Bridal Salon NOT allowing photos

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I’ve heard of this policy before. Some salons say the designers don’t want poor quality cellphone photos out there of their dresses.

Post # 3
129 posts
Blushing bee

I’m in the UK and none of the ones I went to allowed photos

Post # 4
235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Loren Irwin :  Yes i have heard of this. I’m not sure why some salons do that. When I was looking for a dress (before I knew we were going to elope) I went to a Salon that did the same thing. I was bummed out but the lady actually let me take one picture as long as I promised I wasn’t going to say anything to the salon owner and wouldn’t post pictures of it anywhere…my advice is if they are REALLY adamant about it, try to make a second appointment and bring at least one other person with you. At least you will have a second opinion and down the road you can ask them their opinion on it…Sorry if my advice isn’t that great :-/

Post # 5
2627 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

Loren Irwin :  I wasn’t allowed to take photos either. They also cited copyright.

My mum managed to sneak a picture of me in my dress, which was nice, but it was a little irritating.

I think they were truthful about the copyright bit though, as they’ve let me take loads of photos now MY dress has arrived.

It always reminds me of a time I visited Harrods when I was really little and they had a catwalk show. I asked a sales lady if I could take photos of the pretty dresses. She told me that the couture designers didn’t allow it because people made copies of their work. But she did then tell me I could hide and sneak some 😉


Post # 6
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

It seems pretty normal for them to not allow photos – You could ask if they were ok with Face Time or Skype or something so you can have someone look at you in your chosen dress before buying it.  

Post # 7
1254 posts
Bumble bee

Loren Irwin :  

I personally never encountered this. My friend did tho. Apparently some salons don’t like it….

Post # 8
1218 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I went to a salon that had an in-house designer and they wouldn’t allow pictures, which I can understand. I think the policy is pretty much crap in other cases. Also, I’m not buying that it’s the designers as this policy would likely be universal if that were the case.

Post # 9
1263 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Whoa. I had pictures taken of me but I went to David Bridals. They didn’t say a word!

Post # 10
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I bought my dress at Bridals by Lori and they didn’t allow photos until you said “yes!”. They also didn’t tell you the style name/number of the gown until you purchased. While it is annoying, I get it. They don’t want people to go there to get the “experiance” only to take pictures and shop around to get that dress at a cheaper price.

Post # 11
2091 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I think that some of the pricey salons do this. I really don’t buy the whole “copyright” thing really, but whatever. The same place that had that rule limited the number of people who could come to the salon and see the brides in the dress, too. Just have someone come see you in the dress prior to purchase. I did not purchase my dress from a place like this, and I am quite glad. I find rules like that to be annoying.

Post # 12
2318 posts
Buzzing bee

“Copyright laws” that’s a bunch of BS.  They just dont want you to take the pic to another salon to order the same dress.  Salons use a lot of tricks to keep you from taking your buisness somewhere else and this is one of them.  I went to salons where they gave the dresses names other than the style name given by the designer.  You had to read the label to figure out what dress you were trying on.  Bring someone or a group of people with you to sneak pictures.  Ask for privacy, tell them you are only comfortable with the people you brough with you helping you get dressed.  you should have a few seconds to snap a pic.  

Post # 13
40 posts
  • Wedding: June 2017

I work in a bridal salon… That rule is absolutely outrageous. We allow pictures!! There is no reason for them to do that… I’m gonna be honest most salons that do not allow pictures are money hungry… They want women to come in and fall in love & not be able to compare dresses because if they can’t take a picture and continue searching they feel more obligated to buy so they don’t allow pictures in hopes of making more commission… Go to a salon that actually cares about the bride and not money. 

Post # 14
945 posts
Busy bee

Copyright is bs. There are loads of pictures of those dresses online, even on the designers’ websites. If they were that strict on copyright, why would they even allow people to take lots of pics during fashion runway shows?? Anyone can steal anything nowadays, Chinese workshops produced Kate Middleton’s dress within 24 hours of it being out.

I’m from Malaysia, but living in UK atm. A few UK boutiques allow photos as long as it’s just a few shots, but in Malaysia the one and only boutique that sells designer dresses (and they only carry around 4 mid-tier brands!) doesn’t allow photos, and charges around 250 USD if you want to try on more than 5 gowns. It’s only deductible if you actually order from them. It’s horrible from a bride’s perspective because they’re literally the only place to try a designer dress (renting cheap Chinese-made dresses from “bridal house packages” are much more prevalent there) , so all brides are just stuck with their policy lol.

Post # 15
7412 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Their house, their rules. 

For those who are saying “sneak a photo anyway”, would you like it if a customer treated your workplace rules like that?


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