Post # 1
I need your input. Because my wedding date is so soon and I couldn’t get an appointment until now, I was told that I had to buy “off the rack” at the Pronovias flagship store in NYC. I ended up buying the Pronovias Fauna “off the rack” for $1560 (plus alterations at Pronovias for $499.99 –> Plus tax, it comes out to about $2,200 total)
I *thought* that “off-the-rack” meant that I would get an automatic discount but, after searching online and through other people’s posts, I’ve realized that I not only paid full price for my dress but also paid more than a lot of people paid for buying the same dress and getting it made for them. I saw in one 2011 posting that someone estimated that the dress cost $1200! I realize that the latter was just an estimate and that I bought the dress in NYC (where everything costs more) but still… I’m uneasy because the salesperson had me try on dresses that were over my budget ($2K) and I thought that she said that because those dresses were “off the rack” she could get me a %10-15 discount. When she pulled this dress and told me that it was under $2k, I thought that the price that she quoted was with a discount. I assumed that I was getting 10-15% off but, in looking at my receipt, I realized that I paid in full and without any discount.
I’m going to call the store later today and speak with the manager but I was just wondering if any of you had any input as to buying things “off the rack.” Maybe this is my fault because I didn’t ask if the price that she gave me was discounted and I was too excited about finally finding a dress that fit and about the fact that the dress was only $200 over budget with alterations. I’m sad because with a discount, I would have been exactly *on budget*
Besides the fact that I need to be more careful and less clouded by excitement, what are your thoughts, Bees?
Post # 3
Most times, people do get discounts when they buy a sample dress. However, in your case, you bought a ‘sample’ dress because your wedding is so soon. Usually this means there is no discount on the dress and more often than not, alterations are more expensive.Also, Pronovias flagship stores tend to be more expensive than normal boutiques.
While it would be nice if you could get a discount, you did agree to this dress with that price so the shop isn’t obliged to give you a discount.
Just be happy you got a gorgeous dress. I’m sure you’ll look great!
Post # 4
I would imagine that buying sample gowns would mean a discount, regardless of how close your date is. I too bought my gowwn at the nyc store. Maybe you paid full price because fauna is a current dress and not discontinued? Usually sample dresses are discounted because the dress can no longer be made.
Post # 5
i bought my pronovias off the rack and it was almost -50% cheaper. it was brand new. you could tell that it hadn’t been tried on. mind you, they could have just been trying to clear out their old stock for new stock.
i am sorry that she mislead you. fauna is a beautiful dress. you are going to look gorgeous regardless.
pp is correct. certain bridal salons have dresses marked up more than others. if it makes you feel better, call them with your concern. you never know.
Post # 6
my dress was off the rack also and theyngave me a 15% discount.
Post # 7
All of the “off-the-rack” dresses I’ve seen were out of date samples that were trying to be cleared out. If your dress was current, then I could see them not discounting it because they’ll need to put out an additional sample after you take yours home.
Post # 8
@MidwestBride2012: you beat me to it!
OP- if they have to buy a new dress to replace the dress you took “off the rack” then I don’t believe you should receive a discount just because your wedding date is too soon to order one for you.
Post # 9
Thank you for all your input and comments. Just to update…
The punchline is that they had a 75% sale on gowns off the rack the following week. if i called, I think that the manager would have adjusted the price but in any event I used it as a bargaining point when they tried to charge me extra for the in-house alterations that the saleswoman said were included in the in-house alteration price.
Thx again bees.
Post # 10
I actually think you got a bargain on the dress regardless if you got discount or not. Im in Ireland and when I tried on Pronovias the dresses cost between 2200 – 2400 dollars. Which is betwen 1500 – 2000 euro. Pronovias has a very expensive name. You think dresses in NYC are expensive but to me shopping for bridal dresses in here you got a great bargain. Pronovias dresses are fab.
Post # 11
I love pronovia fauna! that is what i wore also! I got mine for $1,100!!! REally good deal but i am sure you can neogotiate pricing! Look online there are so many places! Here is mine! Loved it!!!