Post # 1
Hi all, I have to vent quickly (and hope this will be therapeutic for anyone else who had the same experience!).
I had what I thought was an awesome dress shopping appointment this weekend. I was certain I found the dress until the consultant brought in the paperwork with the price–more than double what I told her my budget was! I can’t believe she brought in a dress that was so far above what I told her I could spend!
So now I’ve found the perfect dress and it’s well above what I am willing to spend. Oh, and the kicker? The dress I liked second-most was still well over my budget! I’m not sure she brought anything into the room that was within the budget!
Has anyone else had this experience? I’ve vented to the nonbrides in my life and they all say it sucks but I don’t think they’re grasping the feeling of losing the perfect dress after you look so hard for it!
(And with that said, I’m sucking it up and going to look at another shop soon.)
Post # 3
ugh, no i havent had this problem (not for my last engagement anyway) but i hope i dont run into this problem, do you know what dresses they were or have pictures we might be able to find you something similar but in your budget!
Post # 4
I had the same problem this weekend. I went into a shop and I kept asking the prices and I kept being told ‘oh i’m not sure, try it on and i’ll put the code into the system after’. I kept worrying that i’d fall in love with one and then it would be a ridiculous price.
Post # 5
yikes that sucks. Next time you go I’d tell them you want to know the price BEFORE you step into each dress!!
Post # 6
That’s terrible. When we shopped we gave no budget and weren’t asked about one, as I really never set one. I was prepared to spend whatever. That being said,all dresses my daughters tried on had the price tags on them if we wanted to know. I never looked until they had decided.
Weren’t the dresses you tried on tagged? That’s pretty sneaky!
Post # 7
I am sorry you had to go through that. It is very underhanded of them.
This has not happened to me. The salon I went to was very nice and kept to my budget; however, if that would have happened to me, I would have walked out the first time they refused to give me a price.
Post # 8
Thanks all for the support! Throwing my vent into the bridal universe seems to have helped, lol. If there were tags on the dresses, they were well-hidden because I didn’t see them! (Well, actually, I saw one tag, and that dress actually was in my budget, but it wasn’t the style of dress I told them I was interested in, so I wasn’t counting it.)
@Bride2BeAshley, thanks for the offer! I think, though, it will be best for me to just put the whole dress out of my head for now and see what the next store has to offer so that I’m not comparing every dress to that one!
Best of luck to everyone else with your weddings.
Post # 9
I would come up with a number that you’d ideally like to pay for on a dress, and then your absolute highest price that you’ll pay. Tell them your ideal price, and don’t let them know you’ll go higher. They’ll bring you pricier dresses anyway, but you’ll have a little buffer room when you start to let the consultant know that you’re just not interested in the higher price range. Myself, I would refuse to try on something I didn’t know the price of. Saves a little heartache and headache.
Post # 10
That’s crazy! I went to a salon and told them my budget was $2,000 max, and they didn’t bring me a single dress over that. I figured they would try to get me to spend all of that, but my dress actually ended up being about $1,200.
Post # 11
Thats not right. The shops I went to were wonderful. They asked my budget right away and stayed within the budget. One of the consultants actually asked me what my budget was and if I was willing to go higher, becasue she didnt want me to fall in love with a dress I couldnt afford. I even found some really pricy dresses that I loved and the consultant helped me find similar dresses within my budget. You definitely need to go to different shops because they obviously were just trying to make a profit and didnt care about what you wanted or could afford.
Post # 12
That just reminds me of SYTTD – some of the consultants always seem to bring in out-of-budget dresses. And when the bride asks how much “Oh, just a little over your budget” (as if $1600 is a LITTLE over?!?).
Post # 13
That would have made me furious. I only shopped at one store, and luckily they only brought me dresses within my price range. My price was the first thing I told them, even before the dress style! I wasn’t sure what style dress I wanted, but I definitely knew what I wanted to spend.
Post # 14
that is just plain old mean.
guess they’ve never seen SYTTD
Post # 15
This is bad business. Sure, one out of 10 girls who say their budget is $2K, try on a $5K dress, fall in love with it, may somehow find the way to buy it…. but for the other 9 girls, the dress shop will lose the sale since nothing else can compare to the $5K dress. That $5K sale, that is $3K over what the bride was willing to spend doesn’t even begin to make up for the other 9 girls with the $2K budget – which would have been $18K in sales. It’s just bad business.
Post # 16
That is so underhanded and mean. From now on I would refuse to try on any dress until the consultant showed me the price.
I hope you told that consultant where to stick her paperwork and overpriced dress, and that you’ll find the dress of your dreams within your budget! Good luck!!