(Closed) Where to go for off-the-rack?

posted 6 years ago in Connecticut
Post # 3
6221 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I’m pretty sure you can buy samples from any bridal shop. You can always tell them in advance when you make your appointment that you are interested in buying a sample. 

Post # 4
660 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Do you have a Nordstrom nearby as they have really added a huge wedding boutique, at least in my area. 

Post # 5
9181 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, etc have a bunch of cream/white/neutral evening gowns (and even prom dresses!) for waaaay less than wedding dresses cost.  Definitely worth a try.  YOu can even order a bunch online and then return any and all that don’t work.

Post # 6
3230 posts
Sugar bee

@JH2013:  How about J.Crew? I thought about ordering from there and returning the dress if it didn’t fit. They usually have some kind of coupon code too.

Post # 7
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

There are also the obvious places like David’s Bridal and Alfred Angelo.

Post # 9
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If you’re up for a drive, there’s a sample wedding dress store in Watertown MA called Vows that sells samples. You can buy it and take the dress the day you purchase.

Post # 10
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

If you are willing to drive to Glastonbury CT, there is a great bridal consignment shop there http://www.bridestobe-cons.com/ They also carry new samples. I didn’t get my dress there, but I had a great experience, and was really impressed with their selection. 

Post # 11
38 posts
  • Wedding: February 2013

Depending what wedding dress size you are…I had great success at VOW’s in Watertown, MA.  I was in and out with my dream dress in less than an hour. I paid a little more than I wanted-but due to my size (16) and the short time frame (8 weeks-they do have some dresses to order)- i didnt have as many options!  In the end, I ended up with the gown of my dreams and I needed no alterations!!! eek!

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