(Closed) Bridal Shops and Dress Photos

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I think a lot of people sneak photos. I was not allowed to take photos in the bridal shop I went to (only went to one) and my consultant was always there watching like a hawk to make sure we didn’t take any. Made me kind of sad bc I would have like pictures of the dresses I was trying on!

Post # 4
1082 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t understand the “no photos” thing at all.

I thought that maybe shops didn’t want you taking pics of designer dresses and then using them to get “knock off” dresses made???

 I think looking at pics actually HELPS you make a decision. Personally I feel like the way I look in the mirror and the way I look in photos are entirely different.

I visited 5 bridal shops before I found my dress and I was allowed to take pictures  in every one.










Post # 5
4134 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I have had to sneak photos in some salons, but in the one I’m buying from, they actually take the photos FOR YOU and e-mail them to you after your appointment

Post # 6
7941 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I purposely tried to avoid shops that didn’t allow photos to be taken. I made it clear I wasn’t going to consider a dress that I couldn’t photograph. Most boutiques were happy to allow photos…I only ran into a few that were against it.

Post # 7
5229 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I wasn’t permitted to take photos until I bought a dress. I went to 7 or 8 shops, and this was the policy at them all.

I honestly completely understand the policy. For one, it helps protect the intellectual property rights of the designers, whose designs are being knocked off, thereby raising prices for everyone on the real deal. Also, the dresses usually do not photograph that well on personal cameras and in a photo you can really notice all the small things about the sample that aren’t right on you (because it’s a sample… not your size… not because of the dress itself) and then brides begin to coubt how much they liked a dress. We see that all the time here in “dress regret” threads.

Post # 8
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

i love that here we can take photos and take it home to reevaluate.. if i didnt have that opportunity i would have purchase my dress in my first shopping appointment! 😛



Post # 9
34 posts

My sister tried on a dress at Demitrios in buckhead and they didnt allow you take photos until after you purchased the dress. So I am guessing it was so you dont duplicate a knock off. And they dont allow you to pick up dresses off the show floor, the assistants have to come do it for you.  

Post # 10
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I went to David’s Bridal and they didn’t care one bit when I wanted photos. They even offered to take them for me if I wanted to stand beside my bridesmaids who were with me while in my dress…

Post # 12
982 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I only went to one shop that allowed photos. I really wasn’t expecting anywhere to allow it since I knew Kleinfeld’s and most designers don’t allow it. 

Post # 13
45 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

The ones I’ve been to were a mix.  I feel like I’d much rather buy from the stores that allowed me to take photos – after all, I can barely remember what the dresses actually looked like on me from the store that didn’t allow photos!  So the main dress I’m still considering is from one of the stores that allowed photos.  (Though I’m going on a 2-hour road trip next week to visit one store that has a “dream dress” sample I can’t find locally… fingers crossed that that’s the one!  But if it isn’t, I’ll probably buy the sample from the store that allowed photos)

Post # 14
1241 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Only one salon wouldn’t let me take photos. Guess which dresses I can’t remember now? Yeah. I’ve got a facebook album of dresses I tried on at other shops, with plenty of different silhouettes and fabrics to compare and contrast. The dress I loved at that one shop? Don’t have the foggiest idea now what it actually looked like on me. And since I can’t remember it, I’ve lost interest in it completely.

I think shops should allow photos. I like having something to jog my memory when it’s been a few days and I’m still mulling over my options.

Post # 15
798 posts
Busy bee

I was allowed to take as many pictures as I wanted at the store where I bought my dress. I think some stores have that policy in order to avoid people taking pictures and going to get knockoffs made.

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