I bought a dress for $270 today at the Dresser in Fullerton, CA
Hi Ladies, I got such a great deal on a brand new dress today that I must share and hope that I can help anoter bride on a budget find a great dress they LOVE at an unbelievable price (as I did).
I went to The Dresser in Fullerton, CA. Every so often they have a blow-out sale. Today they offered over 200 dresses priced at $100, $200 or $300. Additionally, they sold bridesmaid dresses @ $25, veils (various prices all less than $100), flowergirls dresses at $40 and Mother of the Bride dresses at a huge discount (my mom bought a $500 dress for $75).
Check out my dress: http://www.projectwedding.com/biography/list/deelim/my-dress
Here's a tip for those interested in going in the future:
1) First things first...get on their email list so you know about the next event. http://thedresser-online.blogspot.com/
I was not on the email list and apparently they emailed everyone an announcement with a 10% discount that you could use on at the blow-out sale.
2) Arrive early and wear clothes that will allow you to slip on and off dresses quickly and easily (I wore a tank top and shorts that I could easily wear a dress over.
2) Go with an open mind and try everything on - even if you think it won't look good on you (I avoided mermaid dresses becuase I thought you had to be tall and slim...I'm not tall nor am I slim and it actually looks good on me...I ended up purchasing a mermaid dress!)
3) All dresses are off the rack
4) They only let 5 brides in a store at a time. But you can bring who you want. Bring atleast one person whose opinion you trust...it's not really necessary to bring an entourage.
5) Bring Cash
6) They have a huge selection. Be careful not to buy just to buy...I had to stop myself from buying something I kinda' liked just becuase it was on sale. My time was up so I had to leave the store empty handed and get back in line. I found my dress on the second visit!
7) Don't be catty-be friendly and courteous and giving. If someone grabs the dress you want...just ask them or the sales lady to give it to you if they decide against it. Since there's only 5 brides at a time the staff will remember and help you. I had so much fun waiting in line getting to know the other brides. And when we got in the store it was such a pleasant experience. I was with the second group of brides and as we waited for the first group of brides to finish shopping you could hear them screaming with joy and laughter. It was soooooooo exciting that when they walked out of the store carrying their purchase everyone yelped and clapped.
8) Bring a small and light bag that you can or your friend/mom can easily carry while grabbing dresses. I had a camera, a notebook, a purse...it was so cumbersome!
9) Don't forget to check out the veils, bridesmaid dresses, flowergirls dresses and mother of the brides dresses. Most likely you won't find 2 of the same kind of dresses so you shouldn't expect to.
I bought a bridal dress, a bridesmaid dress that I'm going to use for my engagement photos and dress rehearsal, a mother of the bride dress, a bridesmaid dress for my sister and bridesmaid dress for my mom that they are going to wear for the holidays. My grand total with tax= $440!!!! Yes not a typo $440!!!
If you definitely can't wait 'til the next event, you should go to the store and check it out. They have a lot of dresses at different price ranges starting around $800.