There’s A First Time For Everything

3 07 2008

Over time we come to expect certain behaviours from people we come into contact with on a daily basis, and the blogs we read are no different. If The Superficial went a week without mentioning breasts (particularly big ones) or Arseblog wrote a post about his undying love for Manchester United, you’d know something wasn’t quite right.

Textual Relations is not nearly as famous as either of those two, but nonetheless you lot have probably formed an idea of the sort of content to expect. If Mr President wrote a post about the evil oil companies and global warming, or how great Obama is, chances are you would know that he was either joking or had completely lost his mind.

Don’t adjust your sets, then, as Mr President discusses wedding dresses. No, you didn’t mis-read, he did just say wedding dresses. He saw a piece on the BBC the other morning about how some shops are now charging up to £50 to try on their stock.

It’s not the most fascinating piece of news this week but if it’s good enough for the BBC, Telegraph and Independent to cover, who are we to turn up our noses at it? The charge is apparently both a one-off (so not per dress) and refundable if you actually purchase a dress from that boutique or store. It does appear to be a pretty fair policy.

Anyone serious about buying won’t mind paying as the dress is expensive and obviously worth trying before buying it. What it will do is deter time wasters. Some have said people will feel pressured into buying their dress from the first place they visit but when the average wedding costs £20,000, who in their right mind is going to buy a dress they hate just to save £50? Besides you can go in and look at the stock for free.

Ladies, Mr President wants to know what you think. Is this a good policy or not?



8 responses

3 07 2008


Don’t get married at all. Problem solved. =P

I honestly never understood people spending a fortune on weddings. A waste of money IMHO.

4 07 2008
Mr President

I knew there was a reason I loved you…

5 07 2008
jayne d'Arcy

I just saw a “used” wedding dress (not even a designer name wedding dress) for $25,000. My wedding dress came from Lane Bryant and was on sale for $45. We rented the Memory Gardens in Monterey between 10am to 11am for $50 (and the garden came with a free drunk sleeping off his ripple) and then our reception was crammed into our apartment. It was a BYO – food and drink reception. We, of course, provided the kitchen. Lastly, our honeymoon was 10 days, in the Winter (off season) in Vancouver Canada for a grand total of $835.

Cheapest wedding ever. Those that attended, STILL compliment us 15 years later.

All this guff about expensive gowns and putting the bride’s family into debt for the rest of their lives for that one perfect dress and huge wedding is NUTS.

$50 to try on your gowns? Pffffffffffft

5 07 2008
Mr President

Heh, it’s actually closer to $100 with the current exchange rate.

Yeah, personally I don’t get why weddings are so expensive either, but given people are willing to blow that kind of money on a wedding I just don’t get the fuss over $100. In the big scheme of things it’s not much.

If you were spending (I know you wouldn’t Jayne as you’re too smart for that, but let’s say hypothetically) $25,000 on a dress would it bother you to spend $100 extra to try it on? Surely it’s a drop in the ocean?

5 07 2008
jayne d'Arcy

I had to think a bit, but yes, even if I had $25,000 to buy a dress, I’d still say that charging me $100 to try on a dress is ridiculous. It isn’t because I’d be trying to save money, it’s because I feel that they’re just attempting to gouge their customers another way.

Stores that sell only wedding dresses, do not stay in business long unless they are situated in an area where money isn’t a question. A wedding dress shop will do better business in Beverly Hills than it would in Spokane, WA. (For giggles – Spokane brides are stuck with Macy’s or have to go to Idaho or Canada for someplace that will sell a gown.)

From the wedding dress shop’s point of view, they may make two or three really good sales a week, more if they’re in a higher revenue area. It’s in their best interest to bring in cash on a daily basis and if they can get that from any customer who is just “browsing” they’ll earn enough to pay the rent.

Despite that, it’s not my job to keep the shop in business. I think it’s clearly taking advantage of your customers even IF they agree to be charged for trying on dresses.

So there. 🙂

5 07 2008
Mr President

The thing is, when you try it on you’re being fitted. That requires time from their sales staff that could be spent with customers that might actually make a purchase, rather than those that won’t. Besides, what about the costs they incur from having to have dresses cleaned?

As for the point about being in an area where money isn’t a question, these are also places where the overheads are higher. Besides, I’m not even sure it’s true. I wouldn’t call “London” an area where money isn’t a question. Parts, yes, but I think that a wedding shop can survive in any major city (and not all residents of major cities have money to burn).

There’s no way a wedding dress shop makes two or three good sales in a week, and the higher the revenue associated, the less likely it is that they’ll have that sort of turnover. Besides, the charges don’t apply to “browsing”. They only apply to being fitted for a dress.

Nobody says it’s your job to keep the shop in business, it’s the shop’s job. Thus it’s up to the shop’s owner to do whatever they have to do to stay in business, if that’s introduce charges, so be it. I don’t think it’s taking advantage of the customers at all, it makes business sense.

At this point I should reveal I was raised by two shopkeepers…

7 07 2008
jayne d'Arcy

All right, you win.

*is a terrible debater*

7 07 2008
Mr President

Hehe. You’re too nice, that’s what it is.

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