Post # 1
Please don’t yell at me for having a low bride-to-be I.Q. I’ve been dress shopping once, and that was at David’s Bridal, and we’ll leave it at that.
There is this dress, that I adore, in pictures. I would love to be able to try it on. I’ve tried e-mailing several “authorized retailers” to see if they have this dress. So far, I have not received any replies.
These “authorized retailers” are all a 4 or more hour drive roundtrip. I don’t want to drive there only to find out they don’t even have it t try on. Are they not interested in me because I am not commiting to purchasing this dress and simply inquiring to see if they even have it?
Post # 3
Maybe try calling, some people are bad at returning emails.
Post # 4
I find that with many retailers, calling is more efficient than emailing. You might try that. (And I certainly hope no one would yell at you for asking a simple question!) Good luck!
Post # 5
Definitely try calling! I also found that the website information is not always up to date. Their emails may have changed, or some of the salons could even be out of business. Good luck! That’s a pretty dress.
Post # 6
I guess I am naive to the whole bridal shop experience. Even with calling, how does it work really? If they don’t have it, will they order it only if I am for sure going to buy it? I can’t commit without trying it on.
Post # 7
Just call them and ask if they have it so you can try on the specific dress you are looking for. They likely won’t order it in if they do not have it. I called around looking for a Lazaro dress. Alot of shops didnt have it. I just crossed them off the list and went to the next shop. I would just create a list of reputable shops and call them all.
Post # 8
I don’t think the fact that they aren’t replying has anything to do with you committing to purchase the dress. The people who work there might be overworked, or just flaky over e-mail! I would definitely call during business hours.
When you call, say that you are very interested in the dress and want to try it on before you decide to buy it. They’ll put the phone down and check and see if they have it (make sure they check the size, too) and then come back on the phone and give you an answer! If it’s yes, great. If it’s no…they probably won’t order the dress just for you to try it on.
I have heard of one store that does this (for plus sized brides only). It’s PS Bridal in NC (they work with Bridal Mart…that’s their authorized retailer). If you are a size 16 or above, this could work: http://www.plussizebridal.com/policy.asp
Post # 9
@bikinihoneymoon: I am a size 16 +, but NC is sooooo far from Upstate, NY. Thank you and everyone for their advice though!