Post # 1
- Wedding: Petroleum Club of Houston
Hey all!! I’m still new to the board but have to say that I LOVE all of the help and advice for everyone!! That being said, I need some stories or opinions on dress price negotiation. I’ve only been engaged for 2 months, but my fiance’s family is from a different state and his mom very much wants to be part of the dress buying experience. She has booked a trip for the 1st weekend in May and we are going to knock out MOB/MOG, bridesmaid, AND wedding dresses!! Because of that large job in a short amount of time, my mom and I got a head start on dresses so that we can have it narrowed down in May when MOG gets here. Unfortunately, I fell in LOVE with the very 1st dress that I tried on!! It’s Martina Liana 411 and it’s GORGEOUS!! Here’s my question: There is only one bridal store in Houston that carries this line (I’ve done my research and it’s true) and that is the store that I found my dress at. At my 1st appointment, that bridal store offered 10% off the price of the dress if I bought it that day. I ALMOST pulled the trigger but then I thought about how unfair that would be to MOG who is flying down here. So I walked away and looked some more but nothng compares to that dress. I even researched all over Texas for pricing and 1st appointment discounts to maybe by the dress that way to help my budget (We budgeted $2K for my dress WITH alterations and this dress is $2899 BEFORE alterations). The bridal store knows that I am waiting until May to buy with my future MIL, but do you think I could negotiate that 10% off on this 2nd visit?? If so, how might I go about doing that??
Post # 2
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
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
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
Everything is negotiable. Go for it 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 7
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
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.
Post # 9
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
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
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
- Wedding: December 2014 - Norton Country Club
Commenting to follow, about to undergo my dress buying adventure!
Post # 13
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.