Post # 1
Try dresses on from a store knowing I will not be purchasing one from that store?
I already bought my dress from a store that is 5 hours away, and I would go back there to try on other dresses since I can exchange the one i bought in September(when it comes in) BUT I won’t be able to head up there anytime soon. It’s so far from my town. There is another city 2 hours away from me with a bridal store. AND I will be there this saturday. Is it wrong of me to try dresses on there knowing I won’t be purchasing one?
All I can think about are damn wedding dresses!!!!!! I have been dreaming of trying on wedding dresses since I realized my dress might not be the one. Its driving me nuts. Thanks bees 🙂
Post # 3
I don’t see the issue, not every bride that comes in to try on dress is going to buy their dress there. I wouldn’t tell them that you have no intention of buying there, at the end of it just say you can’t decide and need to think about it 😉
Are you wasting their time? Yeah a little bit, but what they don’t know won’t hurt them.
Post # 4
@raisedonrobbery: To answer your question, I think its ok, but it is a little rude. I tried on dresses in a store knowing I would buy mine used online and that was the only way for me to try any on. But I made sure to let the woman know I was early in the planning stages, would not need much assistance, and was not planning on purchasing a dress that day. Most consultants work off of commission so you’re wasting their time and energy by shopping there and not purchasing a dress. However, many consultants know you often need multiple appointments to make the decision and know that if you don’t buy the dress on the first appointment and have a good experience that you will probably come back later and make a purchase.
All that said, you shouldn’t go. You already own a dress, and you just need to work on falling back in love with it. Don’t waste other people’s time and money trying on other dresses unless you know you can afford a second one. Best case scenario, you don’t find anything and the consultants are annoyed at you. Worst case scenario, you end up loving a dress you can’t afford.
Post # 5
I think we should be expected to, even though it isn’t awesome for the store. When have you ever tried on a wedding dress before? Why should you stop at only three or four dresses? Shouldn’t you be allowed to try on multiple dresses before deciding?
I have now tried on dresses at six different locations…and each place offered different gowns and different alterations costs. You are going to spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on that dress…you should shop around.
That being said, the first time I tried on a dress was at RK Bridal in NYC. I went, signed up for an appointment, and tried on one dress (Olivia Wtoo) because I wasn’t sure if I wanted a long dress or a short dress. It was quick quick quick and I was honest with the woman — I told her why I was there. She was happy because I loved the gown (though not the color) and was so fast! Second was at Bijou Bridal in Ardmore, PA…I told them I was still looking and deciding, and was totally unsure what I wanted…so I tried on about seven gowns of differing styles. Etc etc and now I know what gown I’m getting…but the dress I love wasn’t sold at four of the six places I went.
Post # 6
I’ve done it. Lots of times.
But I generally act fairly apathetic the entire time, even if I try on a dress that I love. I just keep on acting like I haven’t found “the dress,” yet- and that it’s something I’ll definitely need to sleep on.
My family is across the country, so when I do see the to try on dresses, I would like to have an idea in mind of what I like.
Yeah yeah, I’m a terrible person.
Post # 7
@the_future_mrs: I think bridal salons need to make more of an effort to want our business. For example, a deeper discount on bridesmaid dresses if the wedding dress is bought there, or better alterations prices. Why? Because it is so easy to get cheaper dresses. We can buy used dresses, and replica dresses, etc etc etc.
Post # 8
Yeah I would tell whoever is helping me that I won’t be purchasing a dress that day. That it’s my second time trying some on but I have no clue what style I love or hate. Which is true! I only tried on 6 dresses before I bought mine (stupid stupid stupid).
Did your dress consultant bring you dresses she thought you would like or did you get to browse through all the gowns and pick ones to try on?
Post # 9
Yes absolutely. Some stores might have a dress in stock to try on that another store might not have. Believe me I traveled all over the place to many stores trying to find the dress of my dreams…I think it is pretty much a given that not every bride is going to purchase a dress.