Post # 1
I’m thisclose to buying my wedding dress (a Melissa Sweet), but I’m wondering if any of you have had any experience reducing the price of a dress. I first tried my dream dress on in June and went back last weekend–in that time, the price had gone up $300!
Do you have any thoughts on the best way to bring this to the bridal salon’s attention and possibly pay the original price I was quoted? Would this be appropriate? I’m planning to use this store for my alterations, so I don’t want there to be any bad blood!
Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
I got 15% off my dress because I told them I could get it for that price at another store. Ask–it can’t hurt!
Post # 4
I would just mention it….its worth a shot! Definitely mention you’d like to use them for your alterations – and maybe even try and bargain your alterations into the price of the gown…like they cap the alterations price at x dollars. That’s what I did for mine. Good luck!
Post # 5
Ask!! Many places discount. For instance one store I went to said everything was 10% off through July because "it was their slow month".
Post # 6
I think it’s harder to bargain at Melissa Sweet than some other places, but the always give discounts during the many trunk shows, so you should be at least able to get that discount. if it’s not at a POB salon, you can probably bargain a little more. But I wouldn’t count on anything more than 15% or so.
Post # 7
Negociating worked for me, almost by accident. I got $100 knocked off the price of my gown when I mentioned that I loved it but it was outside my budget. I wasn’t expecting them to give me a discount at all — they were already offering me 15% off anything in the store because of a special they’re running — but the owner was able to bring the price down even further!
Definitely ask, the worst they can say is "no," and you won’t be the first bride to bargain with them. Just keep it low-key — tell them that you love the dress but it went up $300 since you saw it in June, which makes the price a bit more than you were hoping to pay, and see what they say.
Post # 8
I got $400 off my dress (the dress was originally $2150), no tax AND a free veil b/c I shopped around and then asked!!
I was also willing to walk away and find another store to buy from… I think that helps… keep in mind there are lots of stores out there that probably carry the same dress!
Post # 9
I tried to negotiate w/ one store, but I felt like they were playing hardball for an off the rack dress…they wanted full price. I called around and found another one off the rack & saved $200, and it was in better condition!
I thought I would be loyal to the store that helped me find "the one", but they weren’t willing to work with me at all when I first went there…of course after a couple weeks they called me for a 10% off sale, but I had already decided to leave them, since they literally wouldn’t take anything less than full price for the sample.