Post # 1
I haven’t been shopping yet but I’ve heard that a lot of salons do not allow you to take photos of yourself in a dress until after you’ve purchased it. I’m watching a SYTTD rerun and the manager said that the reason they do that is “to protect the designers from having photos of their dresses out there.” But ummmmm after people buy them there are photos EVERYWHERE. I mean you’ll never have more photos taken than at your wedding… so it isn’t like dresses are actually a secret.
I would think it would be a good thing to have photos of yourself in dresses so you could go home and compare later with a clear head (or between multiple salons). So what do you think the real reason is that you can’t take photos? Just to pressure you into buying asap? Is there something I’m not thinking of?
Post # 3
Hum…Everywhere I’ve been has let me take pictures. Dunno what to tell you :/
Post # 4
Yep. Salon I went to had a big No Photographs Please sign.
When I go for my first fitting, I am taking pictures. I’ve bought the dress, dammit.
Post # 5
With the number of places that do knockoff dresses, I would assume that forbidding pictures would keep that to a minimum. True, you could always give them a picture of some other bride in the soon-to-be-yours dress, but you wouldn’t be able to give them a picture of you in it and say “this is what I liked vs what I didn’t like regarding this dress on me.”
Post # 6
Maybe because in a dressing room, you can take more detailed photos, and then could potentially take them to a dress designer and have it recreated? I’m not sure…
I know when I went, even the places that “technically” didn’t allow pictures let us take them if we asked nicely. So hopefully they won’t be sticklers when you go. You can always try sneaking a pic if they leave the room!
Post # 7
It’s so you can’t go to another stoer and show them the dress and ask for the same thing or something similar. And to prevent you from having a seamstress make a copy of the dress. I find it ridiculous. No one stopped me from taking pics at any of the threee slaons I went to.
Post # 8
I think the real reason they don’t want you to take photos of the dress is so you don’t take the photos somewhere else and have it made for a lot cheaper. I know you can look up the dresses online and such, but in the store you can take really close up and detailed pics, and then send it to one of the places in China and but it for like $300. I have seriously considered this. I have been to three stores so far, and only one has let me take pics.
And also, maybe they want you to keep coming back to look it.
Post # 9
Oh, and everywhere I went allowed pictures. Some even encouraged it!
Post # 10
i agree on the replication route… but i think it definitely sucks!!
Post # 11
We had a couple places like that where I used to live in grad school. This really hurt some of the girls that were far away from home and couldn’t have their mom or sister or grandma be there. In other shops they’d text pictures and have a ball but the shop that said no pictures caused tears.
Of course they didn’t get their dress from there then, especially after the owner said she wasn’t comfortable with girls trying on dresses without their mothers there supporting them (well it’s hard when they live across an ocean), way to make people cry.
So not many grad students went to those shops anymore. Bad policies should get less customers.
Post # 12
I was able to take them in all the stores I went to. Afterall, my mom wasn’t with me and I told them I would never buy a dress without her opinion. But, i wasn’t looking at really expensive dresses either.
That is all so stupid–you can find photos of the dresses online, on real brides, on the website, etc. What’s the difference if it’s on you?!
Post # 13
The first salon I went to had this rule, because they carry a designer (I can’t remember who…) Who doesn’t do any online advertising, and not all salons that carry that designer get the same dresses. So they were uber concerned about knock-offs.
Post # 14
Oh I totally plan to take pics everywhere I go. I can be stealth 🙂 I have no plans to have a seamstress make anything for me… I am just a super cautious person and I will not buy the first time I try a dress on.
Post # 15
I think the salons that don’t allow pictures are also the ones who are likely to rip out or hide the tags (or are not forthcoming with style number information) so you don’t know who made the dress, and therefore can’t go elsewhere to buy it.
Post # 16
All of the places I went to did not let us take photographs. I think I went to 5 in the bay area, ca. There were signs and attendants who would not leave my side.