(Closed) Can you talk-down the price of a dress from a retail bridal store?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2186 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

if its a sale dress maybe, but if its something you are ordering mostly no…. their price is their price. sometimes they have some wiggle room (i got mine at about $250 off because it was during a trunk show) you might have better luck negotiating things like alterations included, or free veil.

most of the places i went to scoffed at the idea of haggling.

Post # 4
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

It really depends on the store. I went to a couple of boutiques that told me if I found the same dress anywhere else they would not only match the price but would throw in a veil too. The place I actually got my dress from gave me 15% off and said they’d give me 15% off on all the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses after I made the comment that all the other shops I looked at where doing something similar. It can’t hurt to try but I wouldn’t expect it.

Post # 5
1088 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I saw my dress on sale at one store for 850 (usually goes for 1100) so I told the store about the lowest price I found, and they were willing to sell it to me for the same price. Usually, they will just not go below the MSRP. I got prices from every store in my area and found the store I liked the most, and they gave me the cheapest price I found. I think you should be able to do this if you find a store that is willing to work with people (usually a smaller store). Good luck.

Post # 6
1280 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

It depends on the store and the store’s agreement with the designers they carry. One store I went to sold Maggie Sotteros for about 8% less than retail. But another store I went to was not allowed to discount Maggie dresses at all (save for a special trunk show weekend only 10% discount); however, she offered me basically the difference in other services (e.g. if I found the same dress at another store for $900 but she was selling it for $1000, she’d give me $100 towards alterations, or a veil, etc.). Definitely shop around and then ask what people can do for you.

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