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

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 47
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

It seems to be fairly common in jersey and  places in ny. I had to give my info at a few salons in jersey. 

Ps I think I know what salon you’re talking about in Paramus. I tried on dresses there…..I did not have a good experience there. I felt very pressured there. It may have been my sales lady bc my friend had a great experience there. Good luck!

Post # 48
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

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@dv3849:  how did you manage to not have to book an appointment? i walked into a freaking david’s bridal with my mom and they gave us all kinds of hell for not having an appointment and we had to “sign in” at the desk and they’d see if someone was available to help me try on literally ONE dress. for the record, it was a monday during the day! So I am amazed you got away without appointments.

Post # 49
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Sounds sketchy.

Post # 50
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

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@MarieeToBee:  that’s so weird! the NJ one doesn’t do that (or didn’t when I went)

Post # 51
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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@gingerkitten:  all the local little shops with the maggie’s, mori lees, alfred angelos etc they never had any customers in them, so id walk in and have 2-3 sales girls fussing over me, no appointment. It may also be that i went in spring/early summer which i assume is the slow season, and i typically went during the day on a weekday. I went to db, but we booked an apt for that because we had to travel quite a bit and cross a border and id be pissed if i got there and they didnt take me, but i do t think it really would have been a problem. There was girls who walked in the store while i was there and a consultant would appear out of nowhere to help them.

Post # 52
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would be uncomfortable with it too.

Post # 53
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I did it at one salon. I didn’t think it was that weird, it was the nicest salon I visited.

Post # 54
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@vintagebride143:  I think the more high end salons do this sometimes, because appointment time is limited and if you cancel, well that is another appointment they could have had, etc.  This happened at one of the boutiques I dress shopped at (also in NJ), and I showed up to my appointment so obviously nothing came of it, but I don’t think it’s entirely uncommon. 

Post # 55
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@vintagebride143:  its pretty common in my area, so I don’t find that weird. The stores around me are privately owned bridal boutiques, so when you make an appointment and don’t keep it they will charge you a fee bc that is an hour or 2 that was set aside for you and they lost out on a sale where as if they could have given that appointment to someone else and possibly made a sale.

Post # 56
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I would go to a drugstore/grocery store/etc and get one of those Visa pre-paid cards just so you have a number to give out to shops that’s not tied to your actual CC#. I believe there are some that you can register with your name/address and use for online transactions and the like as well in case they make you put down a deposit beforehand. I’d be paranoid about leaving my financial info with someone who really doesn’t need it and go somewhere else if the pre-paid card idea doesn’t work.

 

 

 

Post # 56
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: January 2018

As a bridal shop owner, I’ve often considered this policy and completely understand why some shops decide to go this route. For me, I have just one dressing room and we reserve 2 hours of time for each bride booked. Our weekends are often booked out a month or more and there are several brides per weekend that we sadly have to turn away since we THINK we are book. Then Saturday comes and 2 of 4 brides are no shows. Even after asking for a 24 hour notice if there are any cancellations when booking – we also send confirmation emails and texts to ensure that the bride remembers her appointment. Sometimes we get reply that says they are coming to their appt and still don’t show up – then sometimes we get a text, call or email 20 minutes prior to the appt time cancelling. At that point we can not call someone to fill the slot – there isn’t enough time for them to get to the shop and begin their appt before the next appt is due in. What people have a hard time understanding is that your bridal appt is the only opportunity we have to pay the bills, pay our employees and keep up with new stock. When customers no show it does impact our businesses significantly. These are appt times when other brides who were on the waiting list could have been contacted…if only we had the notice. There are SO many other business who require a CC to book an appt and there’s no problem.  I’m confused as to why its so taboo for a bridal shop?! Bridal shopping is such a special and personal time – small shop owners take a lot of pride in the experiences they offer to their brides and all we really ask in return is a courtesy call or email if someone needs to cancel. We would much rather congratulate you if you found a gown or offer to make a new appt.  I think asking for a CC also discourages folks who are just interested in playing dress up – I can’t tell you how many times we have had to entertain a person who has no wedding date, no ring, an unlimited budget and no one shopping with them. These are often signs of someone who just loves to stop by and try on wedding gowns. Again, this could have been an appointment for someone who was interested in shopping for her wedding day. Thanks for reading and I hope this offers a bit of insight. As a side note: my shop doesn’t require a CC since (obviously) its not received very well by potential brides. 

Post # 57
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: January 2018

As a bridal shop owner, I’ve often considered this policy and completely understand why some shops decide to go this route. For me, I have just one dressing room and we reserve 2 hours of time for each bride booked. Our weekends are often booked out a month or more and there are several brides per weekend that we sadly have to turn away since we THINK we are book. Then Saturday comes and 2 of 4 brides are no shows. Even after asking for a 24 hour notice if there are any cancellations when booking – we also send confirmation emails and texts to ensure that the bride remembers her appointment. Sometimes we get reply that says they are coming to their appt and still don’t show up – then sometimes we get a text, call or email 20 minutes prior to the appt time cancelling. At that point we can not call someone to fill the slot – there isn’t enough time for them to get to the shop and begin their appt before the next appt is due in. What people have a hard time understanding is that your bridal appt is the only opportunity we have to pay the bills, pay our employees and keep up with new stock. When customers no show it does impact our businesses significantly. These are appt times when other brides who were on the waiting list could have been contacted…if only we had the notice. There are SO many other business who require a CC to book an appt and there’s no problem.  I’m confused as to why its so taboo for a bridal shop?! Bridal shopping is such a special and personal time – small shop owners take a lot of pride in the experiences they offer to their brides and all we really ask in return is a courtesy call or email if someone needs to cancel. We would much rather congratulate you if you found a gown or offer to make a new appt.  I think asking for a CC also discourages folks who are just interested in playing dress up – I can’t tell you how many times we have had to entertain a person who has no wedding date, no ring, an unlimited budget and no one shopping with them. These are often signs of someone who just loves to stop by and try on wedding gowns. Again, this could have been an appointment for someone who was interested in shopping for her wedding day. Thanks for reading and I hope this offers a bit of insight. As a side note: my shop doesn’t require a CC since (obviously) its not received very well by potential brides. 

Post # 58
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Worker bee

I have had to do this at two high end stores in Manhattan. They both require deposits to hold your appointment. The amount is refunded or in one case not even changed so long as you show up for your appt. or honor their cancellation policy.

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