Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 Wedding IDEAS, INSPIRATION AND INSIDER TIPS

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Planning a wedding can be a whirlwind. From finding your dream venue, to designing your perfect bouquet, to choosing a cake flavor for you and your sweetheart - it can be a bit overwhelming at times. But a fun aspect of your making your wedding dreams come true is finding your dream wedding dress. If you’re in the midst of finding your perfect gown, read along as we guide you into the world of bridal trunk shows. 

First off, what is a trunk show? 

According to Bridal Musings, a trunk show is a “special event in a bridal boutique where they invite a designer to showcase their collection. Sometimes it’s a one day event, but for particularly popular collections, it could be several days.”

Perks Of A Bridal Trunk Show 

Coming to a trunk show will get you even more incentives from the highlighted designer that brides typically don’t receive when regularly shopping for their gowns. Here are just a few of our favorite trunk show perks. 

First Looks and Exclusive Styles

When attending a trunk show, it could mean that you can get an exclusive first look at new styles from new collections that are not in store yet. Oftentimes, gowns that are included in trunk shows are styles that are not in stores yet letting you have a first look and pick of a never before seen gown. And not to mention, it can decrease your odds of wearing the same dress as a fellow bride. 

If you’ve also been hunting down a specific style that was not available in any stores you’ve previously visited then attending a trunk show is a must for you. Typically in addition to bringing the new collections gowns, designers will also bring top styles that are not included in the bridal store’s regular sample inventory, perfect for brides that are hunting down a specific style that they’ve been dreaming about. From lace and vintage wedding dresses to chic minimal wedding gowns, and romantic wedding ball gowns,  you may just walk out the store purchasing a gown you’ve never even imagined. Or maybe you’ve got the gown that you’ve had your eye on that you found on our Pinterest page, Either way, this is the perfect way for you to see the gown and more designs by your favorite designer(s) in person finally and to try it on. Usually these gowns are only available for a limited time during this store event. So be sure to check to make sure you come prepared to “Say Yes”!

Wedding Dress Custom Changes

We know that when it comes to your wedding dress, having it look good is one thing, but also having it match your personality and make you feel amazing is what a wedding dress should be all about. If you’re a bride that loves specific detailed parts of a dress- maybe the neckline, but the skirt is too full or perhaps you love the train and want to add extra length, attending a trunk show will also allow you work with the designer on learning how to add custom changes to your wedding gown. You’ll get to see what custom changes are offered and work alongside the designers to make you wedding dress dreams come true. You can ask questions directly and figure out what will work best for you and your dress. 

And hey, if you don’t end up finding your gown, at least the designer or retailer will be able to point you in a direction of other styles from the designer you love that wouldn't normally be in store that day. 

Exclusive Bridal Store Incentives

Though there isn’t an exact sale when it comes to trunk shows, select bridal stores sometimes offer exclusive discounts if you purchase your gown during the trunk show weekend. Some will even throw in a goodie bag with some fun bridal items that you wouldn’t typically get. Select designers will also sometimes include special gifts such as a personal sketch of the gown you purchased. A simple perk that can create great memorabilia of your wedding dress that you can keep forever. Be sure to ask when booking your appointment if there are any special promotions that will be given during the trunk show. 

What To Bring To A Trunk Show? 

While booking your appointment for a trunk show at your local bridal salon, be sure to note all that you need for your appointment. Especially in the midst of recent events, learn more on how to shop for your wedding dress during COVID-19. In the meantime, we’ve listed out all the necessities you’ll want to bring to your trunk show appointment. 

  • The Perfect Garment Accessories-

Feel and look your best and bring nude coloured underwear and your most comfortable strapless bra to ensure that you’re ready to try on a variety of wedding gowns. And if you’re a bride looking for a fitted style, be sure to bring your favorite body shaper! Though you can come into the store with an exact gown in mind, you never know what you could say yes to! 

  • Bring Your Must Have Guest-

Sometimes, less is more. And we couldn’t agree more when it comes to who you should bring to your appointment. The person you bring should be the person you can’t say “YES” without. Take advantage of having the designers or a bridal consultants expertise there to help you on choosing your dream dress. They may be a better pair of eyes and ears compared to having your entire bridal party there. Plus, they’ll know every detail about the gown, making it easier on comparing details you liked and disliked. With having less people there you won’t have to worry about too many opinions, leaving you stress free! 

  • Research- 

One of the most important pieces of advice we always give brides is to do research. Be in the know of when new collections are launching and always be on top of noting upcoming trunk show dates and locations. You never know if one can be near you!  We recommend searching up gowns or special detailings to have a general idea of what kind of style you want and contact an authorized retailer hosting the event to confirm the gown you are looking for will be in store. Also if you’re not sure, go in with an open mind. Sometimes the unexpected can surprise you. 

  • Questions-

If you’re lucky enough to have the designer(s) there in person, take full advantage and ask as many styling questions as you can. With their expertise and experience, they’ll be more than likely to know what will suit your style and personality best! 

Next Steps

Now that you know everything you need to know about trunk shows, it’s time to find our next trunk show, be sure to head over to our website to view our upcoming trunk show date postings to find the closest one near you! 

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