(Closed) Is it ok to negotiate the price of your gown at a boutique?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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8354 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I don’t see anything wrong with it. It doesn’t hurt to ask if they can offer you a better price. The worst thing that would happen is that they say no.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Make sure you do your comparison before you go in so you know how much to ask for. Then ask if they have any incentives etc especially if you pay cash..maybe they will take the tax off. Ask if they have any upcoming sales. Make sure you shop around, I can’t stress that enough. l am a big fan of negotiating. Maybe it’s just the New Yorker in me.

Post # 5
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2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I did. Once I decided which one I wanted, I just sort of asked them what they could do for me if I bought the dress that day. It suddently went on sale. 😉 

Post # 6
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217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Of course! I just finished calling bridal shops across the country that are known for better bridal prices because I don’t need the boutique experience (go there for fittings, have them store the gown, etc). I asked around the shops I physically went in to, but I didn’t get very far :-p. Maybe I sound more serious on the phone!

Post # 7
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131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My mom did. I was embarrassed, but it got my dream dress into our price range! She pulled the consultant aside privately and told her that she had cash, and would pay for the dress in full if she’d give us a little somethin somethin. Next thing I know, my dress is 15% off, plus no tax, plus free shipping. Sweet. Thanks, ma! :))

Post # 8
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1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think it’s okay to ask. It’s not okay to take advantage of their time, try on the gown you want, love it, then buy it cheaper elsewhere. If you use their time, please pay for it. If they put you in a gown you told them is above your budget that you love, then I’d ask for a price break. Or ask for an incentive for paying cash, buying that day, etc.

Post # 9
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215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

you should definitely negotiate (within reason).  boutiques have huge markups.  in this economy, they should be willing to give you something off to get you to buy then and there, IMO.  I’d just say, you know I like the dress a lot, but I don’t think I can commit right this moment, especially at X price…it’s about 15% more than I  wanted to spend.  see if they bite.  and if they act snooty, they’re the ones being unprofessional, not you…they’re a vendor just like any other business.

Post # 10
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1776 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

All you need to do is ask.  My Mom got 10% off my gown, which was fantastic.  It was still more than we were hoping to spend, but I love my dress!

Post # 11
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491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think most places are prepared to bargain.  They’ll usually offer something like the Trunk Sale discount (usually 10%-15%) because they know that if you walk out of there there is a very slim chance you’ll come back.  Just ask to see what they can do and they’ll tell you.  I wish we had thought of the cash angle, that would have been great!!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

ABSOLUTELY! It can never hurt to ask. At the very least they might throw in an accessory or alterations to close a sale.

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