Brides get ready- we are having our first big sample sale in almost a year! Saturday, May 4th from 10 – 6 you will have the opportunity to shop our gowns off the rack with prices at $1500 and under! We won’t be taking appointments so come early for the best selection. Since its been awhile, we wanted to share some of our tips and tricks on how to navigate a sample sale! Don’t worry though, we are a small boutique and we make sure the experience stays friendly and completely manageable. Take a peek at what to expect!
Tips for Finding your Dress at a Sample Sale
- Do some shopping before you attend a sample sale.
You will hear over and over again that a sample sale is a great way to get a dress at a good deal. But, it’s probably not where you should start your shopping experience.
One reason for this is that Sample Sales are more about finding your dress, and less about figuring out what you like. The store may have limited the number of dresses in the sale, so they will not always have everything you want to try on available that day.
Additionally, sample sales at Altar are usually walk-ins only, so you will get less personal attention and expert advice than at a full appointment. Sample sales can be very busy, so if it’s your first time shopping, the experience can get very overwhelming.
- Be ready to say “Yes”!
Come ready to commit if you are serious about finding your gown at a sample sale. Gowns can not be held for you to think it over, or have someone else chime in with their opinion at a later date. Unless you say “yes!” to a dress, it goes back on the rack for other brides to see it! Sales are a love-at-first-sight kind of event, so be prepared to buy if you can’t stand the idea of walking away from it.
- Limit the number of people you bring with you.
Sample Sales are the perfect time to bring the helpful people for your decision. If you really need your mom’s opinion, or your maid of honor’s, bring them along to help make the decision! However, too many opinions can make the decision more difficult. So, try to refrain from bringing too many people. Usually, 2-3 of your favorite people ends up being the perfect sized group to get feedback, without being bombarded with differing opinions.
- Know your sizing.
Sample sale gowns are typically in a bridal size 10 or 12. These sizes usually translate into a standard size 8-10. Additionally, the average bust fits a B or C cup. The standard length of a gown typically does not work well for someone that is shorter than 5′ or taller than 6’0. Bridal gowns can typically be tailored down 2-3 sizes. However, it is much more difficult, or impossible, to go up in size. With this in mind, don’t worry too much about finding a dress that’s a perfect fit. Instead, try to find something that can be altered to fit your body!
- Be prepared to buy your dress as is.
Sample sale gowns are the gowns one would try on in an appointment to order a dress. Therefore, some of the gowns do have a bit of wear and tear from being tried on multiple times. Most of our gowns are in good condition. But, if you do want it cleaned, we can definitely help to arrange that.
We are so excited to welcome new brides to Altar Bridal. Don’t hesitate to give us a call with any questions or if you need a little more information. We can’t wait to meet you next Saturday!