(Closed) Sample Dress vs The Real Thing

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

WOW! These don’t even look like the same dress bottoms to me. That’s crazy.

Post # 4
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Wow! The bottom looks completely different. I like yours. ๐Ÿ™‚ On the sample, it looks more like a bunch of tiers of fabric when in actuality it is one peice. Beautiful! 

I haven’t tried on dresses yet, but this will help me remember that samples aren’t always how the dress is supposed to look ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

Post # 5
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

That’s insane! It doesn’t even look like the same dress! Its gorgeous and you look super great in it.

Post # 6
29 posts

wow that’s scary!! What if you had really liked the way the sample looked, and then it came in poofier than expected!!  Crazy!  Glad it worked ou in your favor, but I could see how it could have gone the other way too.  It’s scary how much blind faith we put into choosing our wedding gowns, based on over-sized or under-sized wedding samples, dirty or very worn samples, trying something in white but ordering it in ivory without seeing it, buying a dress in which you want to modify the neckline.  It’s crazy to me, because I wouldn’t even buy normal, every day clothes with that many open-ended questions and blind faith, yet we are all willing to make the hugest purchase of our wardrobe’s life based on a huge set of unknowns!! LOL. Boggles my mind.  But we still do it! ๐Ÿ™‚


Your dress is gorgeous, and you look great!

Post # 7
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

Woah, yours looks way better. I can’t believe how different they look.

Post # 8
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@HardyPooleParty: Wow!! The bottom looks like a totally different dress.

I bought a ball gown with included crinolin and in the photos online it looks much bigger (poofier) than the sample dress. I was wondering if the sample crinoline is beat down or if I should go with another layer.

Thanks for the comparison. Any other bees have pictures??


Post # 9
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yeah thats what happens to a dress that gets tried on so many times, and then gets squashed with lots of other dresses and hangs on a rack for so long.

My sample dress was very flat in comparison to my actual dress, I was so happy with my dress when I received, it was so much more beautiful than the sample and the sash had more beading on it.

Also my sample was s size 16 and I ended up buying a size 8.. so that tells you the huge difference in size too

Post # 11
5183 posts
Bee Keeper

omg thats crazy! it looks like it was ironed that way!

Post # 12
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

oh yeah.  Sample dresses are often stretched out, smooshed in all the wrong places and get yellowed in color than ‘new’ ones will be.

I often tell brides I work with if they try the sample on and it fits like a glove… order a size up! 

Beautiful gown!

Post # 13
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

It really, really doesn’t look the same, the real one looks so much more incredible- I like the color you chose too!

Post # 14
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Kudos for you for asking all those questions.   I love your dress and the color. It looks beautiful on you!

Post # 15
23597 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Your dress is INCREDIBLE!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats!

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