A bridal sample sale could be a great place for you to snap up a bargain on a designer wedding dress. Some sales offer up to 80% off the original price but price isn’t the only thing that matters! Today I’m giving you some advice on ‘how to get the most out of your next bridal sample sale’. Read on and take note…
Do your research
Now I always say this, however, it will save you from making a wasted journey if you know exactly what discounts are being offered, which designers and seasons will be on offer, and what range of sizes will be available. You don’t want to turn up thinking you’ll find your dream dress and end up finding that your size isn’t even available. What’s more, if you’re planning on selling your dress after the big day, then you should aim to buy one from the most previous season. This way, you’ll have a much better chance of finding a buyer. Furthermore, 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.
Get there early
Bridal sample sales usually work on a first come first served basis. Some are by appointment only, so be sure to check this out before showing up.
Wear something simple
You probably don’t want to be fussing around with fiddly buttons, so wear something simple like a pair of leggings and a vest top, or a dress you can throw on and off quite easily. It may take a while before a changing room is available, so being able to just slip into a dress there and then will save you some time. Also, aim to wear underwear that you would wear with a wedding dress. You want to try and get the right fit and look!
Don’t take the whole bridal party with you!
You’ve heard of the saying that ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’, well the same applies when it comes to attending a bridal sample sale. Take one family member or a good friend that you trust and that you know can be honest with you. Obviously, you’re opinion is the most important as only you will know how a dress feels for you, however, it’s always great to have an additional opinion when needed.
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 it’s heavily discounted and because you’ll save a lot of money, and don’t feel pressured either! If at the back of your mind something is telling you “this dress is not quite right” then listen to it. Often, our gut instincts are right!
Sizing shouldn’t matter too much
You can get a dress altered to fit you better and most boutiques will offer the service. Do note though that this would be a separate cost. However, don’t think that altering a size 16 to a size 8 is going to work…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?
Have you attended any recent bridal sample sales? If so, what tips and advice do you have to offer? Leave a comment below