(Closed) Did you haggle down the price of your dress?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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ArmstrongToBee:  Honestly. I got almost $500 off the asking price, which was fantastic. Ask if they price match, in case you found the same dress somewhere else further away. That helped me plus I bought it on my first appointment so they gave me a little bit off as well.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I have not bought my dress yet, but I’ve heard of people getting a discount for offering to pay in cash or for paying in full!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

It really depends on the price that the shop have set (which doesn’t help you as you won’t know!) Most designers will have a minimum price that they want the dress to be sold at, this is to stop undercutting by other salons and to ensure the value of their brand stays where they want it.  Some shops may set their prices with a bit of wiggle room if the designer is exclusive to the area but if there are a few stockists near by they might be selling at the minimum anyway, in which case they may be able to help you with the cost of accessories instead 🙂

Another option is if the sample fits you, the owner may be willing to sell you it off the peg and knock a bit off the price. Sometimes we’ll do that for a bride who hasn’t got enough time to order or if it’s a dress that doesn’t sell particularly well or only suits a few people! If it’s a popular or brand new (2015) dress be prepared to be turned down though, as the salon would have to order and pay for a new sample for their store! 

Hope this helps!!!

<br />May I ask what designer and dress style you have chosen? 🙂 

  • This reply was modified 6 years, 7 months ago by Mangomosa. Reason: to add info
Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

There was a trunk show the following weekend at the dress shop featuring the designer of the dress I wanted to purchase. I asked for the trunk show discount, or else I would not be purchasing that day and would come back to the show. They gave me the discount, which amounted to $100 off. Not a huge windfall, but it brought the dress from just a smidge over budget to under budget so I was happy with that.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

Yup I definitely did negotiate the prices of my two wedding dresses.  The first dress was around $2100 and I got it for $1500 plus free alterations included.  For my second dress I bought the sample, so original price was $3200 and I paid $899 for it.  But since the sample size was really big on me, I told the sales manager that I did NOT want to buy that dress and then have my alterations cost exceed the total cost of the dress.  So I was able to negotiate the alterations to max cap at $400 (if any further work exceeded that price the store would eat the cost).  

Post # 8
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Newbee

I didn’t need to. I bought a beautiful gown off the rack for $299. Still have to pay for alterations, but those will be minimal, partly because of the dress I chose. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

When I was trying on the dress that I bought, I kept putting it on and taking it off and just asking for the price of every dress that I liked before trying them on. I told the lady that was helping me that I had a specific budget, however I was willing to work around it for the right dress. I guess she saw how much I was struggling to make a decision specially because my dress was 600 more than my budget. So she helped me by deducting 100. I know it’s not much but I liked that since I was willing to go over my budget, she was willing to at least make it easier on me. Just ask a lot of questions regarding the price, and keep your budget in the conversations with whoever is helping you. It lets them know that the price is something important to you. Don’t be afraid to ask if they have any specials/discounts going on, (even if they don’t, it makes them think of a way to help you) I know I didn’t ask and I’m sure I could have gotten a better deal if I would of. Good luck! 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I’m so not a haggler, but I wish I was more willing to ask for discounts/price matching/etc. because the few times I have do it, it’s been successful.

Though I was quoted $800 USD for my dress (pre-tax/alterations) the ended up charging me $900 for some reason. I just kindly asked them to credit the $100 different towards alterations and they did with no problem.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I haggled the crap out of my dress and ended up with 50% off. But I have perfected the art and I’ve never paid full price for anything in my life. Flea markets are the best 🙂 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

To follow up with your situation, when you go back to try the dress on again, don’t act super excited. Make little hmm noises, examine the dress really well, and mention that there are other shops with other dresses you like too. Even if that isn’t true. Say things like, “Oh, this dress is beautiful, but I still need to think about it. I’m just not sure about the price.” Then wait a few minutes, make some more noises, then offer a low ball price. They will offer a higher price. Keep acting wishy washy for a little bit and then say, “The most I can afford is $XXX. I wish you could meet me at that.” They might, or they might offer a tad higher than that. That would be the lowest they can go, and if you can swing it, then bite.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - country club in Michigan

I did–I got mine reduced by $100. I did this by checking the price of the dress at other stores. I found it locally for $100 cheaper, and so the store I wanted to buy it from cut it down $100. They let me know they were giving me the designers minimum price though so they couldn’t go cheaper even if they wanted to.

 

Two other dresses I checked on, and I found them for up to $200 cheaper. All from legit, well reviewed bridal salons. So ask around, even if you need to call stores in other cities.

 

Also, I tried on the Emma and the store IMMEDIATLY offered me up to $100 off if I paid in cash or check. I think the dress was around $1400 originally?

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

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ArmstrongToBee:  

I work in a bridal boutique and normally we are allowed to give a small discount if the bride purchases the same day as her appointment (we call it a decisive bride discount). Also sometimes if a bride purchases a floor sample or discontinued gown we can usually discount it. However some shops will not offer any kind of discount it just depends. It also might depend on how new the dress is and if they can actually discount it at all. 

Also while it’s always good to inquire about a discount remember it is a bridal shop and not a used car lot so be understanding if the store is not able to work with you on a discount the designers are the ones who set the prices. 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015

The dress I liked was originally 1880 and the salon agreed to sell me the dress for 1650.  They told me this was “underselling the dress.”  I was able to find the exact dress in my size new with tags on Tradesy and paid 857 (during a wedding dress sale with after an extra 10% off).  I already recieved the dress and it’s perfect and authentic.  If you find a dress that is out of your price range like I did I would recommend looking on preownedweddingdresses.com or tradesy first.  I got really lucky!

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