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

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 46
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Wow… I can’t believe this is a common practice. Thank you for writing about this so I know to double check if I do buy a dress and have it stored at the boutique. It’s like someone going into your closet and wearing your newly bought clothes before you had the chance.

@tksjewelry: I think that has to be the best possible way of doing it if all boutiques do let people try on paid dresses since I understand the reasoning behind it. If I was called and informed then I honestly wouldn’t mind giving permission for another bride to try my dress but I’d be furious if they did it secretly.

Post # 47
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Now I’m worried!  My dress has been in for about a month, but I was in the middle of a move and just haven’t been able to pick it up.  I’m going this weekend, and I will be devastated if it shows any signs that it’s been fiddled with 🙁  So worried now.

Post # 48
313 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

this is horrible!! And I have heard of this happening before. This is exactly why I went to pick up my dress as soon as I could once I got the call it was in. And they did NOT want me to take it either.  They even told me at one point when I went to pick it up that they had had a girl call about the dress, and when I was paying the remainder on it, they kept asking me “are you sure you want to take it? are you sure you don’t just want to store it here?” Um, no thank you! I would prefer you NOT put my dress on another bride.  Sorry–this just gets me fired up!  and it makes sense that they would try this, because the sample dress of my style in the store is only a bridal size six–which didn’t fit me, and won’t fit most people.  I’m sure if they need to make a sale, they would take out my size 10 to put on somebody just to see! ugh!

Post # 49
793 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

That’s terrible! Try to get your dress back asap, and store it yourself, if you can!

I trust my store, but I didn’t want them to store mine because I’m worried that they might go out of business or something. I voiced these fears to my mother (thinking I was probably just paranoid), and she said she knew someone whose daughter almost lost her dress because the place went out of business while they were storing her dress! ACK!!

Sorry if I gave anyone something new to worry about, but I’d recommend storing your dress yourself.

Post # 51
356 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Thorpewood

I’ve been thinking about this since I first saw it.  I’m not even engaged yet but I feel angry for all of the brides who don’t know this practice is going on and some stranger is wearing THEIR special dress.  Especially because it seems not all bridal shops replace dresses damaged by this careless practice.  Ugh.  It shouldn’t be allowed!

Post # 53
1 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

Take your dress now and get any unfinished alterations done at a different store. You can get alterations done at almost any bridal store or even a private seamstress. It doesnt have to be at the same store you bought your dress. And many brides often don’t realize that it can be cheaper with a private seamstress instead of someone provided at the store. Honestly if I found out a store had let someone else try my dress on I think I would sue the place.

Post # 54
19 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Braswellro: OMG!! GIRL!! I WOULD BE PISSED!! Shoot, I’M PISSED WITH AND FOR YOU RIGHT NOW!! That situation has me at a loss for words. I can’t even get the adjectives to explain my rage right now. WOOOW!

You should act, but only AFTER your transactions with them are done, and I’d make that as soon as YESTERDAY!

Girl PM me the store. I’m a Baltimore Bride (military now so I live in VA). I will spread the word with you to people I know as well.

Hope it all works out for you. If you need back up, PM Me…LOL. J/k…but for real. Lol. (Wanted to help you smile)


Post # 55
2166 posts
Buzzing bee


Yup! Thats the thread that came to mind reading this too.

OP: take your dress home!!

Thank you for posting as between the thread Amaryllis is talking about, and this one, it has solidified my decision to take my dress home with me after I pick her up Monday.

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