This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB – we share a wedding budget tip every Tuesday to help you save money on your wedding! You can also access all the wedding budget tips on a single page for your convenience and future reference.
Wedding Budget Tip #26:
Shop sample sales to score a major discount on your dress!
One way to score a great deal on your wedding dress is by shopping sample sales!
Many local bridal shops will hold sample sales to sell their existing inventory of sample gowns in order to make room for new designs. Some of these dresses may be mildly worn as they've been used for the purpose of trying on in the shop, but will often be discounted significantly. If you've got your eye on a designer gown, check with your local bridal shops to find out when they run their sample sales in order to try to snag your wedding gown on the cheap! This is a bit different than buying a pre-owned wedding dress, instead, you'll be the first bride to wear the gown down the aisle!
More and more shops are popping up that exclusively sell sample gowns or previous season bridal dresses for less. Forever Amour Bridal Boutique in NYC is a great place to check out. (Check out their events page for upcoming trunk shows!) Iconic bridal shop Kleinfeld is also known for their amazing sample sales — be sure to follow them for updates on their sales!
Be sure to subscribe to your local bridal boutiques' email newsletters for updates on sample sales in your area so you don't miss out. It can be a really great way to get a designer wedding dress for a fraction of the cost of buying new. Of course, you'll have to consider sizing when it comes to purchasing a sample gown. Typically stores only carry one of a certain dress in-store, so you may have to do significant alterations to make a sample gown work for you, so keep that in mind when you're on the hunt for your dream dress for less!
So tell us: would you consider buying your wedding dress at a sample sale?
Leave a comment below and let us know!