Post # 1
Hi everyone.. I went dress shopping this weekend with my mom and was wondering what it was like where you bought your dress.
The place I went to was pretty small.. but I found a perfect dress after putting 5 on. They asked us to pay for the dress in full on the spot. They also asked us to pay for additional alterations (which I didn’t even say I necessarily wanted or had to get done there) which were $89 each, shipping and handling ($70) and something else that I forget..
Is it standard practice to pay for everything in full at once? Even before I get the dress in and before I decide which alterations I want to get?
As a side note, I love the dress and am going to go have to find it somewhere else if they don’t have it anymore.. it’s Enzoani’s Francesca-A 🙂
Post # 3
NO that is not normal. Generally (or what my bridal shop had me do, and I think others told me as well), is you pay 50% of the dress to order it. You clearly need to have paid for everything before the dress leaves the stroe but not before. Alternations are determined when you get the dress, but you can ask for an estimate beforehand. I’ve read some thigns that said ask for an estimate and get them to write it down so that you can hold them to it. I don’t thinjk you shoudl be told you need to pay for alternations before you even get the dress. The thing is some small businesses do have werid rules (like my first one person shop baker). I would bring that up with them. Say you believe this to not be the common practice and you only want to pay 50% upfront and for NO alternations until your first fitting. Is your dress a designer you can get somewhere else? If so, most stores will order any dress (even if they don’t have a sample) from any designer they carry. Something else to think about as well.
Oh yeah… to add the shipping fee thing is BOGUS!
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
That was not the policy of other bridal shops in MD. I went to 2 shops before I found a sample gown at a third. At both of the other shops I found real contenders. if I wanted to order the dresses i was required to put down a 50% deposit for the order. They never mentioned anything about shipping fees, and they certainly did not require an upfront alterations fee.
What shop did you go to? Have you checked their reviews on weddingwire and yelp?
Post # 5
That wasn’t the case with me. I was given the option to put half down or pay in full for the dress, and she included a sash I purchased as well. I put half down and will pay the rest when I get my dress. I purchased my dress from a small boutique, and I know practices vary greatly. But, I have to say, I would have been really turned off by having to pay for alterations before actually having my dress and choosing a seamstress. That’s really strange to me.
Post # 6
No, not standard practice to pay full at once. That salon sounds like they are ripping you off. I think I paid 60% of the dress cost as a deposit. I don’t remember being charged for shipping either. And DEFINITELY do not pay for alterations before you get the dress! My dress has already come in, and I won’t pay for alterations until they start them in 6+ months!
Is there another salon in the area that carries Enzoani at all, even if they don’t have the sample? Most salons can order dresses even if they don’t have the sample, which is fine as long as you have already tried a sample on. I would call around and see who else can order that dress for you!
Post # 7
I paid for 50% of my dress up front and the rest when I came to pick it up. I had hallow to hem alterations done and had some beading removed by the designer so I paid for those alterations up front. However other alterations which would be determined later, where not paid for up front.
Post # 8
How can you pay for alterations when you don’t have the dress yet? That seems beyond strange! Who knows what alterations might be required by the time the dress comes in (six months from now or whenever).
I had to pay the full price of the dress itself plus tax when I bought it but absolutely nothing else was required. I would look into another shop as this seems a bit fishy.
Post # 9
I had to put down 50% of the dress price. My bridal shop was kind enough to make a payment plan for me because my dress was not supposed to arrive until this year in October and it arrived last year in October. I was not ready to pay the other half as I planned on having more time to save. So they did payments plan for me. My dress is now totally paid off and I’ll only be paying for alterations once I go in next year.
Post # 10
@okkrista- just sent you a PM…i am pretty sure I bought my dress @ the same shop….
Post # 11
We put half down. Alterations were free for me, but you shouldn’t pay unless you have anything done. I never paid for shipping, unless you had to have it rushed.
Post # 12
I had to pay in full and they had a 395$ alteration cost on there..they did not charge that to us though because we told them we were doing our own alterations (by the way a seamstress did for under 50$ for me). I didn’t mind paying in full because at least it was one more thing crossed off the list!
Post # 13
No way…they are just looking for $$ not for what’s in your best interest.
I paid for 50% of mine when I ordered it, it just came in a few weeks ago, I paid the other 50%, and I will pay for alterations in Aug when I go in for my first fitting.
My dress shop has a flat fee for alterations, which isn’t always common but I knew about it before I ordered my dress and was reminded about it again when the dress came in. They also re-measured me when I came in to get an idea of what alterations will be needed. You never really know until the dress comes in and you try it on.
NEVER pay for a dress in full unless you are 1000% comfortable with the store. You will have no leverage over them if something goes wrong, the dress doesn’t come in on time or if there are serious errrors with it.
And paying for shipping? No, they should be picking that up (or at least including it in the price of the dress without it being spelled out).
This shop sounds like it’s in need of $$, I would go somewhere else.
Post # 14
nope. 50% is the norm! Never ever ever ever pay full price for ANYTHING you are not walking out the door with.
Post # 15
I havn’t purchased a dress yet but none of the places I went to were like that, and most were small places. Something is definitely fishy about that
Post # 16
I believe this is the same store I got my dress at, because it sounds exactly the same and it was in the Annapolis area as well. I wouldn’t worry- this store is very well-known, highly rated, best of knot winner 5 years in a row, and has VERY high ratings on Wedding Wire (and lots of ratings too). I had to pay for my dress in full, $69 shipping, and for a couple of alterations that I knew I wanted them to do to dress (lower the back for me and put in the boning)…the rest of the normal alterations (hemline, bustle, general fitting, etc) I did not have to pay for upfront. If you bought this dress at Bridals by Elena, then I would NOT worry- they are very highly respected!!