(Closed) How Bridal Stores Trick You … what I’ve learned

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Great advice!!  Thanks for sharing Smile

Post # 4
1962 posts
Buzzing bee

So how did they trick you?

Post # 5
5388 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

IDK they bridal shops charged for storage. My dress shop didn’t charge for storage or steaming. You did give good tips. I was able to get my BMs $20 off of their dresses from DB and I didn’t order my dress there.

Post # 6
318 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

You also do not HAVE to use a store for alterations.  There are plenty of wonderful seamstresses out there who work out of their homes or shops and are not associated with a bridal store.

I tried on dresses, then bought a sample dress online and am having the seamstress who has done our alterations (my whole family is short!) for years.

Post # 8
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

i do agree that you dont have to do your alterations at the store where you bought BUT not every seamstress can do alterations on a wedding gown, especially if it has delicate fabric and and a complicated design, so just make sure you take it a seamstress who knows how to work on wedding gowns

Post # 9
645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

great advice! thank for it. i will need it 🙂

Post # 10
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Thanks for the info…I’m going to be starting my dress shopping soon so that’s really helpful Laughing

Post # 11
16196 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Great insight, but not ALL sales are tricks. Just remember to ask questions. 🙂

Post # 12
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m getting free alterations and a %10 off my dress because its a sample.  I wonder if I could have done better?

Post # 13
7 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

@cincity75: That is amazing! I know girls who have paid double the cost of their sample dress in alteration fees. Thank your lucky stars lady!

Post # 14
7387 posts
Busy Beekeeper

thanks great info

Post # 15
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Another thing to be very careful of is watching what size they order for you.  Make sure you see the size chart and your measurements.  Many stores order a larger size so you are forced to alter.  Of course they hope you are using their seamstress for the work/additional money.  I think this may have happened with my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses.  I am waiting for the rest of the girls to pick them up to see.

Post # 16
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Yup, I’d also be careful about the sizing. I went to two stores for the same dress. One had the dress for $950 and no sales tax, but didn’t offer free alterations. Another store had the dress for $1050 and was in another state, so there was sales tax, but offered free alterations.

I laid it out on the table for the store without free alterations to see if there was anything they could offer me that would make me want to buy the dress there, despite having to pay for alterations. The saleswoman said the sample dress I was wearing (a size 14) fit me perfectly and the only alteration I would need was a $25 bustle. I could clearly see it didn’t fit quite right.

I went to the other store the next day, and (After both the owners opened the store just for me on a sunday morning) they actually measured me and had me try on dresses in multiple sizes. As I expected, I needed a dress in a 16. 

If I had bought it from the first store, I would have had to pay for the dress to be let out because it would have been too small. Who knows how much I would have been charged? Probably more than the cost of the $100 difference + sales tax.

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