Post # 1
This past week while I was home visting my family, I went dress shopping for the first time. My wedding is about a year and a half out, so I wasn’t planning on buying, I just wanted to get an idea of the kinds of styles I like/don’t like.
One thing that shocked me was the fact that both salons did not allow picture taking. This was kind of hard for me because a) I don’t have a photographic memory b) I wanted to share the prospects with friends who couldn’t be there and c) the store only had a handful of the dresses I was interested in, so I thought photos were necessary for comparison to other dresses that other salons carried.
Is this a common rule at all bridal salons? My sister did manage to sneak a few pictures with her phone (I know, tsk tsk), but they weren’t from the best angles or focus and we didn’t get even get pictures of the two dresses I liked the most. Does anyone know why this rule is on place anywyay?
Post # 3
I don’t know how common it is, but some places just don’t let you take pictures. Two of the bridal salons I went to forbade pictures unless you’ve already bought the dress, but the three other places I went to were just fine with pictures, and in one place the saleslady even offered to take the pictures herself.
I think some places do it so that you don’t take a picture of a dress and then go to a seamstress and have it custom-made from a picture. Dunno, it’s the best explanation I can come up with.
One suggestion to help you remember what dresses you try on even in places that don’t allow pictures is to take a notebook with you and write down some details about each dress you try on. Dress name/designer, shape (mermaid, A-line, etc), color, does it have beading or lace or sparkles, what fabric is it, how it feels (heavy, light, itchy, etc), if you like it or hate it or just feel meh about it, etc etc etc.
Post # 4
Yes that makes sense, that is the thought my Mom had, but my sister brought up a good point in that you can see these dresses in magazines, online, etc. Weird! I guess that would be a good question to ask ahead of time for future dress shopping, so I can pick a more accomodating salon 🙂
Post # 5
more commercial salons like Davids Bridal will allow pics. I felt like this when I found out Jareds wouldn’t let me take pictures of the rings I was trying on! ugh. I would definately inquire about picure taking before deciding to purchase. Fittings are a part of every brides wedding.
Post # 6
I’ve had the same experience, some places don’t mind the pictures, others forbid it. One shop forbid it but the sales lady looked away while we took the pictures. One place forbid the pictures, and when we asked who the designers were of the dresses – wouldnt tell us!! They had even ripped the tags out, saying that they didnt want the designer to cloud our judgement! HA!
Post # 7
its fairly common. when i was dress shopping i ran into this issue also. almost half of the bridal salons i went into didnt allow pics. was kind of bummed about it but i ended up not finding anything in those salons that really stuck out to me anyway.
Post # 8
My bridal salon did not let you take pictures of the dresses. After I decided what dress I liked my mom did sneak a pic. 🙂
Post # 9
It was hit or miss for me… Some did, some didn’t. Some eventually broke.
Like you though, I needed the pictures. Some that I didn’t like I would up thinking were better in the pictures… and some I REALLY liked, in pictures were frightening! lol
I chose my dress from a salon that was happy to allow pictures.
Post # 10
In my experience, only David’s Bridal allowed me to take photos. Sometimes I would sneak some pics when I was alone in the dressing room. 😉
Post # 11
I went to one place where you could take pictures and one where you couldn’t. I think they don’t let you take pictures because if you fall in love with a dress, they want you to go home with the image of you falling in love with the dress in your mind. If you don’t have a picture to examine and pick at and critique, then that one perfect moment or realizing it’s the one will be all you know of that dress. And, you’ll most likely come back and buy it.
At least that’s what I convinced myself that the purpose of them not letting you do photos is 🙂
Post # 12
The first salon I went to didn’t allow photos. They also cut the tags out of some dresses and the consultant who helped me was super snooty about everything. Not a pleasant experience at all! My mom still took pics with her phone anyway. As soon as the consultant would leave to get another dress, I’d say “hurry, take a picture!” 🙂
I went to three other salons after that and they were all much nicer than at the first place. The last place (where I ended up purchasing my dress) did allow photos to be taken. They were so much more easygoing and friendly there!
I think it’s so silly when places don’t allow you to take photos. For me, the dress shopping experience was a very memorable experience that I had waited a LONG time for and shared with several members of my family. AND I’m buying the most expensive article of clothing I’ll ever own. I want photos of that, darn it! 🙂
Post # 13
Every salon I visited allowed me to take photos. Weird!
Post # 14
At the shop where I brought my dress, the owner told me that she had to sign a waiver that she would not allow pics. Idk why designers would have an issue with people taking pics, but that is what she said.
Post # 15
All three salons I’ve been to thus far (Kleinfeld, Vera Wang flagship NYC, Priscilla of Boston NYC) didn’t allow you to take pics until you’d put in a downpayment on a dress there.
blissfulcici–I am not a fan of the latent judgment in your post. A lot of us who are spending a significant amount of money on our dresses are doing so because 1) we respect the intellectual property of clothing designers, 2) we recognize the differences in quality of fabric and construction between dresses that cost massively different amounts to produce.
Post # 16
VERY common, mine let me after I bought it. At first we were really confused but it does make sense and it didn’t bother me because I had already done research online and in magazines about must gowns that I had to see and after we left and went back the next day to make the final decision, I had the pics from online to look at.