Fee for trying on dresses?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

RyuKokoro:  it isn’t uncommon for it to be a “deluxe” fee in my parents’ hometown. Honestly though, I bet $50 would cover the gas to the nearest town that has more options…

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

RyuKokoro:  I only visited a couple of salons, but neither had a fee. To me that seems weird. I understand a fee for a food tasting, since supplies are being used that can’t be returned. But to try on dresses? That seems a bit much.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

RyuKokoro:  I am paying a fee at one for their “vip experience” including kunch, a longer appointment, gift basket and discount if I order a dress. Other than that, I have not seen any salon with a fee =/

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

It’s not entirely unusual here in the UK but charging a fee for an appointment tends to apply to smaller, more exclusive bridal shops where you’ll get a VIP service and where they only make one bridal appointment at a time. That may be fine if you know there’s a decent selection of styles at prices you are prepared to pay. Otherwise it gets expensive and you might feel pressurised to buy in order to protect the non-returnable fee. Which is never a good place to start the decision-making process! 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

RyuKokoro:  None of the salons in my area that take appointments charge a fee.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

Charging a fee is very common in Germany, thanks to all the ladies that just want to have a fun time trying on dresses. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’ve never heard of it but to be honest it makes sense coming from their point of view. There are people who just go in and completely waste their time.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Jeo4500:  That’s basically why the much smaller bridal shops tend to charge here. Especially the ones that sell rather more exclusive designs. Otherwise their already small shops tend to fill up with people who are only trying on dresses in order to go and order a replica from elsewhere or who just think that trying on dresses is a leisure activity rather than a genuine purchasing opportunity! Quite why this would be a fun thing to do defeats me but it’s not at all unusual!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Never heard of this before. It does make sense, but if I were you, I’d drive to the nearest town and try on dresses for free.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

RyuKokoro:   I haven’t heard of that (mid atlantic US).   That policy would send me flying out the door.

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

None of the stores here charge a fee.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve heard of it at more upscale shops, it prevents people with a $1k budget from trying on $10k dresses that they have no intention of ever purchasing. The consultants waste time on people having a pretty pretty princess moment instead of the people that are actually serious about purchasing. However, I’ve never seen that policy in a standard bridal shop (although if they’re the only place on the island, they’ve mostly got the market cornered, and they know it).

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