(Closed) Implications to not paying for the rest of my wedding dress?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

wow…i have no idea. that’s a good question. do you know what kind of contract you signed when you put the deposit down? does it promise you’ll pay the amount in full when the dress arrives?

Post # 4
638 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

I think it would be rude to ‘not show up’ for the dress – as I assume the store will make quite a few attempts to contact you.  (Not that this is what you are planning to do)

If you call them and let them know you aren’t interested in the dress anymore and you understand you’ll lost the 50% deposit – I’m sure they’ll say "ok".  Who knows if it’s a popular dress they know they can sell, they may even work with you on a refund.

The reason they charge you the 50% deposit is to save their ‘butt’ if a bride changes her mind.  I’m sure you’re not the first.  I can’t imagine it will be a huge issue.  I would call and talk to them for sure.

Post # 5
236 posts
Helper bee

I would call them.  if your deress has not arrived yet you may be able to get part or all of your deposit back.  If you are canceling the wedding for some reason they are even more likely to do this because you are more likely to come back if you decide to marry later.  Check with the store to find out what thier policy is.  No matter what the policy is you should le tthe store know asap if you are not going to take the dress.

Post # 6
754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Be careful.  Your signature on that contract may be legally binding.  They may be able to sue for non-payment.

Post # 7
1718 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

Like PP’s said above, I think it varies store to store.  There are lots of shops that will let you "leave" your dress, and you lose your deposit.  They probably hope to resell the dress at a discount to make up for you not paying…but this may not be the case at all shops, so the best thing to do is to ask your store, specifically.  If you are really thinking about ditching a dress, call ASAP!  Its possible that the dress has not been put into production by the dressmaker, in which case you may be able to negotiate getting some/all of your money back.

Post # 9
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I had a similar experiance with my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, the shop was holding the 50% for all my maids but one, who lived out of state and needed some time to get measured.

Their policy was no returns. After a day and talking to my maids they were all uncomfortable getting the dress there so I caolled and told them I woulnd’t be placing my order and wanted my girls money back.

When they protested I reminded them that nothing had been bought, and that after out treatment (we had a bad experiance) I would call the BBB if nothing else.

They agreed

Since in your case it says no cancelations, see if you can simply take that money and put itowards a new dress in thier shop. ANy shop who actually cares about customerserive should give you at least that. 

Post # 10
95 posts
Worker bee

It depends… They may either:

– let you put the money towards another dress (unlikely, but worth a try to ask)

– keep your 50% deposit and keep your dress as well

– keep your 50% deposit and sue you for the rest

I would call and speak with them if I were you. They may be able to sort it out for you…. it’s worth it to give it a try.

good luck!

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