(Closed) question about dress swatches

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1385 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
1801 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
2058 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I called J Crew today and I’ll receive the swatch in 5 days – they were great!

Post # 8
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

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.

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