Today’s informative and fun guest blog post comes from Anna, co-owner of anna bé and a&bé bridal shop, two of the best wedding dress boutiques in Denver. She will be sharing all you need to know about wedding dress trunk shows.
What exactly is a wedding dress trunk show?
A trunk show is a weekend event where brides have the opportunity to shop some of the newest styles from a featured designer. When a designer comes out with a new collection of wedding dresses they may design anywhere from 8 to 20 new styles. And as much as we would love to, we generally are unable to have all of the styles in our shop and so we may only have 4 – 6 styles. But… that all changes during the trunk show. During the trunk show the designer will send us lots of new styles and usually some past favorites as well allowing a bride to try on tons of gowns! In the past, the gowns traveled in an actual trunk from location to location, which is where the name originally came from.
During a trunk show, a bride will still work one-on-one with our stylists for a 90 minute appointment. Once a bride finds her gown, measurements will be taken and the dress will be made to order. In terms of timing, we recommend ordering your wedding gown at least 6-9 months before your wedding date and with a trunk show sometimes that timing may be even longer as sometimes we only host 1 trunk show per year per designer! If you are lucky enough to be shopping during the trunk show definitely take advantage of this special event!!!
What are some of the benefits are attending?
In addition to being able to try on a TON of styles, sometimes these styles can be seen before they even arrive in the stores! This means a bride will be one of the very first to ever buy that particular dress.
And if a bride is really lucky, the designer will be at the trunk show. Seriously, how cool is that. A bride could meet with the person who designed the dress that she will wear on her wedding day.
Lastly, we rarely have sales or incentives, but if there is going to be one, you can bet it will happen during a trunk show! Sometimes meeting with that designer means making a change to your dress for no cost!
When are your upcoming ones? Anyone in particular you are excited about?
For a&be denver we’ve got some really fun events on the horizon:
February 26-27 // Wtoo and Willowby
Hands down, this collection coming from the Wtoo and Willowby line is the strongest collection that has been put out in years. There’s something for every type of bride: the rustic, the romantic, the classic, and the bohemian. And, this collection starts for less than a $1,000 and during the trunk show all brides who buy will save 10%!
March 4-5 // Claire La Faye
Claire is the coolest ever. Before bridal, she worked as a stylist and really takes this strength of taking one’s individual style and bringing it to a bride’s wedding dress. During this trunk show brides will get to meet with and work one-on-one with Claire!
March 10 // Sara Gabriel (thursday night)
We adore Sara! Sara is a local Denver veil designer and is taking over the bridal world with her hand-finished collection of veils and headpieces that have classic roots and are perfect for the free-spirited, independent bride. Not to mention, she’s pretty fabulous. For one night, we’re inviting all of our brides to come get styled by Sara. She’ll help you pick the perfect finishing touch for your wedding dress!
March 11-12 // Limor Rosen
Limor Rosen is a new Israeli line that is going to be one of the hottest names and we get to bring the collection to Denver brides first! The gowns will only be in our shop for one weekend!
March 18-19 // La Poesie
This line is effortlessly cool. It’s inspired by parisian boho chic and is so romantic. This also is a collection that we are bringing to Denver brides first and will only be in the store for one weekend.
Do I need an appointment to attend?
YES! We want to make sure that we have a fitting room and a stylist to work with you. We encourage you to call us at 720.627.5760 to schedule your trunk show appointment. If you have any questions about the designer, a specific dress, or any of the events we would love to help answer your questions.
Good luck to all you lovelies looking for the dress!