(Closed) Not planning to order a dress — bad idea?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: I'm planning to buy a sample or used dress, not order at a store...
    Not a good idea, too risky : (8 votes)
    13 %
    Great idea, I don't see why it wouldn't work out! : (50 votes)
    83 %
    Other, I'll explain in the comments. : (2 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    14495 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I have seen alot of beautiful sample dresses and I totally would have bought one had I seen a particular site before I ordered mine.

    Post # 4
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    3969 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I would think as long as you gave yourself enough time for alterations and started looking ASAP so you don’t get stuck just not finding THE sample for a long time, I would say go for it.

    Post # 5
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    3978 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Yep, if I’d had more time and realized all the options before I ordered my dress I definitely wouldn’t have gone the route I did. Sounds like a great idea. Good luck!

    Post # 6
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    128 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I agree with PP.  As long as you give yourself enough time to find the dress and alterations to be completed, you will be fine.

    Post # 7
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    518 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I wanted to buy a sample dress and I did.

    I did not voice that to anyone before hand…but went dress shopping open minded and tried on EVERYTHING.  Without knowing it, the dress I fell in love with was a sample sale, discontinued and I got it for over 50% off.  Which is why I WANTED a sample dress, because I knew that some of the samples for sale are discontinued and you get them for reduced prices.  I wasn’t against ordering a dress either, but I was very happy to get a sample.  Also, there is no shock when you get the dress and it is different than the one you tried on (not a mistake in the dress, but the size you ordered and a brand new never been tried on vs tried on many times, KWIM?).

    Post # 8
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    796 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Absolutely a good idea. I actually bought my wedding dress in the Classifieds section on weddingbee! Several shop owners all over the country will, from time to time, post samples that they’re willing to sell for x amount of dollars. Just be sure to ask for actual photos of the dress if you plan to order online. I got a Maggie Sottero Megan for $300.00 plus $30.00 shipping! Couldn’t be happier. It came with the original tags and certificate of authenticity. 

    Post # 9
    Member
    630 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I bought mine off the rack and it was a larger than a sample. It was a great price and I wouldn’t have been able to find anything else that cheap without ordering a bridesmaid’s dress in white. This way, I was able to have a real gown! 🙂

    Post # 12
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    1925 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    As long as you give yourself enough time, this should work out great!  I bought my dress pre-owned from a fellow Bee!  I LOVE my dress!!

    Post # 13
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    2854 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I bought a sample for mine. I’m about where you are – I had an aggressive consultant manage to stuff me into a size 8 or two, but really I was in the 10-12 range. Almost every dress fit or just needed to be snugged in with clips. (I seriously thought I was going to bust those size 8s).

    That having been said.. I’m not sure how much money I saved in the end, because the alterations needed to take it in are at the high end of what I anticipated. But I liked knowing exactly what dress I was getting.

    One thing – samples are sometimes beat-up. Mine was in pretty good condition, but the beading did need work and a stain removal. See if the salon where you get the dress will do that for you, otherwise, you’ll need to factor in that expense.

    Post # 14
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    2363 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I think you are in good shape in terms of size.  Most of the samples I tried on were bridal size 10.

    I just wanted to add to the PP that certain materials are more likely to show wear and tear from being taken on and off repeatedly than others.  The dress I ordered is tulle, and I absolutely would not have purchased the sample–it was pretty beat up.  I also noticed that embellishments, such as flowers, tended to be smooshed on the samples.  On the other hand, all of the taffeta dresses I tried on were still in pristine condition and could definitely be worn.  As long as you don’t have your heart set on anything too delicate, I think you will be fine!

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