Post # 1
I’m going to a sample sale in two weeks. I’m guessing it won’t be too crazy b/c the boutique is small-ish and still required an appointment.
I’ve never been to a sample sale before and don’t know anyone who has been either, so I thought I’d ask the bees for some pointers 🙂
How much of a discount should I expect? How much should I figure in for alterations if I’m not the sample size? Dry cleaning? Anything else I should know, or other pointers? Thanks!
Post # 4
Sample sale discounts range from 50-80% off the original price tag (depending on the occasion if it’s a yealy sale it might be 80% etc).
First of all, I think you need to decide how likely is it for you to make a purchase now. Let’s say if you have a year before your wedding (I noticed your wedding is in June next year). then you might not need to rush to a conclusion quite yet as within a year there could be 4-5 more sample sales and you could even order a new dress and have enough time. I think this is the most important decision you need to make before going in (one of my biggest mistakes as well).
If you decide that you’re just shopping around I suggest you go in being extrememly picky. Is this your first time to try on any wedding dresses at all? Have you done some dress shopping before this event? I wouldn’t recommend anyone to go dress shopping for the first time at a sample sale because I feel like it’s just hard to chose and there is a lot of pressure of getting a dress coz it’s a good deal. Since you have a full year will your wedding it’s likely that you will find something you like mush more or find better deals along the way. It might be a good chance to try on different styles and remember (or take photos if you can) which styles you like for shopping in the future.
If you think this is it and you want to buy your dress now then make sure you’re pretty decisive. The thing with samples are sometimes the condition of the dress is pretty bad. You mosty would need to check the zippers and the area around the zipper which is usually worn out the most. Pen marks or stains. Anything near the hem you can always cut out but if anywhere else you’d have to be prepared for extra cost of cleaning. If there is beading it will cost a lot more to change the size dramatically. If you know the brands they carry it helps to research on line how much the full price gowns cost and what they look like new in advance. When I went in with more info I know how much damage is done to the dress and how much more work has to be done to bring it back to it’s full glory.
Basically, since you still have a lot of time till your wedding I would suggest going in just to take a look. And you might have a couple exceptions if you find gown A that is in great shape for the price of B $ (this is there research will help). If you set up a standard first it might help you fall into just settling and prevent dress regrets later. Hope this helps a bit!