(Closed) you have to pay to TRY ON a dress?!

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 18
1915 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

It’s not surprising to me given that you live in Hong Kong.  I know that many brides in Hong Kong rent dresses instead of buying them.  If you’re getting married next month, it’s unlikely that they would be able to get the dress to you by then.  I hope that you find another dress that you like.

Post # 19
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Here in the states I was charged $25 dollars to try on dresses and was NOT told upfront. I was with my mom and didn’t want to cause a scene so I didn’t say anything. i did leave a slightly negative review on Yelp and was not only chastisized by the owner, but sent harassing e-mails from a fake profile. All over one review. I hope they go out of business. 

Post # 20
733 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


Canada here – never heard of ANY charges before. Yikes!

Post # 21
737 posts
Busy bee

@patchy: There is a store here in Canberra (Australia) that asked me to pay $50 to have a particular dress sent to their store as they didn’t have it in stock.  They carry Maggie dresses and I presumed that they would have a full range.

I didn’t go through with the appointment as I thought it was a ‘big ask’.  It was for my daughter.  Ended up buying a terrific dress on line from Jasmines Bridal Shop – and, no it wasn’t a replica of the dress I asked about. 

Post # 23
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Generally, Vera Wang dresses take 6 months or more to order. You can rush them, but it’s never less than 4 months and they will charge you for the rush. Definitely don’t waste your money trying on dresses that wont be here in time for your elopement next month!

Another thing about Vera is that she is always worried and very protective about people stealing her designs or creating replicas. Most stores that carry Vera have a “no picture policy.”

Post # 24
9228 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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@patchy:  There are two boutiques here where I live (Melbourne Australia) that ask about $250 to secure an appointment to try on dresses. Needless to say I didn’t go through with appointments with them but they are popular stores because of their exclusivity.

It is also common for the $50 deposit to secure your appointment (especially on a weekend) here. I think it is more to make sure you actually show up tot he appointment.

Post # 25
1975 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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@Aussiemum:  same (but in QLD) I was told by every store I rang to find one maggie dress that only one say dress alandra gets sent to qld. so only one store in the state has that style dress. GAH.

It would cost $50 for that store to send the store near me that dress to try on

Post # 26
4654 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@CourtneyB:  This makes me want a vera wang  REPLICA dress just to be like NYEAH. 😛

Post # 27
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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@Wellington Bride:  Yup as WellingtonBride has pointed out, this is standard in certain countries like NZ 🙁 Takes some of the fun out of trying on dresses! Normally about NZD40-50 per session. 

Post # 28
620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Yes, this is common practice in high end, designer specific stores in Sydney. It sucks- but it’s becoming more common.

Post # 29
327 posts
Helper bee

are you serious? paid to try on dresses. it is just so ridiculous. it just makes me does not want to buy from them even though they have the dress that i want. it is just like bank in australia charging monthly fees, although you deposit money in there and didn’t use their other service. it’s like you are paid to keep money in the bank that the bank used to make money and didn’t give a penny back to you for using the money. 

Post # 30
846 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

that’s insanity.

Post # 31
13973 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Wow, that’s nuts.  Definitely smart to cancel that appointment and go elsewhere!

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