Would You Care for a Sample?

Just so you know, this post was stellar.  Awesome.  It would have brought world peace among us… until safari crashed and erased it.

I could kill someone with my bare hands.

Here are your brain fart left overs.

This subject is sensitive for most people.

I 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 me, this might get confusing and ugly.

You might wonder why we don’t just get a size run of each style that we buy and that way we don’t have to worry about the ordering process and some stores do that.  We will talk about the pros and cons about ordering later, but a 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 I’m 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, MY cost of a wedding gown can be between $700 to $2500 (mid level)  per dress, if I’m not designing and manufacturing it on my own.

Yeah, it gets pricey.

I almost bought a gown that was $30,000 cost (what I pay) once.

Was I 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 I was.

(* The Brides’ Maid 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. I hope she gets her money back on account of it not being very attractive.

Can you see why getting a size run wouldn’t be a smart business decision?

I would blow my whole open to buy (click here to get that definition.  I really don’t want to take the time to explain it) 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 or a 10, which in regular U.S. sizes is about a 6 or a 8.  So for example, when I got married, 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 either too small

Almost pornographic.

And sometimes it can be too big

And sometimes we just like to get professional photos taken in gowns that are 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 I hate that so, here is what I try to do.

When I see early on that a dress is getting popular, than I order another sample in a larger size.

If I know that a style will be super beautiful and flattering on a bride that is sexy and curvy, than I 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.  I 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.

Oh, and you size 0 and 2 brides that yell and complain at me because I have to clamp you in the samples because they are all so “HUGE”, it falls on deaf ears my friend.  It falls on deaf ears.  Try being on the other end, and then you can complain.

So, there is a brief explantation about the sample size.  For those of you who have made it this far, pat yourself on the back and leave your name in the comments and I will give you a congratulatory shout out in the next blog post.

Just Kidding.  Kind of.

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