Post # 1
As someone who is totally not comfortable whatsoever in negotiating prices I am sort of hesitant to even try, but I hear a lot of brides do it. I know it doesn’t hurt to ask, but just wondering if anyone was successful at negotiating your wedding gown price at Kleinfeld’s and if so, how you did it and how much you negotiated?! Thanks, and happy weekend!
Post # 3
I purchased my gown there, but I didn’t consider negotiating. I don’t really know if they really do that there. They may be kinda snotty about it. On their show (Say Yes to that Dress) a couple brides did try to do it, I think one girl was successful. Don’t they have a sample sale coming up soon? I think they do a huge one in Feb.
Post # 4
I looked there and the woman could tell I wasn’t sold on the dress sostarted telling me she could get me a discount of 10-15% or so – I didn’t even ask for it but she really wanted to close the sale. If you find a dress you like, just tell the salesperson you love it, but it is out of your price range, or you found one somewhere else that is less (make it 20% or so less)…..My guess is that their business will be impacted like everyone else in this economy and they will haggle, as long as you are reasonable. Good luck!
PS – I did not buy my dress there in the end!
Post # 5
Yes good luck, in all the years of going to Kleinfeld’s I have found them to be one thing: Recalcitrant! My hat goes off to you if you succeed!
Post # 6
The salesperson we had at Kleinfeld’s in August was very willing to "do better" on the price of the same dress we had seen in Chicago. It became a non-issue when we decided not to buy at Kleinfeld’s so we didn’t press on with negotiating but I’m confident she would have come done from the asking price in order to get the sale.
Post # 7
I had the same experience as Janna — the dress I liked the best was a little above my price range, and the girl could tell we weren’t going to spend that much and clearly wanted to close the deal that day, so she offered us a discount before I even tried to negotiate, AND offered to throw in a veil for free. I believe they do mark their gowns up a good bit so they can afford to come down a little on the prices if it’s necessary to close a sale.
Post # 8
I negotiated. we ended up getting about 15% off (maybe a little more or a little less, can’t remember exactly). I was getting my dress off the rack about 2 months before the wedding, and loved the dress, AND was strapped for time, so it was obvious that my options were limited – they STILL offered me a discount because they wanted to close the deal. Never hurts to try! Good luck!
Post # 9
I got my dress and veil at Kleinfeld and got both at a discounted price. I didnt negotiate outright but did mention that I was torn between the their dress and another from Pronovias (I preferred the Kleinfeld dress). The consultant was a doll and spoke with her manager and at the end they gave me a 12% discount for both.
Post # 10
I wish I had known that they do negotiate a little…
Post # 11
This is really good to know, since I suppose I’ll be making the inevitable trip to Kleinfeld’s — although I’m sort of terrified. I’m the world’s worst negotiator, but my Maid/Matron of Honor is probably better!
Post # 12
My sister bought her dress at Kleinfelds and they gave her a 12% discount b/c she said that she saw the same dress on LI. I think they sales lady said that was the most they could do for a discount. I would so ask, b/c all they can say is no (which they won’t b/c they want your business)