Thursday, June 7, 2012

What is a "Sample Viewing?"

We receive phone calls nearly every day with brides asking about specific styles of dresses. They have the style number and they want to know, "Do you have the sample in your store?" A wedding gown is a major once-in-a-lifetime purchase, so it's understandable that you would want to try on the dress before you buy it.

Fortunately, even if we don't carry the specific style you are looking for in our store, as long as we carry that designer, we can almost always get a "sample viewing" of that style for you. "Sample viewing" is just an industry term for "borrow the gown." Regardless of the dress you are looking for, there IS a sample of it out there, somewhere. Rather than spend all your time calling different bridal shops trying to hunt down a dress, when you do a sample viewing, you let us do the work for you. We'll call the designer directly and find out if that dress is available for us to borrow. The designer will usually have a specific time frame in which the dress can be borrowed. For example, it may be at a trunk show today and scheduled for another trunk show in two weeks, but in the meantime, it's available to be borrowed. They ship it out to us, you come in and try it on and then it gets shipped back to the designer or on to its next trunk show location.

We do sample viewings in our store all the time. Some designers who have recently sent us a sample viewing include Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Packham, Christos, Essense of Australia, Martina Liana, Maggie Sottero, Christina Wu and Eve of Milady.

Now that you're salivating over the idea of gorgeous gowns being shipped around the world just for you, let me break down the process and the cost for you:

Step 1: Call us today and let us know which designer and style dress you are looking for. You will have to know the style and/or name of the dress. You will be asked to put down a $250 deposit at this time.

Step 2: Once we have confirmed the dress IS available, we'll let you know the time frame. Book an appointment for a date within that time frame to come in and try on the dress. Bring your mother or someone whose opinion you trust. This may be your once chance to actually try on the dress you've been coveting.

Step 3: If you love the dress, order it! If not, that's ok. Our experienced consultants will be able to help you find a dress you DO love. Regardless of which dress you eventually order, $200 of your initial deposit will be credited toward it. The remaining $50 covers the cost of shipping the dress from the designer to us and back again. In other words, your initial $250 deposit ends up becoming a down-payment on your dress order!

Sample viewings are very exciting for both the bride and our bridal consultants. After all, it's an opportunity for us to see the dress in person, too!

We recently got to see this dress in our store because of a sample viewing and we loved having it here!

Guiliana by Monique Lhuillier

So what are you waiting for? Do you have a dress you love, but you can't find it anywhere? Let us find it for you! Call today to find out if we can get a sample viewing for YOU!

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