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What is a Sample Wedding Dress?

With your wedding coming up, now is the one of the most exciting times in your entire life. Choosing a bridal gown that fits you perfectly and matches the theme and aesthetic of the wedding is an important part of the wedding planning process. You’ll get to spend a brilliant day trying on different dresses with your maid of honour and bridesmaids, drinking some bubbly and having a good laugh along the way. It’s a special time, and you have loads of options open to you. One way in which some brides look at their choice of wedding dress is to look at a sample wedding dress, but what does this mean in practice?

What is a sample wedding dress?

In every bridal boutique you’ll find that there is at least one ‘sample’ dress that is bought of each gown and from each supplier that that particular bridal boutique with to stock and sell over the coming year. It is this gown that is used for brides to try on when going to a wedding dress fitting and are usually found in a size 10 or 12 on average. Sample dresses can be bought from a bridal boutique and will be discounted in price due to the fact other brides will have worn it in-store when trying on different dresses.

Why is a sample wedding dress a good choice for me to buy?

If you are looking for a designer wedding dress but you’ve been put off by the price, a sample dress could be the perfect solution for you. Because these dresses have been used in-store to help other brides find their perfect dress, you can find off the rack examples that you can purchase at a discounted rate. It is also an amazing idea if you are getting married quite soon and do not have as much time to order a brand-new gown and go through the traditional fittings and alterations process that most brides go through over the course of 6-months or more.

When you are looking through the sample wedding dresses at the boutique you’ve chosen to go to, you’ll see that there are many different options available, from different designer brands. Don’t worry that the average size on sample wedding dresses is 10 or 12. If you need a sample dress altered up or down in size, this is always achievable with a competent bridal boutique and can be achieved in a shorter space of time that you would imagine. If there is also damage to the dress in any way, you can choose to have the gown repaired whilst also discussing a further discount to the price on top of the initial discount added due to the status as a sample bridal gown.

The discount that you’ll see on a sample wedding dress will differ from dress to dress and from shop to shop. A percentage to knock off the price will be determined by the condition of the dress, how new it is, the popularity of the specific dress or of the designer.

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