Just so you know, this post was stellar.
It would have brought world peace among us... until safari crashed and erased it.
I could kill someone with my bare hands.
This subject is sensitive for most people.
We will try to explain everything as delicately as possible.
The dreaded sample size.
Why is it so big? Why is it so small? Why don't you have multiple sizes? Why do I have to try on a sample? Why is this sample dirty?
Let's talk about it.
And stick with us, this might get confusing and ugly.
You might wonder why we don't just get a size run of each style that we buy, that way we don't have to worry about the ordering process.
Well, some stores do that.
Well, some stores do that.
We will talk about the pros and cons about ordering later, but as for those of you who don't know the term, a size run is when you buy every size that a style comes in.
For example, if a wedding gown can come in a size 2-220 that means we're buying 110 dresses of that one style and big chains like David's Bridal do that because they manufacture their own gowns and in turn, they are less expensive.
Now, OUR cost of a wedding gown can be between $700 to $2500 (mid level) per dress, if we're not designing and manufacturing it on our own.
Yeah, it gets pricey.
We almost bought a gown that was $30,000 cost (what we pay) once.
Were we on crack?
Well, if being on crack means that you are hypnotized by the most stunning dress you have ever seen in your life then *yes, yes we were.
(* The Perfect Dress does not condone or promote the use of drugs. It's just a joke people. Just a joke.)
This wasn't the dress, but this is the most expensive wedding dress in the world. 12 million dollars. Beaded with diamonds.
Can you see why getting a size run wouldn't be a smart business decision? We would blow our whole open to buy (click here to get that definition) on that one style and couldn't afford to buy anything else.
kinda make sense?
Now let's talk about the size of a sample.
Normally, a Bridal Gown sample size will be a size 8, 10 or 12, which in regular U.S. sizes is about a 6, 8 and 10.
So for example, when I got married (the person who is writing this), I wore size 8 jeans and my wedding dress was a size 12. (I always thought it was so unfair that on the day we want to feel our smallest, the sizes are all messed up and make us feel bigger.)
Do we think that every woman is this size?
No, we don't.
Sometimes it's too small and sometimes it's too big.
Can we adjust with clamps to fit most brides so that they can see what it would look like in their size?
Most of the time, yes.
Is it fair?
No, it's not and we hate that so, here is what we try to do.
When we see early on that a dress is getting popular, than we order another sample in a larger size. If we know that a style will be super beautiful and flattering on a bride that is sexy and curvy, than we get a bigger sample.
As owners we are just trying to give you, the Bride, the best selection of stunning wedding gowns you can see in one shop.
We try, Brides. We want you to know that we try.
We aren't out to get you and to make you feel bad about yourself and we don't expect you to change.
We love our Brides.
We know you are all different and that's what makes our job fun!
With all of this information, let us know if there is something we aren't doing.
Something we haven't' thought about doing.
And for those of you who have made it this far, pat yourself on the back and leave your name in the comments and we will give you a congratulatory shout out in the next blog post.