(Closed) Help! Advice on shopping for gowns needed!

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
170 posts
Blushing bee

The first one definitely sounds like a ripoff – they always try to get you to order a bigger size so they can charge you mor efor alterations.  You could always inquire from the manufacturer if it’s true that they don’t take into account the bust and then add on an inch, but really it sounds shady.

Lace minimum is again another way to get extra money out of you. However in this case it may be the manufacturer sitting a minimum and trying to gouge extra money.  You could ask around and see if another dealer can order you a small amount or somewhere online.

Finally, I have definitely seen stores be able to order any dress from a manufacturer not just the ones that they have the samples for. If the third store is willing to order it and they have a lower price why not just go through them and skip this shady store and their tactics. 

Post # 4
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I do think that store A is trying to rip you off, but mostly based on the idea that store B won’t be able to order the dress.  If store B says they can order the dress first of all, then they can.  Secondly, any store can order any dress from any designer (usually) if thats what you want.  Regardless of whether they have it in stock.  Meaning if store B didn’t carry the brand at all, but thats what you wanted, they could probably order it for you.  At least, the shop I went to said they could do that.  Aside from that, I don’t think you will save money trying to order a shorter dress – if anything, making custom changes as opposed to standard size is going to cost more.  As for the extra lace, they might just want you to get more just in case, or it might actually take more material especially if its lace, which is typically kind of patterned, and they may have to get it all to match in the pattern…..but yeah, they other things sound shady.

Post # 5
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

sounds super sketchy to me.  my gown price included a hollow-to-hem, which runs from your throat, over your bust and down to the ground, so the bust is definitely included in the measurement.  if anything, you want the gown to be too long as it’s easier to hem than it is to add on.

for my dress, the hollow-to-hem had a half inch margin of error, so they added a bit to the measurement.  of course, now it came in, it’s too long and needs to be hemmed, but is probably closer than it would have been otherwise. 🙂 

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