Post # 1
I noticed a recurring theme on certain threads about dresses (buying, trying on, etc). It seems that many of these stores do not allow the women to take a picture of themselves in a dress. Luckily I have not had this problem so far.
What happens when a girl is trying to decide later on which gown/dress looks best on her? Is she expected to ponder from memory? I’m a visual person, I prefer to look at things in front of me, rather than trying to remember details (eventually some of the dresses started to kinda run together for me anyways, hence pictures).
My question is this: why do bridal salons ban picture-taking? Are they superstitious? Is it a deep-seated fear that someone is going to take the pictures to a seamstress to re-create the dress? Seriously, in this day and age, anyone can print out a picture from online and take to a seamstress for a copy if they REALLY wanted to. So what gives??
Post # 3
I was always under the impression it was bc they were afraid people would try to re-create the dresses. Yeah, you can figure it out to an extent from a photo, but you’ll notice most online dress photos (from the dress companies themselves) don’t have up-close shots of the details.
Post # 4
Yes, the bridal salons don’t want their dresses re-created because they’d be out of a sale, and they’d be wasting their time helping brides (like me) who would make an appointment to try on dresses knowing they can’t afford them just so they can get pictures to send over to China for a knockoff.
Pics off the internet aren’t good enough because most women aren’t shaped like models. So in my case, because I’m a street size 14 and 5’0″, I’d need to see how a certain dress fits on me before commissioning an affordable knockoff.
Post # 5
I know. It’s so frustrating. I’ve tried on a bunch of dresses that I thought were nice in the salon, until I saw a picture of me in it. It’s similar to salons removing the labels from dresses so you can’t find it anywhere else.
Post # 6
I can’t say I’ve noticed a difference either way. I am a hippo in regular clothing, and a hippo in a dress. And while some of the dresses made me look like a cute hippo, I still didn’t like them, even though I was allowed to take pics (well ok so the girl helping me conveniently disappeared when I asked FMIL for my phone lol).
Post # 7
Yeah this practice seems utterly insane to me. I went with a bride friend to a store like that, and drew sketches of the dresses so we could at least remember the silhouettes and detailing.
For myself, I would walk right out of the store if they tried that with me. Maybe it’s because in my job industry, withholding information to make a sale automatically means that your product is shady as hell and probably an outright scam. This is the century of global markets and free 30 day trials, and the wedding industry is still acting like their customers have no other choices.
Post # 8
i didnt like not being able to take a photo,,,after 8 dresses all i could remember about the previous ones was ‘long, white, strapless’ rather than any of the details
Post # 9
One of the salons I tried dresses on, went as far as taking out the designers label so you didn’t know anything about the dress you were trying on! You could only take pictures once you had put down a deposit on the dress.
Post # 10
I assumed I wouldn’t be able to take pictures because I had heard that from other people. So I was pleasantly surprised when the lady at the salon I went to suggested pictures, and even took them for me!
Post # 11
I went with a friend to try on dresses, and they didn’t let us take pictures with our cameras or phones, but the consultant did offer to take pictures with her own phone. That way we couldn’t take the pictures home with us and have them created, but toward the end of the appointment we could look at the pictures she took on her phone to remember which ones she liked the best (because, honestly, they all run together after a certain point). So I thought that was nice of her to offer to do that, and she said she does it all the time for people because she understands the frustration of not remembering how a certain dress looked. They didn’t cut the tags out or anything, they told us exactly which designers made each dress she tried on.
She told us that they don’t allow pictures because they don’t want someone to recreate the dress. When my friend asked her about being able to print pictures from the website, she said that most girls will not blindly have a dress recreated without first trying it on, because no one really looks like the models. If you take a picture of a model in a size 00 dress, and want the seamstress to make it in a size 12, it probably won’t look right.
Post # 12
I would never in a million years buy, or even go into a store with this practice. They’ll tell you a bunch of BS about protecting a designer’ design, but they don’t care about that. What it means, is that they mark up the dresses by an unreasonable amount, and don’t want you to be able to price shop. Store that do this often also cut the tags out of dresses so you can’t know the designer and style number(illegal, by the way).
If a store isn’t honest enough to give me the OPTION to price shop, they won’t get a cent from me. Whereas, as a supporter of local business when I can, I’ll pay a tad more than I could get something for, as I understand that a small bridal boutique doesn’t sell the output as some big distributor like RK, Pearls Place, or bestbridalprices, thus cannot offer the same discounts.
Post # 13
I totally agree. Based on my own experience, I think salons that don’t allow picture-taking lose sales because many ladies will try on quite a few gowns at numerous stores and are not always going to make the decision in the store immediately after trying it on. For myself, I narrowed down my favourites, and when it came time to choose, of course the dresses where I had pictures of myself in them were so much more obvious/easy to consider because I could immediately recall which details I liked, and I could compare which looked better on me. Waaay better than an unrealistic stock photo on a 6 foot tall size 0 supermodel. At the place where I bought my dress, the attendants were just wonderful and even let us walk outside so that we could get photos in natural light.
Post # 14
It’s as much or more about comparison shopping on the internet as re-creating the dress. If you have a photo and can remember/identify exactly which dress you liked the best on yourself, it’s much easier to scout other salons for the same gown at a better price, look for a pre-owned gown, etc. That’s why many places don’t allow photos and some remove tags.
Post # 15
@rachiebabie: not sure about the laws in AB, but here in the US removing tags is illegal.
ETA: the shop were I found my dress didn’t allow photos, so once I’d decided, I ordered it elsewhere. No photos is rediculous!
Post # 16
I don’t really understand the rule in this day and age. I mean all I have to do is a quick google image search to find non-models in the dress I’m interested in. The last salon I was in had a “no photos” sign and we asked if we could take them anyway. The lady didn’t care and said “go for it!” So I’ve got a whole selection of photos that look like this: