Everyone wants to have the wedding of their dreams but at the end of the day everyone has a budget that they have to work within to achieve it. So how do you know that by the time you are walking down the aisle you are getting the best deal you can on your wedding gown?
Unless you are working with a trusted source we would highly recommend not purchasing your wedding gown (or bridesmaids gowns) online. While the savings look like they are too good to pass up more times than not you are getting what you are paying for. Sites are set up and taken down all the time. These sites offer you current year styles at huge discounts. They use pictures that you can find on reputable Bridal designer websites, sometimes using their names as well. What they are really doing is taking these photo’s (some are not even current year designs) and using them without the designer’s permission. They list a price that the designers can’t even sell the gowns for and then lead you to believe that they can produce this gown at that price. In fact they are making this gown to somewhat represent the image in the picture and send you a dress that is sort of like the image. If the gown is even presentable, the alteration costs are usually greater then the cost of the gown and frequently the gown isn’t even wearable. We can share story after sad story with you but at the end of the day these women end up spending more than they ever intended to walk down the aisle.
One complaint we hear at The Brides House is other stores try to up sell add ons making them seem like something they must purchase. If the gown is $200 cheaper than one you have found at a store but you have to purchase a long line bra and a petticoat to wear it and they each cost around $75 dollars then how much have your really saved. Another add on at some shops is alterations. You shouldn’t be paying for your alterations up front or paying a flat fee for alterations. Each dress requires varying amounts of work, a different number of bustle points and other personalized touches. Ask for an estimate up front on alterations as well. Until you meet with the seamstress you wouldn’t be able to get an exact number but for example, at The Brides House each bustle point is $22. What would that cost be somewhere else?
When you are a Brides House Bride you get many extra perks. From discounts on accessory purchases, tuxedo and wedding party discounts, to additional services like free touch ups and steaming after your portraits; we like to give our brides lots of extras. Will you be charged for the bag you will transport your gown in? Will you be able to bring the dress back for touch ups? How about preservation kits, do they offer them and do you get a discount for being a customer? These are little things that can add up to a lot. Inquire about the extra’s you’re getting with your purchase.
While service shouldn’t cost you anything extra it sure does go a long way in making your experience more enjoyable. Take a look at the services that are offered to you. Can you store the gown before and after alterations? Can you bring the gown back in after removing it from the store? If you have a problem, will someone be there to help you through it? Would saving $50 to buy your gown and bring it home really be worth it in the end? Remember, you don’t just work with your consultant on the day of purchase, consider that these are the people/store that will be taking care of you in the months leading up to your wedding. In the long run this will make a big difference in your overall experience.
If you check these few simple things and take them in to consideration before making your purchase you will be sure to get the best deal and the most enjoyable experience without too many surprises along the way!
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