It’s no secret that bridal gowns can cost a pretty penny, especially if you want a designer gown. One way to get your hands on a designer gown for less is to go the sample dress route – something I did for my own wedding.
When you go to a bridal shop, you try on dresses, right? Those are the sample dresses. When the dress styles are no longer available to be ordered, or the store gets new stock, those sample dresses are no longer of use. While there are some stores that specialize in nothing but sample dresses (see: Wedding Belles in Barrington, Ill.), boutiques will often sell their own sample dresses.
Enter Zita Bridal (761 N. Jefferson St.). On Oct. 6, the store will open its doors and sell you its sample dresses. You might not get the high-end service you generally get from the Downtown shop, but you can score a great dress for a great price.
The only catch? You have to RSVP.