Who can forget the vision of Rachel hiding among the racks of wedding dresses as she and Monica go on the hunt for the perfect (cheap) gown? Chances are you've seen or heard about the chaos that erupts at sample sales. Some of it's real; some of it's dramatized for your pleasure. But if you're up to the sport of finding your dream dress on sample, consider these tips from local pros before you hit the racks.
"Keep an open mind to what you are looking for but do know what price range you are comfortable spending. Sample sales are not just for girls looking for gowns either. We typically mark down veils and belts and jewelry as well." —l'atelier couture*
"Come prepared to find your dress and purchase a gown that day. With sample sales all sales are final and do not offer holding dresses." —Luxe Bridal Couture
"Get to the sales early or on the first day for best selection. However, later in the weekend/week may be a better deal." —The White Room
"EVERYONE should shop a sample sale. You never know what you can find! These gowns are amazing custom couture creations that are on SALE!! It is a girls chance to get something she could only dream about for a steal!—l'atelier couture
"Be sure to look at the dress carefully to recognize any flaws or defects; some are easier/less costly to fix than others." —The White Room
"Go shopping before the sample sale so you have an idea of the style and fit you are looking for. This makes shopping easier for the bride and the consulant as there is an array of selections at a sample sale." —Luxe Bridal Couture
*l'atelier couture bridal is hosting a sample sale from December 15 to December 19, by appointment. Call 612-367-8120 for details.