Post # 1
I’m recently engaged (Christmas Day 🙂 ) and tonight I’m starting the hunt for the dress! I’m not currently in a position to buy as we have not even set the date or venue yet (we have fairly good ideas as to when and where it will be), but I want to start getting ideas about what works, what doesn’t work, styles, fabrics, prices.
I feel kind of bad going to salons to try things on and leaving without buying. What is the best way to do so? I don’t want to waltz in and say “by the way I won’t be buying today” because I worry that the level of service won’t be as high, but I also don’t want to get consultants’ hopes up by not saying anything.
What’s a happy medium? How do you go into a store and politely leave after trying things on without buying? What kind of things do you say after you’re done looking?
Thanks in advance everyone!!
Post # 3
I would be up front with them. Tell them that you are probably not going to buy today but you want to get an idea of what they have. If they give you poor customer service, then that to me a sign that you shouldn’t give them your business anyway. People browse at comission-based stores all the time, we shouldn’t feel pressured to buy a dress!
Post # 4
You dont need to mention it. Just tell them to write the details of the dress you (kinda) like, price etc…. and then leave. Simples
Post # 5
Im going dress shopping for the first time tomrrow too, and I think that alot of Brides dont buy there dress on the first time anyways, I know I wont be buying a dress tomorrow, im going with my close friend and my boss thats like a Mom to me, but i would def have some others that i would want to show the dress to before i ordered, i think alot of salons knows this
Post # 6
@Kellylovesanthony: ditto this. I am going tomorrow and don’t plan on buying a dress. Even if I fall in love with one tomorrow I am going home to think about it/shop around more before I make the purchase. I still have time.
Post # 7
Thank you all for your replies! I guess I’m just nervous hehe. I’m kind of passive so I’m worried that I’ll get stressed and not know what to do if I get a pushy consultant. I’ve read reviews for the place I’m going to and they don’t seem to mention anything about pushy ladies which is good! I’m bringing my Maid/Matron of Honor and my 2 sisters who are my bridesmaids (my mum will be coming next-next week when we go to the bigger place). Thank you again! I’m feeling more confident.
Post # 8
I’ve done this. I’ve tried on so many dresses in so many stores and if I liked something I just asked for them to write down the details.
Post # 9
I went to about 5 shops before I finally bought a dress. My consultants were great for the most part and they didn’t put any pressure on me to buy a dress that day. I wouldn’t worry about it too much. Just have fun and get ideas of what you like and what looks good!