Post # 1
I am having the hardest time finding out the prices of bridesmaid dresses — why do they have to make it so difficult! I am far away from all my bridesmaids and therefore am doing a lot of online research. I have found a few dresses (specifically this one!!!) that I love but I have no idea how to find out the cost of the dress. I think I could go into a shop that has the dress but I really don’t want to be going around the world only to find out a dress is out of the price range I was hoping to have the girls spend.
Is there an easy way to find out how much a bridesmaid dress is? Specifically the one linked above? I am super frustrated. Thanks!
Post # 3
Ooh, that dress is beautiful! It might be worth making a phone call to one of the authorized retailers. I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t want to quote you a price over the phone, but you could explain that you’re not local, but the shop is near your bridesmaids… Good luck!
Post # 4
I would find out a local store that carries the line and give them a call. Simply ask if they carry that particular dress (you’ll probably have to give them the style number) and ask for the price. Call around to a few shops– prices definitely vary from store to store, and bridal salons definitely have a big markup in there and can lower their prices for you.
Stores will give out the prices over the phone more than you might think.
That dress is gorgeous, btw!
Post # 5
I’m such a baby I hate calling places! haha. Okay okay now that two of you have told me to do it, I will tomorrow!! 🙂
oh and thanks! isn’t it gorgeous?? I hope hope hope it isn’t too expensive!!
Post # 6
I hate calling places too! But I did find that they’re pretty good about answering their e-mail. You could try that, if the salon has an e-mail address posted on their website.
Also, http://www.bestbridalprices.com actually lists prices of bridesmaids’ dresses online. Unfortunately they don’t carry Alvina Valenta, but if there are other lines you’re interested in, that’s a good way to get a ballpark idea of what the dress should cost. Good luck!
Post # 7
Huma, I can be weird about calling places too (especially if I feel like I’m calling too much), so I’ll often copy the style number and designer of the dress and paste it into google. You can *usually* find an approximate range for a gown doing that. It may not be the MSRP, but bridal salons tend to be a little weird and varied with their prices, too, so it gives you an idea.
Of course, that said, a search for the specific dress you posted turned up nothing. 🙁 Calling a local salon might be the way to go for that dress.
Post # 8
I found some shops that carried the brand of dress I was looking for. One I went to to try on bridal gowns and asked the cost of the bridesmaid dress while I was there. I called 2 others and got their prices. Surprisingly enough they were different prices between the stores for the same dress style/color. The bigger store was cheaper.
I hate calling places too, sometimes I feel like I’m rambling. I’m getting better but I still have to muster up the courage to make the call sometimes.
Post # 9
Thanks for all the advice ladies! I actually sent an email to the shop where I bought my dress (and they also carry this line) and they told me the price, and it’s within my budget*!! So excited! Thanks for the push though, if they hadn’t responded I would have made a phone call today.
I do need to call around though and make sure I’m getting the best price!
*budget is what I wanted my bridesmaids to have to pay for the dress
Post # 10
Humarock- that’s a great dress! To have it be in budget is such a great added bonus…
Post # 11
I love that dress! It would be perfect for my ladies if it were shorter. I wonder if they have a similar one that is knee-length?
Well, I’m glad it fits your budget. I also dislike calling people, even though I used to be in sales and called hundreds of people each week.
Post # 12
I am NOT a negotiator by nature, but let me tell you a little story of my bridesmaids dresses! The dresses that I liked were all around the $250-300 range which I felt was a bit much for my girls. So I picked a dress that I really liked, and it was $275. One salon told me that they would give me 15% off, which dropped the dress down to about $235. Then my cousin went to a store near her (in a cheaper part of the country) and they told her that they could sell the dresses to her for $215 each. So then I went back to two bridal salons near me and told them I had gotten a price of about $210 per dress, and wanted to ese if they could match that price.
Once salon told me she could do it for $195, and another (the one that originally said she could give me 15% off to bring the original price down to $235) said $200. I went with the salon that said $200 because she was much more knowledgeable about all of the bridesmaids lines and I felt like she would be better prepared to help SHOULD something go wrong with the ordering process. I just didn’t trust the other lady enough to figure out a solution SHOULD a problem come up, and that extra $5 was worth feeling more confident about placing my order.
So basically, one salon went from $275 to $235 to $200! Most stores give you 10 or 15% off your bridesmaids dresses if you bought your gown there, so right there that is an extra 10-15% markup in the price. And they are still making a profit, so you know that they could still go down a little more.
Basically just know that a store isn’t going to give you a price where they LOSE money, so definitely negotiate as best as you can. From the store’s perspective, she could either give me a deal, and sell the dresses to me at $200 and make a bit of a profit, or I would walk away and she would make nothing (while I bought those dresses from someone else). So it was a win-win for both of us!
I know negotiating is really hard and uncomfortable, but definitely take a shot at it. Other people will be getting lower prices just by asking, so you should too!
Post # 13
Karilynn — Ummm let me answer your prayers — the designer has the exact same dress in a shorter version — check it out!!! It’s so so cute! I love the back of it.
BeachBride — Thanks so much for the advice. I am so so terrible at this type of stuff so I really hope I can get my mother or sister (MOH) to do some negotiating for me. My mom is usually pretty good about it, but that story is pretty inspirational, maybe even enough for me to do some negotating myself!
Post # 14
Humarock– I always used to associate negotiating with haggling, but it doesn’t have to be like that. Just a simple, "Whta is the cost of XXX?." "I’m shopping around for the best price right now, and I would really like to work with you, so what is the lowest price you can give me?"
And then just call around and let the store know, matter of fact, that you got a lower price at a different store. Even just a nice "Well, another store mentioned xxx, but I would really like to work with you, so is there any way you could match that?"
YOU CAN DO IT!
Post # 15
I used two bridal store to bounce back and forth to. In today’s economy everything is def. negotiable. The BM dress i picked was $189… The final price ended up being $119.
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