Tip of the Day #2: Sample Sale Mania If you have an engagement that is at least one year long in duration, I would highly recommend utilizing online sample sales to shop around for wedding fashion, accessories and even deals on exotic honeymoon hotspots. Over the past few months I have seen wedding dresses marked down from $4,000 to $650 and gorgeous wedding shoes that originally retailed for $350 listed at under $100. Home sample sites also offer great options for discounted decor elements including unique mirrors, lamps and pillows. Just because an item isn't marketed as "bridal" or "wedding" doesn't mean that it won't be perfect for your big day.
Most of the sample sales have an approval process but only take a few days to be accepted. Members typically receive a daily digest listing sample sale merchandise at deeply discounted rates. The trick to mastering online sample sale shopping is to log on at the exact time the sale opens. There are thousands of members competing for limited products so it pays off to shop early. Most of the sites have a very flexible return policy as well so there is minimal frustration if items ordered aren't exactly what you had expected. A few of my go-to sites include: