"You have found your perfect wedding dress at one of the wedding dress shops you visited. Now you are ready to place an order."
What should you know about this process?
Remember the saying "if you break it, its yours." Well in the bridal business world if you order it . . . its yours.
Wedding dress shops that are customer service oriented will let you exchange or get store credit for something else in the store. But most will never give you a refund.
Your wedding gown is not made until you actually order it. When your gown order is sent in to the manufacturer it is put into their production schedule.
And of course, since it takes so long to produce a gown... most bridal stores will not be able to exchange it for the same style dress.
Plus, as you noticed when you were doing your wedding dress shopping, the sample dresses the shops carry were limited in the sizes available. So an exchange most likely wont be an option.
So carefully choose your wedding gown!
Make sure everything is filled out correctly.
Why is it important to see the chart?
Generally there isn't enough time to send a dress back if something comes in wrong because of an error made on the order. So ask the sales clerk to double check everything.
We have already discussed rush charges. Extra charges we havent discussed include size charges and length charges.
A few wedding dress designers have been known to charge extra for colors other than white.
Of course if you have custom features such as custom length or made to measure areas on your bridal dress, it will add to the upfront cost of your gown. But then it could eliminate or lessen the cost of alterations.
Some wedding dress designers allow design modifications and fabric changes from the way the gown was originally designed. If you would to make design changes.... just ask the staff at the bridal store if this can be done to your dress.
Most wedding dress shops require a deposit. They usually require 50% down. Some may not require that much. Pay the minimum amount they ask for.
When ordering from wedding dress shops, which are the best form of payment--- cash, check, debit card or credit card?
A Credit Card is the best payment method hands down! Why?
Paying for your bridal dress with a credit card protects you when closings like this happen. How?
The credit card company will refund the money for your gown under these circumstances.
If you use a check, cash or debit card... you usually won't ever see your money again.
What happens if something goes wrong?
"When I use to order bridal gowns, issues involving close delivery times would come up. And most of the time the error was on the manufacturers' part. They make no compensation for delays on their part. No apologies are offered, even if they know it will inconvenience you. The bridal salon owner's hands are tied. So order your dress early so you will have time to make adjustments if necessary."
So how does this information benefit you?
"Remember these facts . . . mistakes happen. Delays happen. So do yourself a favor order far in advance of your wedding!"
And always read the fine print on the order blank. This way ordering your perfect wedding dress will not turn into a nightmare experience!
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