Plenty of brides confuse sample sales and trunk shows, but there’s a key difference it’s important for you to know when shopping and booking your appointment. Sample sales are perfect for brides on a tight timeline, or brides who are shopping on a budget.
Whereas a trunk show is an expanded selection of a designer’s collection, a sample sale is when the boutique sells samples that are being discontinued. Bridal salons only keep samples in the store—brides come in and try the samples on, then place an order with the designer to sew the garment.
When a design gets discontinued, the sample is sold in a sample sale—so when you attend a sample sale, you’ll find gorgeous, ready-to-wear wedding gowns that may have light wear from being tried on by other brides. These dresses are completely beautiful, and you can go straight to the alterations process after purchasing!
At a sample sale, you pay in full and take the dress home with you that day. Don’t panic about paying in full, though—some dresses can be discounted up to 90% off! For brides on a budget, sample sales are can’t-miss events.