Post # 1
I am getting married in May and I still haven’t ordered my dress yet! I am planning to order in the next week or two. My photographer owns a dress shop so I’ve tried on a couple dresses there and she has told me the last day to order and get my dress in time to do alterations is sometime mid-January.
Well this week I stopped in another store randomly with a friend and found a dress I LOVE and they said it normally takes 6 months but the manufacture could put a rush on it and get it to me by April. This dress is already over my budget and then I would be adding $100 to it so that’s not a good thing either. My Mom thought they we’re over charging for the rush fee and told me to ask the photographer/dress owner about rush charges.
The Photographer told me that she has NEVER heard of a rush charge being that much. I told her the dress company was “exclusives” she said their standard shipping time is 10-12 weeks and that their rush charge is normally $75 which would get the dress to me in 8 weeks. Basically at this point though I wouldn’t need any type of rush. I will just order from her if she can find it but it’s from their private collections and she’s not sure if she would be able to. The dress at the store didn’t have tags or labels that would identify it by style number or anything. I snapped a picture and sent it to her so she is going to look. When I asked the store they gave me some numbers but I guess on private collections they can put their own numbers. Any explanation of that would be helpful, don’t quite understand the private collection thing.
Anyways, it sounds like the bridal store I stopped in was lying to me about shipping times and prices. I LOVE the dress and I just don’t know what to do. Should I forget that they lied and just buy the dress or should I forget the dress and find one somewhere else? I think I could look past just the lie but they would still be ripping me off!
Post # 3
@Carpie: oooo i would try and see if somewhere else can get you the dress…. thats not a good start with the lies and all… 🙁
Post # 4
I don’t think that dress shop was lying to you. I’ve heard stories of brides needing to put a rush on their dress before, and the charge was $100. I also went dress shopping with one of my best friends who is getting married, and one particular store (we only went to 2) did the same thing. They wouldn’t tell her the designer of the dress, and the style # was their own. I think your experience is pretty common in the bridal industry.
Oh, and when I ordered my dress (a Sottero & Midgley) they told me it could take 4-5 months to come in. So 6 months doesn’t seem to be too exaggerated.
I hope your photographer can find the dress! I know some brides on here are very familiar with lots of dresses, so maybe if you post your picture on here someone might recognize it. 🙂 Best of luck!
Post # 5
@mikaylav3- That’s a good idea about the picture. I only have the two with the dress on the hanger so it’s hard to see some of it. We weren’t really supposed to take pictures so that’s why they aren’t too good.
I had wondered too if maybe they weren’t lying to me but I know my photographer isn’t lying so unless she has the wrong info then I don’t know. I guess I’ll see what happens with her, if she can find it and get it without the rush shipping then I’ll order it, if not I have some thinking to do. Only thing is they said I need to order it by this Tuesday so I don’t have much time to think on it.
****If you know the style number or any other info about this dress let me know =)***
Post # 6
i almost ordered a casablanca, and their rush fee was either $75 or 100. 6 months for a dress to come in isn’t out of line for some brands.
i would call around and see if another store can order the dress, but if not, go ahead and order from them.
Post # 7
It sounds like the Photographer wanted you to get one of her dresses by saying that she has “never heard of that.” I think a rush fee is normal.
Post # 8
@cbee- I suppose that is a possibility but she has seemed very honesty with us from the get go and has not been pushy at all about us buying a dress through her. I feel like a rush fee may be normal in some instances and she didn’t say there is not rush shipping ever but she said it’s not that much.
I guess I’ll see, if the photographer says she can get that dress in a quicker time cheaper then I’ll go with it. Otherwise I still don’t know if I will buy from that shop.
Post # 9
As a Bridal shop Manager I can promise you that a $100 rush fee is not unusual at all. Some designers charge more for quicker deliver for example a 8 week rush is $75 and a 6 week rush is $100 and a 4 week rush is $150. Not all designers can deliver a dress that quickly that is just an example. So I do not think they were lying to you at all.
Post # 10
I’ve also been quoted a 5-6 month order time by at least one salon near me. I really hope your photographer can find the dress! Otherwise, it might be worth it to just pay the rush fee. I found a dress I liked (not loved) at a salon with no tags/internet images/etc.. turns out it’s because it was a knockoff. They were charging me almost $2000, so for me it wasn’t worth it. Might have chosen differently if I loved it though.. dress love is hard to find!
Post # 11
@J.andrews.bridal- Thanks for the input. To me all of the rush amounts and times you listed seem more reasonable then $100 for like a 16 week rush. If my photographer said that this companies normal shipping time is within 10-12 weeks I don’t know why there are saying their standard shipping wouldn’t get it here till July.
@hgail- I wondered too if the dress might be a knock off of something because it’s strange that there were no labels or tags in or on the dress. I also think it’s weird that I can’t find a photo anywhere online. If I found out it was a knock off I wouldn’t like it any less but I would be wishing I was paying a knockoff price for it!