(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 # 47
    2124 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    not many places I went to allowed pics either. The place I bought my dress from said it was fine if we used camera phones discretley. Still…It wouldn’t have bothered me. If I really wanted to show someone a dress I saw at any store I would simply get the info on the dress and look up a photo online.

    Post # 48
    4335 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’ve only skimmed the answers, but I’m surprised that no one seems to have pointed out that of course it’s in the salon’s best interest to NOT let you take pictures…there’s so many brides who go online and buy knockoffs, and of course that is much easier if they know who the designer is and/or have a picture! I totally think that’s within their rights to not allow pictures; I would think they’re going to have a hard time staying in business if they DO allow pictures! 

    Post # 49
    3981 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I refused to. I used pictures taken at the salons to look back at the dresses again later when the initial “love” began to wear off. If I didn’t love the dress as much as I did in it, it was out. If I felt the same way looking at the pictures later, it was a possibility. No picture=no dress purchase.

    Post # 50
    74 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I voted yes because, as much as I wish all bridal stores allowed you to take pictures, I would never base something as important as my wedding dress on whether or not a store allowed me to take pictures. 

    Post # 51
    2580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I did! I actually only ended up going to one store. The store I went to was a very cute boutique that provided an upscale experience to brides on a budget, so I can understand their motivation. They know you can find the same dress cheaper on the internet because there are no costs to operating a brick and mortar store/paying commissions/etc and they don’t want you to shop around. My consultant was so helpful, though, I would feel like I was cheating her if I didn’t allow her a commission for the time she spent with me.

    That said, I read Bridal Bargains and I do agree that many of the reasons salons give for not allowing pictures are kind of a scam. I also think that I let that  bridal “moment” feeling guide me to purchasing right away instead of making a more logical decision I’m sure it did contribute to my initial dress regret, since I never took pictures of different styles to compare objectively. Ultimately, though, I did recapture that bridal “moment”–I picked the dress that made me feel the best instead of overanalyzing every detail, so in some ways, it was probably better for me just to buy what I liked most instead of finding minor fault with every little thing.

    Post # 52
    191 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I bought my dress from a shop that didn’t allow pictures until you purchased…I found my dream dress there so I can’t imagine limiting my choices and not buying my dream dress just because they didn’t allow pics!!! But that’s just me…ha ha! 🙂

    Post # 53
    1474 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

    I bought my dress from a salon that didn’t allow pictures, and I totally didn’t mind. I don’t really have strong opinions either way. In my mind, the dress belongs to the salon, so it’s up to them whether or not they want to allow pictures. 

    Post # 54
    3977 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @parasol: I don’t know, I think saying “the dress belongs to the salon” is like saying the car belongs to the car lot. Can you imagine buying a car with only what the car salesman tells you for information about the car? I’d be horrified to not be able to get other people’s ratings of the car, confiramtion about it’s quality, etc. and it’s the same for a dress–unless it was a freakin amazing deal like $200 I would never buy a dress from a salon that wouldn’t even tell me the designer/style #. I can’t think of any other industry where so little background knowledge of a big purchase is considered acceptable and expected even.

    Post # 55
    592 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m in the no category – I NEED to see pictures. First I shop alone (recently moved to a new place with no family and no close friends). I couldn’t imagine buying a dress without even showing my mom a picture. Second – one of the dresses that is in my top two (I haven’t bought yet), I didn’t like on the rack, didn’t even really care when it was on me, BUT then I saw the picture and OMG – I couldn’t believe how good I looked in it. It seemed to fit perfect everywhere. Without pictures – I wouldn’t have even thought about that dress again.

    Plus I forget the dresses when I don’t have pictures. I’ve seen to many dresses.

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