(Closed) Put deposit on dress, changed mind..help! :(

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
202 posts
Helper bee

you can try seeing if the owner will allow you to credit the $700 (or perhaps partial) to your Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses and tuxes? otherwise, bridal gowns are usually non-refundable unless the shop feels they can sell it easily. hope it works out!!

Post # 4
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

The idea of trying to see if they will give you store credit towards the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses and tuxes is a great idea. Perhaps they might be more accommodating once they realize that they aren’t going to lose out on that money entirely.

The ideal situation would be if Maggie Sottero would take the dress back, and if the bridal salon would credit you the $700. If your girls were going to pay for their own dresses, they could just write you a check. 

I think the custom length might be a little difficult– that really limits who they could resell the dress to.

If you really feel like the dress isn’t for you, and the bridal salon can’t do anything about it, then try to look into where you can resell the dress. Try Craigslist, here, Ebay, theKnot. People might be more apt to buy it if it wasn’t worn yet. Good luck! 


Post # 5
22 posts
  • Wedding: September 2018

You might also want to try selling it on http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/; perhaps you can get back at least a portion of what you paid for it! Best of luck to you!

Post # 6
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

The thing is, the shop orders the dress made for you.  That’s the reason they collect the deposit.  If they are even trying to do something for you, that’s very nice of them – if you read through their policies, you probably owe them not only the deposit but the full price of the dress.

The profit that they make for renting you tuxes and selling you Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses doesn’t really recoup their investment in the wedding dress that you have stuck them with – plus, if I was them, I might be a little reluctant to have you order Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses – who knows whether you will change your mind about them too?  Although certainly if they continue to do business with you, there is no excuse for them treating you poorly, you can see how that might happen.

I would at least go try on the dress, and see what you think.  After all, you loved it enough to spend your money on it at one time.  If you can make it work, that’s probably the best solution.  If not, you’re really stuck with paying whatever they say you owe them.  And if they say you only owe them the deposit, then you probably don’t get the dress – you only get the dress if you pay the rest of what you owe.

Post # 7
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Hi Oct9bride,

Boy, do I understand!!  I did the exact same thing as you.  I picked out a dress that I thought i loved and put a deposit down (50%) and then started to feel iffy about it later.  Its not a good feeling.  After that, I couldn’t stop thinking about how i’d feel on the day of the wedding if I weren’t wearing something that I really loved.  So I sucked up the deposit amount and went looking for another dress that I would have no regrets on.  If you found a 2nd dress for $300, I say go for it!!  I don’t know what your overall budget for your wedding is but $300 for a dress is a steal.  You might feel guilty for eating the $700 but in the end, you have to be happy. 

The lady at my first dress shop told me I could sell the first dress online (ebay, preowned, etc).  Honestly, I could have gone that route, (and I’m not telling you to do this) but I wanted to be done with the it. Out of sight, out of mind.  And also, the dress wasn’t a dress that I knew would be very popular with other brides.  Maggie Sottero seems to be pretty popular so you might have a better chance selling it on Preowned, especially if its never been worn or altered. 

In the end, you have to be happy with how you look on that day.  You can skimp in other areas like flowers or other wedding extras.

Post # 8
1 posts
  • Wedding: January 2009

What size/color is your Vogue dress? I am looking for one right now. Maybe sell it at a discount….you atleast wouldn’t be out of all of your 1400!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I know exactly how you feel!!! I did the same thing, but I bought the dress (instead of just putting down a deposit). It may not work the same way, but I called the corporate office of David’s Bridal where I purchased the gown and explained that I was pressured into buying the gown and they gave me a FULL REFUND!!!

Try to call the corporate office and just see if they would give you your money back…even the Maggie Sottero corporate office may do the trick. If not, you definitely should go with the dress that you love. I looked up the Vogue dress and it is GORGEOUS, but I totally understand if it isn’t your style. It is up to you and you should feel like a beautiful, princess on your wedding day Laughing And, like others said, you could always try to sell it for $100 off on oncewed, ebay, craigslist, or preowned if you have to buy it. Good luck!!!!!!!

Post # 10
271 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Oh man that is stressful…I know shops around my area aren’t very lenient and I have been told once its ordered, its yours…I’m sure there is some bend somewhere.  But if not, I dont think you’d have a problem selling the dress…and event hough you have it custom length, it’ll be easier to sell since you haven’t made any alterations!  Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

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