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Bridal Sample Sale 101

We’ve all heard the phrase “sample sale” either on social media or on the tv show, ‘Say Yes to the Dress,’ but what exactly is a sample sale? We’re glad you asked!

In the wedding world, a “sample sale” usually means a bridal boutique is hosting a one-day-only event where they sell their sample gowns off-the-rack at a heavily discounted price. These gowns are sold on a first come-first serve basis, and the inventory is limited. Typically, brides who come to a sample sale are prepared to be decisive and make a thoughtful, but quick decision, since there are no holds on gowns.

Ladies of Lineage Bridal Sample Sale

This spring at Ladies of Lineage, we are hosting a Pop-Up Sample Sale March 14th-April 2nd, wherein we will be setting up a sample bridal showroom 2 doors down from our Charlotte bridal boutique. This sample sale will extend past the typical 1-day event and will allow for a more personalized shopping experience, as it is by appointment only. During your appointment, you will be working with a bridal stylist who will provide a tailored experience to help you find the perfect wedding gown and accessories.

Think that our Pop-Up Sample Sale sounds like something you’d be interested in? Below we’ve listed some sample sale tips to prepare you for a wedding dress sample sale experience.

3 Important Things to Know Before Shopping a Bridal Sample Sale:

1. Gowns are typically sold in a bridal sample size – Most often, bridal boutiques carry sample size gowns that range from size 8-12 along with plus-size samples between sizes 22-26. These gown sizes differ from a typical street size (i.e. a bridal size 8 is around a street size 4 or 6).

When shopping a sample sale, it’s important to get a clear idea about the sample sizes that will be available to try on. More than likely, the majority of the gowns will fall within the sample sizes listed above. At Ladies of Lineage, if a sample gown is more than 2 dress sizes too big for a bride, we will typically not recommend purchasing the gown, as the alterations cost will begin to exceed the amount savings through purchasing a sample wedding gown.

2. Quantities are limited – Occasionally, bridal sample sales will offer the same gown in two different sizes or another color option, but most often, there is only one gown of each style. This is why it is imperative that brides come prepared to make a decision the day of their appointment!

While many bridal sample sales have an overtone of mass-hysteria as brides rush to grab multiple gowns at once, our Pop-Up Sample Sale will have a completely different atmosphere. In true sample-sale fashion, our gowns are available on a first come-first serve basis, but you will have an individual appointment, separate of other brides, and be given the peace of mind and clarity to make your decision without another bride grabbing a dress from your fitting room!

3. Gowns are sold as is – Sample sale gowns are wedding dresses that bridal boutiques have had as their stock pieces for brides to try on in their search to find their dream dress. These lightly loved wedding gowns are then put into a sample sale to make room for incoming inventory each season or year. This means that some gowns may have slight imperfections, such as a missing button or a small makeup smudge on the inside of the gown.

At Ladies of Lineage, most all of our sample sale gowns are in like-new condition, as they have only been tried on a handful of times. In addition, all brides wash their hands before trying on gowns and we pull our dress trains off the floor to prevent them from collection dust and debris. Any imperfections can typically be fixed easily in alterations!

Most importantly, our stylists are here to help you every step of the way, so if a sample-sale seems daunting, let us do all the legwork while you focus on falling in love with the gowns we help pull for you. Eager and ready for your Pop-Up Sample Sale appointment? Let’s get you scheduled today! Call us at 704.547.4208 or use this link 'Pop Up Sample Sale Appointment Reservation’ to book your appointment today!

Two Locations. Same Passion. Same Experience.


Charlotte, North Carolina

By Appointment

The Shoppes at Twin Oaks

1419 East Boulevard, Suite E, 28203

(704) 547-4208

Fort Mill, South Carolina

By appointment

Kingsley Town Center

1329 Broadcloth Street, Suite 103, 29715

(803) 233-1722















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