(Closed) Can you negotiate bridal gowns?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

I totally negotiated, between a store in PA and one in NJ.  I ended up purchasing in NJ because I got a better price AND didn’t have to pay tax on the gown, so no matter how low the PA store went, it couldn’t beat the other offer.  Good luck!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Of course! My shop let me know they do price matching, and most stores will charge you what they think you are willing to spend. It never hurts to offer less… and if you have a price quote from a different store, that will give you more leverage.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

It depends on where you go but they might be willing to throw in a deal if they’re having a slow time. if it helps, my salon told me that they were slow in september?

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

I think it’s at least worth checking to see if they’ll neogtiate with you.  One of the stores I went to offered some sort of price-matching, although I didn’t find a dress there.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Stores will absolutely feel you out to see how much they think you will spend. They never have to charge you the sticker price, there’s always at least room for a 10% discount or at least to include alterations and/or a veil. If they know a dress is a little over your budget, but you’re gonna buy it if they lower the price I think more times than not they will offer a discount.

Post # 8
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Newbee

I thought you couldn’t when I first started looking but with the economy, stores are eager to get a sale. I’ve been watching Say Yes to The Dress and it looks like people are asking for more discount in recent episodes. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

When I went shopping for my dress back in April I told the stores that I had a budget of 600.00$ for my dress. They would pick out a bunch of dresses in the style that I wanted that was within my budget. Most of the price tags on the dresses were between 600.00$ and 850.00$. So I think giving a budget could help you out.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

The place I went to was having off the rack sales: 25% and 50% off. The dress I wanted was only 25% off but mom got on the phone (from Vegas! i was here in MO) and asked for the 50%. The lady, without skipping a beat, said, “i can give you 35%!” DONE. That was last October, too!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I’m going to look for a dress Saturday and I’m prepping myself to do some bargaining. Because I’m planning an Atlanta wedding from DC, I’m hoping to find a dress at the store I’m going to this weekend. (Otherwise, I’m not sure when I’ll be back down in Atlanta and I can’t get the dress in DC because FI and I share an apartment!!) Since I won’t be able to counter with other store’s prices, does anyone have any pointers? I figure, my motto is gonna be — it doesn’t hurt to ask!

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