Post # 1
I’m recently engaged and starting to now search for dresses. Yesterday, I had the worst experience out of the 5 stores I have been to.
This store only sold brokered gowns (there is no indication on their site that this is the case). A lot of the gowns were damaged (beading falling apart etc) but were going to be sold to you as is and for $900. From the moment I stepped foot in the store, I wanted to leave. They didn’t have the sexy mermaid look I desired and instead had mostly ball gowns. The store has a site where you can find dresses they have. I went in and showed the consultant one dress that I really liked. She kind of shrugged it off because it was not my size and didn’t bother to look around in order to help me find something that resembled it. She pushed me to try on dresses I did not like at all just to make sure I really didn’t like them. The thing is that there were 3 of these dress she made me try on! 3/7 is alot of dresses you know you don’t like to try on in a 1 hour consultation. It took up way too much time. She came in with me to try on all the dresses which I get is standard but it made me very uncomfortable. I guess it was to keep from further damaging the already damaged gowns. I had the worst experience and it was unfortunate because I made a special after hours appointment. Oh well, 1 more stop before I look into custom-made options.
Any other disappointments?
Post # 2
charismacharm: I don’t have any dress-trying-on horror stories – I bought the first gown that I tried on at the first and only store I went to – but I have a couple hilarious stories from bridal shows my mom and I went to.
We were looking specifically at the dress booths to get an idea of what I liked, what looked goofy, and what pricing to expect. My goal was to get a dress around $1000. My mom and I stopped at one booth that had reasonable looking dresses, and another girl and her mom had walked up to ask questions. The attendant asked the girl what her style was, budget etc, and the first words out of her mouth – “I’m not looking to spend any money on a crappy cheap dress. I need a dress at least $5000.” And her mom just nodded and agreed that “anything less than $5000 is just not worth it.” Whaaaaa?
At one of the other boothes we stopped at, the lady asked us what the budget was, and when I said preferably less than $1000, she actually laughed and said that “We don’t carry anything less than $3000” and promptly ignored us. Ooookay then.
I was really disappointed at first with the whole show, because it seemed to be an overblown sales attempt – it was disheartening to hear what these random strangers were planning on spending, and talking about quite loudly! And it was disheartening to hear so many dress vendors saying that they don’t even sell dresses less than 3x my price range. I was beginning to doubt even having a wedding, because there was no way I was going to justify spending as much as the vendors were advertising as ‘average’. But we did find one vendor, which happened to have the dress I ended up getting on display, and which happened to sell only dresses under $3000!
How horrible was the shop you went to – to make you try on stuff you don’t like, and not even bother to try to match what you’ve stated you are looking for!