Post # 17
ha, I took photos for the very reason salons feared: I had somebody make my dress for me! (my mom made my dress, so all I had to pay for was the materials, which cost about $150 total)
but to my credit, my dress is 100% original, not a copy. I just took the photos for inspiration, not to duplicate the dress.
Post # 18
I voted no because there were dresses that I thought looked awful but then when I looked at the pictures – boy was I wrong!! And there were dresses that I thought looked great and then looked at the pictures – I was wrong about that too!
I think when you are shopping you can feel overwhelmed and can make a quick judgement especially if you are shopping alone. The photos allow you to calmly and in a non pressure situation make a decision.
I bought my dress from a place where I could take pictures and I am very happy!
Post # 19
I probably wouldnt, but all of the dress boutiques I went to allowed pictures so I didnt have that issue thank God. =]
Post # 20
I probably would have but I didn’t.
Post # 21
They do it to protect the designer so people won’t go and get a seamstress to make a reproduction or something like that. I voted yes because it’s a reasonable request (although it IS annoying) but that’s just the way things work.
By the way there isn’t anything wrong with buying from david’s bridal…
Post # 22
I don’t think anyone was insinuating there is something “wrong” with David’s Bridal. I certainly wasn’t. I believe every woman should buy the dress of her dreams. I was merely stating that my dreams do not live inside David’s Bridal.
Post # 23
Why don’t some salons allow pictures? I had heard of this but I only went to one salon and they didn’t seem to mind.
Post # 24
well i wasn’t showing my dress to anyone anyway, so i voted “yes”. the only person whose opinion i really cared about was FI’s, and he was with me. my nearest friend is 7 hours away and nearest family is 20 hours. the salon i went to allowed me to take photos after i’d committed to buying the gown.
Post # 25
also, salons that withold the designer information should be reported to the BBB, because it’s illegal.
Post # 26
@cardus: you mean like what designer made it? that would be really strange, I agree
Post # 27
I think it’s extremely poor customer service and paranoid to the point of being ridiculous that so many stores don’t allow pictures.
Rather than preventing knockoffs I think it causes the reverse. People ask, “why can’t I take pictures?” and when they find out the reasons they say, ‘well then I’ll grab pictures off the internet and go and have a seamstress make it if it really is so much cheaper’.
And what are they going to do, drag you from the store and not allow you to buy a dress if you snap a picture? I’ve never seen a security guard in a bridal salon.
Post # 28
sneak in some pictures! thats what I did! In the dressing room I asked a friend to help me out and she had her phone so I have a picture of every dress I tried on. they do walk away for a second or too, who says phones are not allowed? hehe
Post # 29
I would if it was the only place I could find a dress I liked. However before I went dress shopping I researched stores that I could take pictures and specifically went to those stores. The idea that they don’t want pics taken because we can get knock offs made is such b.s. Its called the internet, there are pictures everywhere including the designers website so that doesn’t even make sense. Sometimes a picture looks so different than in person which is super important when making a dress decision as there will be a million photos of that dress.
Post # 31
I wasn’t allowed until I purchased. So when I said yes, and put the money down I took a pic.
You have to understand WHY they don’t allow it. And while you probably don’t want to cheat them, there are tons of brides who do. They go in find a style, take a pic and have it replicated for a fraction of the cost. So I understand and sympathize with the store.