(Closed) things i learned dress shopping this weekend

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Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@capebride924: I went dress shopping for the first time this weekend too.

I actually didn’t run into the budget issue. The consultant did come into the room with a dress that was over budget, but she TOLD us first and said, “Do you still want to try it on?”

I agree about asking for discounts/wiggle room. I was told if I opened a store credit card I’d get 10% off all purchases that day, we were not going to buy the dress that day (won’t but until end of November) but we asked if we could use the 10% on the dress then and they said yes. So I opened the card, got 10% off my shoes and a coat on another floor and will get 10% off the dress if I do buy it there.

I also agree it is SO fun and goes by SO fast. I was very worried about fitting into samples because I’m a street size 14 or so. I was able to get all but 2 samples on (out or 30+ dresses I tried) and some were even too big!

The one thing I would say is be prepared that many places do not allow pictures. That was the most discouraging part. But it just means I have to make appointments to go back and visit my top choices again.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I had some dresses shown to me that were over budget as well, but like Plantains my consultant told me that before so I could decide whether to try it on (I refused them all). 

One thing I wasn’t prepared for was that not everyone really cared about how special your appointment is to you–I went to a shop that really made me feel like I was just a number to them and they treated me pretty horribly.  But thankfully I bought my dress from an awesome shop!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

@KatNYC2011: I also went shopping this weekend. If you don’t mind, where did you go? I thought most places wouldn’t but Pronovias let me and so did POB and one other store I went to. I also went to the Brides Against Cancer sample sale and they let me take pictures. POB didn’t like it but I lied and said my mum was paying for the dress and she wants to see me in it…sorry. They let me take pictures of my top contenders!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@capebride924:  I also grew up in an affluent town, and I get those comments, too.  Very frustrating:)

 

Sounds like you had a successful time…did you shop in Boston or on the Cape?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I didn’t run into the budget issue too much at the places I went to. The first two stores I went to mostly had you pulling gowns you wanted (the first gave you 5 tags to put on dresses you wanted pulled, the second just had you grab them off the rack yourself) so I was able to glance at the price before I chose to try it on. 

The third store I went to was David’s Bridal. My max. budget was $1500, so not really a problem there. 

The fourth store the consultant knew my budget, and she had me pull 3 dresses and then she pulled 3 initially, then she continued to pull more as the appointment went on. All were at or under my budget. I initially found my dress there (didn’t buy b/c it was out of state) and it was only $1070 there. 

The final store I went to was a local store that carried “my” dress. It was $20 cheaper than the out of state store, so in the end I got the dress for $1150 b/c I ordered it in a custom length. 

I think being VERY up front, checking the tags as you pull them/try them on, or just flat out asking what something costs before you get into it is the safest way to handle the issue. If you’re adamant, and keep refusing to try on over-budget dresses, the consultants will know to stop pulling them. 

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@bRooklynRocks: I went to RK bridal (they have signs posted that say no photos), Wedding Atelier, and Saks. I didn’t ask at Wedding Atelier or Saks and my mom was with me so I couldn’t use that line.

I’m going to Amsale this weekend with one of my bridesmaids, so maybe I can use that line there.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@capebride924:  My friends live right near Allegria and I never thought to look there…good to know that you had a good experience there, though!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@KatNyc – Please take pictures at Amsale, no matter what.  I love Amsale.  Sigh.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Linz1231: Haha… I will try my best. Don’t want to get kicked out though!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

@KatNYC2011: I went with one of my best friends to Amsale and we totally took pictures. We also took pictures at Kleinfelds. You should just take them when the sales lady is out of the room. I usually just call the place and ask outright before my scheduled appointment. And next time, if your mum is there, use the ‘grandma’ line 🙂 Funny enough, I’m going to Amsale on Friday!!

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@bRooklynRocks: Did Amsale allow pictures? Or did you have to sneak them?

 

At all my appointments last weekend the consultant was never out of the room while I was in a dress. So there was no opportunity to “sneak” a picture.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@bRooklynRocks: how was your experience at POB? i was thinking of going there, as i love their dresses, but have read horrible things about their customer service so i’m scared.

ha, i tried the grandma line but it didn’t work! (my grandma happens to be mostly blind and there’s no way she’d be able to see a cell phone pic anyway)

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