Thursday, February 9, 2012

THE FINE ART OF BUYING A SAMPLE GOWN


 There's a whole slew of scenerios for buying a sample gown: Suppose your wedding is next month and you need that gown now? Or suppose you love the sample but it's just been discontinued? Or else you love the sample but can't afford to special order it? You do realize next season a whole new stock will be arriving? This means your salon needs to get the old out of the way; all those gowns with full skirts just hanging there take up space, or haven't you noticed? While sizes are limited and samples mostly run sizes 6-8-10, the good news is, sample markdowns usually go half off, sometimes less. Some salons have sample sales they advertise a couple times a year while others offer marked down stock continually. Absolutely love that gown you just tried on? Offer to buy it. Yes, that same gown. Ordinarily samples are not for sale but this may be the time they're moving in all those spring confections, especially if it is in less than perfect shape, which, more than a few samples tend to be.
Now, a word about wear and tear: Before you start bargaining, check out how much or how little that soon-to-be-yours gown has been tried on by others. This means really looking at it inside as well as out. Is it ripped, stained, the hem soiled and need cleaning? While most samples have never left the shop, think of them as used gowns considering how many bodies have been in and out of them. The overall condition of most samples has a lot to do with how the salon takes care of their stock. Still, figure on dry cleaning whether the gown looks like it needs it or not. After a good clean and press it will seem revived both inside and out and take on a new life of its own. So the question is, who pays the cleaning bill? In some cases, the more service oriented the establishment, the more accommodating they'll be. As for alterations, you might save them for when and if you have your gown customized. If you are customizing, any nipping in of the waist or shortening of the hemline might have to wait anyway.

Gowns by Amy-Jo Tatum Bridal

18 comments:

The Dainty Dolls House said...

This was great, love that bottom gown picture!! xx

prettymeggy said...

you have beautiful blog and amazing gowns!!!! take care. xoxo, Haus of Gala

Cafe Fashionista said...

This is the first time I am hearing about sample gowns; but they definitely sound phenom for the bride on a budget! :)

MosaMuse said...

its so worth it to buy a sample gown.
especially now a days!
xo
MosaMuse

MosaMuse.blogspot.com

yiqin; said...

so pretty :)

Tamra {ever swoon} said...

Great tips! Sample gowns are an amazing savings xo

FashionJazz said...

Loving sample gowns :) xx

Gillie said...

Gorgeous, my sister got an absolutely amazing sample gown for her wedding, she did need to send it in for cleaning but she only paid around 700 dollars for a dress that looked very expensive!

xo Gillie

Rachel {Da Paura ♥} said...

I'm swooning over these images...and such great advice for the bride!

xRachel

whiteazalea said...

Lace is really romantic!Love the gown.

junior bridesmaid dresses said...

The simple style wedding dresses are very gorgeous and noble. I love the simple style.

Sara said...

soo beautiful!! love the last one..GORGEOUS:x

The Blonde Duck said...

I LOVE the bottom one! The top is so Audrey.

Jess said...

Great tips! Had no idea you could buy the samples.

Christina said...

the first photo is stunning, so romantic, so pretty, so girly! :) xoxo

Aphrodite Trends said...

I´m completly in love with those sample gowns!
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DailyGlamour said...

first pic is so pretty

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I am a happy sample gown buyer (my ceremony dress was an almost new Pronovias dress!) Great tips!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living