The National Bridal Sale

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Third Annual National Bridal Sale Event!

July 21-28, 2018

"Your Dream Wedding Dress for Less"

Dora Grace Bridal is excited to participate in this week-long sample sale!  A huge number of our sample gowns will be marked down to $500 or less!!  We will also have deep discounts on prom and formalwear, mother-of dresses, and bridesmaid dresses.  Appointments are required to shop for bridal gowns during the sale, so make yours early for the best selection!

What is a Sample Sale?  

A sample sale is when a boutique sells the gowns that brides try on in the store, with often very large discounts.  We love these tips from brides.com:

1. Go Dress Shopping Beforehand

"I do not advise a sample sale if it is your first time dress shopping," says Jennette Kruszka of Kleinfeld Bridal. "You should go to a sample sale when you have a better understanding of the styles you like because if you find the 'one,' you will need to say 'yes' and take it home that day." Grecco advises searching for regular-priced gowns at least once or twice before going bargain shopping. Plus, this gives you the opportunity to revel in the full wedding dress shopping experience.

2. Be Ready to Buy

You'll have to act fast, since there's typically only one sample of each style, and, according to Carine Kraweic, owner of Carine's Bridal in D.C., some sample sales even limit your shopping time. Most importantly, only buy a dress if it can be altered realistically to your size. Kraweic says to ask an associate if the wedding dress can handle alterations, or take plenty of up-close photos from various angles to show to a tailor. "Tailors look for those details so they know what fabric they’re working with," says Kraweic. "Have a tailor on the ready if you know you’re going to a sample sale." Store samples are typically a bridal size 8 and up, so plan accordingly.

3. Choose Your Companion(s) Carefully

Because sample sales tend to get overcrowded, don't bring an entire posse with you. Grecco recommends asking one trustworthy friend or family member to tag along (or be available via FaceTime) as you shop. Also, since the sample sale dresses might run a little bit larger, Kraweic encourages enlisting a friend's help to hold the gown in any loose areas.

4. Inspect the Gown

Because you're buying at least nine to 12-month-old inventory that's already been tried on by previous brides (as opposed to ordering a brand new custom gown), some dresses might have a bit of wear and tear. Before you commit, look over the dress for any damages. "They should be in good condition, but they are used, so look over and see if they have any spots," Grecco recommends. Kraweic concurs, suggesting to look underneath the armpit, the train, the hem, the side seams, and the zipper. "If netting gets torn and we’ve had to remove it, the dress might not look like the original," says Kraweic of any damaged gowns. "So, our lower priced dresses are put on sale for that reason."

5. Shop on a Weekday

If you're able to take time off work to hit a sample sale during the week, then by all means, do it. Kraweic warns that weekend sample sales are much more crowded.

6. Wear the Right Undergarments

Just like standard wedding dress shopping, this should be a given. Stick with nude, seamless underwear to get the gown's full effect. "If you have a chest above a C, wear a corset and Spanx and whatever you want to wear on the big day to get the correct feel," says Kraweic.

We can't wait to see you in July for this awesome sale!