- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
I tried on the Pronovias Uncia gown on a whim, even though it was out of my price range, because I was curious whether the feathers would be fabulous or ridiculous. Turns out, they were fabulous and I fell in love with the dress and can’t get it out of my mind. That wasn’t at a local store, so I decided that if I was having it shipped in anyway, I might as well see if someone else could ship it in for a better price. I thought others might be able to learn from my experience, so here it is:
- The Pronovias price for the dress is $2450 and they don’t allow dealers to discount the dress. Apparently, they’ve been agressive at suing stores who have discounted the dress previously.
- I know I could have gone the replica route, but I fell in love with the dress because of the feathers and I’m skeptical that such a new trend would be replicated correctly. (Plus, I’m feeling guilty enough about not buying locally or buying from the location where I originally tried on the dress, so replica guilt might be too much for me.)
- After lots of internet research, I found an authorized dealer who is advertising 20% off all Pronovias dresses through the end of the month. That’s breaking the designer’s rules, but they must be willing to risk it. If any of you are loooking for a Pronovias this month, check it out: http://www.dorisbridal.com/specials. With the 20% discount, the dress is $1960. I’d have to pay a shipping fee, but I also don’t have to pay taxes since I will be having it shipped to a different state – and that is a huge savings!
- Then I started calling places that are known to give big discounts. Jaehee Bridal is an authorized dealer and they sell on-line through “sayyesbridal.” They have good reviews on-line. When I called, they asked what I had been quoted for the dress. I gave them the $1960 price tag and they eventually said they’d do a price of $1800 with a free fingertip length veil and no shipping cost (or tax).
- Then I started looking for bridal sites that advertise doing a price match plus a 5% discount – and who were authorized dealers of Pronovias (unfortunately, RK bridal isn’t). I ended up talking to someone at BestBridalPrices. They won’t match the cost unles you have it in writing and I didn’t think Jaehee would risk putting something into writing that could get them in trouble. Bestbridalprices was willing to call Jaehee, but the price Jaehee quoted them was around $2002 – 15% off the gown’s cost, but over $200 more than I was quoted. So, the lesson here is that if I hadn’t told Jaehee I had already been offered a significant discount elsewhere, they wouldn’t have offerred me such a low price! BestBridalPrices wouldn’t do the price match / 5% off on the $1800 since Jaehee wouldn’t give them that price. Instead, they were willing to beat Doris Bridal’s 20% off by about another 5% – making the dress cost $1846.
So, all-in-all, I got the cheapest price through Jaehee, but only because I was able to say I had already been offered a discount elsewhere. I’m doing some local dress shopping this weekend, but if I don’t find something I love for less than that, I’ll make the purchase on Monday.
I just thought others might benefit from seeing how I found the best price. And – if anyone has any advice on options I didn’t think of, let me know!!!