Is a Trunk Show the Same as a Sample Sale?
While both events provide an opportunity to nab that perfect wedding dress, a trunk show isn't the same as a sample sale. A trunk show is similar to a fashion show, where the designer brings his or her latest collection to a special event. Brides can often book a personal consultation with the designer, and if you buy the day of the show, you can get a small discount (usually 10 percent). Your dress is then made-to-order and arrives brand-new.
On the other hand, a sample sale features drastically reduced prices, with discounts up to 75 percent off. There are many gowns to choose from, and you can often find a couture designer dress that’s within your budget. These selections are usually the display ones that brides have tried on in retail stores or that have been worn in fashion shows. Thus, the sizes are limited and the styles may have been discontinued. Sample sales can also be hectic and crowded because of the large number of brides eager to find their dream dress at the right price. If you do find your ideal gown, be sure to inspect it for any imperfections. Dresses are sold “off the rack,” and you won't be able to return it if you find any tears or marks later on. If you see a minor imperfection that you think can be fixed, remember to factor in the added cost to the total price tag.
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