Post # 1
Can you negotiate on dress prices? I go to my first appointment next month, and just want to get a general idea of what is allowed or acceptable!
If you have negotiated a price what kind of “deal” did you get and how did you go about asking for a discount? Also if you pay in cash are they more likely to work with you on pricing?
Post # 3
@LilPrettyBride: it depends where you go. but generally yes. always try to negotiate. Never pay sticker price LOL 🙂 Good luck! I got my dress during a sale for 80% off 🙂
Post # 4
I told them it was at the top of my budget I wasn’t sure I could afford it (a lie) and they brought the price down giving me a trunk show sale and offering to cover the cost of a rush (since I thought I needed it earlier than I did). I think at most places the costs are negotiable to a certain extent.
Post # 5
I was thinking about the same thing, but I think it puts you in a tough position if they ask you what your budget is before pulling dresses. I was thinking about Klienfelds “Say Yes to the Dress”. Do they do that at the regular bridal shops, ask you your budget ahead of time?
Post # 6
The dress I want I can’t find in my area, so I have e-mailed a few boutiques that carry the line and just explained that I would be traveling a great distance and would need to know the price range ahead of time of that particular gown so I could make sure it was in my budget, and they told me that it was $2640 MSRP and thats the lowest the designer will allow them to go? Hmmm…
Post # 7
@LilPrettyBride: well MSRP is *suggested*, not what they have to sell it for. it’s just the price that’s set for them to make a certain amount of profit and not what the designer forces them to sell it for.
Post # 8
@Mrs.Firefly1: I low-balled my budget when they asked, because they do. The place I bought from was showing me things towards the top of my budget though, so it was pretty easy to tell them I wasn’t sure because of the price.
Post # 9
If that’s the ONLY store you can find your dress at, then you may be at their mercy. But in general, different stores sell the same dress at different prices, so it’s NOT set by the designer. My runner-up dress was $1450 when I first tried it on. It was a bit over budget, so I hesitated on buying it. A few weeks later, I checked another store and it was $1200. And there is always room to negotiate, it just depends whether you’re comfortable doing it, and whether you’re good at it 🙂
Post # 10
Yes defintiely try to negotiate. Most designers if you shop aroung you can find it cheaper (one of my friends found it for $700 less by calling people). Though Maggie dress prices are set, I think they have some deal and I’ve been told Maggie will cancel the order if they find it was sold for less. So when i went to buy my maggie dress and said I could get it for 10% les they gave me that 10% to spend on alterations or anything i needed in the store (crinoline, jewelry, shoes, veil, Bridesmaid or Best Man dress etc). But yeah they woudl rather make a sale than loss a little bit of profit, so ask. They will ask for your budget upfront (if you’re at a store that has ALOT of dresses with a large price range, they will ask). So making your price range sightly lower could help since they generally bring dresses slightly out of your price range anyway.
Post # 11
I did this with my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses. Another store 20 minutes away had it $20 cheaper. I politely mentioned this to the owner and added that I would much rather deal with her (which was true). She met the price which only cost her $120 on 6 dresses. She also gained two alterations and the pressing/steaming of my dress which was $100. They also dealt very professionally with shipping dresses all over the US and my PITA sister’s last minute alterations emergency.
If you have factual competitive pricing, most places will match it. If you end up buying all your accessories and Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses there, that is also more powerful. If you just ask them to lower the price or are rude/pushy, that probably won’t work.
While there are reputable on-line stores with good prices, any problem with your dress (wrong color, wrong size, alterations, etc) is strictly your problem. Hopefully your local salon would be a lot more supportive in working with you.
Post # 12
I negotiated $280 off my dress. I originally tried on my dress while I was in my hometown visiting my family for Christmas. I decided to take some time to think about it but couldn’t get the dress out of my head so I found it at a local store. They were charging $280 more for the same dress then the store in my hometown and I told them I wanted to match the price and they did =)
Post # 13
I personally didn’t. I called around, found out I was already getting a deal, and in my opinion if you can’t afford it, don’t buy.
That being said, my family was appalled I didn’t try to negotiate, and now I wish someone would’ve forced me to. I would’ve loved for them to throw in the matching veil I couldnt’t afford.
Post # 14
My fiancee and I have been wedding gown shopping for a while now and have found out that many designers have a certain price that shops are not allowed to sell below or they will pull the stores account. Many stores are not willing to take the risk of losing and inturn not be able to get your dress!
Post # 15
Yes, everything is negotiable. I went to 4 different shops because I knew what sort of dress I wanted and they were all authorized Maggie Sotterro retailers. Once I knew specifically which dress I wanted, I called them all up asking what the best price was that they could do. I sort of pitted them against each other.
There was a limit to how much they could go down on the price of the dress but they offered me other things, such as money towards a veil or other items and said they would cap the price of alterations. I ended up getting about $200 off my dress and had the price of my alterations capped.
Post # 16
We kind of bargained for my dress, but it was a sample so I think it was really different. It was supposed to be $2300, we ended up getting it for $1,000 because it was a sample and they were getting rid of most of their wedding dresses anyways. Right time, right place is all =)