When it comes to finding the perfect wedding dress—and saving a bit of cash—you might want to consider attending a wedding trunk show. A wedding dress trunk show is a special event typically held at a bridal boutique that features the entire collection of a specific wedding dress designer. It’s a nice opportunity to check out a new or visiting designer whose gowns you might not be able to otherwise see. Brides-to-be-usually need to schedule appointments at the salon to peruse the collection, try on gowns, and maybe even meet with the designer. While trunk shows aren’t technically sales events, they often do offer a discount for those who place their order on the spot. (They might even throw in a few extras free of charge, too!) If you’re new to the world of wedding trunk shows and want to know how to save a money at one, read on for our tips.
1. Follow your favorite bridal salons on social
If you want to know the scoop on the next wedding trunk show, it’s a good idea to follow your favorite bridal salons and boutiques online. Not only will you be able to find out about trunk shows, but you might also catch promotions like a percentage off your gown, or discounts on veils and other accessories.
2. Make sure you like the designer
This seems like an obvious thing, but so often we become enthralled with anything “discount,” especially when it’s related to a wedding, that it’s easy to sign up for anything that resembles a deal. While it’s definitely easy to be swept away with savings on a wedding gown, you want to really love the dress you buy—not just the price of it. So do your research on the designer first (social media is a great place to start) to see if you’re really interested in their gowns before attending. You don’t want to pay for a gown that you’re not totally sure of!
3. Don’t forget to ask questions
Often, trunk shows are attended by the designer or a brand representative. This is a terrific opportunity to ask all sorts of questions regarding your potential wedding gown, such as extra fabric availability or customizations, rush fees, and any type of styling tips. The advice and insight you receive are really priceless, considering the source. You might even learn more about a desired gown that wasn’t present at the trunk show, which could end up saving you money, too. Designers want to sell their stuff, so don’t be shy! Also, don’t forget to ask the boutique manager if they’re having any sort of special promotions that day. Some bridal salons might even throw in a free or heavily discounted customization—like a neckline change or even a size adjustment, if they know you’re potentially making a purchase.
4. Give yourself a lot of time before deciding on the dress
If you’re in a wedding dress time crunch, it’s probably not in your best interest to attend a trunk show. In fact, it’s not really recommended at all to rush the dress-buying process, thanks to all sorts of hiccups that can come up like alterations, fittings, and time delays. Trunk shows are typically held in January, February, and March, so if you’re interested in attending one, it’s a good idea to do so at least a year before your big day. That way, you’re saving yourself a ton of stress and some money (because rush alterations and fittings are very expensive).
Remember: finding your wedding dress should be a fun experience no matter where you buy it. Trunk shows are gaining in popularity, and can definitely be the place where you find “the” dress for a good price. The main thing to keep in mind is to do your research on the designer and ask questions at the trunk show so you increase your chances of being able to save even more money than the designated discount. And if you don’t find your dress at a trunk show, no sweat! It’s better to continue your search rather than to go home with a dress that you don’t really love.