Post # 1
I’ve been shopping nonstop for a wedding gown for the last 2 weeks…it’s exhausting! There are two sales that are ending soon at different boutiques, so I’m trying to find a dress before the sales end. In my constant research, I’ve learned a bit that I’d like to share with other bees.
First, find a sale at any bridal boutique. Most have special offers after bridal expos. One store was offering 20% off, another was offering $100 off the cost of a gown.
Then, go to every bridal boutique in the area that carries the same designers. If you like a dress, ask them if they will match another store’s price. Especially if it is a small boutique, they will do what they can!! I was surprised to learn this. Particularly if you know what dress you like, and all they have to do is order it, then it is 100% profit for them!!! I think you have more leeway if they do their own alterations instead of sending it out. I was able to negotiate $75 off the price of a dress, INCLUDING all alterations, tax and shipping!!! I was honestly pretty shocked.
Also, ask how much (1) shipping; (2) alterations; (3) bustling; (4) storage; and (5) steaming is. One store was offering 20% off but charged $300 for alterations (just hemming) and bustling. Another store had no discount, was willing to match, and only charged $150 for storage, steaming, bustling, and alterations. Another store had 40% off BUT charged an arm and a leg for shipping ($35 EACH for a flower girl dress and each bridesmaids dress), plus tax, $200 for alterations, $50 for bustling…you get the idea. When the total for my bridesmaids dresses came out with the shipping, it was cheaper to get it online than to use the 40% discount.
So brides, ASK! And don’t be afraid to negotiate!!!
Post # 3
Great advice!! Thanks for sharing
Post # 4
So how did they trick you?
Post # 5
IDK they bridal shops charged for storage. My dress shop didn’t charge for storage or steaming. You did give good tips. I was able to get my BMs $20 off of their dresses from DB and I didn’t order my dress there.
Post # 6
You also do not HAVE to use a store for alterations. There are plenty of wonderful seamstresses out there who work out of their homes or shops and are not associated with a bridal store.
I tried on dresses, then bought a sample dress online and am having the seamstress who has done our alterations (my whole family is short!) for years.
Post # 7
Well, you think you’re getting a sale when you’re not. One store with the 40% off added a shipping fee that cost almost half the price of the dress I was buying, the other one charged double what other stores charged for alterations/bustling. I assumed that if I was getting a sale on the dress, everything would come out cheaper, but that was definitely not the case. One of the other owners (not having a sale) warned me about the other stores, and I would never have even asked about the storage, steaming, alterations, bustling, shipping prices had she not warned me.
Post # 8
i do agree that you dont have to do your alterations at the store where you bought BUT not every seamstress can do alterations on a wedding gown, especially if it has delicate fabric and and a complicated design, so just make sure you take it a seamstress who knows how to work on wedding gowns
Post # 9
great advice! thank for it. i will need it 🙂
Post # 10
Thanks for the info…I’m going to be starting my dress shopping soon so that’s really helpful
Post # 11
Great insight, but not ALL sales are tricks. Just remember to ask questions. 🙂
Post # 12
I’m getting free alterations and a %10 off my dress because its a sample. I wonder if I could have done better?
Post # 13
@cincity75: That is amazing! I know girls who have paid double the cost of their sample dress in alteration fees. Thank your lucky stars lady!
Post # 15
Another thing to be very careful of is watching what size they order for you. Make sure you see the size chart and your measurements. Many stores order a larger size so you are forced to alter. Of course they hope you are using their seamstress for the work/additional money. I think this may have happened with my BM dresses. I am waiting for the rest of the girls to pick them up to see.
Post # 16
Yup, I’d also be careful about the sizing. I went to two stores for the same dress. One had the dress for $950 and no sales tax, but didn’t offer free alterations. Another store had the dress for $1050 and was in another state, so there was sales tax, but offered free alterations.
I laid it out on the table for the store without free alterations to see if there was anything they could offer me that would make me want to buy the dress there, despite having to pay for alterations. The saleswoman said the sample dress I was wearing (a size 14) fit me perfectly and the only alteration I would need was a $25 bustle. I could clearly see it didn’t fit quite right.
I went to the other store the next day, and (After both the owners opened the store just for me on a sunday morning) they actually measured me and had me try on dresses in multiple sizes. As I expected, I needed a dress in a 16.
If I had bought it from the first store, I would have had to pay for the dress to be let out because it would have been too small. Who knows how much I would have been charged? Probably more than the cost of the $100 difference + sales tax.