Post # 1
Are there any ways to get really good deals on dresses? Can you get deals at trunk shows, or are those just to show new dresses? I am finding myself really drawn to the Vineyard Collection dresses of Priscilla of Boston– specifically the styles Piper, Lucy, Lindsay, and Sophie. But these run around $2675, and if I pay for my dress myself (which I want to do), I can’t really afford upwards of $1,500, including alterations. I’ve been looking at the “Once Wed” site, but I’m wary of buying my wedding dress over the internet without trying it on first. Are there any secrets I’m missing out on? Did you get a good deal on your dress, and if so, how? Any tips for me?
Post # 3
if you know exactly what you want, do your research and get price comparisons from different places. different salons vary on the prices of the same dresses and you can say “well salon x has it for $$$, is there anything you can do to beat that? i’d prefer to purchase it here from you” and maybe you can get a price match & something else like a veil out of it. trunk shows do offer a discount if you buy – usually 10-15% – not too much, but it’s better than nothing. the other route is samples of course. i got my dress for 1/2 off because it happened to be in great condition and the exact size & color i would have ordered anyway!
Post # 4
Try Running of the Brides, and if you don’t want to deal with the chaos you can go in the afternoon. They have designer dresses for all under $800. Also, I don’t know where you live, but in Boston we have a bridal gown outlet (called vows). They dressing rooms and service is GREAT, and they will have designer dresses for 30-60% off. See if you have something similiar in your area.
Post # 5
Research, research, research..
Post # 6
Sample sales. Seriously! Every sample sale you see? GO! I got my $995 dress for $98. They are so worth it. And yes, research. Just because you find a dress you like at one place doesn’t mean it isn’t offered for less somewhere else. And you can always as to buy off the rack. Some places will sell them so long as it isn’t a new line.
Post # 7
@AnneNM82: I got my Maggie S. dress at close to half price because it was a floor sample and not from the latest line. It had VERY slight wear (under the arms), but I didn’t mind because it was barely noticeable, and the dress shop made it look beautiful before I picked it up. If you’re not completely hung up on a particular dress/style, don’t mind a floor sample, and you can find something in your size that you like, it’s a great way to save, but there are others.
Also, I am now getting my dress cleaned and will offer it for resale, probably at 1/3-1/4 of the original price. Hopefully another bride will benefit from my great deal! If you have expensive taste, considering previously worn dresses could be a smart move. Just be sure to get lots of detailed pictures and written descriptions to make sure you’re not surprised by unexpected stains or damage.
Post # 8
All the PPs have great advice. Just remember that cleaning and altering a dress can add up, so if you buy a sample that isn’t in great shape you may have been better off with a brand new one. A trunk show may also offer free customization such as a hem-to-hollow measurement, sash, etc.
Pick out a couple dresses that you would want and know your size. Stalk the pre-owned sites (a lot of these dresses are brand new), Craigslist and local bridal salons. Other than OnceWed, there is Recycled Bride, preownedweddingdresses, yourdreamdress, scarlet’s closet, powerbride. Bridals by Lori in Atlanta (SYTTD ATL) has an on-line outlet. Some salons post on these websites with their excess inventory. I know that Priscilla of Boston stores do have samples for sale, but you have to ask to see them.
Post # 9
Seriously go to the Brides Against Breast Cancer sale when it comes to your area, or go to their main site and get the address of their warehouse, which I think is in NC.
All new dresses heavily discounted with proceeds going towards breast cancer! Can’t get better than that!
Post # 10
Thank you so much, bees! It’s really encouraging to know that there are ways I might be able to get the dress I really want for a price I can afford. I’m going to try to find some outlets around my state. (I think I’m going to have to go out of my state because I’m in the midwest, and for some reason, designer dress companies don’t come here– despite the fact that we do have some pretty good sized cities. It’s so annoying– I’m not sure if they think that none of us get married, or that we’re all hicks, or what.)
I’m also going to try those online sites. I only knew about OnceWed, so I’m glad there are others to check out! My wedding date is a ways away– my fiance and I both want to be finished with our current degrees before we enter into a new “institution”– but I feel like figuring out my dress picks early on will give me more time to look for a really good deal! 🙂 Thank you for all the great advice!
Keep the tips coming if anyone can think of anything else!
Post # 11
I hope this gets to you in time. You can always go online to find a dress albeit you don’t get to try them on but most of the time you can return them or get credit. Beyondtherack.com is having a bridal sale that you can get credit back if you don’t like. You will need an invitation to view the site which you can find through google or you can pm me too. The sale will be over in two hrs so hurry and check it out. I found some pretty dresses there and at great price.
Post # 12
BlueSky888: Thank you for thinking of me and letting me know! Sadly, I’m just now checking back in. 🙁 I’m going to check out the site, anyway. Let me know if you hear of anything else!
Post # 13
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