Post # 1
I just wanted to see if anyone else had heard of anything like this before and had any advice. I bought my wedding dress from well known establishment that had been inbusiness for over 25 years. I was told that I had until my wedding date to pay off the remainder of my balance after putting down a deposit. Two weeks ago I recieved a letter annoucing that the store was going out of business and I was expected to pay off the remainder of my dress balance before their last day in business. After calling the store and explaining that I would not have the money I was told they did not offer refunds, so I would not be recieving my money or the dress. I have talked to the manager and the owner and I am at a loss as to what to do next. This is just amazingly horrible, as I am paying for my own wedding and on an extremely tight budget. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to handle this or any similar experiences??
Post # 3
Goodness that’s bad luck!
But you can’t let this dress get away from you. I know everyone is in a different situation and I dont know everything about yours — but is there any close family member or friend who you could borrow the money from? And set up a payment plan over the next few months to pay off the loan to them? You could get it all in writing and have someone else "witness" the agreement so it would be like a loan from the bank.
Or – and I hate saying this – could you use a credit card (maybe open a new one) just for the purpose of paying for the dress (dont use it for anything else, oh credit card debt!) … then you could pay the minimum monthly payments … Good luck! I"ll be thinking of you – hope it all works out!
Post # 4
To be perfectly honest, I really don’t want the dress now. I feel like all i will thin of while i am wearing it is how horrible those people are. I changed my venue anyway, actually changed to a different state, so i am just in desperate need to get a dress any dress now!!
Post # 5
I would call the police and see if they can help you. I understand that while they were in business they didn’t offer refunds, but if they are not giving you any type of product – they can’t expect you to be ok with not getting anything back.
Post # 6
Well,I wouldn’t call the shop horrible. If they are going out of business, they may be in bankruptcy and can’t control when payments are made on things or how much those payments are. Even if its not bankruptcy, it’s reasonable for them to demand that all payments be made by their closing date. Don’t hate your dress just bc of this unfortunate situation.
I’d get a loan from a friend or family, or a new credit card, and get the dress
Post # 7
If they’re demanding for you to pay for the rest of your dress immediately, I would be a bit leery. DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY MORE MONEY! When shops close, many brides are left without dresses — EVEN THE DRESSES THAT HAVE BEEN PAID IN FULL … Just do a google search on La Bella Sposa Charlotte, NC to see about a shop that recently closed and ripped off numerous customers. (there’s an excellent article on the BBB website)
Apparently, what can work well is directly contacting the designer of your dress (who may not have received any of your money from the shop — shops in financial trouble sometimes use the money for other, more pressing things and don’t place the order). Dress designers will sometimes offer a discount and a waiver of a rush fee in these circumstances. They do, after all, want to reassure customers that it’s safe to order from bridal shops or their own business is in trouble.
What also can work is notifying your credit card company, that is, if you put your deposit on a credit card. They may help you reclaim your lost deposit.
Post # 8
Great ideas!! I was very understanding with the owner, I mean it is a recession adn it is hitting me hard too, but unfortunately I can not part with that amount of money and our parents are not helping with the wedding. I think I am just going to either find a used dress and call it a loss. I may try and make my dress in attempts to save money. I have read about the north carolina dress shop an i just think it is awful.