Courtesy of Lara Helene Bridal Atelier
Couture gowns don't come cheap, but if you're a bride shopping in New York City here's your lucky break: The Lara Helene Bridal Atelier, known for its equisite, hand-stitched designs, is holding their first ever sample sale on November 6th and 7th at their swanky Madison Avenue boutique. Lara's gowns range from short and sweet to opulent and dramatic, many of which will be available for up to 70% off retail (typically $2,900 - $14,000). The sale starts at 11 am and goes until 7 pm each day. Appointments are recommended, so call 212-452-3273. —Lauren Matthews, associate editor, Brides Local magazines
__Wedding Wisdom:__When it comes to sample sales, it's always best to arrive early, since the best dresses are sure to go first. Ideally, it's best to get there the morning of the first day of a sale. Also keep in mind that most sample sales mean sample sizes, i.e. eights and tens for wedding gowns (Remember: Bridal gowns run small).