(Closed) Bridal shops that wont give the style or designer!?!

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 18
778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Oh it’s so pretty!

I wore a Pronovias gown, and the workmanship and quality were spot on.  If you buy that dress you will look so lovely!

Post # 19
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Gorgeous! I would buy it from someone less shady though (I’m a big believer in not endorsing bad retail behavior). Good luck!

Post # 20
1045 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

Very pretty dress– I love it!  Perhaps you could call them back, and say that you’re interested in getting the dress, but you need to get your mom’s opinion first before buying (since she lives far away and can’t shop with you blah blah blah), so can they please look up your file and tell you the dress numbers you tried on so you can look them up on Google Images for her.  ๐Ÿ™‚  haha, hopefully you will get a different person on the phone than you had in person. 

On the phone, simply explain that unless they give you the style name, you will be buying your dress from another shop.  Just make it clear that they either tell you the information, or they lose your business.  Are there other shops that carry San Patrick dresses in your area?

The ‘my mom lives far away and can’t shop with me, so I need to let her look up the dresses online to give me advice’ excuse worked really well for me, while dress shopping in England.  Good luck!

Post # 21
7052 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Very pretty dress…but it seems to me that by deliberately NOT giving you the actual designer’s name or style number they could be trying to either sell you a sample dress at full  price or are preventing you from comparison shopping the price of the dress! 

Post # 22
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I unfortunately had a similar experience to the one you had, where the shop downright refused to give me the designer or style. I had written down a couple of the designers for dresses I tried on, but they changed the style number so I couldn’t look it up…good luck finding your dress!

Post # 24
1045 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

So glad you found it– although they certainly have Photoshopped in some demon eyes on that girl, haven’t they?  ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you asked the local retailer if she could at least come close to matching the price quote you got at the other shop?  She might surprise you by price matching, if you’re lucky…  My dres salon here in England ended up waiving the plus size upcharge, plus giving me 10% back as an accessory credit in the shop, to use for my veil/shoes/etc.  I could’ve ordered it from an online retailer for a bit cheaper, but I wanted to support a local businesswoman who had been very helpful when I visited her shop.

Post # 25
14181 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Wow, that model is way super crazy looking! It’s like she’s looking into my soul! I’m burning! AHH.

Well now that you know the dress # and model, call around and see who can get it for you affordably, or see if this nice dress shop would match the stupid dress shop’s price. After all, you WANT the dress, and you’re willing to buy it. Tell them you want to give them your business but cost is a factor. $400 is a LOT of money. Sometimes if you offer to pay cash (not always recommended) they will knock a % off the cost, too. But then you don’t have the safety of a credit card. I do this occassionally for services. It’s really pretty, I hope you find it!

Post # 27
350 posts
Helper bee

I’m almost positive that there are some consumer laws that protect against exactly this sort of thing.  I think I have the information somewhere on what the actual statute is and what the appropriate procedures are to report these kinds of practices.  Let me know if you are interested and I can look for this info and post it.

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