Finding Your Dream Gown at a Designer Sample Sale
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Who doesn’t love a sale? A sample sale is the perfect opportunity to get the dress you’ve always wanted at an incredible sale price. Designer gowns can be discounted up to 60% OFF.
You may be thinking that dresses go on sale because there are deformities in the gown (dress may be dirty, dress may have a tear, etc); however this is not always the case!
Reasons why dresses go on sale:
1. Dresses may be discontinued
2. The store is making room for new dresses coming in
A sample sale can sometimes be overwheleming. Below are a few tips for how to prepare for a sample sale and what to expect.
1. Do your research
Prior to a sample sale, it is important to do some research. Book an appointment a week or two before the sample sale and try on some gowns. Get an idea for different silhouettes, fabrics that you do/do not like. Although some of the gowns you may try on may not be part of the sample sale, you will still get a good idea for what you like and the process will be a lot easier.
2. Arrive early
Sample sales are first come, first serve. No appointments are made, and a lineup may develop outside of the store. To ensure that you get the gown of your dreams, make sure you arrive early!
3. Look over items before purchase
Be sure to look over the gown before you purchase it. Understand that you are buying the dress in the condition that it is in. The gown may have a mark on it, may be missing beads or may even have a tear. Most of the time this can be fixed, and make sure to ask your consultant about where you can go to get the gown fixed.
4. Alterations are an additional cost
Sample gowns range in size and alterations will most likely be needed. At Delica our gowns range in sizes from 8-12. Ask your consultant about where alterations can be made and if they can help you estimate a cost.
5. Bring a trusted friend
Bring someone who you trust to the sample sale with you. Do NOT bring an entire entorage. Bringing too many people can be extremely overwhelming. Sometimes for sample sales, the store may even place a limit on the amount of people you can bring.
6. Be quick + know what you want
For a sample sale, you may not be granted the luxury of having a full appointment time. Uusually you have a limited amount of time to try on the gowns and make a decision. So it is important to go into the sample sale knowing what you are looking for.
Make sure to mark your calendars for Sunday, April.28th for Delica Bridal’s Designer Sample Sale! More info to follow.
Anything and Everything You Need to Know About Trunk Shows
What is a Trunk Show?
A trunk show is a special event in which a designer or a representative from the company visits a bridal boutique and brings with them gowns from their new collection and/or any additional gowns that bridal boutique may not have samples of. Trunk shows allow customers to try on gowns that they wouldn’t normally get to see at the bridal boutique.
Are there any discounts offered?
Sometimes at trunk shows discounts will be offered. It is important to remember that a trunk show is not considered a ‘sale.’ The point of a trunk show is to bring in additional gowns for the bride to try on.
When are trunk shows held?
Trunk shows are held throughout the year but they are more commonly held from January – March. To find out when a trunk show is being held, keep checking your favorite designers website for upcoming trunk show dates and information.
Do I need to book an appointment?
Yes! Booking an appointment for a trunk show is super important. Usually a trunk show event will only last for one weekend (Saturday+Sunday). Since trunk shows provide the opportunity for brides to try on gowns that are not normally offered at the bridal boutique, appointment times go fast! So make sure to book your appointment early to take advantage of the fantastic opportunity!
It symbolizes modesty and purity. In Ancient Greece and Rome it was worn as protection from evil spirits. Today wearing a veil is more of a statement that a symbolic gesture. Thus it is important to consider your ‘overall’ wedding day look when deciding whether or not you want to wear a veil.
- When choosing your veil/headpiece it is important to consider your hairstyle. Do you want your hair up or down? Would you wear the veil/headpiece for the entire night?
- Your veil/headpiece should not compete with your dress; rather it should compliment your dress. If your dress has extravagant detailing and beadwork, stick to a more simple veil.
- Consider the formality of your wedding
- Even if you don’t think you are a ‘veil person’ try one on!
Types of Veils + Headpieces:
Cathedral length veil: Also known as a ‘royal veil.’ It is the most formal of all veils and it extends 3.5 yards from the headpiece of the veil.
Mantilla Veil: Ah, we love this veil = pure gorgeousness, although it won’t work with all dresses. It is usually a circular piece of lace that frames the face beautifully.
Juliet cap: Think Grace Kelly. This look is very vintage chic with a bohemian edge. Be on the lookout for Juliet caps this year- they are making a huge comeback!
Bubble veil: Bubble veils have extreme volume at the comb and are reminiscent of the 60′s. Very bold and beautiful!
Blusher Veil: A blusher veil is a very traditional veil that covers your face as you walk down the aisle.
Birdcage veil: This is for the stylish bride with a vintage side. The birdcage veil has increased in popularity over the past few years. There are several different types and ways to wear them. They are usually just worn covering the eyes.
Fingertip veil: The most common and most flattering veil. This type of veil looks good with any dress!
Elbow length veil: Shorter than the finger tip veil, the elbow length veil is very easy to handle and looks simply elegant.
Don’t know what to expect when shopping for your dream dress? Below are a few tips for when you begin your search to find the one.
1. Set a budget and stick to it: Setting a budget is one of the most important things you can do when shopping for your dress. Be sure to tell the consultant right away how much you are willing to spend on your dress. This way you don’t lose your heart to a dress that you cannot afford. Be sure to also consider the your entire ensemble when setting your budget- veils, shoes, accessories, etc (these can all add up!). Many stores will offer in-house alterations, however most of the time they are an additional, separate cost.
2. Start early: If you want to find your dream dress, start looking early. Dresses will take anywhere from 4-6 months to arrive (very elaborate gowns with beadwork or lace may take longer). On top of that, you need to include an addition 2 months for alterations. If you leave shopping for your gown last minute, your options become limited.
3. Do research: Before you begin trying on dresses, its important to have an idea of what you want. Research some of your favorite designers, read bridal magazines and look online at dresses. Bring in pictures of your favorite gowns to the appointment. This will help the consultant get a better idea of what it is that you are looking for. Be sure to research different silhouettes to see what would most flatter your body type.
4. Bring backup: Of course you want to share this once in a lifetime experience with those who are closest to you. Bring a few of your closest companions who know your taste and will be honest with you. Avoid bringing an entire entourage, as many different opinions can be confusing and overwhelming.
5. Keep an open mind: Be open to trying on gowns that your consultant suggests. Although the dress may not appeal to you on the hanger, you may like it on. Sometimes the perfect gown is the one that you didn’t even notice hanging!
Hayley Paige 6301
Delica Bride: Maria
Where to begin? We had such a fun time working with Maria, her family and her bridesmaids. Every time they came into the store, they beamed of excitement for Maria’s special day. Maria and her maids all looked stunning in their dresses. Maria wore a one of a kind Priscilla of Boston gown while her bridesmaids all wore charcoal Jim Hjelm Occasions dresses with varying necklines- we LOVE this idea! Congratulations to Maria and Curtis on your wedding and we wish you all the best! xo.
ps: how HOT is this couple?
Delica Bride: Stephanie
As you know we LOVE receiving wedding photos from brides, so we were thrilled when we checked our emails to find photos from Stephanie. I must say, Stephanie is such a sweet girl with an awesome personality (–wait until you see these photos!). Every time she came into the store she had a huge smile on her face and you could feel her excitement for her big day. Stephanie ended up choosing the perfect Hayley Paige gown. I will always remember the tears she cried when she put this gown on. Stephanie you are SO beautiful and you looked stunning on your wedding day! xoxo.
Photo cred: Erik Hornung
We just got back from NY Bridal Week and we have SO many exciting new trends to share with everyone. The Fall 2013 collections were all so amazingly beautiful.
The Return of the Ball Gown:
Ball gowns definitely dominated the runway this season. From organza to layers of tulle, the ball gown has made a comeback!
Horsehair trim: horsehair trim was all the rage this season! The thicker the band of horsehair, the more dramatic the look.
Lazaro and Jim Hjelm
High necks and full sleeves: Hate it or love it, we are seeing a huge comeback of high neck gowns with full length sleeves. Full modesty!
Reem Acra and Monique L’Huillier
Patterned bridesmaids: for bridesmaids, we saw several designers showcasing patterned gowns…everything from floral brocade to cheetah print.
Noir by Lazaro