Post # 1
So, I’ve been dress searching for a long time and I finally found one that I love. I purchased it this past weekend.
But. I can’t help but feeling that I should’ve bargained a bit more.The local salon had it for let’s say $2K*. RK Bridal in NYC had it for $1850*. When I got the dress at the local salon they were running a trunk show so all dresses purchased that weekend by that designer was 10% off. So the gown came in at $1800*. Less than even what RK Bridal had it at. I asked if they would go lower but the owner who was taking care of me so they do not barter, etc. I was OK because I felt RK Bridal would have the cheapest price around and if I was getting a lower price than that. I felt good.
But. I felt like I should’ve asked if she was willing to knock off taxes because I was putting down deposit in cash. Or at least comp alterations or something.
I’m usually better at bargaining!! Sigh.
P.S. I’ve tried searching for my dress online and have not found any in a month that’s near my size.
Post # 3
I feel like you got a pretty good deal. You might have been able to get a better deal, but you might not have. I say, congratulations on finding a dress! Focus on that. 🙂
Post # 4
I think you definitely got a good deal! Lets see some pics! 🙂
Post # 5
I totally hear you. I actually forgot to barter because I got so excited about finally making a decision. I know they will typically do sales tax or 10%, but in the long run, it’s not going to matter so much. So let it go…it’s great that they were having a sample sale!
Post # 6
I think you should definitely feel at ease with what you paid 🙂
You got a discount, so that’s a good thing! Could you have called all over your state looking for a better deal? Yes, and you may have found a place that would have knocked another $100 off, but it probably wouldn’t have been worth the hassle. Sometimes it’s nice just knowing you have your dress (finally!), so enjoy it 🙂
Hope that helps!
Post # 7
Thank you!You ladies have definitely made me feel better! 🙂
I called the other local salon who carries Casablanca but they never got back to me! :(Here’s my gown (Casablanca Couture B002):
It’s nothing crazy but I love how simple it is. The Future Mother-In-Law saw me in it and she kept raving that the dress is very me. Simple and elegant. Hehe.
I’m actually going to not wear the bow but instead possibly use it as a sash right underneath the bodice.
Post # 8
I’m a silly woman and I forgot to barter for my dress. I got all excited and flustered and pretty much just handed over my credit card. So stupid. I got them to take the equivalent of the sales tax (13%) off my veil when I ordered that though. Can you barter for alterations at all?!
Post # 9
Glad to see I’m not the only one who was kicking myself for not negotiating a discount on my dress. For some reason, I just handed over my credit card and didn’t really think about it. I guess I thought I was in a Nordtrom or department store for a split second and it didn’t even occur to me that I could ask for a discount. Especially in this economy!!! EEEeek…
But, like the others said, not a huge deal in the long run. And I did ask for a discount on my alterations and got 10% off. It took a lot of haggling (mostly on my mom’s part) and wasn’t as much as 10% off the dress of course… but it was something!
Post # 10
OMG YOUR DRESS IS GORGEOUS!!!!!!!
i also think you got a good deal. don’t over think it! but again.. GORGEOUS and UNIQUE! love it.
Post # 11
Well, I talked to the bridal salon today and on regular order the expected delivery date will be end of June. Which will put it one month before the wedding. A tad too close for comfort seeing as how there will probably still need to be hollow to hem alterations. And one month before the wedding I’ll rather not worry about the dress. So for peace of mind $100 for rush order is worth it to me. Although I really did not want to spend the extra $100!!! But now it’ll be in end of April/early May. Plenty of time. Sigh.