Post # 1
In my experience of dress hunting I’ve noticed many places are willing to negotiate down the sticker price to around 10-20% less. These are smaller boutiques where the average dress is no more than $2500. I’ll soon step into other boutiques where most dresses are well over this mark and I was just wondering how far down I could possibly negotiate the price without being laughed at. Does anyone know how boutiques are able to just give you a “break” on the price? How far up do you think they’re marking over retail? I mean, they must mark up the dresses otherwise they’d always be at a loss when they negotiate with a bride. TIA!
Post # 3
I’d like to know how gowns are priced as well…in terms of how much goes to the designer vs. the boutique etc. I was able to knock over $600 off my dress by quoting a price given to me by another boutique, so at least it didn’t feel like I was trying to low-ball them.
Post # 4
I live in Canada and dresses are hundreds of dollars more here than the US. I’ve compared prices at several places both local and where I travel in the US. I’m really considering buying my dress in the states next time I go.
Post # 5
I have read the markup can be from 100% to 300%! I looked online and shopped around for prices before I bought my dress. I think unless it is a sample, asking for a 20% discount is a pretty good deal if you buy from a salon.
Post # 6
I think the region plays and also availability plays a part as well. A designer that is readily carried in a given region will likely be priced competively to compete with neighboring salons. Howver, if they are the only store within 50 miles or whatever to carry it they may price it up.
Post # 7
@kana86: 100-300%???? *faints* I know their employees need to get paid and their chandeliers and fancy curtains need to be maintained but seriously?????