What is the difference between The Sample Studio and Brides & Beyond (flagship store)?

The Sample Studio is a walk-in experience discount boutique where you may find a great dress at a steal! It’s a self service experience where WE are a little more “hands off” although we are there to answer questions and put dresses away for you.

It's located about 15 minutes north of The Brides & Beyond flagship store in St. Henry {which is by appointment and showcases the latest bridal,  bridesmaids, mothers, and tuxes while offering a personalized and memorable experience}. Our older floor samples from Brides & Beyond now have a new home at The Sample Studio for budget savvy brides.

Who is The Sample Studio for?

Brides looking to spend $300-$1000 for their bridal gown // The Sample Studio gowns are older bridal gowns that have been discontinued and now unable to be re-ordered. They are floor samples that have been tried on but kept in great condition.

Brides with a wedding date less than 3 months away with a budget of $300-$800

Brides who can fit into "sample sizes". Most of our gowns are 8-14, although there are several a few sizes higher and lower.

Brides who can "help themselves" and enjoy it!

Prom and Homecoming shoppers looking for a beautiful dress at a fraction of the retail price.

The Sample Studio "Do's and "Dont's"

Do stop in anytime on Wednesday - Saturday during business hours to shop!

Do make an appointment for Brides & Beyond after you've shopped the Sample Studio if you're budget is $900-$3000

Do have a budget and choose if you're a Sample Studio Bride or a Brides & Beyond Bride - we love both!

Do be courteous and aware of the separation and difference of the Brides & Beyond by appointment experience vs. The Sample Studio.

{Please} Don't make an appointment at Brides & Beyond for a Saturday but plan to "shop" for bridal at The Sample Studio before your appointment. Feel free to browse at The Sample Studio first, a few weeks prior, but keep in mind that the dress selection is very different as is the experience and price range.

Don't be discouraged if you shop at the Sample Studio and can't find "your dress" but decided you'd like to "increase" your budget and shop over at Brides & Beyond the same day BUT we can't squeeze you in. Our Saturdays are usually filled week after week. Cancellations do happen, so we will try our best to get you a consultant the same day. If we can't, then the following week usually works.

Know your wedding gown budget and stick to it. Buying a gown is a major purchase.

Choose whether you want your bridal gown shopping to be a memorable experience with close family + friends complete with champagne, a dedicated consultant in a private bridal room at Brides & Beyond. Or, a simple budget friendly off-the-rack experience at The Sample Studio.

Sample Studio gown styles are typically a few years old
Brides who purchase from The Sample Studio receive the same discounts on bridesmaids, mothers, flower girls and tuxes as they do at Brides & Beyond!