Negotiating with "Independent" bridal salons for price

posted 5 months ago in Dress
Post # 2
268 posts
Helper bee

gigilau89 :  I worked for a family owned bridal shop for years. It seems strange that other stores carry the same gown for $500-600 less. Are they the exact same dress? Are they in the same area?

At my store, we would honor valid local price quotes (not from online stores that make knockoffs)- but that seems like a huge price difference.

Post # 4
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Lake Louise Canada

Is there a reason you dont want to buy directly from one of the less expensive locations? If you already know the exact model and size it should be easy. I had my bridal salon ship my dress from one State to another one without any trouble.

Post # 5
1491 posts
Bumble bee

Why not just go to one of the other salons and purchase it there?

Post # 6
838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

gigilau89 :  That’s seriously bizarre. Though, I actually had a really bad experience at a local salon and wrote a negative review on yelp (it was BAAAAAD). The owner contacted me directly and offered me a free veil and a 10% discount, noting that that was all she was allowed to offer due to agreements with designers. Soooo…maybe that has something to do with it? Salons have contracted agreements with designers to sell dresses for so much? Or perhaps they have a contracted price they pay the designer and calculated price that way? Who knows. I don’t know who the designer is or the price, but I’d wager you can get a 10% discount no problem. 10% seems to be the magic # at all the salons here – when I had aforementioned issue, salon where I purchased dress going forward gives me 10% off all other purchases, salon where MOB dress was purchased offered her 10% off when we asked, etc. etc. etc..

victoriad :   knickergold :  Not all salons are created equal? Perhaps the others don’t have great reputations? One of the salons where I went to try on dresses was fine for that experience, but they had dozens of reviews that said things seriously nose dive once you pay for the dress. Who knows!

Post # 7
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

You could ask them to price match or just buy it from the cheaper place. Why not just buy it from the cheaper place? Also even with the less expensive shop, every single wedding shop I visited was able to negotiate down on prices on nearly every dress I asked about. I came close to buying a couple different ones and was able to get 10-30% off the original price with all of them. So always ask if there’s wiggle room on the price!

And be careful with dress price gauging, this seems to be just a thing some shops do. They know you’re excited and want to buy it right away sometimes and will upcharge either so you just pay too much, or so they can “discount” the dress so you think you’re getting a deal. I actually went to one wedding shop where they cut the tags out of the dresses so you can’t see the brand and price compare. I went to try on a specific dress (so I already knew what it cost), and they were asking double the cost from anywhere else!

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