Need advice…can you negotiate on dress prices??

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I would definitely ask for the discount on the bridal gown if you plan to buy MOG, MOB or BM dresses there as well. The bridal salon I bought my dress at is a local owned place and after I bought my dress they offered all of my BM 15% off of their dresses, whenever they are ready to buy (probably not for about 6 months).

Post # 3
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Busy bee

I would have laid the groundwork at that first meeting. Try calling back and speaking to the assistands who helped you…if they can remember the story, they should be sympathetic. But also make it clear that if they don’t offer that 10%, you may not come back for that second shopping trip (which include bridesmaids and MOB! Big moulah!).

Congratulations, by the way!!

 

 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

sure you can. if you’re only buying a dress, and they already sell it at retail, don’t be surprised if they rebuff you. however, as PP said – if you’re buying more items, or if you have done your research and know you can find it for elsewhere cheaper, you have some leverage.

case in point: when i bought my gown, i had done my research and knew most places were selling it for $1200. when i tried it on at my salon i saw they had it marked up to $1600, so i told them i’d buy it if they would sell it to me for $1200. they agreed. i also talked them down on the cost of my veil because i knew it was overpriced. it’s possible, you just have to have good reasons and do it nicely. remember, they are in business to make money – if you make it attractive to them, they will discount it.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Everything is negotiable. Go for it 🙂 Good luck!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’d give it a try, don’t go into Bridezilla territory, niceness gets you futher and give it a go.  It can’t hurt to ask!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

I agree.  They want the sale, and if they offered that once, they will offer it again.  I know where you are coming from though, it feels weird to “wheel and deal,” but it’s a business and they have the ability to do alot more price cutting than you’d imagine, they just don’t unless they have to.  I found an online retailer that will sell dress and ship for free with no tax (bc it’s out of state) this saves me about 300.00 and I am asking my salon to match that price or otherwise I will buy from them. 

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Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I negotiated a little bit on my dress. The tag price was almost $3,600, and my budget was supposed to be $3,500 (ahem I pretended taxes and alterations did not count haha). I told the store that I really wanted to come in “below budget” so they sold it to me for $3,400. Not a huge difference, but I’m certainly glad I asked! Made it a bit easier to break the news to my fiance haha.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I had tried my dress on at another store along with many others. When I went to the 2nd store and looked at some others, I tried it on again. She told me if I bought it there, she would give me 15% off accessories and a free veil (the dresses were the same price at both stores). They may not have wiggle room on the dress itself, but you may be able to get other discounts. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I didn’t get anything off my dress but they gave me the cost of the hem free (of a lace gown so it was a big deal), and gave 20% off to my bridesmaids and mob

Post # 12
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389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Norton Country Club

Commenting to follow, about to undergo my dress buying adventure! 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I got my dress at a large discount because I bought it on Tradesy. New with tags, but they couldn’t return it to the store. I still negotiated with the seller to see if they would lower the price. Lo and behold, one of the sellers who had the dress I was looking at would and I had a wedding dress. Remember that this bridal salon is not the only place in the world selling this dress. You could likely buy it online, from another bride or another store, and have alterations done wherever you please. 

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