(Closed) bridal stores that dont let you take pictures

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1254 posts
Bumble bee

It looks like you’ve done your homework and you should be okay with buying from them. But go with your gut.

I think stores that don’t allow pictures mostly prey on brides who haven’t done their homework. I went to one too and was very informed during my visit. As the consultant was pulling out dresses for me, I was naming the designer and style  for each dress. She was really impressed and I think it let her know that I knew my stuff . She did let me take pictures in the fitting room (but not outside) so as not to encourage the other brides.

Post # 4
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

For me, reviewing my pictures was a really important part of the decision-making process.  I personally wouldn’t shop at a store that wouldn’t allow pictures and wouldn’t buy from a store that won’t tell you the style numbers, etc.  That is being unethical and you don’t know what else they do that is also unethical.

If this is the dress for you, I would find another salon that carries Mori Lee and see if they’l meet the price.  If you can’t get it for a better price elsewhere, then do your homework on this place (internet reviews, BBB, etc) and decide if it’s worth it.

Post # 5
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

No, it doesn’t mean they aren’t trustworthy. I would assume you should be safe ordering from them.

To each their own, but I personally would not buy from them. One store told me I couldn’t take pictures because they had to protect their designers, assuming that I would just take the pictures to have the dress recreated and I didn’t want to give my money to someone who thinks I am a thief. But that’s just my two cents!

Post # 6
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I purchased my dress from a store that didn’t allow picture taking.  For me, I had that “this is the one” moment and never hesitated so I didn’t need to take a few days and look through pictures. 

At first it didn’t bother me, until a few months later when all I wanted was to see me in the dress!!  I finally just sent an email to the store owner and asked if it was okay for me to come in and take a picture of me in my dress.  I had already purchased the dress there so it wasn’t a problem. 

The salon I purchased the dress from has a great reputation, they just have that “no pictures” policy.  

I never understood why bridal salons have that policy, especially since there are plenty of dress pictures available online by the designer themselves.  

Post # 8
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have found that most places that don’t allow photos will allow them once you make a purchase.  Is that not true across the board?

Post # 9
527 posts
Busy bee

They are just trying to protect the designers from having their dresses recreated. 

Post # 10
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

A lot of dress stores don’t allow pictures and don’t tell you the style number (to prevent shopping around for some).

Post # 11
2588 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I did, and I hated it. I thought it was bad business, even though I was only going in to try some on for S&G. It would’ve meant the world to my grandma to see me in some actual bridal gowns (since I’m going short and green instead of long and white) but they wouldn’t tell us their policy on photos until I was already in the damn gown.

But then again, this is the same place that won’t let you try something on in your preferred size/color (BM dresses) until you’ve ordered it, so…

Post # 12
1871 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think it’s a terrible practice, but it doesn’t in itself mean that the store is untrustworthy.

Post # 14
46 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

It is a pain, but they are only trying to protect the style of the dresses and the designers. You would get the same thing from jewellery stores as well. They dont want you coming in, taking pictures of dresses you like, then take those pictures and get re-made somewhere else for cheaper. I think it’s a pretty strandard thing to do.

Post # 15
527 posts
Busy bee

@abbyful: I didn’t make the rule, I’m just offering one of the many reasons you’re not allowed to do it.

If they didn’t post professional pics online, how would they advertise?  

It’s the same for film and theatre.  There are promotional pics of actors in costume, but you are often times not allowed to take pics of things backstage/onset because the designers and craftsmen have it written into their contracts to protect their “property.”  I think if you were in the designer’s position you would understand.

I do agree, however, that not letting you know the style number is shady.

Post # 16
738 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Honestly, I wasnt a fan of any of the bridal stores that wouldnt let me take photos. Now, I dont know if thats BECAUSE they wouldnt let me take photos or if they just really didnt have as good of a selection.

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