(Closed) Trying on Wedding Dresses but no pics allowed?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
53 posts
Worker bee

Perth here too. Im American and wanted pics both for myself and for sending to my mom back in the states but no one would allow it. I ended up ordering online

Post # 17
2865 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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elleodee1:  We faced this too. I was so annoyed at my sister texting the whole time I was trying on dresses, but she was actually taking some photos. Because I knew I was going to buy my dress from that store, I wasn’t worried about breaking the rules.

Post # 19
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I bought my dress in Vancouver and I wasn’t allowed photos as well.   On the one hand it was a bit annoying at first, but then it actually helped.  I focused more on how I felt when I put my dress on, and I kept going back to it in my mind.  If you can’t even remember certain dresses, then it’s not the right one.  

And then, because I only had photos of myself in my dress, there wasn’t really any chance of “dress regret”.  I couldn’t scroll through my photos and sigh that one dress made me look taller while another made my arms look better. 

Post # 21
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m in Brisbane & I only found one store that wouldn’t allow photos. In most stores I found that the sales consultants suggested photos or offered to take them for me. I found it so helpful when making the final decision & part of the reason I chose one dress over another was because of the photo reference that I had. The store that didn’t allow photos was also one of the less expensive stores, which I thought was really odd.

Post # 22
226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Demetries

I live in USA, I ended up putting a deposit on my dress just go

snap pic IMO they just want the money and are being good salespeople. It worked out cause I loved the dress but I had to commit early on and I didn’t really appreciate that.

Post # 23
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

I’m in the UK and there wasn’t a single shop that let me take a photo.

Post # 24
2803 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I think perhaps not letting you takes photos encourages impulse buying rather than mulling it over later with the photos are home. It’s also to stop you finding a dress you love, snapping a photo, finding out the designer and style number and then getting it from another shop or second hand or something.

I went to two stores, one where I could take photos and one where I couldn’t (they were rude too, for other reasons). For any Brisbane brides looking, Hills in Hollywood on Gympie rd (it’s now called Odyssey formal wear) let’s you take photos and were really nice to me.

Post # 25
7553 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

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Everdeen:  Thanks for that tip, I’m a Brissie bride!

I have only been to one place, shortly after I got engaged, they didn’t let me take photos. I understand the reasoning behind it, but it’s annoying!

Post # 26
840 posts
Busy bee

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elleodee1:  The “no pics without buying it” rule was pretty common at the Finnish bridal shops I visited in search of my dress. I went to between 7 and 10 shops whilst looking for my dress, and I think only 1 or 2 allowed pics without a dress purchase.

Post # 27
574 posts
Busy bee

I’m the uk some have said no way some have allowed it and taken the photos for me. 

I prefer the shops that let me take pictures! I don’t understand the copyright thing as one shop said to me if you wanted to make a copy you’d just get the picture online! they write down the name of the ones you like anyway Or they did with me wrote it down on a card so I went home and googled them all to see how they looked on the model. 

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Post # 28
651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I live in Ireland and the first shop I went to was strictly no photos but the 2nd shop didn’t mind at all.


But my sister is the.most.awful photo taker and all the photos she took at the 2nd store were so unflattering so I have made her delete them 

Post # 29
3791 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Out of the 7 salons I went to, only 3 allowed pics while you were trying them on. I’m in the U.S.

At the salon that I got my dress at, they didn’t allow… but I snuck some in the dressing room. At one salon, they made you keep your purse outside of the dressing room, so there was no way to sneak any photos. It’s unfortunate, as I really liked a dress there but since I couldn’t take a photo, and couldn’t find it online, I had no reference to what designer it was (they also removed tags) or to remember what I looked like.

Post # 30
1210 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Modern, Classic, Fun

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elleodee1:  it depends on the store or salon. I live in the US,New Jersey in particular, and both salons I went to so far did not allow photos. Womp Womp 🙁

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