Post # 1
So I am going in a few weeks to this dress store in my city and I know she carries Mori Lee and Maggie Sottero. I looked on their sites and they have no price, like I wish I knew I could or could not afford a dress before I fell in love with it. Not fair.
Post # 3
usually you can google the dress name and style number with the word “price” and get an idea.
Post # 4
I agree with @MrsTVLover:. You can Google it, but be aware that many of the sites that show prices will be the “made in China” sites and will be considerably lower than what you would pay in a retail salon.
Post # 5
thanks ladies I will try that
Post # 6
The designers will generally not post their price because the retailer has the right to charge what they want. The designer may have a MSRP, but because each store will have different lease rates based on their location, and volume discounts, there will be differences in pricing.
The stores do not want you to know the price ahead of time because they want you in their store and try to pressure you to make the sale while you are in the dress instead of shopping around. This is why many stores won’t tell you the style of the dress until you’ve paid the deposit.
Post # 7
Yeah, you can definitely get an idea of the price by Googling a particular style. Even for private label brands, you can even get a range via The Knot, though not a very specific one.
For what it’s worth, I was in a bridal salon just yesterday that carried Mori Lee and Maggie Sottero. IIRC, Mori Lees were running from ~$750-$1250 and the Maggies were running around $1000-$1500. I can’t get much more specific than that but I remember the Mori Lees being a little less expensive (and that I couldn’t try on the Maggies because I wasn’t considering dresses over $1000). I’m sure that there are dresses in both collections that fall outside that range that just weren’t carried by this salon though. For instance, they didn’t have Isadora which was one I wanted to see.
Also, if you’re pulling your own dresses, I haven’t been to a dress store yet where the prices weren’t easily accessible on the tags, so you can save yourself from trying on something you can’t afford. Alternatively, if you’re with a bridal consultant they will usually ask you a price range, and you can make it clear to them that you will not purchase beyond a certain price limit. In that case, showing you those dresses will be a waste of her time because she will not make a sale on them.
I have to say that for me, it worked out better going to the store blind. Other than having a general idea of features I wanted, there is no guarantee that the store will even carry a particular style, or have a sample remotely in your size. For example, they had an Isadora Ann in a size six that I could’ve tried on my thigh. 😛 And, the dress that I DID end up picking was a consultant pull that I had never seen or considered before going to the shop (but ended up being perfect for me).
Post # 8
Try weddingshoppeinc.com. They have a to of different designers you can price check. And PPs are right about the salons setting their own price, I have seen it vary over $300 from place to place. Definitely shop around!