(Closed) Sample dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Does it matter if it's a sample gown?
    No, don't let it affect the decision : (28 votes)
    90 %
    Yes, it should affect the decision : (3 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 2
    930 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Depends on the condition of the sample dress!  Since I had a short engagement, I was only looking at sample dresses.  Some needed a lot of TLC, some wouldn’t have needed much.  I ended up with one that required about $300 worth of alterations to make it “new” again, but I got the dress for about $600 off.

    Post # 3
    685 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    SunnyBee2:  I dont think it would matter! 

    Post # 4
    578 posts
    Busy bee

    If the sample is in good condition, it shouldn’t matter at all. Samples are usually reduced in price, making them more appealing. 

    Post # 5
    443 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I voted for the 1st dress in your last post but because I thought it would fit the theme better.

    But if you are considering dress #2 don’t let the fact that it is a sample scare you away! Since it is a very simple dress (no beading etc) you probably wouldn’t see any differences in the sample vs new. (I bought a sample with no beading work and had zero issues).

    And typically if you buy the sample the salon you purchase it from will have it drycleaned for you before you take it away. Plus you have the major benefit of getting it for a discounted price! (Mine was 40% off the retail price!)

    Post # 6
    243 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    SunnyBee2:  if the sample is in good condition (not dirty or ripped) then it shouldn’t matter! You look great in both dresses btw! But i voted for the second one 🙂

    Post # 7
    345 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    If it’s a sample, you should get a much better price than if you order it. I only looked at sample dresses for that reason. I paid $899 for my originally $4k gown. I did have to pay to get it cleaned (~$100) and I’ll have to get the zipper changed and some other extra things in alterations, but it’s worth it to me!

    Also – you’ll want to be aware that your dress will shrink when you get it cleaned. Samples tend to stretch as people try them on!

    Post # 8
    11050 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    SunnyBee2: Not at all! As long as you’re happy with it’s condition etc, can be a great bargain. 

    Post # 9
    576 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Be very meticulous about inspecting a sample dress.  I purchased one, and only after I got it home did I realize that it had a lipstick stain on the back (which the consultant didn’t tell me about when she was zipping me up) and the clasp at the top was broken (which she also didn’t mention).  Luckily it was DB so they took it back, no questions asked.  But at most bridal shops are sales are final; so be careful or you could end up getting stuck with an extra charge to repair the dreass and a cleaning bill.

    Post # 10
    2523 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I would say yes it should come into play.  One dress is a never before tried on dress and the other is a dress tried on by brides of all sizes, and likely to have fallen limp and stretched out.  I bought my dress from a very nice salon with beautiful samples.  My dress had only been out a month, and while the sample was beautiful, my real dress came in and had a lot more structure and shape in the shirt.  While the sample wouldn’t have looked bad, the difference was significant, and quite honestly my brand new dress was a lot prettier than the sample.  My dress also has crinoline built into it, and I’m not wearing additional crinoline, so maybe the difference might not be so big if you are planning on wearing a brand new crinoline.  

    Definitely be particularly wary of DB samples.  Their samples are particularly in rough condition.  They tried to get me to buy a sample with many holes in it for 700 dollars, and didn’t even mention the holes (they actually played it off like a nonissue).  Not a great price for a dress with that much damage.  

    Post # 11
    3276 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    You should at least get a discount for buying a sample dress. I bought a sample and it was 50% off. There is really no difference and it’s in great condition so I don’t think it being a sample should matter, but if you got a deal for it I’d go with it. 

    Post # 12
    3371 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Should it play a factor in your decision? Yes and no, but in a good way – personally I would prefer to take home a sample gown (provided it’s in great condition) because I’m someone who doesn’t like the unknown nature of ordering a new gown (it’s a bit ridiculous, but there’s always a chance that the colour is slightly different, the beading/lace/trims used might vary, they could measure you wrong and order the wrong size/length, there could be delays). I just prefer taking home the gown that I tried on, especially if alterations would be minimal. You should also be getting a substantial discount for a sample gown too.

    Regardless of that though, I preferred the second gown on you.

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