(Closed) How much did you put down when you ordered the dress?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How much did you pay when purchasing dress
    Full price up front : (45 votes)
    27 %
    Down payment to order, remaining when it came in : (110 votes)
    67 %
    Other, Explained below : (9 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    73 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @MissDallasCowboy: I ordered my dress from an Alfred Angelo and I was asked to put half down when I ordered. Maybe if you’re going through a smaller boutique they need to pay for the dress in full in order for it to be made?

    Post # 4
    2588 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Generally, you only put down a percentage and then pay the rest when it comes in. I’d be suspicious of a shop that wants everything up front.

    Post # 5
    2288 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I put down 50%, which is what they required to put in an order. I’ve never heard of full price just to order it, but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. I’d be curious as to what the other bees have to say about this.

    Post # 6
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    We put down 50% when we ordered. 

    Post # 7
    3219 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    At DB you have to pay the whole amount.

    Post # 8
    24 posts

    Most bridal shops require 50% down and the rest when it comes in 10 to 14 weeks. If you order on line it has to be paid in full.

    Post # 9
    2410 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I put down 33%. I am to pay another 33% when I have my first fitting, and the final balance is due when I pick the dress up. I would be extremely suspicious of any store that required full payment upfront prior to ordering th edress. It worries me in terms of what recourse you would have if anything went wrong.

    Post # 11
    4385 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    The shop I went to had layaway, and since I was over a year from my wedding when I ordered, I went this route. I paid 100/month until I had paid for 50% at which point the ordered the dress and then I paid the rest when it came in.

    If I had gone the regular route they would have required 50%. 100% seems a little extreme to me…

    Post # 12
    317 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    It was 50% for my bridal shop. Everywhere I went to said about that, and you pay the rest when it arrives.

    I’d be weary with 100% up front on any vendor. You have to be sure it’s a reputable place.

    Post # 13
    2280 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    50% for me as well. I would be wary of paying full price before you even see your dress. What if it doesn’t arrive on time, they order the wrong dress, or it arrives damaged? Will they refund you?

    Post # 14
    396 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    We paid the whole price.

    Post # 15
    232 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I had to put half down to order and had to pay the remaining balance within 14 days of the dress coming in. But since my dress came back in 2 weeks (Alfred Angelo told me 8-12 weeks), they held it for about 2 months.

    Post # 16
    2204 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I put down half and the remaining half is due within 10 days of the dress arriving. I just ordered mine on Saturday (yay!!) but it’s not coming in until May-June.

    I’m not sure how other stores work, but I would be wary of putting down the full amount before the dress arrives.

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