sample righ then, wait until they have a sample sale. Thats where I bought mine, and they had dozens of dresses, all under $800. If she has time wait for a promo.

Post # 27
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Wannabee

My Jason Alexander was originally 2100 and i got it for 400. It was in pretty good shape. May need to be cleaned and the sleeves need a little clean up, but mostly it was also in good shape. The dress shop I bought mine at also had Allures priced at 400 dollars.

Post # 28
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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Diamond84:  Mine wasn’t discontinued. The store was just having a sample sale, and they discounted it that much. I had to pay to have it cleaned (and altered, but that’s almost always the case), so that cut into my savings a bit.

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I saved over 50% off on a Bliss by Monique Lhuiller Spring 2014 dress that I bought in June 2014. The overall condition was very good but there was a small tear but barely noticeable. Since it’s a label size 10, I will need to spend money on alterations to make it a size 4.

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Mine was 50% off, but I payed a little less since that was all the money I could find and the salon accepted the amount I had. So, just over 50% off. It isn’t discontinued. 

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