Post # 1
I was lurking around on Pininterest for wedding dresses and found this designer that makes the dress that I was interested in. So I went to check the designer’s website to check for stockists in the U.S since the designer is not based here. I found that the designer only have few bridal salons that carry this designer’s line. One of the salons is an “OG indie” bridal salon, as how they put it about their salon. Now, this salon has multiple locations here in the U.S and lucky for me, they have 1 location in my hometown so I scheduled an appointment to go try on the designer’s dress that I was interested in. When I got to the salon, they didn’t have the exact dress that I wanted but let me tried on a similar dress and told me that they can always order the one that I wanted. However, my mom looked around the salon and picked out this other dress from the same designer for me and it absolutely looked gorgeous with my body type. Even the sales consultant said this would look better on me than the dress I wanted.
So as you can tell by now, I didn’t walk in thinking I would find another dress as my “I said YES” dress but I did. After seeing that dress on me, I just couldn’t stop thinking about it even after I went to 2 other bridal salons and tried on other dresses. This dress was at the top of my budget so I didn’t immediately say yes because I wanted to think more about it. When I saw on here that other bees were able to find similar dresses at different salons with different prices and that you can also negotiate, I decided to call the other bridal salons that carried the designer’s dress. 2 of the other bridal salons I called gave me a quote that was $500-$600 lower than the salon that I went to. To me that is a huge price difference and would put the price in a more comfortable range for me. I want to go back to the salon that I went to and ask them if they do price match or see if I can negotiate any discount when not at a trunk show. This location previously had this designer’s trunk show last month that I missed out because I didn’t start dress shopping until earlier this month.
Since this particular salon is part of a multi locations salon name, I don’t know if they would be willing to do price match or offer discount. Has any bee have experience negotiating with independent bridal salon with multiple locations? If so, how did you do it? The location I went to didn’t have a manager’s office and the whole place has this open concept with no doors and just curtains so if I go back, I would feel weird trying to negotiate in open space with other brides to be around.
Thanks bees for any input you guys have.
Post # 2
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 # 3
It is the exact same dress from the designer. I called the other 2 salons that were listed as the official stockists from the designer’s website and asked if they carry the exact same dress and for the price. The salon that I went to quoted me a price that was $300 over the mark and these 2 salons that I called, quoted me a price that was $200-$300 under the mark. These 2 salons are not in the same city but are in nearby cities that are easy for me to drive to in the same state.
I’m not expecting a steep discount, something reasonable like the trunk show discount, but when I learned of the price differences between the salons, that kinda took me back a bit. Since my wedding is far out, I could still make it to another of their trunk show for this designer later this year but thought I would want to secure my dress now instead of waiting further.
Post # 4
- 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
Why not just go to one of the other salons and purchase it there?
Post # 6
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
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!