Why aren't dress photos allowed in some shops?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@renwoman:  Alot of the time it is due to people trying on dresses then getting them made somewhere else, using the photos as a referance.

But I would have thought with google today a bride could do that anyway.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

When I went dress shopping, the place I got my dress from told me that the reason they didnt allow pictures of dresses was so that people didnt post the pictures online and someone “steal” the design on the dress.

Which I think is ridiculous because unless it was custom made by the store, theres probably stock photos of the dress online already.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

The primary reason for this is so that brides do not take photos of gowns and then use them to help find and purchase the gowns elsewhere, usually for less money. Most salons permit brides to take pictures after the dresses have been purchased or ordered.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

@renwoman:  Most of the shops over here state the ridiculous excuse of ‘copyright’, which is nonsense.

 

The shop I bought my dress at was much more pragmatic, which was one of the things I really appreciated – nothing will make you regret your dress purchase more than constantly looking at pictures of yourself in a poorly-fitted sample. So to avoid that, you’re not allowed photos.

 

It seems like no shops in the UK will let you take photos though. Although maybe the new DB that has opened here will!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

No dress photos at any of the shops I went to in Melbourne either -until you purchased, anyway. No reasons given, but I’m guessing they don’t want you to jump online and get a replica made. as annoying as it was, to be honest, I don’t blame them for that. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve always heard its for one of two reasons. 1- so you don’t go to a seamstress and have the dress made (which isn’t really valid anymore bc as PP have mentioned everything is online) and 2) so you can’t take the picture to another shop and buy the same dress for cheaper when the first shop earned the commission/money by helping you find it. I only went to one shop that didn’t allow pictures and they also didn’t tell you the designer for that reason. I did not buy my dress from that shop 😉

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

The local boutique where I initially found my dress didn’t allow photos, either.  I’m not sure if they didn’t want the dress reproduced elsewhere, or were worried I’d buy from somewhere else.  They did, however, leave the designer’s tags on the dress, and that’s all I needed to secure my dress from a much less expensive shop.  Still designer (Allure) but about $400-500 less.  And free shipping.  And free shoes, veil, accessories.  SCORE!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@renwoman:  The first shop I went to, photos were not allowed unless you put a deposit down on the dress you wanted to purchase. The second shop I went to, which was a smaller independent boutique, let us take as many photos as we liked. I think they just weren’t particularly uptight about it, and because the labels they carried weren’t found elsewhere, they knew that if you liked something, you would return to buy it.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I agree that I don’t blame the shops for trying to stop people from having knock offs made, but it doesn’t make sense since you can go online and look up the dress. The only shop I went to that didn’t allow pictures ALSO had removed the labels with the designers name, so you really would have had to do some detective work and have a good memory to have a knock off made.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’m sorry but I wouldn’t buy from a shop that wouldn’t tell me the designer or cut the tags out. That’s shady and not their place to do so. Not allowing pics, whatever, stupid, but if its a store policy, so be it. But if I pay for a designer gown, the designer tag better be in it. (Not that that matters to me. Heck I’d buy a dress from Walmart if I loved it.)

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@StL.Ashley:  They wouldn’t tell you the designer? That’s ridiculous. So you don’t even know what you’re buying?

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@StL.Ashley:   +1

I also went to a shop and they had ripped all of the tags out of the dresses so you couldn’t tell who the designer was.  I found a dress I loved and I literally kept asking the woman, “Is this Allure?” “Is this Watters?” “Is this…”

And each time she would ignore me or change the subject!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@KateByDesign:  I thought I’d read on here somewhere (quite a while ago) that removing the tags was illegal?  Of course, there are certain cut-throat bridal boutiques that will do anything for a sale…

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