(Closed) Would you buy from a salon that doesn’t allow you to take photos?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Would you buy from a salon that doesn't allow you to take photos?
    Yes : (80 votes)
    52 %
    No : (75 votes)
    48 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    680 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I voted “yes” simply because every store I have been to(from mid-range stores to high end) has not allowed pictures. Saying “no” would mean that I would be going dressless or purchasing from David’s Bridal… and I am not prepared to do either.

    Post # 4
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    120 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I live in Australia and my mum and bridesmaids are in the uk so I had to go dressshopping alone. The stupid no photo rule really p**sed me off and stressed me out when I waslooking for a dress, asdid the relentless pressure to “buy today otherwise it won’t come in time”. I am also an ip lawyer and know for a fact that there is no copyright or other ip subsisting in a wedding dress design that is mass produced. I ended up taking a few sneaky photosof dresses I tried on but ultimately voted with my feet and got a custom made gown in the uk, which ended up being made in 1 week and about a third of the price of the shop dresses I tried! Oh and I was allowed to take photos throughout the process 🙂

    Post # 5
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    120 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Sorry I also wanted to add that when I saw photos of myself in dresses I looked really different to how I looked in the mirror. Comparing photos side by side really helped me to decide which shape and which elements of each dress suited me.

    Post # 6
    Member
    410 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I was bummed when the salon I went to didn’t allow photos but like the above poster mentioned, they almost all do, except Davids.

    I learned very quickly to do my research to find out what dresses were what designer and then I’d pull pics off the internet.

    The salons I went to also refused to share info as to who the designer was. I had purchased a Mori Lee from a salon and then changed my mind. Since I already had my deposit down I knew I had to purchase from that salon so I didn’t lose out.

    Well when I went to a different salon I wanted to only try on dresses that I knew I could order from the first salon one of which being Mori Lee dresses. The salon wouldn’t tell me the designer info so I just found their store code on what I knew was a Mori Lee dress and then pulled all the other dresses with that same code.

    I never knew the designer of the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses we picked but I ended up finding it online after much research, I’m sure you could do the same for your out of town bridal party.

    Post # 7
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    267 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    i voted “no” because i was really upset when i found the perfect dress, but i wanted 2nd opinions on it, and wasn’t allowed to take pictures.  i had just moved to the area, lived far from any family, had no friends close by, so the only way anyone could see the dress was on pictures.  i ended up waiting until i went home for a visit and bought the same dress at another store- they allowed pictures!  =)

    Post # 8
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    5836 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I voted No because it actually made a difference when I was shopping. It wasn’t even that I wanted to share with other people it was that without pics I couldn’t remember what I liked about some of the dresses I tried on. I bought my dress from the Pronovias flagship in NYC and they let me take pictures.

    Post # 9
    Member
    615 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    No. I genuinely believe that continuing to support these places is just making them think it’s okay. We are customers, potentially paying upwards of a thousand dollars for THE DRESS… we have a RIGHT to know how it looks in photos if that will help us make up our minds.

    They say that it’s the designers who are the “bad guys” and set the no photos policy, but I think we are all smart enough to know that if we want a particular dress/style, it’s easy as pie to look it up online and get a replica made if we want to THAT badly.

    I am going to a salon on Sunday that allows absolutely no photos (just to try different silhouettes and play around) and I already know that even if I fall in LOVE with a dress, I will not buy it there; I’ll take my business elsewhere.

    Post # 10
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    6891 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Nope. And I didn’t.

    Post # 11
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    3261 posts
    Sugar bee

    I voted yes only because my cousin snuck in some pictures with her iphone. Innocent

     

    Post # 12
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    5836 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Can I just say Kleinfelds especially pissed me off by not allowing pictures. THE DRESSES ARE ON TV ALL THE TIME.

    Post # 13
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    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I would have.  Most places let you take pictures after you decide to purchase anyway.

    Post # 14
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    1561 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Really, I think it’s stupid to not allow photos.  However I didn’t find it to be a very big deal when i bought my dress; I ended up buying it at a “no photos” boutique.

    Post # 15
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    50 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I voted “no” because I need to see how I looked in the photo. Trust me, the dress looks way different in a photo then in real life, and the photos is what you will have for the rest of your life.

    Post # 16
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    385 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I can’t make a decision on a dress without seeing a photo of me in it.  There have been a couple dresses that I liked in the store, but upon seeing the photo, I realized I didn’t like them so much after all.  Plus, my mom and sister live a thousand miles away, and I’d like to get their opinions too.

    I tried on a Casablanca dress I liked at a store last weekend.  This store said they wouldn’t allow pictures, and gave the excuse that the designers didn’t want people taking pictures of the dresses.  I said they’re all on the web anyway!  But she wouldn’t budge.  So yesterday I Googled the phone number to Casablanca and asked them if they have a policy against brides taking photos of their sample dresses.  The person on the phone had to put me on hold so she could go check.  When she returned, she told me that it was just a store policy, that it didn’t matter to them, since they had pictures of all their dresses on their website anyway!

    So, I’m thinking of asking to talk to a manager at the store I tried the dress on to push the issue…  But even if they do let me come back to take a picture of the dress, I don’t think I’d want to buy from them unless they actually completely changed their store policy so future brides could take pictures as well (which I don’t see happening).

    The sales associate at the store had also tried to tell me that most other stores wouldn’t let me take pictures either, but I’ve been to more places that have let me than have not!

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