Post # 1
Did anyone go to this shop? Buy your dress here? I’m in a little bit of a quandry…I found a dress there that I liked, but my bridesmaids could not come to the appointment with me (they had finals). The shop would not let me take pictures of the dresses I tried on, but I asked the sales attendant I had if they would allow me to write down the maker and style of the dresses. The attendent assured me that she would do this, but as I was leaving the shop made it very clear that I couldn’t actually have the list (which is what I assumed the whole time) and refused to give me the maker and/or styles of any of the dresses I tried, even though I explained that it was going to be impossible to get my girls into the shop, since one is moving right after finals, and I don’t want to buy before they see the dresses. All I got was a "No, you can’t have that list" and the attendant leaving me at the door with my jaw hanging open.
I’m very unhappy about this, and I would rather not support a business that I feel "decieved" me. My parents and bridesmaids agreed that this is a horrible policy and that I should not go back there. However, I did find about 2 dresses that I really liked and would like to purchase, and I just can’t find one of them online (I’m pretty sure it’s a Maggie Sottero, but I can’t find it and I don’t know which one!!)
Did anyone have a similar experience here? Good? Bad?
Post # 3
I’ve been to the same store before. They ask that you not take pictures because they are afraid that you’ll steal the design and have someone make it for cheaper or find another retailer that sells the same dress. If you go to any bridal salon in San Diego, they will tell you the same thing.
If you really want to get the dress and you want a discount, email me. I have connections with the store owner who has been in business for well over 20 to 30 years.
Post # 4
Actually, I have been to several other dress boutiques in san diego and they all allowed me to write down the names of dresses and take pictures. I really do not like this policy of not taking pictures or not allowing the client to take the names of the dresses they tried on, and I’d rather go somewhere where I would be allowed to do that and purchase a dress there. It’s not all about getting the lowest price, service matters to me as well.
Post # 5
I ended up buying my dress there, but I have to admit that at first I thought it was weird that they did not want to let you take pictures or give you the name of the dress. Actually, I found that some of the reps were nicer than others, and that depending on who was helping you they were more willing to give you information on the dress. I really liked a lady named Sandra, I recommend making an appointment with her if you decide to go back there.
I found that several other bridal stores in San Diego did not allow pictures to be taken. Among the places I went to are: Demetrios, Bride and Veil and 2000 Dreams.
The following stores did allow pictures to be taken: Here Comes the Bride and Alfred Angelo
I’m on somewhat of a budget, but if you are looking for a higher end bridal store, I hear that Chez Bride Moderne on Bird Rock has a really nice selection. Another place that I almost went to (but then found my dream dress! so I stopped looking) is Isis Bridal Boutique – they make appointments where you are the only person in the store and they can give you their undivided attention. Be forwarned though – they also do not allow photos.
This was so tough for me, because my mom and sister live really far away, and my best friend recently moved, so it was tough to make decisions without having their input. But in the end, I eventually found a dress that made me feel really excited and I knew that it didn’t matter what anyone else thought of it – I just really loved it and was excited to wear it 🙂
Good luck with your dress shopping! Have fun with it!!
Post # 6
Oh gosh how awful! EVERY single store I went to here in St Louis let me take pictures! I explained to them my mom was 5 hours away and the only way I could show her what I was trying on was by pictures. Not to mention, they all handed me a list of the gowns I tried on.
Why is it such a big deal? I think they lose more business by not having good customer service. But the places I went to were average priced stores. I’m sure if I went to the Demetrios store, they wouldn’t let me b/c they’d be afraid I"d take their $6,000 dress and make a $1000 knock off. The dresses I tried on were anywhere from $99 to $2000.