(Closed) One does not simply walk into a bridal shop…

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 33
Member
33 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I happened to find “the dress” when I walked into a bridal salon on a whim one afternoon.  It’s going to vary from salon to salon.  I think if you go during the week in the middle of the day then you’d probably be ok. 

Post # 34
Member
54 posts
Worker bee

Most places I needed an appointment. It was only at the lower end salons where I was able to walk right in. Probably depends on the city.

Post # 35
Member
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I booked appointments, just to avoid stress. I’ve been with other brides without, and it was quite frustrating to be turned away from some shops. 

Try on lots of things – I visited 8 or 9 different stores, one 3 times, and then found my dress in a totally different store that I’d never been to before. I didn’t feel any pressure to buy in any of them – in fact, the high end stores seemed least keen on securing a sale straight away – they were the ones who tried lots of different silhouettes and fabrics on me, to help me find which kind of dress I wanted, rather than which specific dress I was going to buy. If you’re sure you won’t be tempted to stray from your budget, I’d almost recommend going to a higher-end boutique if what you’re trying to see is what suits you. They tend to give you more time and attention, imo.

Post # 36
Member
358 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

The only place I had a huge problem with was David’s Bridal. They were extremely rude and wouldn’t let me try on any dresses. One place I called before and was told they only take appointments. The other places welcomed walk-ins, but I did at some times have to wait a little while. I would suggest to at least call on your way. May save you a few minutes and a headache.

Post # 37
Member
153 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It depends on the store, and just to save yourself stress, I’d check (call) first. A small locally owned store would be more likely to allow walk ins. That’s how I found my dress, and that was on a whim while looking for the Mother of the Bride dress.

Post # 38
Member
3856 posts
Honey bee

We called ahead to the shops we visited; some needed appointments, others didn’t. It doesn’t hurt to call, and only takes 2 minutes of your time!

Post # 39
Member
1211 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would just call and let them know you are coming. That can’t hurt, right?

Post # 40
Member
8375 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I just walked into a few stores. But I didn’t visit any high end places, either…everybody was able to fit me in. If they couldn’t have, I would’ve just left and shrugged.

One place said no way to photos, but when i told the very nice older lady (this place was so strict the lady actually dressed you and um, i don’t care for being nekkid in front of strangers)  my mom was from 5 hours away, she let me sneakily take photos to send to my mom. Every other place let me buy photos. It’s not like I was going to get a knock off of a $700 dress made

Post # 41
Member
3330 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think it depends on if it’s the weekend or the weekday. And David’s Bridal was nicer to me when I didn’t have an appointment than when I did, so they’re really not predictable on their level of animosity towards their brides, lol.

Post # 42
Member
1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m going to a bridal shop today without an appointment.  Hopefully they treat me with kindness!  If not, while walking out, I’m more than willing to let them know that I’m going down the street to their competitor.

Also, I love the dress you’re getting custom made…it’s so beautiful.  Seriously, I think we were sisters seperated at birth or something.  You and I have very similar taste!  🙂

Let us know how it goes!

Post # 43
Member
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would call and check if you need an appointment. Some places make it a policy so they can spend sufficient time with you and make sure they are offering good customer service. However, I think it’s rude to take up their time with no intention of buying – not buying because you didn’t find the right thing is fine, but you are using their time and not paying for it. How would you feel if someone did that to you?

Post # 44
Member
1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@rachelss:  Maybe I’m a bit naive to this whole dress buying business.  Is it not ok to browse and try on dresses at your leisure, especially if you don’t make an appointment?  When I go shopping in other stores, I don’t think it’s rude to look at their items and not buy anything.  There are times that I’ve spent an hour or so explaining to customers where I work what the item is and how to use it, and sometimes they still walk out without the item.  Am I upset?  Not at all!  At least I informed the customer on making the best decision for them.  It is their money after all!

Maybe the wedding dress industry is different, but I sure hope that every vendor I visit doesn’t expect me to buy something every time I set foot in their store!

Post # 46
Member
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I haven’t tried walking into a store and trying anything on outside of DB.  I got the urge to see what I would look like in a wedding dress.  And they even made me wait a while and asked if I had an appointment!

The topic ‘One does not simply walk into a bridal shop…’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors