Why do bridal store staff suggest styles different to what I came in to try on?

Is this legit or just some kind of sales tactic?

Question Asked: 27/05/2021 Wedding Date: 9/08/2018

Most Helpful Response

Louise Alvarez Couture Bridal & Evening Wear


(27) Posted: 16/06/2021

Sometimes it's good to open yourself to possabilities you haven't yet considered, if you feel the person who is helping you is on your wavelength, it doesn't hurt to try something different from what you think you will like, it's often the wild card unexpected gown that turns out to be the "one". If you trust in the experience and skill of the person helping you, you may just end up getting a great surprise, and after all there's nothing to loose,at worst it might just confirm that it's not the right style direction for you as you suspected. Have fun with it, it's such a lovely experience when you are dealing with the right suplier you will feel at ease and trust in what they feel they should show you, if not, you're in the wrong place to start with, find someone who really conects with you. Good luck! 

Bernice Fashions

Geelong and Surroundings

(28) Posted: 2/06/2021

Hello Bride to Be

You have ideas of what you like which is fabulous and we let you try on what you like, sometimes we also like to throw in a curve ball as it maybe a style of fabric you hadn't thought of.  You don't have to like it but it is good to see other options as at times they can surprise you.  Each bride has their own style and theme.  

You know  what you are after and this journey on finding your special gown is an important one.

Timeless Elegance

Launceston and Tasmania Statewide

(30) Posted: 28/05/2021

On my part, I will always allow a bride to try on what she has asked for, then if I think we have something else on our racks that will work for her body shape  I will make suggestions, no obligation but usually because with over 20 years  experience I can pick alternative styles the bride may  not have thought of.  Atthe end of the day trying alternative styles gives a bride more options and wastes nothing more than five minutes of her time in either finding an amazing other choice or re-confirming she knows exactly what she wants.

For most  bridal stores it would be to give the bride choices,  there would be no disrespect ever intended to a bride in offering other selections.  The bridal consultants usually would know what works for various body shapes and just want to offer what is available. 

Good luck with your selection, and in finding the gown perfect for you. 

Kay Elizabeth

Melbourne and Surrounds

(12) Posted: 28/05/2021

For the most part, bridal sales staff are extremely experienced and are trained in which shapes work with different body types.

They will assess your body type along with your wishlist and find styles which they feel will work with you. It is always a good idea to try on something other than what you had in mind as they may just find you your dream gown.  At the very least you can see styles on and put them in the NO pile.

At the end of the day the choice is yours and definitely  only comit to a gown you are truly happy with.

Good luck with dress shopping

Kay Elizabeth.

JRW Bridal And Couture

Perth Studios are in Fremantle & Alkimos.

(8) Posted: 28/05/2021


I understand your frustration but I imagine it is because their experience has taught them that a bride is often pleasantly surprised when trying on styles that they hadn't thought would work on them. I am sure it is to help more than hinder you, but if you are adamant about the style you want then I am sure they won't push you!

As a couture designer, I have studied the woman's form and body proportions intensely over the years so that when I design I accomodate for the bride's specific figure and what will work the best for her! I find that not every bride is aware of the best styles, tips and tricks for their own proportions, so they can trust me to guide and advice them so that they can look their absolute best on their wedding day!

I hope this helps you and wish you joy in your "Wedding Dress Journey!"

Fondly, Joanne ??

JRW Bridal Couture 

Calabro Bridal & Eveningwear

Sydney and Surrounding Areas

(0) Posted: 28/05/2021


There are several reasons that change based on the store you were in. We have a lot of brides walk in with a photo to find similar styles. We explain how important to love a style on you instead of seeing it in photos.  Trying different styles can change a lot of things. It doesn't mean that you must change your mind and go with the styles that the store has but it widens your ideas to find the best-loved one.

I wish you great luck on your journey and would like to invite you to Calabro Bridal, Evening Wear, and Menswear to help you as much as we can ??

You can visit www.calabrostores.com.au at any time to book your appointment ??

(8) Posted: 28/05/2021

Hi love,

Good question! I can only speak for our boutique, but we never push anyone to try specific gowns for a sale; there's no point.

If we suggest trying a gown that the bride might not have picked out herself, we do so because we think that it will suit her body shape and might surprise her in a positive way.

Otherwise, the only reason we couldn't let her try the style she picked is that the sample size would not fit, however, we always have alternatives available.

I hope this helps, and good luck in your search for 'the one'!

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