Credit Card required to book a bridal gown appointment…

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I find this very strange! I’ve been to lots of bridal stores and never have I had to give my credit card info, especially just to book an appointment! I would go elsewhere. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I guess they have had a lot of people canceling?  I would not be thrilled with that either, and did not come across it. 

This isn’t what you asked, but since youre in NY, I really recommend you check out Birnbaum & Bullock or Lovely Bride.   At B&B you work directly with the two designers who make and alter your dress.  

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@vintagebride143:  That happened to me at one of the places I visited.  It caught me off guard, but it was ok in the end because I wasn’t charged.  But yea, it made me uncomfortable too.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I am in Canada and have not heard of that  ever happening. (I have booked 4 salons and with no problem and I even cancelled one.

I would have done the same by not booking the appointment. I do not like giving out my credit card info.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have heard of this before. It’s often at places where the consultants work on commission – it’s protective in case you don’t show. I’ve been to plenty of hair salons where this is common practice and I’ve willingly given the info. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I only went to one place and found the dress I wanted but they didn’t ask me for credit card info…I’d be weirded out and I wouldn’t want to be charged a whopping $50 for cancelling! Um, what if something serious came up? That’s a lot of money.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@vintagebride143:  Yeah I’ve never heard of that and I wouldn’t do it.  Sorry!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I have heard of this, but I haven’t experienced this.  It seems rather… well crass.  Showing up doesn’t guarantee a sale afterall.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think you should just try other places.  I didn’t get asked for a deposit when I went, I mean…I guess i understand them trying to avoid cancellations, but seriously?  I think you can find other salons that won’t charge you…might as well save your credit card info for when you buy your dress.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I had to do this to one of the (higher end) bridal salons I booked an appointment at.  Although it is a bit annoying but I do not think its completely unreasonable as A LOT of people do decide to not show up & not call in to cancel their appointments.  It’s a waste of time for the consultant and other brides who could’ve been seen instead.  Quite a few specialty doctors, dentists, and higher end spas do charge a penalty for no shows.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@girlgetsring:  +1. I have to give my CC info when I book my waxing appointments, but they never charge it.

I think it also discourages women who want to try on dresses “for fun” .

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@vintagebride143:  I had to give my card when I did My vegas wedding it is not weird at all for bridak appointments, If you dont feel comfortable giving them your card… You can A) buy a prepaid one and just not mention it…. 

 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@vintagebride143:  Elizabeth John’s in Ardmore PA does this too.  I agree its odd also, they told my mom it was 25 if she didnt show for MOB dress – so I can only imagine what it is for a bridal appointment.

 

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