Post # 1
This is my first time post on the “dress” part of bee, I spent most of my time on the”ring” part before. So long story short, I found the dress i really like and everything I want is there. it’s the Allure 9003, see link below:
The bridal store said they can give me a 10% discount, and the total of the dress would be $2000. My budget is only $1500 (preferable less than $1000).
I know I have limited budget so I am open to used dress and sample sale. However, the dress I tried in the store is size 6 (I am size 2) so the alteration would end up cost more. Is it ture that wedding dress price is pretty firm? not like diamond that you can have a huge discount after the label price? Do you guys have any other suggestions? any websit or store you recommend might give me a lower price?
I am open for all suggestions except replica.
Post # 3
@fiona8718: You could put ads out on wedding sites to see if you could find someone selling this dress after their wedding or if they bought it and didn’t use it, or also scour websites such as ebay etc… but honestly, if your budget is really that fixed and you can’t find the dress anywhere else, I think unfortunately your only two options are either: bite the bullet and just buy the dress (and maybe cost-cut elsewhere in your budget if you can to compensate), or keep looking for something else that’s within your price range :/.
Best of luck!
Post # 4
@pandabird: Thanks very much for your reply. I plan to keep looking since my wedding would be fall 2014, still have time left.
Is it ture that there are very limited discount on brand new wedding dress,especially for 2013 collections? The store only give me 10% so I wonder whether this is normal.
Post # 5
I can’t say as I know. Mine was marked off by 50% because the gown was discontinued and the line was priced to sell. I don’t know what the norm is otherwise, sorry 🙁
Post # 6
Yes I would say it is highly unlikely that a store will give much of a discount that they have to order brand new, ESPECIALLY 2013 designs. I got a 40% discount on my dress, but I bought it off the rack, didn’t order new.
Post # 7
Try to find it used, or wait until after the Fall dresses come out!
Post # 8
From what I’ve heard from saleswomen at various shops, the shops that offer discounts are marking up their dresses and dropping the price to make you feel better. Some offer the “first day discount” only so that you have to decide immediately. One salesperson told me that selling the dress under the list price is against the desiger’s regulations and would put the shop at risk for losing the contract to sell that designer’s gowns there. Now that could be a total load (sounds like one…) but that’s the only experience I had trying to haggle.
That being said, I think the prevalence of those first day discounts is due to the fact that once you identify the style you like you can quickly go into any shop and find a couple dresses you’ll like too. You’re looking for a drop waist ballgown in satin with a rouched bodice and beading, not something totally uncommon and I’m betting you’ll have no trouble finding a dress in your price range that you love. I vote to keep looking, and if you try a dozen shops and don’t like a thing you might be more willing to push the budget up to $2000.
Post # 9
Have you checked eBay or tradesy? I got mone off recycled bride (now called tradesy) for half off retail, plus the veil and slip came with it.
Post # 10
I’d say first that you try other dresses on. If price is a huge sticking point, don’t try on anything over budget! If you are still struggling to find something you like, try bargaining!
Ring around a a few of the different retailers and ask for a price. Tell them “such and such will do it for $1500, but I’ve heard fantastic things about your alerations service/customer service/range of accessories” and see if you can get them to offer a lower price. Even if they are geographically further away, it can be shipped anywhere right? No harm in asking.
Some shop, somewhere, will have gone one in for someone who canceled or not care about undercutting the RRP (maybe a retailer who is going to stop stocking the line?) or have a sales assistant that quotes you cost price instead of RRP. Give it a try!
Post # 11
@OkieHeart: Thanks, I will try tradesy!
Post # 12
@calmlywilde: Thanks! There is only one store in my city cary them (I live in a small city). But I would definately go to big cities to ask around while travelling.
Thanks very much!
Post # 13
You can call around to the different salons around you and see when they are having their trunk shows. There are normally some steep discounts there.
Post # 14
Honestly this dress looks similar to the updated version of my wedding dress. Maybe you should try this on. It’s WAY within your price range. You also need to think about (if you’re having these things) the cost of your veil and tiara/headband and alterations.
Post # 15
@fiona8718: Pic below for reference.
If you can’t afford it, I would say wait. Keep looking until you fall in love with something you can afford! If you never move on, then do what you’ve gotta do to get the one you want!
Post # 16
@lindseyl06: Thanks! That dress looks really pretty. I should go try that one on.