Post # 1
Do you just ask for your dress swatch and get it or does the bridal salon need to order a swatch? In other words, does obtaining a swatch of your dress usually take time? Anyone has any idea about this? The reason i am asking is because I am planning to go veil shopping next week and it didn’t cross my mind to obtain a swatch of my dress till just now.
Post # 3
Most places like an Alfred Angelo or David’s Bridal have bridesmaid’s swatches on hand. You can also likely order them online. If it’s a bridal gown designer’s swatch you are looking for I think they should have them on hand at the bridal shop- and should be able to order it for you.
That’s just my *limited* experience, hope it helps! :o)
Post # 4
The only swatches my dress shop could offer were the ones they had in the books. I couldn’t take it with me. But for Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, some online retailers like Aria, Joielle, and Lula Kate let me order some for free.
Post # 5
I ordered one for my Lazaro, was told it would take 6-8 weeks, but got it in 2 weeks. They told me it’s a $30 charge if my dress has beading so I thought the swatch would have the same beading and details as the dress, but all I got was a tiny piece of tulle. Honestly I can’t even tell the color from it, but I’ll also use it as a base when shopping for a veil.
Post # 6
I called J Crew today and I’ll receive the swatch in 5 days – they were great!
Post # 7
Thanks everyone. Ok. So I guess I will either have to postpone veil shopping for a couple of weeks so that I obtain a swatch or just risk it and go shopping with just a picture of my dress. Hmm…
Post # 8
I had to beg for a swatch. They said that typically you have to order a yard of fabric from the manufacturer (Private Label by G), and it would be $50! FOR 1 YARD!
Post # 9
I did it backwards because I couldn’t get a swatch sample…I requested a sample sheet of veil color options from an online company (got it within a few days) and then went and matched my dress. Once I did that, I could shop around for a veil based on the tulle shade that matched best.
Post # 10
You can also try to match your dress to a Pantone color or paint chip samples from a hardware store (this is what I’m doing bc I can’t get a swatch either). Big hardware stores will have a TON of shades of white and ivory.