1. Feel your best underneath the gown - wear nude coloured underwear and a great strapless bra.


2. Take a trusted friend – some honest encouragement is often helpful and a fun way to enjoy your appointment. Leave your whole friendship group at home though - too many contrasting opinions can end up being unhelpful!


3. Know your budget – trunk shows often offer a discretionary discount (usually 10%) off gowns ordered over that weekend. It’s a great way to spend a little less if you are lucky enough to find your perfect dress on the day.  Sample sales offer samples that have been tried on before with varying discounts from 10%-80%! Be prepared to spend more for newer styles in great condition. 


4. Research the designer first - for a trunk show the boutique will primarily present the featured designer only. Make sure you are interested in their styles to get the most from your experience.


5. Have an idea of what shape or silhouette you are looking for – Try on different shapes, if only to exclude these quickly. You will soon find you have narrowed down your style and what is flattering for your figure.


6. Always remember that sample sale dresses can be altered - Slightly marked hems or a piece of frayed lace can easily be trimmed and remedied during your fitting appointments. You should come out of your fittings looking like the dress is new – what a great way to get a new looking dress for less.


7. Bear in mind the height of your heels if you are buying a sample. Hems cannot be lengthened, only shortened so it’s a good idea to take the optimum heel height with you.


8. At a trunk show, if you are lucky the designer may be there in person, take full advantage of this and ask for styling advice. With their experience and knowledge of cut and shape you are likely to find that they know what suits you better than you do!


9. Know your time frame, some designer dresses need up to 8 months to be made and altered to perfection. Ask the boutiques beforehand, and remember if you are in a rush sample dresses are a different ball game, they are in stock and available immediately. It’s always work asking one of our consultants if we can help you on a short led time, we will always do our best to accommodate brides.


10. Be prepared to pay in full for you sample dress. Unlike a new dress, in which a deposit is taken and you pay the remaining after the dresses is made, all sample dresses will need to be paid for in full, even if the boutique is doing your fittings there at a later date.