Post # 1
I think I may have found my dress! However, the thing holding me back is that I really did not want to pay over $1,000 and this dress is $1,050. Add in cost of alterations and maybe we are talking $1200-1400?? I know that in the wedding gown world $1050 is not a lot of money, but in my little world it is! Haha. Also, the bridal salon I found it at has a range from $500-$2500 for most of their dresses.
Anyway, I am wondering if anyone out there was able to talk their bridal salon into selling their dress at a lower price. If so… any tips for us brides that have yet to buy a dress? Thanks!
Post # 3
YES! ask the salon if they will sell you the floor sample! they often will, and severely discounted (because chances are it’s a teeny bit mussed up and may be missing a bead or button here or there). the damage is most likely repairable. as you know though, most samples are size 8-12, so be sure you can alter it (or shorten/lengthen it if it as lots of detail at the bottom).
Post # 4
or ask for included items. will they throw in the cost of alterations, what about a free veil or clutch bag – anything that means you dont have to spend the money later on
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
I did! Granted, it was at a sample sale, so the dress was already discounted but it was still more than I wanted to pay. I came back a few days later, tried it on again and pretty much begged the saleslady to come down another $200 dollars on it. She went, spoke with her manager, came back smiling and the dress was mine! I think in this economy, especially if it’s not a David’s Bridal type chain store, most retail businesses are hurting bad enough that they will be willing to offer you some sort of discount, you just have to ask! It’s perfectly acceptable to say something like, “My dress budget is really set at $950, is there anything you can do to help me stay at that price?” Go for it, the worst they can say is “no”.
Post # 6
I didn’t talk my dress amount down at all. I went into a boutique and went immediately towards the sale rack. When all was said and done, I was torn between one dress that was $950 and another that was $370. Had I decided to go with the more expensive one, I would have probably put on some serious haggling/persuasive skills because my wedding dress budget was only $500. In the end, the $370 dress won out. lol
Post # 7
I was able to get mine around $500 cheaper by asking them to price-match the online retailers like Pearl’s Place. The key to this working was to have physical proof that you could actually obtain the dress for that price. I had an actual quote from them that I was able to show them as proof of the price I was asking them to beat or at least match. Keep in mind this will mean have to more than likely pay for alterations…once I added back in alterations it was still a $375 savings.
Post # 8
Yes. I did get a pretty good discount … and also on my veil. Not sure exactly how I pulled it off. Fiance played hard ball with them =) He’s the negotiator in the fam.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2009 - Ceremony: The Kraine Theatre, Reception: Midtown Loft & Terrace
I got them to knock off a couple of hundred dollars. I think you could get them down a bit or at least get something free thrown in!
Post # 10
I asked them if they had any coupons or deals that I could access. I told them my budget and they matched the price that I wanted to pay. It never hurts to ask, and you might get something good out of it!
Post # 11
I agree with Bellini, ask about buying the floor model. I did this with my dress and it brought the price down a few hundred dollars. Just make sure the dress is in a condition you are happy with (check for stains, pulls, etc) and doesn’t require excessive alterations that would drive the price up and could be avoided by ordering a different size. Best of luck!
Post # 12
YES! I found my dream dress but was hearbroken when I saw the price tag. The store could only go down 12%. So I found several boutiques accross the U.S. that carried the same designer’s line. I basically told them my dilemma: “Love this dress but it’s over my budget. I got xx price from this store, but it’s still over my budget. Can you help with a better price?” After speaking with 6-7 boutiques, I ended up getting the dress at 20% less! I found it hard to negotiate the alterations price with the stores though. They were more willing to give the discount on the dress and throw in a veil.
Post # 13
- Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay
Yes, definitely talk to them about working with your budget! They mark up dresses pretty high & are almost always willing to knock some money off. I got mine for $150 off – not too bad, considering it was only $750!
Post # 14
I just wanted to bump this b/c it’s an enlightening thread and I love it! This is definitely the way to go. Wonderful ideas here!
Post # 15
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Yes. I told them the price I’d found my dress for online, and they offered to match it. When we reminded them about sales tax (9.75%! OMG!), she reduced the price even further. When we left for lunch and came back with the price we wanted, out the door, or no sale, she met it.
So, um, yes. 🙂 I got a $1,200 dress for $925.
Post # 16
My dress was already on sale 25% off. The store was having a 25% and 50% sale and of course, my dress was 25%. I called mom and lamented about it and she got on the phone with the saleslady and said “we’ll take it right now at 50% off” and the lady, without even pausing, said “i’ll give you 35%!” and we took it.