Post # 1
how many of u ended up buying ur gowns from salons that didnt let u take pics? I went to the bridal store yesterday and they said no pics.. they didnt want to tell me the style number but did show me the designers label inside the dress.. i always said i wouldnt buy from a store that didnt let me take pics or tell me the style number.. however i recognised the dress and it is mori lee blu 4708 and i’m sooooo in love and they offered me such a great price.. [yes i had already compared the price of this dress pre-shopping] I havent bought the dress yet but i did put down $100.00 deposit (but this can be applied to anything in the store such as veil/shoes..) is it a mistake to buy from them? does it mean they arent trustworthy?
Post # 3
It looks like you’ve done your homework and you should be okay with buying from them. But go with your gut.
I think stores that don’t allow pictures mostly prey on brides who haven’t done their homework. I went to one too and was very informed during my visit. As the consultant was pulling out dresses for me, I was naming the designer and style for each dress. She was really impressed and I think it let her know that I knew my stuff . She did let me take pictures in the fitting room (but not outside) so as not to encourage the other brides.
Post # 4
For me, reviewing my pictures was a really important part of the decision-making process. I personally wouldn’t shop at a store that wouldn’t allow pictures and wouldn’t buy from a store that won’t tell you the style numbers, etc. That is being unethical and you don’t know what else they do that is also unethical.
If this is the dress for you, I would find another salon that carries Mori Lee and see if they’l meet the price. If you can’t get it for a better price elsewhere, then do your homework on this place (internet reviews, BBB, etc) and decide if it’s worth it.
Post # 5
No, it doesn’t mean they aren’t trustworthy. I would assume you should be safe ordering from them.
To each their own, but I personally would not buy from them. One store told me I couldn’t take pictures because they had to protect their designers, assuming that I would just take the pictures to have the dress recreated and I didn’t want to give my money to someone who thinks I am a thief. But that’s just my two cents!
Post # 6
I purchased my dress from a store that didn’t allow picture taking. For me, I had that “this is the one” moment and never hesitated so I didn’t need to take a few days and look through pictures.
At first it didn’t bother me, until a few months later when all I wanted was to see me in the dress!! I finally just sent an email to the store owner and asked if it was okay for me to come in and take a picture of me in my dress. I had already purchased the dress there so it wasn’t a problem.
The salon I purchased the dress from has a great reputation, they just have that “no pictures” policy.
I never understood why bridal salons have that policy, especially since there are plenty of dress pictures available online by the designer themselves.
Post # 7
thanks for the responses bees… this salon that i went to also has a great reputation and i’ve heard nothing but good things about them.. when they realised how tall i was they told me right away they would charge me under a 100 for alterations instead of the regular 250 since i need no hemming at all.. i think in my gut i knew i trusted them and my mom did too otherwise i would never have paid the 100 deposit i just still wanted to hear opinions from other bees too.. i’m sooooo in love with this dress and it was the 1st dress i tried on! i tried on a few after that but i had to try it on again because i couldnt get it out of my head…
Post # 8
I have found that most places that don’t allow photos will allow them once you make a purchase. Is that not true across the board?
Post # 9
They are just trying to protect the designers from having their dresses recreated.
Post # 10
A lot of dress stores don’t allow pictures and don’t tell you the style number (to prevent shopping around for some).
Post # 11
I did, and I hated it. I thought it was bad business, even though I was only going in to try some on for S&G. It would’ve meant the world to my grandma to see me in some actual bridal gowns (since I’m going short and green instead of long and white) but they wouldn’t tell us their policy on photos until I was already in the damn gown.
But then again, this is the same place that won’t let you try something on in your preferred size/color (BM dresses) until you’ve ordered it, so…
Post # 12
I think it’s a terrible practice, but it doesn’t in itself mean that the store is untrustworthy.
Post # 13
@emtheartist – Pictures of the designs are all over the internet. If that is their “reason”, it’s a stupid reason and a non-issue.
@MissAsB – It is illegal for them not to let you know what designer/style the dress is. See this thread: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/bridal-shops-who-cut-out-tags
Post # 14
It is a pain, but they are only trying to protect the style of the dresses and the designers. You would get the same thing from jewellery stores as well. They dont want you coming in, taking pictures of dresses you like, then take those pictures and get re-made somewhere else for cheaper. I think it’s a pretty strandard thing to do.
Post # 15
@abbyful: I didn’t make the rule, I’m just offering one of the many reasons you’re not allowed to do it.
If they didn’t post professional pics online, how would they advertise?
It’s the same for film and theatre. There are promotional pics of actors in costume, but you are often times not allowed to take pics of things backstage/onset because the designers and craftsmen have it written into their contracts to protect their “property.” I think if you were in the designer’s position you would understand.
I do agree, however, that not letting you know the style number is shady.
Post # 16
Honestly, I wasnt a fan of any of the bridal stores that wouldnt let me take photos. Now, I dont know if thats BECAUSE they wouldnt let me take photos or if they just really didnt have as good of a selection.