Bridal Salon NOT allowing photos

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
1387 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

It’s the standard where I live as well. 

Post # 17
4578 posts
Honey bee

Loren Irwin :  I’m kinda not convinced with that copyright reason. I don’t know exactly why but my guess is because they know most brides go bridal dress store hopping and once you take a photo of one of their dresses, there’s a high chance you can go to a second store and show them a photo of that dress from the first store. The second store can either match their price or offer it to you for cheaper. You can also show a pic of that dress from the first store to a second store and the second store can say, “we have something that looks similar” since many wedding dresses basically look alike. And there goes their business!

Post # 18
397 posts
Helper bee

Loren Irwin :  the bridal salon that I ended up purchasing my dress from had the same policy. But I went into the dressing room by myself with my cell phone in my pocket, and they had a mirror hanging in there, so I snapped some pictures anyway. If they didn’t have a mirror in there, I was just going to use my front-facing camera and get the best shot I could. I never shared them or anything, they were just for me to see to compare how the dresses looked on me so it wasn’t an issue and I deleted all of them once I purchased my dress. 

Post # 19
397 posts
Helper bee

Also, about a month later, I had a friend who shopped at the same salon for her wedding dress. I told her about the “no pictures” policy, so she came up with a plan. She left her purse outside of the dressing room where there was a platform to stand on once you had your dress on and the saleswoman would help you tie/zip up your dress. In her purse, she had her cell phone set to record video and she positioned it so no one could see the screen, but the camera was angled to where you could see whoever was on top of the platform. She said it really helped her to see a live version of what the dresses looked like on her so she could see how she moved in it and everything. She said the saleswoman did let her know of the policy beforehand, but once my friend pointed out that she was leaving her phone in her purse, the saleswoman thought nothing of it and probably wouldn’t think about the fact that the phone could be set to record video, so that’s another option as well. 

Post # 20
1256 posts
Bumble bee

Horseradish :  If the rules were BS…yes, I’d support that. I probably also wouldn’t choose to work there, but I also understand not everyone has the luxury to be choosey about their employment. 

Post # 21
7501 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

It’s very common where I’m from to not allow pictures. Many salons I went too cut out the designers tags as well so you couldn’t easily search for the dress else where.

Post # 22
378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Loren Irwin :  I encountered this. I always thought it was a sales tactic. I actually went to one salon that wouldn’t even tell me the dress’ style number. I always thought it’s so you can’t easily go home and look the dress up and potentially buy it cheaper. That could be my guilty conscience though, because I took photos in the salon and had no real intention if buying the dress  that day. I got all of the Info I needed and ended up finding a brand new sample of the dress online for almost half the price. Got em! 😂

Post # 23
29 posts

I found my dress in a salon that wouldn’t allow me to take pics but they allowed me to skype my sister so I could get a second opinion (I went on my own to shop) and my sis took screen-shots for me (sssh). I think it’s so difficult to decide on a dress if you can’t think it over and see how it looks on you in pictures. Other salons have been fine though so haven’t figured out if it’s designer specific or salon specific….It’s not a very bride friendly policy, especially after having to pay for an appointment!

Post # 24
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

That would drive me nuts, over here that isn’t normal. 

Post # 25
3554 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

I went to 5 bridal salons to find my dress and I didn’t encounter that rule at any of them. My mother took a bunch of pictures at every appointment. I also didn’t encounter any cases where I wasn’t allowed to know who made the dress or what the style was until after a purchase was made. I feel like if I encountered rules like that I’d go to another salon. I also contacted salons looking for specific designers, so maybe that had something to do with it.

Post # 26
275 posts
Helper bee

Loren Irwin :  I had that with the salon I purchased my dress from. After I bought it, I could take all the pictures I want. 


What I’ve heard (in relation to copyright) is that they don’t want you to be taking pictures of a dress to then have made somewhere else. Dunno how true that is.

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