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#1 atjorgensen

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    Posted 18 February 2007 - 09:31 PM

    ok i went and looked at dresses today at a place i haven't been yet. i took my FMIL with me, the problem I think I found a dress but they wouldn't let me take any pictures of it and it is an exclusive of theirs and it is not on their website. It really bothered me so I wanted to know if that was common?? I see a lot of you post pics of your dresses you are considering. I think that it helps to be able to see it after you go to help decide. they told me if i put a down payment then i could take pictures of it. that really sucks. did any of you have a problem with that??

    so besides that I think that I found one that i like a lot. well i found 2. one is a destination wedding dress. pretty simple but beautiful. only $250 or so. the other one is gorgeous and I love it. My FMIL loves it. the lady at the store loved it and there were even customers that walked in the door when i tried it on that told me that it looked great on me. i tried on more and everyone said nothing compared to that one. problem $750!!!! That is more than I wanted to spend on a dress. My fiance says so what, buy it but i can't justify it. the other one would be enough. i didn't put a down payment on it cuz there are some other places i want to check first but i feel better that i actually found a couple i like. big step!!!
    advice anyone

    #2 LCBride2007


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      Posted 18 February 2007 - 09:36 PM

      i am running out the door - so sorry for being so short, but ...

      yes, this is very common w/many dress shops. they don't want you going in and taking pictures, then go and have a replica dress made. other than David's Bridal and some of the "once wed" places, i don't know of any place that will let you take a picture. it sucks when you're dress shopping and want to show pictures to those that couldn't shop with you! i was asked for the designer and style number, then i was able to find mine online - is that an option?

      honestly, if this $750 dress is THE dress, and you can afford it (cut back elsewhere?) - i say go for it! make sure YOU love the dress too, not just that everyone else loved it. you don't want to regret buying a dress you don't love just to save a little $$ - this is your day, you're the bride!

      #3 *JillD*

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        Posted 18 February 2007 - 10:31 PM

        Ohh Andrea, I feel your pain, I had the same dress problems this weekend as well.

        I also went to a bridal salon that won't allow you to take pictures and I also tried on a limited maggie sottero dress, which they do not have pictures of anywhere, its soooo annoying!!! I had actually tried the dress on a few weeks ago and then tried it on again this weekend. Problem is I think I loved it even more when I went back the second time, but its $1500, way more than I really wanted to spend & my mother didn't think it was appropriate for a more "casual wedding"

        Can you tell I'm still annoyed and this was yesterday!

        If this is the first place you've gone, go to a few other places, and I would definetly suggest DB if you're trying to keep it less expensive, most of their gowns are lower priced. I also found that after trying other dresses it helped me realize that I really didn't like previous dresses as much, sometimes, if you're like me, you just love almost every dress!

        Hope this helps and good luck, I know I can't wait to make a decision!

        #4 atjorgensen

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          Posted 18 February 2007 - 11:59 PM

          hey jill. sorry that you are dealing with this too. why do they have to make them to be so damn expensive and easy to fall in love with LOL i refuse to go to davids bridal. they have messed up so much on my friends dresses for her wedding and the one here must be famous for that cuz i hear a lot of that so i would rather not deal with davids although when i went i saw a dress that i liked for $500 but not as much as the one i saw today. i don't know what im going to do. hopefully the kind wedding fairy visits me to tell me what to do. LOL
          i will keep looking. you should look a little more...maybe by some miracle you will find a dress you can't live without for $400 somewhere else??!!! or maybe your mom will be more supportive. good luck to you. if you love it get it. who cares if you can't afford anything else...you will still look gorgeous, right??haha

          #5 JPMO

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            Posted 18 February 2007 - 11:59 PM

            Andrea, not being able to take a pic is common. I actually took pics in a fitting room... very sneaky! It is my opinion that $750 isn't too high for a dress, especially if you aren't a two dress bride. If you love the dress, I say go for it! Plus I just notived that you are May 2008 so you have plenty of time. I vote taking a look at another salon but not too many. It can get confusing!

            I agree with Ann if you love it splurge and cut back elsewhere. This dress will be photographed and you will remember it forever.

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            #6 TammyB

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              Posted 19 February 2007 - 10:41 AM

              The dress shop that I got my wedding dress from also wouldn't let me take a picture until I put my down payment on it. It really sounds like you love the 2nd dress. I wasn't prepared to spend 1000.00 on my dress, but when you know it's the prefect dress, somehow you find a way to stretch your budget.. :-) Just look at it like this, if you get the 250.00 dress, are you always going to think "but that other dress was so pretty, I wish I would have spent the extra money on it" If you think this will happen then don't get the less expensive dress, or else a few months down the road you'll end up being a 2 dress bride.. :-)

              #7 KellyandMatt08

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                Posted 19 February 2007 - 12:28 PM

                I've had the same problem with one of the boutiques that I went to. I liked a Maggie Sottero Limited dress and it isn't available online. So how do you look back after trying on 20+ dresses remember what each one looked liked. Its frustrating. I'm going to try to sneak a pic in the dressing room next time I go in there. LOL

                #8 Christine

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                Posted 19 February 2007 - 12:43 PM

                Andrea, honestly I think you should keep looking around, you have so much time. I would hate for you to pick something out and by the fall hate it or wish you had gotten something else. Also keep in mind that by the end of the summer some of the shops might have things on sale because the new season will be coming in and they will want to get rid of the old stuff.
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