(Closed) Why do some bridal salons not allow you to take pictures?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

My understanding is that many of them don’t want you to take a bunch of pictures and then go to a seamstress and have the dress made for much less money.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Basically because they don’t want you to be able to figure out what the dress is and comparison shop it for another deal. For that same reason a lot of places also will not tell you what style number or sometimes even what designer a dress is. They’ll go so far as cutting out tags to keep you from figure out what the dress is so that you can (reasonably I might add) figure out if it is worth the money they are asking. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Some salons don’t want you figuring out the designer/style # and comparison shopping.

The having it made yourself thing is such a crock, the designer has pictures of the dress out there so how is that different than me wearing the dress?

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Also, I suspect that they don’t want you to be able to take a bunch of pics from a bunch of dresses at different shops and make a reasonable decision later about which one you like best. they kind of want to force you into making a snap decision on emotion.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

because the bridal industry hasn’t figured out that the internet exists! 

Post # 9
Hostess
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Sugar Beekeeper

Good question! I was told by a friend of mine that owns a bridal boutique that while they know you can look up the dresses online they don’t want girls coming in and playing dress up, perhaps encouraged by taking photos.

Also, photos are not always the best way to make such an important decision. While I did rely somewhat on them, I can’t even imagine giving up my dream dress because the photo was unflattering or my hair was out of place.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My Future Mother-In-Law is in MI and I’m in FL so it was important to me to be able to take pictures to send to her to get her opinion. The first salon I went to actually offered to take pictures for me, the next two absolutely refused, and the one I ended up buying my dress from encouraged picture taking.

It all depends on the salon, but one salon told me they had a contract with the designer saying they couldn’t allow it. I found that funny because I had pictures of myself in a dress by that same designer from another salon.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I think it’s mainly because they don’t want you to comparison shop, plain and simple.  This is also why many of them engage in the illegal activity of tearing the tags out of the dresses. I only found one store that would let me take pictures–and it was David’s Bridal.  I thought that how a dress photographed was such a huge deal–it might look great in the mirror, but look horrible in a picture, and that terrified me! Therefore, I brought along my maid of honor to take some sneaky “I’m pretending to text on my cell phone pictures.”

I would never buy a dress without looking at a picture of me in it first.

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper

i asked a bridal salon that wouldn’t let me and she explained the similar reasons cited above. however, i also made it clear that i would not be buying a dress if i couldn’t see the picture, so she made an exception. I did that in two different stores actually.  So being persusive works if you really want a picture.  I never wanted to take pics from all angles either and then take it to a seamstress, i just needed to see what it looked like in front and back. And at the end of the day, they want to make a sale.

basically, i think i am the opposite of Treejewel19 – because the way i saw it, after the wedding is over all you have are pictures, so if you don’t love the dress in pictures, then that’s gonna suck.  I also tended to like dresses more in the mirror and then would change my mind upon examining the pictures. it really helped to narrow things down.  In fact, only ONE dress did i actually like more and more each time i looked at the pictures….which is the one i ended up buying!

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper

@SweetVanity: i totally had that happen too. one salon told me Maggie Sottero doesn’t allow pictures! um, hello come take a look at weddingbee because if that’s true, then everyone is in trouble!  At that store i took a pic through the mirror when i was alone in the dressing room.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper

@dynamic_duo: Your wedding photos are professionally done. What I was referring to is random point and shoot photos that your mom, aunt, best friend etc takes in a poorly lit room. In other words I don’t want to pass up a dress because I can’t get over how funny my face looks, hair is out of place, dress isn’t my size so I look fat etc. There is a huge difference and all those little things do affect our decision.

The best advise someone told me was if you do need photos to make up your mind don’t include your face/head. That way you focus solely on the dress on your body.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I always turn my phone on silent so it doesn’t make the camera flash noise and take pics in the dressing room Wink I’m a VERY cautious shopper and never make snap or impulse decisions so having pics is a must for me.

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