Post # 1
Sorry if these are dumb questions but I’m kind of confused haha;
If you have your heart set on trying on a specific dress or two, do you email the salon and ask them if they have a sample before you make an appointment?
Can you email/call the salon about pricing or do you usually have to wait to find out the price when you’re trying things on?
How many dresses would you usually try on in a single appointment?
Thanks Bees! (: ♥
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
You can find out retail by looking at the preowned wedding dress sites. Most listings show how much the bride paid for the dress she’s selling. Each salon sets their own prices, so it’s smart to know what other brides have paid so you can judge if the salon you’re visiting is especially high or low.
Don’t go into the first appointment with just one dress in mind. Try on all silhouettes to start. Many who think they’ll love a certain stryle wind up liking others. Be open. You cam obviously ask about a certain style, but don’t cancel an appointment if you’ve never tried anything on.
Post # 4
This is just my experience so your salon may be different but hopefully it helps.
When I called to make the appointment, they asked me if there were any particular styles that I was hoping to try on.
When I arrived at the salon, I filled out a sheet with my info, including what price point I wanted to stay under, and my consultant spent a few minutes talking with me about the “look” I was going for before she started pulling dresses.
I tried on 7-8 dresses in a 90 minute appointment (I probably could have tried on more, about half an hour of that was me going back and forth between 2 dresses to make my decision).
Post # 5
There were some particular dresses I wanted to try on when I went shopping. So I found out which stores carried those designers and I called to find out if they had the samples. I also asked for the prices so if two stores had the same dress I could go to the cheaper one.
In an appointment I would say I tried on around 8 in an hour appointment.
Post # 6
I tried on 8 also in an hour. I went to another place and bought my dress as they were less then helpful. I chose something more like what I had asked at the first salon for and didn’t even get to try on.
Post # 7
I specifically asked for a few dresses at some salons. They are MORE than willing to write down your requests if they have them! I also flat-out asked about the price range of their gowns. That way, you know what to expect when you go into the store to fill out the card. I prefer the salons where the consultant walks around with you to look at gowns rather than just ask you for ideas. Especially for your first time, you should be able to see as many gowns as possible!
Good luck, I had so much fun trying on dresses!
Post # 8
Also bringing in printed out pictures can help because then the consultant can steer you towards similar dresses (fabric/shape/details) if they don’t have that exact dress.
Post # 9
@Mrs. Mink: Thanks for the advice! I’ll definitely check out preowned wedding dresses for pricing.
@bellasperanza: That was really helpful! (: Thank you!!
@PuntaCanaBride: I really want to find out pricing so that I can choose the cheaper salon, but I wasn’t sure if people actually asked price before the appointment. Thanks for sharing your experience.
@Adalita: 8 seems to be a common number, thanks so much for your input! (:
@peachacid: Thank you very much, your response is very helpful! Now I definitely don’t feel bad about inquiring about price before we go (: I really hope the consultant takes me around to look at dresses too, it seems like that would be a lot of the fun!
@asscherlover: That is so true, thanks! I’ll definitely bring pictures and style numbers so that I can try on similar dresses I probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
Post # 10
I don’t know if they have David’s Bridal in Canada, but that’s a store I would avoid as far as personal shopping experience goes. Some of the more fancy boutiques don’t let you look, either. I think it’s stupid — how the heck will I know what you have if I can’t see it?? Most places will let you look around if you ask, though, so make sure you speak up!
The biggest problem I had was that the consultants want to hear what you have to say, so they just sort of wait for you to talk. I found it difficult as I didn’t know what kind of dresses would look good on me until I tried them on. So…I guess speak up as much as you can.
Post # 11
@peachacid: That’s really good to know, thanks! I definitely want to get ideas by looking around at dresses in real life if possible. We do have DB in Canada but there isn’t one super close to me so I won’t be shopping there. Sometimes I can be on the quieter side so I’ll definitely focus on your advice about speaking up (: