(Closed) How do you negotiate with bridal stores and prices?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Weeeell I’ve never done this with bridal stuff (yet).. but just about everywhere I go that MIGHT have a discount, I ask.

My original Comcast bill was $90. I currently pay $39 per month because I kept trying to cancel because of issues with money.. I legitimately was trying to cancel but they don’t want to lose business. *shrug* They asked how much I could afford. I said I was hoping to pay about $30. 

There’s a lot of places where I ask if they have a “poor college student discount.” They never do, but the people I’m working with usually sympathize and offer me another discount if they can.. 99% of the time.

When looking at a dress, I’d just say that you were hoping to keep your budget under X amount, and if there’s any way they can make that happen.

I’m curious to see responses from people who’ve actually done this with bridal stuff!

Post # 4
10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I got $100 off my gown by basically asking for it. I got an email a few weeks ago about an Alfred Angelo sale that was happening in April (every gown $50-$300 off). My dress is an AA but I’m buying from a bridal salon so I wasnt sure if the sale would be valid. I emailed the salon to ask and the next day they replied saying that the sale was only good at AA stores but since I asked they would give me $100 off. Sure it’s not a huge amount but that covered tax and left me with a few extra bucks in my pocket.

It doesn’t hurt to ask. The worse they can say is no.

Post # 5
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

First thing I asked after we found the dress was, is there any discounts I can get for buying today?/Paying in full?  She gave me my crinoline for free.

When we got downstairs to pay, I saw the total, and I gave a YIKES face, because it was a good $150 over where I wanted to be.  My SA was soooo sweet and used a coupon from a previous bridal show, and saved me $100


Just be nice, and they will probably work with you.  It NEVER hurts to ask.  The worst that could happen is they say no.

Post # 7
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I actually tried to get a discount at a bridal shop, (Alfred Angelo) the dress was 200 over my budget but they would not budge 🙁 maybe it depends on the store

Post # 8
3374 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

This kind of stuff just never happens to me! Even after I walk out because the price is legitimately too much, still no discount. bah

Post # 9
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

The store I wanted to buy my dress didn’t carry it.  Neither did a store about an hr away that was having a 15% off sale on ALL dresses.  I said look woudl LOVE to buy my dress here but I KNOW I can get it 15% off somewhere else.  Is that something you can work with?  If you can’t do it off the dress can you at least give me a credit for alterations.  I said I woudl come in as soon as they told me that woudl work for them.

I think letting them know you’re ready to buy, and this is just the ONE thing that’ stopping you really helps.  Also, smaller shops where they may remember you and stuff may help.  And just have a bcak-up if they say no, there will be other stores with yoru dress.

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