Post # 1
Went dress shopping today and told them my budget. I fell in love with the first gown I tried on but they had me try on 4 more. No comparison. The first one was IT. Everything I was looking for in a gown and it has been a long and tiring search.
I said yes. Then they tell me the price. DOUBLE my budget!!! WTF? Went from feeling on top of the world to depleated.
Post # 3
@luvmyDwight: Wow. that was extremely unprofessional of them! I went to 3 places when I shopped and they told me right up front that they didnt’ have many dresses out of my price range but they would be sure not to put me in them. I woulda been angry and asked them if it’s common practice to have brides try on dresses they could never afford!? I think I woulda kicked and screamed my way into a discount. LOL. But I supposed mistakes happen. Ive even seen it happen on those dress shows in fancy shops in New York..and when it does the sales person has her foot shoved so deep in her mouth it’s pretty hard to watch. hehe=) Don’t fret, if you love the dress, why not look to see if you can get it in your price range? Ask the store if they think it will go on sale, or get the dress style # and start reasearching online. There are plenty of other stores out there who might have one for sale, or a sample for sale…or there are plenty of 2 and 3 dress brides who might be selling it because they changed their minds. preownedweddingdresses.com and also the classifieds on this site should help.
Post # 4
They do sometimes give you dresses outside your budget just so you can narrow down what ou like( much like realtors do). However, they should have made that clear to you when they selected the dress.
Think about the features that made you love the dress. Do you know the make and model? There are bees here who could halp you find something similar that you would love.
Post # 5
Similar think happened to me. I told them no dresses over $1500 and fell in love with a dress only to find out its $4500 in taffeta and $6500 in silk. I was so mad. Good news is I did find the dress being sold second hand for $2000, which I probably could have found the extra cash for. But I ended up going in a completely different direction and fell in love with a dress I tried on ‘for fun’ which was only $650 down from $1500!
Definately check out online second hand shops and trunk sales. Its amazing what you can find sometimes.
Post # 6
It was a Watters Devenport. Simply gorgeous and perfect for me. It was the only dress that ever made me tear up, twirl and hug it before I left the dressing room.
I did try to get it discounted but they wouldn’t budge! They said that it was the lowest price the manufacture would allow. *rolls eyes*
I have been looking all day in dress classifieds and did post here. Nothing so far. fingers crossed.
If any of you bee’s know of someone selling one size 16 or up. Please send them my way.
Post # 7
thats really sad… and mean 🙁 from now on dont put a dress on unless you see the price tag – hopefully you will find another dress in your budget soon, im sure there IS one out there waiting for you
Post # 8
That’s just horrible. It’s like they’re wishing for brides to fall in love with a dress that’s more expensive so they can rack up more commision.
I’m sure you’ll find a dress that makes you happy. Try going to other stores and try on many dresses as you can till you find the one!
Post # 9
When my Fiance and I went ring shopping, the first store we went to did that to us. It made us feel like sh1t. They’re just hoping that you’ll ruin your budget and buy the more expesive item. It really is unprofessional.
Post # 10
Ugh im so sorry to hear that happened.
I really really really hate bad sales people. My engagement ring experience was ruined by a bad sales lady. I still get angry when I think about it to this day. My dress experience thankfully was much better. I didnt put a dress on until I knew what each on cost. I made sure the sales lady told me each dress price as I was about to put them on. Anything that was over budget I handed right back to her. After the first one she got the message and didnt bring any others.
Post # 11
I’m so sorry that happened to you!!! That really sucks. :o(
I searched for the dress myself and could only find one ‘preowned’ one. It was brand new with tags, BUT it’s the wrong size. Would you consider a replica at all? I did find this site:
I don’t know if anyone on here has ever used them before, though.
Post # 12
That is terrible! I’m sorry that happened to you 🙁
Post # 13
One place I went they refused to let me even try on dresses out of my price range (which I thought was a little ridiculous). I loved a dress and found out it was about 200-300 over budget and the lady wouldn’t even bring it for me to try on, I had to go get it and she kept saying it’s too expensive (but that lady was rude and that store sucked). The second place I went, she told me the price if I picked out a gown that was over budget and let me decide if I even wanted to try it on. The third place I went gave me a few dresses over my budget, but not anywhere near double my budget, we’re talking like a couple hundred over at the most. That really sucks they didn’t tell you the price before trying it on. Did you ask if they would sell you the sample?
Post # 15
@luvmyDwight: Ugh! Sorry, that’s awful that they didn’t tell you it was outside of your price range. I will echo what a few other posters have stated here and say look around for dresses in a similar style, or with similar embellishments. No use wasting energy mourning a dress you can’t afford when you could be missing out on a finding a dress in your price range that you love!!
Good luck, and I hope you find “the one” soon!!
Post # 16
🙁 Have you thought about a replica? There are some pretty reputable sites out there! I myself was too much of a scaredy cat, but it may be worth it to you! The fabric won’t feel the same but it will look almost identical.
There are many dresses with this same look for half the price. Mori Lee is my favorite designer and she has many that look almost identical to name brand and are still VERY nice fabrics, laces, boning and structure.
Mori Lee 1612 —$880
Oleg Cassini -CRL 277 — $1050