- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
So my dress purchase comes with a long story attached- well maybe not too long, but it feels like a drama fest to me!
A little over a month ago I had gone to a dress appointment at a local salon in San Jose and narrowed down my selection to two dresses. My plan was to have my FI’s nieces decide between the two dresses that I had chosen on a trip to the salon on April 30th with their mom (one of my BMs), and my Future In-Laws as well. It was going to be a great day, lunch in the afternoon, dress appointment, then we were going to go try on Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses and MOG dresses too. Turns out, last minute, my Future Sister-In-Law tells me they’re not coming, and I can’t come pick up with girls to help me decide on my dress! I was shocked! All of a sudden, I have to make this decision I was so carefree about because I knew my nieces would be the best one and I was heartbroken they wouldn’t have that special moment anymore!
Well, to make the best of it, I sent my nieces some photos I had taken on my last trip to the salon, and they overwhelmingly voted for one of the two, “hands down” they said (they’re 11 and 10 mind you!).
WOOOO! They made the decision, I’m back to feeling good about it, and get ready for the appointment on Saturday and everything seems gravy.
I had already known that this dress was the more expensive one ($550 more than I originally wanted to spend) and I had called around to other shops to see if I could find it for a lower price, and I did. I was hoping that when I went back to the salon to buy it, when I told them that I found it for a cheaper price they would match it so I could save a little bit of money (because why wouldn’t they? They want my business, right?).
Uh, NO. Turns out the price of the dress had gone up $125 since the last time I was there! AND, they weren’t even sympathetic about it! Thankfully my Future In-Laws were there because I probably would’ve fallen apart here (I don’t do confrontation very well at all) and they asked about the other dress being cheaper at the other store. What my consultant and the sales manager had said was that it was ALLURE who deemed the price go up, that that’s what they HAD to sell it for (i.e. there was no wiggle room) and that other salons could “get in trouble” for selling it for something different. Now come on! I work in retail too, I have a discount button on my cash register and if I so choose to (it’s not always kosher but we have freedom) we can give discounts too. AND I watch SYTTD, there are discounts out there! They offered me $125 in credit towards accessories (but at this point I’m not sure I want white bridal shoes, a veil or way overpriced hair flowers).
I decide to call the other store where I found the dress for cheaper- and after some waiting (it felt like an ETERNITY [but not once did anyone from the salon I was at come outside to talk to me]) they called me back and they still had the dress for $1600! AND they offered to stay open as long as it took for me to get there! I was ecstatic! We dropped everything, got in the car, and raced across the bay area to J’aime bridal in Pleasanton!
…. and I cannot recommend these ladies enough! Not only were the doors open past closing (because you know, sometimes they’re closed and you have a knock and they have to come back with the key and everything..), they had also pulled the dress out of the bag and everything so I could try it on again if I needed to! She even offered me the modesty panel (which at the other store they were going to make me take some fabric from the skirt and fashion one if I wanted it!).
*SIGH* relief. I had never been so excited to spend that much money in my life!
SO, without further ado, my Allure c170!