(Closed) Pay for wedding dress before fitting?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Lake Louise Canada

Different stores have different policies, mine required 100% payment before they would order it.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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victoriad :  

Same. Mine required full payment before alterations and alterations were to be paid immediately after the first fitting. I hadn’t even tried it back on at this point, but they have free re-fittings after that if anything along the lines of what you asked needed adjusting. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

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sunshadebride :  I had to pay in full before they would even order it.

I should think they’d let you go see it before you pay the final balance. What if it’s damaged or the wrong dress?

Just ask the store 🙂

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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sunshadebride :  I paid in full when ordering, because I bought it at a trunk sale. Normal store policy is 50% down at ordering, then the rest when it arrives.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Definitely take a good look at the dress before you pay in full. Thre have been old threads where the wrong dress was shipped. If you catch any mistakes now you will give yourself more time to get them rectified instead of waiting until March.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I paid 50% at ordering, and the balance when I took the altered dress home. There have been too many horror stories of businesses going out of business and stranding girls without dresses (and no money).  I don’t have a problem paying 50% when ordering (it likely covers their whole cost anyway), and once I have the dress in my hands they can have the balance of the money 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Mine required a 50% Payment to order and the rest due when the dress came in to take it home before alterations. Alterations also asked for full payment up front.

I think that’s about standard.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Mine was paid in full before my fitting 🙂

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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sunshadebride :  I don’t think that’s unreasonable. I don’t even think it’s unreasonable to tell them you’ve paid 100.% for it so you’re taking it home, and you’ll bring it back for alterations. Then you have it at home to try on to see how close you’re getting to your goal of it fitting, and in case the place goes out of business, you have your dress. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I paid 50% when the dress was ordered, I have to pay the rest after the dress arrives but before my first fitting.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Inspect the dress and try it on at the store prior to making the final payment or taking it home.  If you take it home to try on and anything is not right then it is your problem.  If you try it on at the store and anything is not right then it is their responsibility. However, if you ordered the wrong size then it is up to them if they will exchange or reorder it because most brides sign a contract when ordering that states this is the size that they wanted the dress ordered in.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

I got to try on my dress when it arrived at the store (8 months before they started alterations) and then made the final payment. My alterations payment was due at the 2nd fitting when I took it home.

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