(Closed) What if you found out your dress was cheaper somewhere else?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
871 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Have you paid a deposit yet? Then you are committed unless you are willing to loose that money. It is bad luck. Don’t keep looking once you have paid a deposit!


Post # 5
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

If you can find a shop selling it cheaper, your store may price match or throw in some extra goodies like a veil, shoes, jewelry, etc.

Post # 7
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Rarely do bridal shops mark up a gown too much over MSRP…I’ve seen about 5 to 10% variation at the most at reputable stores.  The $2200 price might be an online discounted price.  I think you’re okay as long as you like the shop and feel they provided you a service.  That’s how the online retailers can charge less…they didn’t have to take care of you and help you find a dress.  All they do is sell and deliver.

Post # 9
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Do some math.

Can you actually physically find the dress at the $2200-ish price point, or otherwise significantly lower than what your shop is charging?

How much deposit did you put down?

Then add the price of the dress at the less expensive outlet, plus the cost of your deposit that I assume you’d lose if you didn’t buy a dress from that shop, and if the total is less than the price of the dress you love at the original shop, cancel your order there, eat the deposit, and get your dress for a still-overall-cheaper price.

So if you’re paying $3100 currently, you can physically find the dress for $2200, and you lose $500 in your deposit, $2200 + $500 = $2700, still cheaper than $3100, so you’d be in a better financial position to lose the $500 and pay the $2200.  But if you can only find the dress for $2700, plus you’d lose the $500 deposit, you’d be out $3200, which is more than you’re paying at this shop and would make no sense.

Post # 11
1595 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@BellaDee:  Wedding Atelier is having the Martina Liana trunk show Aug 17th and Aug 18th, not sure if you read in the previous thread…maybe the dresses should be discounted at the trunk show, as a prior poster mentioned that was where she got the price point she paid? Why don’t you call and find out? I am going to the show that Fri!

Post # 12
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I also heard that because ML can customize the dress (i.e. change the neckline or amount of beading) that the prices will range based on the options you end up picking. I would try what @zippylef suggested and asked for some accessories to be thrown in. 

Post # 14
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Call some other shops in the area that carry the dress and ask for a price quote!

Post # 15
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have seen my dress cheaper…but I payed retail and ALL my alterations are included. So I’m ok with it.

Post # 16
4109 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I would try to make them match the cheaper price. I’ve seen several (brand new) dresses online much cheaper than in the salons. Trying it on in the bridal shop & then ordering online seems like a smart move. For me, I tried on the one I wanted @ about $1200 in the salon, then bought a sample online for $150. Spent another $150 on cleaning & alterations locally- BAM $300. I was very pleased with myself for going this route.

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