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Wedding Dress Shopping Tip 2: Budgeting Part 2

image via Blue Orchid Blog

image via Blue Orchid Blog

If there is one piece of advice I could impart on future style-obsessed brides, it would be this – find a dress you love. Then, find a way to make the dream dress a reality. ‘Making it a reality’ does not mean breaking your budget – it just means that you should be resourceful and have to have patience until the perfect opportunity and price point comes along.

Three of the best ways to make a pricey dream dress fit into your budget are:

1. Shopping Wedding Dress Trunk Shows

2. Shopping Wedding Dress Sample Sales

3. Shopping Second Hand Wedding Dresses

Shopping Wedding Dress Trunk Shows

The lowdown: During a trunk show, the designer brings their entire latest wedding dress collection into a store, along with a representative from the company – who is sometimes even the designer of the gowns – to consult with brides on which dress suits them best.

Why Wedding Dress Trunk Shows Save: Trunk shows are great on many levels – first and foremost, the bride has a chance to see the entire collection, which she would usually have to hunt around multiple cities to find. Secondly, the designer or representative is on hand and can let you know which alterations would be possible, or if you can make a semi-custom gown by combining elements from multiple designs. Many times they even do these changes free of charge, or for a minimal fee, which can be a huge saving.

The biggest savings at a trunk show, however, come from the 10 – 15% customary discount on the dresses during the week of the show. If you are in love with a dress but it’s out of your budget, let the representative know – they have a certain amount of power and flexibility in the pricing, and most would love to help a bride afford her dream dress.

Keep In Mind: Though you can land your dream dress at a discount during a trunk show, the maximum discount is usually 15%. So if the dress is far out of your budget, consider shopping wedding dress sample sales or buying an already worn gown. Continue reading

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J. Crew Wedding Dress Sample Sale

J Crew sascha taffeta dressCalling all style-savvy NY brides! J. Crew is having their first ever wedding gown sample sale TOMORROW from 10 am to 7 pm in New York.  The address is 261 W 36th St, between 7th and 8th avenue.

J. Crew has been turning out some really lovely wedding dress designs over the past year, many of which are already quite affordably priced.  One of my absolute favorites is their silk taffeta Sascha gown, which is so simple and stylish. I can only imagine the fabulous deals you’d be able to snap up at a sample sale… too bad I’m based out of SoCal! If any of you NY based readers are planning on visiting the sample sale, be sure to get there early; it will likely be a zoo.

Happy Shopping!

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Monique Lhuillier July Sample Sale

Monique lhuillier bridal sample saleGet excited, because this Sunday is Monique Lhuillier’s July sample sale in downtown Los Angeles. Her gorgeous wedding gown creations will be available for 40%  to a whopping 90% off original retail prices. It’s the perfect opportunity to score your dream wedding dress for a small fraction of the price.

I’m a huge fan of wedding dress sample sales, and always encourage stylish brides on a budget to hit up sample sales.  My thought is that it’s much better to spend your dress budget on purchasing a once-worn (or sample dress) made with the highest end fabrics, beautiful tailored and designed than it is to buy a brand new, never worn gown from a lower quality designer.

Cut, fit, details and fabric are the factors that set a truly spectacular gown apart from the rest, and make the world of a difference in the way a bride looks and feels on her wedding day. That said, here are the details on the Monique Lhuillier sample sale:

July Monique Lhuillier Sample Sale

One day only! Merchandise is “as is” and all sales are final. No appointments are taken, just head on over and enjoy the beautiful gowns and their fabulous prices.

Sunday, July 19th, 10 am – 6 pm
1201 S. Grand Avenue, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Happy Shopping!

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