Post # 1
Ok so I need advice. This is what happened….
I went to my first bridal boutique and read reviews that the place was not the greatest, but decided to go anyway. mistake #1. I went in wanting to try on Maggie Sottero Abilene, but they did not have it. They showed me a similar gown Maura- and showed me veil that matched. I loved it, but still had the doubt. I was kind of pressured into putting deposit down because it was last day of trunk show and if I did not put down a deposit I would lose the promation they had, which was free alternations (basic) and $100 off. So i put my $300 down. They explained if I found Abilene somewhere else, tried it on, liked it, they could order it that way I would not lose my deposit. The following week, I tried on Abilene…FELL IN LOVE had the most undscribable feeling. BUT…being Miss Honest….i told her I left a deposit at other store. I also asked how much was Abilene she told me $1500….I said wow thats odd the maura was $2800 with the veil….the lady almost fell over. Shes like thats not right…no maggie dress should be that much. She showed me the book of prices and Maura was listed at $1400. So unless the veil was $1,000 i was being screwed. Immediatly i knew i cannot order my gown from that original place. I asked the lady what do i do! she said use your deposit and order veil! I thoguht that was a great idea. I called salon and told them a little lie ” I said I am wearing my moms wedding gown due to financial sitations and I just want to order veil” she told me no. i cant do that. i’d have to order wedding gown- and that the contract clearly states items are non refundable and non transferable. she was so unsympathetic…at that point i just wanted to cry. i hung up. i looked at my receipt from them and was excited that it said i put a deposit on bridal gown WITH veil….so in my defense.. i should be able to order my veil right?? since my receipt says the veil on there..its not considered a transferable item…right? needless to say i called my bank and disputed the charges.
Post # 3
Ugh, so sorry. I bet the veil was a condition of the dress selling, so it’s not like you can just get the veil alone. I’d call them back and ask them why the dress was so much in the first place since you found it for so much less. Then I’d probably write a few bad reviews, then walk away. $300 isn’t worth dealing with bad bridal salons.
But yeah, did you do any research on Maggie pricing? $2800 for a standard MS is obviously way out of the ball park… just curious why red flags didn’t go up?
Post # 4
I didnt do my research until after….It was my first time going to a bridal salon and red flags didnt go up until I told everyone after the fact. Just stinks b/c $300 is alot of money too me right now esp. since I have to put deposit on another gown. I didnt even bring up the fact that my receipt states gown and veil- I thought of it after. I will let the bank do its thing and hopefully I will either get my $ back or will be able to order a veil. i just dont want to lose $300.
Post # 5
Fingers crossed you can get the veil with your $300 deposit. Keep us updated and stay strong
Post # 6
- Wedding: December 2019 - Paris, France
Omg MS dresses are never that expensive! The veil *COULD* be 1000 though.. did you not get the price of the veil before you left? I tried on a veil in my bridal salon that was 1400$!!!! Totally crazy.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago
I would confront them about their pricing on the dress. Maybe once they know the jig is up they’ll order it for you at the actual price. I would say do that and keep pressing on just buying the veil. If they don’t budge, tell them you’ll despute the charge. Good luck!!
Post # 8
@MrsNeutrino: Gosh! What did the $1400 veil look like?
Admittedly, I did try on one about that price in silk with heavy hand beading.
Post # 9
- Wedding: December 2019 - Paris, France
@SpecialSundae: It wasnt even all that :-/ When I ordered the dress.. the sales lady asked if she should just order my belt and veil at the same time.. and I asked how much they were.. belt: $700 veil: 1350 :-/ Here is a pic of the veil..cathedral lenghth.. silk tulle with lace and beading.. oh and a blusher that isnt in this pic. If you can see.. the pricetag is behind my head.. I would have rather it stayed there.
Post # 10
I have had GREAT luck with my back when i disputed charges… my friend does it all the time (even sometimes when it isn’t warranted and i wouldn’t suggest that) but she gets stuff removed all the time too….
Hopefully your bank just gives you back the money……
I HATE the bridal salon where I got my dress and am just waiting till I am sure that i NEVER have to see them again to write my horrible reviews!
Post # 11
i feel like i did alottttt of things wrong at my first appointment. no i didnt ask for cost of veil ( i had NO CLUE THEY COULD BE THAT EXPENSIVE!) and i didnt even get the exact cost of dress,,,i think i was so wrapped up in the moment. and i also forgot to mention her first question to me what whats your price point i said $3,000 or less….probably should not have given a number. the picture i attached is the veil that went with original dress.
p.s the picture of your veil is beautiful! i think i tried one on very similar but it did not have lace along the side – only on bottom 🙂
Post # 12
@LouLou513: it seems like the salon took advantage of your first appointment which should be a happy time. hopefully it all works out. but you should always give a cap on your budget. mine was the same as yours and no one brought me dresses to the top on purpose. i tried on a variety.
fingers crossed for you.
Post # 13
Worst case, you lose the deposit and it’s the price of not having to deal with those people. But hopefully the stop payment will work. Definitely leave reviews for the shop. This sounds like shady practices.