Post # 1
I recently had an experience in a salon to try on a few dresses. The sales person insisted that I try on a particular dress even though it was out of my budget (the dress was $5000) and because it was really not within my budget I said no, I can’t afford it. At the time, i thought I was going to have to pay expenses of my parents coming to see me get married, but now I don’t think i will have to do that.
Anyways, while I was insisting that I could not budget for that dress, they suddenly changed the price – I could get it for $4000 on credit installments.
So $1000 suddenly off the dress? Is this dodgy or normal? I kind of felt that if i went in and tried that dress on again I would be told it is a completely different price. Maybe if i walk in with $3000 cash they would sell it to me?
Post # 3
- Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant
Thats not normal. Probably means they have marked up the price quite a bit. What dress is it?
Post # 4
Call other salons that carry the dress and ask for their prices–you’ll get several that quote you the designer’s suggested retail price. Then, you’ll know if the other store was shady–or actually offering a deal. I got the same price from almost every salon–and ended up buying at one that offered me a trunk show discount.
Post # 5
Yea I’ve never heard of them being negotiable. It sounds like that salon has quite a markup. Are there other places that carry that dress?
Post # 6
Dress prices typically aren’t negotiable. Salons aren’t allowed to sell a dress below the price the designer has set. So if they offer a discount or something, it means that they have marked up the price.
Post # 7
Hi everyone. The designer is gain bar, dress is lady valkyrie. The store is exclusively selling the dresses as far as I know. I wrote to the designer to ask the price and never heard back.
It’s a shame, as it was a nice store, but the salespeople were kinda pushy
Post # 8
I was told by a pro to try to negotiate the dress price, because there is often wiggle room. But that’s ALOT of wiggle.
Post # 9
There’s usually an amount of wiggle room, but 1k is a HUGE amount – I would feel sketchy about it. Also, in general, I’m wary of stores who carry a “designer unique to this store” unless it’s like a Vera Wang store…because duh, Vera stores aren’t going to carry Monique Lhuilier. I just read some article a million years ago about how bridal salons will say it’s an exclusive designer when it reality they’re buying some no-name chinese dresses and selling them at a huge markup. I’m in general very skeptical person, so take that with a grain of salt.
I personally got 15% discount on my dress by shopping around. I found it at Salon A (which I loved), then I found it for less at Salon B (where the consultant told me “there’s no way I can squeeze a girl your size into this sample” – b*tch the sample was an 8 and I ordered a 10, you could have squeezed me in!), so I went back to Salon A and they matched the price, plus gave me a little discount for paying in full when I ordered.
Post # 10
dresses probably are 100-300 dollar difference at salons i wouldnt believe they would give 1000 off..ridicoulous mark up..
Post # 11
it’s not uncommon or fishy at all. Dresses are very often discounted off the rack. They are changing seasons (fall lines come out in august/Sept.), and they need the rack space. It doesnt mean they are being dodgy, have a huge markup, or are sellng fakes.
Here’s the designer’s website. Haim Bar is the designer for My Lady Bridal:
(i have worked in the industry for over 20 years 🙂
Post # 12
Thanks all. I think just for the fun of it I might go back and see whate price they quote me haha…
I am not 100% certain of it… I mean I felt uber sexy in it but I like the back of it, not so much the front.