Basic Rules of Your Local Bridal Salon (with add-ons)

In Uncategorized on September 8, 2008 at 6:22 am

1. No Food or Beverages Allowed. Our salon’s number one pet peeve. Why? Because it’s such an obvious no-brainer!! Do you want all of your guests hovering over you and your gown on your wedding day with their Starbucks lattes and your kid’s Happy Meals? No. Show the same respect when you try on our dresses. You only have to pay for one wedding gown. We pay for hundreds of them, every year.

2. Brides that don’t make appointments. If you don’t want to, fine. But don’t get whiny with us when we tell you that we can’t let you look around without a consultant to assist you. You’re surrounded by 20 lb. dresses made of expensive fabrics and lots of beading. We’re sorry if we don’t want you and your friends yanking the dresses off the racks and dragging them to the first open fitting room you find. Most salons aren’t self service department stores where the only time you see an employee is when you ring up your clothes at the register. It’s actually in your benefit to have a consultant with you the whole time, so make the appointment before you come in.

3. SIZING RUNS SMALL!! Oh, the names we’ve been called…the allegations made…the tears shed…all because we recommended a girl a size 14 when she doesn’t own anything past a size 8. Allegedly. Bridal designers do not cut their dresses the same way as department stores or ready to wear boutiques. On average, if you normally wear a size 8, the average bridal or bridesmaid designer will most likely place you into one or two larger sizes. The problem with the designers is that each one cuts their dresses differently. So even if you’re a size 10 with one guy, the next designer may tell you that your measurements according to their size chart is placing you into a size 12. Vanity often gets the best of some women, who order smaller because they don’t believe in the size we tell them, even when we show them their measurements and the designer’s size chart. It usually backfires.

4. Your friends. The ones who come with you to a salon and then disappear. When you finally see them again, they’re carrying a half dozen gowns in their hands, and they proceed to pull even more dresses that they think you’ll look great in. As much as they annoy us, who ultimately have to clean up after the mess they’ve left behind, they will also confuse you down the road. They will have big mouths, give opinions on every single dress you try on, and succeed in annoying every other customer that walks past your group. Leave these friends at home, at least for now.

5. Not hanging up your dresses. We had two brides come in to look at our wedding gowns. They were both friends, so we put them in one of the larger rooms. They helped each other try on dresses, so I waited outside until they were done. When they finally emerged, they told me that they didn’t find anything they liked. I gave them my card and told them to call if they found anything else. (My guess is they were just goofing off, since one of the brides gave me a wedding date that fell on a Wednesday…) When I went back into the room, there were two large mounds of white fabric, just sitting in the middle of the floor, like wedding gown igloos. What the hell? There’s a large couch against the wall-why didn’t you at least toss them on top of the couch? Or, you know, back onto the hangers where they belong? And where are the hangers anyways? I spin around. They’re hanging on on the doorknob. Gee thanks, at least you bothered to hang something up for me. Probably did it by accident.


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