The New Year means New Year sales, but how do you navigate the shopping madness to find not only a bargain but your dream dress?

The presents have been opened, the chocolates have been eaten, and the tree has started to drop its needles all over the floor. The arduous task of taking down your Christmas lights is looming on the horizon, but luckily there’s something to look forward to. The opening of the January sales is a dream time for bargain hunters, especially if you love designer clothes.

If you don’t want your shopping dream to turn into a nightmare, then you need to plan carefully. Follow our tips to get prepared, and you’ll be sure to find your perfect wedding dress at the perfect price.

Go to the Wedding Dress Sales in London Prepared

If you watched Friends, you’ll remember Monica’s organisation skills, which in season seven helped her to find a wedding dress in a regular boutique and then head to the New Year sales to find the same dress for a fraction of the price. The episode, like many other films, shows how competitive women can get over having their perfect wedding.

The lesson to take from Monica isn’t to learn Martial Arts before hitting the showroom. It’s to find the wedding dress you want or at least a close idea of what you want before you get to the sales. The sales chaos can make finding anything difficult. So, if you know the dress you’re looking for, then things will be much easier.

Bring Just One Friend to the Wedding Dress Sample Sale in London

It might be tempting to bring your entire wedding party to the sale with you, as they can grab more dresses to try on, but in reality, that’s the last thing you want. Choose one friend whose decision you completely trust, and who is decisive: especially if you’re not. At a sample sale, there’s no time to put it down for a think and come back later. If you do, it will be gone.

Depending on your relationship with them, the people to avoid are your mother and mother-in-law, as they can both be overbearing, and jealous bridesmaids or friends who don’t have an opinion either way. Choosing someone you can trust, to be honest and help you make the right decision is the safest way to make sure you don’t get frustrated, make the wrong choice, or come out empty-handed. For a more in-depth guide, read this.

Be Realistic About the Size You Choose

Although every woman swears they’re going to lose weight before their big day, by the time it approaches and you’re stressed and exhausted, the last thing you want to worry about is those five pounds you swore you were going to jog off. Living on a diet of cayenne pepper and lemon juice always seems like a good idea six months before you have to do it, especially when faced with a beautiful size six on the rack at a sample sale.

Trying to lose weight before your wedding, though, is quite simply a bad idea. If you have a choice of a size up or a size down, make sure you go for the size up and get it altered shortly before your wedding for the perfect fit. Altering a dress to make it smaller is far easier than the other way around, and your stress levels will thank you several months from now.

Choose Our Sample Sale With Appointment Slots

If you want to avoid the stress and chaos caused by free-for-all sample sales, then a far simpler alternative is to book an appointment at our sample sale weekend for a one hour slot. You still get massive savings of up to 70%, but you miss out on the stress and we will have a seamstress on hand to advise you about the perfect fit.

Our sample sale takes place on the 4th and 5th of February, 2017, at The Holiday Inn in Camden, right in the centre of London. We’ll have our Belle Bridal experts on hand to make sure that you can find the perfect dress for the perfect bargain price.

Contact us today to book an appointment with Jo and Claire at our showroom, or to find out more about our sample wedding dress sale in London.