Are Dress Prices Supposed to be negotiable?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
809 posts
Busy bee
  • 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
778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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
2878 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
5935 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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 # 8
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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
1768 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
2620 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

dresses probably are 100-300 dollar difference at salons i wouldnt believe they would give 1000 off..ridicoulous mark up..

Post # 11
1567 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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 🙂


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