Post # 1
Okay, so this is an issue that comes up again and again when dress shopping. Some shops do let you take pictures of dresses while others don’t. I remember I took pictures of my friend trying on her wedding gown at Davids Bridal. But, I do remember Davids Bridal didn’t have a consultant hanging on my friend every moment. And she had already bought and paid for her dress if that makes any difference either way.
So, I’m asking all Bee’s who have the inside scoop:
- What is the real official reason brides trying on bridal gowns are not allowed to take pictures of it?
- Are these ‘no picture’ rules set my the designers?
- Does this ‘no picture’ thing have to do with the store not wanting competitors to know what they carry?
- Is there such a thing as a ‘no picture’ rule when trying on things like prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses, any type of evening gown or how about a pair of jeans?
- How is the bridal shop coming out ahead by having a ‘no picture’ rule?
- Has anyone ever contacted the actual designer to ask about these rules?
Post # 2
Take a look at the Jasmine’s Bridal threads for an idea as to why some shops have a ‘no photo’ rule. It happens all the time in any sort of retail — customers go in to see what they like, then bypass those who assisted them and buy online because they can get it cheaper. No photos is a way of trying to decrease this.
Post # 3
I thankfully didn’t have to deal with the no picture rules, but I think they are generally used so that brides can’t use the images to order the dress online or order a replica. In retail, the concept of “showrooming” (aka, when customers go to a regular store to test out items they intend to buy online anyway) is a hot button topic right now. Also, buying a wedding dress can be an emotional thing. The stores are trying to capitalize on that “this is it” feeling you’re experiencing in their store when you find the dress. If you have pictures of the other dresses, you may be more likely to look back and second-guess which dress was your favorite, causing the store to possibly lose a sale. I don’t necessarily agree with that stance, but I can understand why stores choose to do things that way.
Post # 4
chica95110: Pictures can also be used to replicate the dress cheaper. All of those Chinese shops people buy from typically steal stock photos and replicate from that. If you could provide them with 10 more pictures, front, back, details, etc. then they could replicate it better.
Designers don’t want cheap replicas of their stuff out there.
Post # 5
All I know is that I didn’t select a dress from a shop that didn’t allow me to take a pic, or even step foot back in. I couldn’t even remember what the dresses looked like. Or who the designer was, or even the price! How can a person select something when they have no idea what it looked like, who made it, or much it costs? How do they make any sales at all? Absolutely ridiculous. I purchased from a salon who let me take 100 pics of all the gowns I tried on.
I think they do it to keep u from going down the street and getting the same dress and bargaining for a price match somewhere else.
Post # 6
It’s an asinine policy, and I’ve neither encountered nor heard of it before.
Especially nowadays when a bride-to-be might want to text the picture to her MoH or something like that.
I also understand that they want you to buy things, but they shouldn’t try to keep costumers from mulling it over. People who want to just get a replica are going to get one anyway.
Post # 7
Every store is different. In the four stores I visited, not once was I told not to take pictures.
Post # 8
I never understood this. I went to Bridals by Lori and when we went to take a pic the consultant RAN across the shop screaming “ARE YOU SAYING YES TO THE DRESS? YOU CAN’T TAKE PICS UNLESS YOU’RE SAYING YES!!”….Ummmmm, seriously? You have tv cameras in your damn shop putting everything on national tv!! I also told her I wanted to show someone and she told me that I should skype them right that moment if they wanted to see it. On the other hand, I went to Kleinfeld’s and they let me take pics of every single dress I tried on, and they actually encouraged it. That is where I ended up getting my dress from. I just think it’s insane you can’t take pics (especially when it’s already on tv) because it helps you decide once you see the dress in pics.
Post # 9
chica95110: I think it’s a rule that’s become somewhat outdated in the age of the internet, but I believe the idea is to reduce the opportunity for brides to try on dresses and then have them copies by seamstresses for cheaper.
The majority of bridal stores I went to had no problem with picture taking.
Post # 10
So they can’t be replicated on the cheap. The stores I went to all had no photo rules until you committed to buy but I just had my bm take sneaky pics on her phone when the consultant had stepped away etc. No way was I buying a dress that I wasn’t sure photographed well on me.
Post # 11
It’s not imposed by the designers- some shops do it so you don’t use the pictures to have a replica dress made. I have even seen some shops rip out the name of the designer and the style number out of the dress so that you can’t comparison shop (I believe this is illegal, but that doesn’t stop them). A few stores in my area prohibit photos until you buy the dress. I had a Bridesmaid or Best Man just be sneaky about taking them when the consultant wasn’t looking. One store we went to my dress consultant didn’t care, but if her boss was around we couldn’t take photos. The salon I bought my dress from allowed photos/skype/etc.
Post # 12
I was really annoyed by this, especially when I was told I couldn’t take pictures (per designer agreement) unless I was buying, “but you can look up the dress online on the designer’s website–she posts all her dresses!” Umm okay so what’s the point then?
I had a favorite dress from each store, and which one did I buy? Yup, the one from the store where they let me take pictures. I couldn’t remember what the other dress looked like on me, and I couldn’t show pictures to my bridesmaids to compare (except the one on the model, but the dress looked different on the model).
So the store lost out on a sale by not letting me take a picture, and I bet that happens lots of times. They may as well just let people take pictures.
Post # 13
If this rule is not imposed by designers I’m even more curious now about these no picture rules. And it is crazy to think that stores would rip out the designer labels and prices! I mean what the hell??
And some bees here bring up great points regarding the fact that TV cameras are allowed in some stores that state not only the price but how much the dress costs. I was going to state the fact that bride magazines have several pictures of bride dresses every month. And I don’t know if this is going out on a limb or not but bride dresses are also shown on TV shows and movies. So, thats allowed but we can’t take pictures in a store?
Post # 14
It’s a really silly rule, agree with previous posters, especially in the age of the internet. Almost all of the dress you try on, you can find plenty of pictures online, so if you wanted to copy the dress, it’s pretty easy to do. The store I bought my dress from had a no pcitures policy, but my consultant didn’t care, we got tons of pics, even a video!
Post # 15
medgirlny: Even if they are pictures on the internet, they tend to be one or two, and those pictures are not of the dress on you. They are mostly on modles who may not fill out the dress in the same way that you do. I’m a curvy girl, and a dress on me looks completely different than from a dress on someone who doesn’t have hips. My mom and I tried on the same dress one time when we were shopping, and it looked completely different on the two of us.
There are so many people even on this site that show pictures of them in the dress that they are having replicated by Jasmine’s bridal or other Chinese shops. If I was a shop owner or sales associate who just spent two hours brining you dresses, I would probably cry my eyes out at some of those posts. Its no different than any other setting where commision is involved. It’s not just the store that is loosing it’s money, its the girl who spent time with you that just lost that money too.