How to be Successful at Bridal Sample Sales

I love keeping you guys updated about the latest sample sales, however, today I thought i’d give you some advice on ‘how to be successful at bridal sample sales’…Read on!

Get there early
Sample sales usually work on a first come first served basis. Some are by appointment only, so be sure to check

Wear something simple
Maybe a pair of leggings and a simple vest top. This makes it so much easier for you to just slip into a dress, without even having to find a changing room. Aim to wear underwear that you would wear with a wedding dress. You want to get the right fit and look!

Take one friend…Only!
You’re probably going to need another person’s view on what a dress looks like. Pick someone that you trust and that can be honest!

Know what you’re looking for…
But also be open to suggestions and other styles you may have never considered. Don’t just buy a dress because you’ll save a fortune and don’t feel pressured either…if something is telling you at the back of your mind that something’s not right then listen. If you plan on selling your dress after the big day, then aim to buy one from the current or previous season, you’ll have a much better chance of finding a buyer.

Check the quality
Make sure there’s is no wear and tear. There’s a chance your dress may need to be dry-cleaned, so get a few quotes on what it would cost you before you attend the sale

Sizing shouldn’t matter too much
You can get a dress altered to fit you better and most will offer the service. Do note though that this would be a separate cost. However, don’t think about altering a size 16 to a size 8…it just won’t look the same!

Find out the return policy
Last but not least, find out if returns are accepted and how long you have for this?

A few sample sales you may want to attend……

Sassi Holford
When: 5th – 12th January 2013
Where: Sassi Holford Couture, 74 Fulham Road, London, SW3 6HH
Call for an appointment: 020 7584 1532

Sanyukta Shrestha
When: 10th – 17th January 2013
Where: Sanyukta Shrestha, 3006 Access House, 1 Nestles Avenue, Greater London, UB3 4UZ
Sizes: 8-12
Call for an appointment: 020 8848 8233 or email

Mirror Mirror
When & Where: 13th January 2013 (Crouch end) and 27th January 2013 (Angel)
Designer dresses available (13th): Ian Stuart, Paloma Blanca, La sposa, Pronovias
Designer dresses available (27th): Cymbeline, Pronovias, Gemy, Charlotte Balbier, Nataly Cantillo

Louise Selby
When: 19th January 2013
Where: Louise Selby, 6 Mortlake Road, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3JA
Sizes: 10-12, with a few 14’s
Accessories on sale too! Lace shrugs, fur wraps, lace edge veils, Kirsten Goss jewelry…

Remember to have fun at whichever ones you attend…and hopefully you might just thank me for the bargain you found 🙂 Let me know how you get on….

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