(Closed) who is good at talking down prices?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I made sure to tell them the price that I was willing to spend and did my research to make sure that it was in the ball park, but lower than what other salons were offering. I put one salon against another and said that if they gave me a lower price then I would buy it from them.

It is a lot of effort and felt like buying a car, but was totally worth it! I got my $1200 gown for $765 with free alterations 🙂

Post # 4
340 posts
Helper bee

I’m thinking about bringing my dad because he is pretty kick ass at the whole price talking things Tongue out. I learned that through going with him to buy all the cars I have owned haha. We had numerous times of us leaving the lot and the salespeople trying to chase us down to offer a lower one who match his price lol. Maybe it’s because he plays hardball and I act like I really don’t care one way or the other about the car and we actually do leave, but I think that would be kind of hard with my wedding dress!

Maybe I won’t bring him, but it’s a tempting idea hehe.

Post # 5
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

do research, if other stores carry the same dress designers let them know you are looking around and play them off against eachother.   aim high, go for 30% disc and work your way down. if they wont reduce the price of the gown get them to throw in things like free alterations, a veil ect


Post # 6
7053 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m good at bargaining but agree w/eloping.  Do your research!  Come armed with info ammo!  Today’s economy is much more inclined imho to bargain now. 

T is also a great bargainer! He’s a consultant and is used to solving issues with a good economic outcome so I’m going to 100 percent have him do the price negotiations with venue, florist, etc.  Unless we marry here and i know the person I’ll use as a florist and know she’d give me the best price already.  

Post # 7
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I think futuredrbraun has the right idea! If you really want the lowest price, get ready to do some serious research and using stores against one another.

I also paid $10 to get into a local bridal show, and two vendors–David’s Bridal and another local vendor–were giving out coupons, basically, if you scheduled a dress fitting then! I got $100 off.

Post # 8
1347 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have to chime in with the previous posters about researching at other stores. I fell in love with a gown at the first store I went to with my family, but couldn’t commit to the price. I called other local bridal shops in the area, and found a store that was selling the same gown at a lower asking price, plus a 20% discount. My family called the first store back, and nicely explained that we had a great time shopping there, and wanted to buy the gown there, but found it at a lower price at the other boutique. After the manager confirmed the name and discount/price at the other boutique, she readily agreed to match the price.

I think the trick is to be honest yet polite. Good luck!

P.S. I would’ve had major reservations about doing this bargaining trick at a small, privately owned boutique though – for example, my sister is a small business owner, and it’s harder for her to offer things like matching prices than say, a bigger store or chain.

Post # 9
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

The price I paid for my wedding dress was super reasonable, so I didn’t talk them down.  I am collecting milk glass vases for the reception, and I’ve found that being very honest and upfront with them about your budget is helpful.  Good luck!

Post # 10
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I think it’s easiest to negotiate on price if you have evidence that a lower price exists, but say you want to negotiate this particular price down instead of going with the competitor because they are better located, or have better customer service.

A good phrase to try is “Is that the best price you can give me?” And then keep asking it to ascertain whether there really is any wiggle room.

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