Post # 1
I’m located in NY (if it makes a difference for my question). I wanted to see how much every one was able to negotiate. I saw a dress that is still above my budget even after a 10% trunk show price. Are there any brides out there that was able to negotiate more than the usual trunk show price? How do you negotiate? Does going to a bridal store end of the month help (since the bridal consultant needs to meet their quota)?
Post # 3
@piyo: I got my Maggie Sottero dress for 530. Granted, it was a display, but it was never tried on before (she doesn’t let anyone try on dresses in her store until they buy a dress, which is why her Yelp ratings are terrible). But 530 sure beats the 1000 sticker price.
Post # 4
I’ve been able to negotiate 15% off, which seemed pretty good. If they won’t budge on the price, it’s worth asking if they will include alterations or maybe a veil. You can also save on tax if you ship it to another state.
Post # 5
I was able to negotiate a $1200 down to $600 because they were overcharging. I live in downtown Chicago, so I went to the HOB on Chicago, feel in love with a dress. I then called around to suburban storess who sold the dress and asked for a quote. When I got a good quote, I called HOB back and said, “I love the dress and would prefer to buy it from you, but I got a quote from XYZ store, which is just 30 minutes away, for $600. Can you match that?” They matched it and adjusted the price to account for the lower tax rate I would have paid.
Post # 6
Oh that’s good to know. I called around some other stores and they asked for $300 less (before trunk show price)….also, the bridal store also charges an alteration fee with a cap of $650 or $700 which I find to be rather hefty. I am thinking of getting alterations elsewhere, but also worry that they won’t do as good a job.
Louisianablue – did you get your dress in NY? Which bridal store was it?