(Closed) Bridal shop blues

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1379 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

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 # 5
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

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
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

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
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

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. 

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