(Closed) Credit Card required to book a bridal gown appointment…

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Doesn’t sound that strange; some restaurants do it too.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@vintagebride143:  I’ve been to about 6 stores and my wedding is also in 2015. No one asked for a credit card!

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I went to 3 different bridal salons and never had them do this, nor have I ever heard of a salon doing this!  I wouldn’t be comfortable with it either.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

That’s not common but it’s also not totally unreasonable. The only thing I have a problem with is that they shouldn’t store your CC info. I think that if they read the agreement they have with Visa/MC/etc. they would learn that they are required to shred and not store the info. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@vintagebride143:  Happened to me at a salon as well. I decided not to book becuase I was certain about the date. 

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@vintagebride143:  I think this is very odd. I only made one bridal appointment, but they didn’t need a credit card number. I definitely don’t blame you for not wanting to leave it. I wouldn’t either.

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think its a way to massage u into buying a gown from them. If u already have money invested in their salon, u might feel u have to buy there because u would lose ur money otherwise. Its a ripoff. I’d bet they don’t let u photograph the dresses or tell u the designer or styles or prices of the gowns either, until after uve decided on ‘the one’.

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I had to do this for my appointment at pronovias.  Its basically so they don’t reserve a spot you skip out on. In the bridal biz time is money. It’s odd yes but not a big deal As long as you show up its fine. 

Post # 26
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@vintagebride143:  In the NYC area many bridal salons require it. I gave my CC info to Pronovias, and at least 3 other salons. 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

  @BeeG35:  This.

 

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@vintagebride143:  This happened to me at a non-bridal-related place and I did the same as you. “Ok, I’ll call you later”… and I never did.

They’re supposed to convince you to buy from them by letting you see and try on the dresses they have. Not start collecting your payment information and talking about fees before you even walk through the door.

You must have a lot of options in your area. I would just keep looking!

Post # 28
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Worker bee

Pronovias in NYC does this. I showed up for my appointment on time, never got charged like they said I wouldn’t, everything was good. I think it is like another poster said; the salon does this to protect themselves. I think it’s good because it discourages people for not showing up to their appointments (thus possibly preventing someone else from having a consultation and having a consultant sitting around doing nothing). It is annoying for someone who has an emergency come up and they can’t cancel the appointment in time. 

There are probably many boutiques for you to visit, so if you’re not comfortable with it then you still have plenty of options. 

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Kleinfelds requires a CC to book an appointment. Pretty much the same deal. 

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think that is absolutely ridiculous.

Really? You’re going to charge someone $50 for an appointment if they cancel????

Doctors offices only charge $25! lol

I would totally go shopping elsewhere. If they are that hard up for businessmoney, I wouldn’t trust them anyway.

Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@vintagebride143:  Bijou Bridal?  I went there and HATED it!  They only pulled 6 dresses and nothing changed once I tried one dress on (there were no adjustments to the dresses that were picked originally, even though we found out that style did not look good on me at all).  The consultant was a bit snotty too.

I ended up getting my dress at I do… I do in Morristown.  They were awesome.  It’s a bit further but not that bad (from Paramus, probably a half hour).  Good luck!

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