Your Very Best Dress Shopping Expierence?
Hi all, haven't posted for a while but as our first anniversary is coming up I thought I would return to one of the best resources for advice, guidance and emotional support i found when I was planning our wedding.
So fast forward 10 months, I took voluntary redundancy from my role as a director as I wanted out of the rat race and working for the man, I have bummed around a bit enjoying being unemployed for the first time in 30 years and I am in the process of buying a bridal shop, I have 3 that I have viewed and I am doing due diligence on two of them to see if they are as profitable as they appear. One is almost dead in the water being just a few hundred meters from Wed2B, so I sadly discounted that one. The other 2 currently have popular brands, and both have room for growth with a little bit of hard work and imagination, both have good reputations and have been operating for 10+ years.
When I brought my dress, I visited 5 shops and received different service in all of them. The worst was Wed2B with pushy assistants, loads of brides and located in a warehouse. The best where I was the only bride, the owner spent an age talking to me about my likes, dislikes, venue, theme gave me a glass of fizz(i know this is a licensing issue). I didn't buy from her through but left knowing exactly what I wanted, which wasn't what I thought I did.
i would like every bride to have the best experience so I thought I would ask you lovely lot what was your best expierence? Why? What about your worst, what annoyed you? Did you mind having other brides in the store at the same time, or did you want it to be just you? If there were other brides what could have made it better? How could your experience be improved? Should stores ask your budget and then only show dresses in this price point rather than letting you browse the rails (I spent double my budget on the dress alone, as it was the one)?
How did you pick the store was ordered of mouth or did you google? One of the two needs a brand overhaul but the name doesn't suit the business as it's not clear what it is. I am worried if I rename, people will think the business is not there anymore.Sent
Finally, photos, would you be offended if you weren't allowed to take photos of the dresses, unless you repurchased it? I am undecided, as I only did this once but I know there is a movement in the industry to ban this as brides take photos then stick the picture on social media asking if people know where they can get it cheaper or something similar at a lower price tag?