Post # 1
I’m always mystified by posts where people say that bridal salons will not “let them” take pictures of themselves in dresses.
My response is always “Or what?”
“You can’t take a picture of the dress or…..” we’ll kick you out of the store? we’ll steal your phone/camera? we won’t sell you this $4000 dress instead driving business to our competitor?
I think it’s a load of crap. Are they really gonna refuse you service if you’re dad holds up his phone for a second?
Ridiculous. They’re shooting themselves in the foot.
Post # 3
I don’t think they’d really do anything, but it’s their right as business owners to make a rule like that. I wouldn’t hear someone say “no pictures allowed” and then say “it’s my right!!!” and take out a camera lol. I wouldn’t get arrested, but I’d feel like a rude person, especially since the consultant could get in trouble if the owner sees.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
It’s part of their contract with the designers. So you know all the girls on here taking pictures in dresses at salons so they can send them pics to dressilyme and get a knock off? You can thank them for the designers wanting their dresses not photographed before purchase.
Post # 5
@mrsSonthebeach: I’ve heard this, and that’s what the salons tell brides. But why are there reputable salons selling the SAME brands that DO allow photos? That’s the part I don’t get.
Post # 6
@mrsSonthebeach: That’s illogical because all the designers have pictures on their websites anyway!
My friend thought the rule was bullshit and did it anyway for me at every store if front of the store sales person… they did nothing!
She just told the sales person that it is easier to judge how you feel about the dress when you see it photographed, which is true!
Post # 7
If the store has confidence in its’ merchandise, pricing and service, they don’t have a problem with picture taking.
Having or not having a pic is not going to stop anyone from looking around for a better price- even for the original version of the dress.
Anyone thinking of getting a replica dress made, can simly go to the designer’s website to get a pic to send overseas.
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Right, but the theory is that on the website, the dress isn’t on you. It’s on a 5’11 perfect model in some ridiculous pose. Anyway, it’s in their contracts with the designers. Some stores may ignore that, but others stand by their contracts and their word.
Snnoying… Sure, but that’s the way it is.
Post # 9
Just as bad, that happened to me at a prospective florist–I snapped a couple pics of bouquets I liked in her book and she flipped and said “oh we FROWN upon you taking pictures”.
Needless to say she lost a perspective customer because I FROWN upon not being able to take a pic to remember what I liked in her shop.
Post # 10
It is not always a stipulation from the designers. I went to the Pronovias flagship in NYC and I could have taken 8 bajillion pics for all they cared. Go to a small salon and they act like its a Pronovias “rule”. No… its not. They don’t want you to take pics because they want you to make a spur of the moment decision and they know a lot of girls go home to think it over, see an unflattering pic and change their minds.
Post # 11
haha..I had this happen today. I took my best friend to try on dresses and they told me that….I started snapping pics with my cell phone the moment they would walk away, and I’m sure they were well aware of what I was doing, but what are they going to do? kick me out? lol.
Post # 12
I am the type of person that needs to sit on a decision before I make it. I can tell you that I totally agree. I have been to a lot of salons and the ones that did not let me take pictures I never went back to…even if I loved the dress. A feeling lasts a short while. Without a picture to reflect on it, I found it very hard for me to purchase a dress that way. Besides, I would like to see what I look like in a picture before I fork up the money.
Post # 13
I support what brenda.m.fields: is saying…
Some designers have crazy rules and pictures are among them. I was speaking to the owner of a popular salon in MD, while I was working at DB, and she said that she has a “no picture policy”. Her rational is that with with 500 gowns in the store, it’s easier for her staff to say “no” then have to remember that you can take a picture of x gown, but not of y gown. Of course, if a bride is in love with a particular gown, there is room for negotiation, as long as a manager approves it and there’s room for it in the designer’s contract.
One of my favorite crazy rules is from a certain Chinese-American designer who works with DB. Her gowns HAVE to be on the hanger a certain way, in a certain order and a certain condition–otherwise, her people have the right to pull the contract. Consultants also aren’t allowed/supposed to tell brides that they can alter the gowns elsewhere, because all Vera’s are perfect!
Post # 14
@Mrs.Darling: The VW contract with DB must be crazy in its specificity. I wanted a discontinued dress from that line, and no one in my area had one close to my size, but a DB about six hours away did. They refused to ship it to me citing their contract with VW, which apparently said they couldn’t transfer dresses between districts.
Post # 15
Only one salon I tried on dresses at had a sign up that said only pictures of your top 3 choices were allowed. Too bad I didn’t notice it until I’d already taken pictures of every dress I tried on. There were two consultants helping me the whole time and neither one of them said a word about it.
Post # 16
@pinkfrog: I haven’t heard that one, but it wouldn’t surprise me. The contract is very specific. When they first came out, you couldn’t order them online, but the DB execs must have done a great job of negotiating their contract, because now you can (some of them).