(Closed) Trying on PAID wedding gowns. Illegal???

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

woah, I had no idea!! thanks for the heads up, I will let other brides to be know this as well!!! that is terrible, no wonder you are feeling upset.

Post # 4
5323 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

That is not okay. That’s poor business practice. I would definitely write reviews to let other brides know!!!

Post # 5
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2021

@Braswellro: That’s horrible! Now, I’m really concerned about my dress.  It’s being stored at my boutique! I’ve never seen any staff members go back to the room where they’re kept and get them out but I’m seriously worried now!

Post # 6
4005 posts
Honey bee

Do you have your dress in your possession with all the alterations finished? If so, absolutely call the store or write a review to let other brides know what you had overheard so they know what they’re getting themselves into. The reason your dress was replace is probably b/c someone did tear it or got a stain on it when they tried it on. That’s just bad all around!

Post # 7
1150 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@Braswellro: I would write a review after your wedding. Don’t rock the boat until you’ve gotten the dress out of the store. This is my main advice in situations like this with tough to deal with vendors or something similar. Use their services that you contracted for, then offer critical reviews later. That way, they can’t deny you what you’re contracted for before the date. If the shop sees a bad review from you now, they may withhold the gown, etc. all because they’re upset over your criticism. Vendors especially small business owners get really defensive and petty when critized for poor service. It’s best to wait until after your wedding. You’ve got a few more weeks, so just a little longer. I’m appalled to hear that a boutique would do that. Bad, bad business practices indeed.

Post # 8
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would even contact the BBB and let them know your concerns.  It will help spread the word and protect future brides

Post # 9
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

That is so terrible!!  I would be LIVID if I new the boutique had been letting other brides try on my dress!!  You should definitely talk to the owners about this.  I would also write a review anywhere and everywhere that I could online letting both current and future brides know about this practice.  That is NOT ok!!

Post # 10
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Bridal salons had me try on paid wedding gowns before and I honestly never even thought about it until reading your post. It is totally wrong and for all I know they did it with my gown too. When I tried them on, it was because I was very interested in the floor sample, but it was very dirty/damaged so I could barely tell what it would look like. The consultant would say “Oh, we’ve got that dress in via a customer order!” rush into the back then bring out the paid gown. Sometimes they would just let me look at it, other times they would let me try it on and use pins instead of clips to fasten it.

Post # 12
4590 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@brox:  This!

Post # 13
1351 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011


I wouldn’t do anything though until you have your gown in your possession.

The whole point of wedding gowns is you try on SAMPLES and then you’re the only one in the actual dress you BUY!!

I would be LIVID if i knew my gown had been tried on, it could easily be damaged or stained.

So what exactly happened to your dress that they had to replace it I wonder…?

Post # 15
42 posts
  • Wedding: February 2012

OUT OF ORDER! I agree with PinkPinstripes, wait till you have you dress in your possession before you write a review. 

I would go crazy if I knew other brides were trying on my dress! 

Post # 16
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

NOT OK!!. Once you have your dress and you no longer need their service I would write a review on every site that would let me.

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