Three of Pittsburgh’s premier, nontraditional bridal and special occasion boutiques, Lex & Lynne Bridal and Luna Boutique of Sewickley and Blanc de Blanc Bridal Boutique of Carrick are combining forces to give Pittsburgh a one-of-a-kind shopping event.
This three-day bridal sample gown and dress sales event will kick off with an opening reception on Wednesday, June 26th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The sale will continue on Friday, June 28th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and conclude on Saturday, June 29th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lex & Lynne Bridal will host the event on the second floor of their Sewickley boutique (514 Beaver Street).
“This has naturally evolved into, what I think, will be the best shopping event in Pittsburgh this year,” said Alexis Corry, founder of Lex & Lynne Bridal. “It is a combination of bridal sample gowns, veils, belts, jewelry, hair accessories, ready-to-wear and occasion wear, formal wear, just some really beautiful dresses.”
The collaboration for this sale is quintessential Pittsburgh; similar businesses coming together to offer our community a unique experience. “On paper and in theory, we are competitors,” said Erin Szymanski, owner of Luna Boutique, “but when we [Luna and Lex & Lynne] both discovered we were opening in Sewickley around the same time, the genuine reaction was ‘awesome, we are going to make this a destination’ because there is power in numbers. We started there two years ago.”
“When Erin and I were having coffee and came up with this idea, we were like why wouldn’t we work together, it is only going to make it more successful,” said Corry. “That is how we brought in Blanc de Blanc because we wanted to make it a really exciting, successful sale that people will anticipate and could potentially become an annual event.”
“I think it’s a good opportunity to have our three boutiques come together that specialize in trendy, unique evening wear and bridal,” added Angelea Kuruc, owner of Blanc de Blanc Bridal. “It’s cool to have a one-stop shop for brides.”
Whether you are a future bride, an expert wedding guest or a lover of unique fashion, this Pittsburgh sale offers a variety of styles.
Each boutique is known for offering authentic, independent designer gowns. Bridal designers featured in the sale include Anna Campbell, Anais Anette, Bo & Luca, Flora Bridal, Odylyne the Ceremony, Rue de Seine and more. Halston, C/MEO Collective, Diane von Furstenberg, For Love and Lemons, Rebecca Taylor and Yumi Kim are among the brands that will be offered for special occasion and formal wear.
Pricing varies among the boutiques, but everything will be 70 percent off. No piece will exceed $2500. Lex & Lynne will range from $75 to $1500, with $75 being a nice cocktail dress and $1500 being a bridal sample gown. Blanc de Blanc will range from $800 to $2500. Luna Boutique will offer bridal sample gowns between $600 and $2400. Luna special occasion wear will range from $50 to $150.
“At 70 percent off, there are some dresses that are in new condition and they were just discontinued styles,” said Szymanski. “There are some that are very well-loved, and everything is in ‘as is’ condition, but there are definitely some dresses that are more than steal at 70 percent for the condition that they are in.”
“The three of us have really great collections. There is no rhyme or reason as to why these dresses were selected for the sale,” added Corry. “We are not putting any bridal sample gowns on the floor that cannot be repaired at a reasonable price. Everything is wearable.”
What to Expect from the Sample Sale
Representatives from each store will be available to assist with trying on dresses as much as possible, but the sale is not a substitute for an intimate bridal shopping experience. “This is not a first-time shopping appointment,” said Szymanski, “this is a know-what-you-are-looking-for and be ready-to-buy because it’s not going to last.” There is no layaway or hold options. Payment by credit card or cash is required in full at the time of purchase.
The bridal floor samples included in the sale are bridal sizes 6 to 12. Depending on the dress, these dresses are a good fit for brides street size 4 to 10. Dresses typically can be altered down a size or two, but if you are a smaller or bigger size than this, consider scheduling a private bridal appointment with one of the boutiques as each has gorgeous made-to-order pieces.
All shoppers will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis. There is no pre-booking available. Admittance levels will be managed to prevent a huge crowd trying on dresses, but there may be a wait at the door, so be prepared.
There will be a communal dressing room and limited space to try-on. Dress for comfort and quick changes; wear a bralette and leggings or a strapless/backless bras and nude underwear. Do not bring a large entourage with you. Bring a helpful, decisive friend or family member instead.
Above all else, this three-day sample sale event is meant to be a unique, fun Pittsburgh shopping experience. “Come with an open mind, and be ready to have a great time,” said Kuruc.
“It might be crazy,” said Szymanski. “Bring your sense of adventure and a little patience.”
Check out the Sample Sale Facebook Event Here!
Shop these nontraditional Pittsburgh Bridal Boutiques outside the sale:
Blanc de Blanc Bridal Boutique | @blancdeblancbridal
Lex & Lynne Bridal | @lexandlynne_bridal
Luna Boutique | @lunasewickley