(Closed) My Dress Has Been Discontinued… What To Do?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Should I order a new dress, or should I buy the sample (at half-price)?
    Order a new dress, do you really want to wear something a 100 other brides have tried on? : (48 votes)
    55 %
    Buy the sample, and put the money saved to work in another area of your budget. : (39 votes)
    45 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    That is really pretty!  Have you found a similar dress anywhere else?  If there is one that is compirable I would maybe go with another dress.  However, that one is THE.ONE so I would be will ing to buy it now even though it is early.  I recently purchased a sample dress and while that is a great alternative, since it is not in your size I would buy a new one in your size.  That way, if you do lose weight, the alterations wouldn’t be as drastic.

    Post # 4
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    2392 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I think it comes down to how big the sample is on you.  I don’t know offhand how WToo dresses run… if they run close to street size and you’re looking at buying a sample dress 3 sizes too big, then order a new one.  Sizing a dress down that much can require taking it apart and putting it back together.  If they run small and it was only one size or so too big, then save the money and order the sample.

    Post # 5
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    1115 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    What a gorgeous dress!

    If I were you, knowing that it is THE DRESS, I would just go ahead and order a new one. (Or the sample if they are sure it can be altered down a few sizes.)

    They won’t store the dress for you? Some salons will. I ordered mine about a year and a half before my wedding and they stored it for me at no charge the whole time.

    Post # 6
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    1077 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    You can also keep an eye on the “used” dress boards (you could get lucky and see it pop up unworn).  Or you could call around the country for other shops that carry that line.  If the dress isn’t going to be orderable anymore, they will all need to release their floor sample. Maybe one of them will have it closer to your size.  

    If it’s a sample, you’ll want to dry clean it anyway, so you can have them preserve it as well if you’re worried about moving or moth balls.  

    Post # 7
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    690 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I had the same issue- and it happened to me on my first day shopping for wedding dresses! The dress I loved was being discontinued and they gave me the choice of ordering within 3 days or buying the sample at a big discount (and yes, I checked with the manufacturer to be sure that the dress really was, in fact, being discontinued). I would have jumped at the chance to get the discounted sample, which fit well, except for the fact that the dress is chiffon and very delicate, and I was worried about that.

    Did I absolutely love the dress? Yes. Could I picure myself getting married in this dress? Yes! Did I think my fiance’s jaw would drop when he saw me in it? Heck, yes! So, I bit the bullet and ordered the dress the next day. And I could not be happier with my decision.

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    If it really is ‘the dress’ for you, I would order a new one in your size or take the sample.  But keep in mind with the sample the cost of alterations to get it to fit you correctly…..it may add up quickly!  So I say buy the new one and be happy.  Your Mom has already seen you in the dress, so maybe she’ll be ok not being there when you buy.

    Post # 9
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    1285 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I love that dress!! I was close to buying it on Ebay, someone sold a sample for under 100$, too bad it’s already sold now. It was a size 10 and i am a 2 so i didn’t buy it, because i thought it might be too complicated and expensive to alter it down that much.

    I think you should either try to find a preowned dress in your size ( if you don’t mind wearing a used dress) or order a new one. Personally, i wouldn’t buy a sample that is way too large.

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Wow, that’s a stunning dress.  I say go for it!  If it’s “the dress” and it’s the one you dream about, do it.  I’m sure you can find somewhere to store it where it’ll be okay.  I’d order a new one, don’t take the sample.  It seems like there’d be quite a bit of alterations needed to be done, and plus.. ordering it means it would take time to come in, which would mean the less time you need to store it.

    Post # 12
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    420 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I’m not entirely sure what the issue is here. The dress has not been discontinued yet and you love it..? If that is the case, then order it! You can purchase a garment bag from the salon(assuming they sell them, if not, from another bridal shop)for around $15. Keep it in your closet if they won’t keep it for you. If you found the dress of your dreams I don’t know why you would hesitate at all. I mean, it is a bit annoying having the dress hanging around, but it is better than not having it at all, right?!

    Order it, and store it yourself!!

    Mine came in back in July and we still have not set a date!

    Best of luck.

    Post # 13
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I vote for buying a new dress early.  Having gone through the process of selecting my dress with my Mom, I can say that the most important part of having your Mom there is the selection process.  Your Mom was there for that, so you both got to experience that together. AND everyone loves your dress!  In terms of the sample v. new, no matter what size you order, they will likely have to alter it for you.  The benefit of ordering the new one is that the dress will be fresh and ordered specifically for you.  They can even order you a split size if you’re more of a pear or vice versa. I’d recommend taking a bridesmaid or close friend for the purchase, and then schedule your first fitting with you Mom.

    Good Luck!

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    So I voted before I read your full post… I would go ahead and order the dress now.  If it is really your dream dress, and it is being discontinued, take it as a sign girl!  The sample sounds like a good deal but could be risky, and you could end up spending the difference on alterations and storage…  

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I said to order a new dress, not because 100 other brides have tried on the sample, but because 6 sizes is a lot to alter away. 

    Post # 16
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    1757 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Order the dress. And then stop dress shopping. 🙂

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