Bridal gown sample sales: Where and when?

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Any brides-to-be looking for a good deal on the gown and accessories? Bridal Accents Couture is having a sale this weekend, but if that’s too soon, check out the calendar of other bridal gown sample sales throughout the year. 

On Saturday Bridal Accents Couture (4401 W. County Road 42, Savage, 952-846-4496, ext. 2, will discount
nearly all of its sample gowns 30 to 90 percent. More than 100 gowns will be on sale, plus shoes, jewelry and veils. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prices range from $99 to $5,300, but most are under $700. A few special occasion dresses are $5.

Other sample sales throughout the year:

 Macy’s Minneapolis bridal salon downtown has its biggest sample sale in November or December, but the stores always has a selection of samples. Currently, they have about 50 dresses to choose from by designers such as Vera Wang, Reem Acra, Romona Keveza and Justina McCaffrey. Appointments are recommended (612-375-2162).

Glenrose Bridal (10100 6th Av. N., Plymouth, 763-591-9333) had its sale in November 2008, which included more than 120 gowns discounted 50 percent. the next sale will be in June.

 Dena Marie Bridal (2480 N. Fairview Av., Roseville, 651-633-4366) had its sample sale in July 2008 with more than 150 wedding gowns. After discounts of 50 to 75 percent, prices were about $500 to $800. Brands include Anjolique, Symphony and Emerald, mostly in sizes 8 to 14.

Second Debut sells overstock and samples year round (4300 W. 36 1/2 St., St. Louis Park, 952-922-9640). Its parent company, Goodwill, has its annual bridal blowout in February at the store in St. Paul (553 Fairview Av. N., St. Paul,