Friday, December 12, 2008

Bargaining for Bridesmaids? Who knew?

I picked my Bridesmaid Dresses! Wooohhoo! I am so excited because a) I absolutely love them, b) I would totally wear them, and b) I got an amazing price for them.
I never thought of myself as a good bargainer. (which is ironic, because for some reason, people assume I am skilled at this) I get flustered and back away before they even have the chance to consider my price. However, bridesmaid Laura is a PRO! The dresses I chose were over $200.00 everywhere I could find. We went to one last place, Rosalin's in Falls Church, VA and found them at $145.00! That is a price I feel much less guilty about, asking these girls to shell out. Bridesmaid Laura mentioned that she found them online for $133.00 from a discount store. The owner at Rosalin's said she could do $135.00! I couldn't believe it! I never knew this was a negotiable item. After talking to more brides, I found this to be common. Have you ever considered bargaining the price of the dress? While I am discussing Rosalin's, I might add they they have been great to work with.
Now on to the dresses. It was important to me that my girls feel great in these dresses. I have been a bridesmaid 3 times and have been lucky enough to have a gorgeous dress each time. I liked that, even though it was obviously not MY day, I still felt beautiful and comfortable. I mean, spending $200.00 (Or $135.00 if you can bargain down, like we did!! YES!!!!) on a dress is a lot of money and I wanted the girls to feel great in them, and if possible, be able to wear them again. I was particularly concerned that the material was a wearable material, for this reason.
I am head over heels for these dresses. I loved how they looked in person even more then the way they look in these pictures.
For the 5 bridesmaids, I chose 3 styles to choose from. I am asking that they get them in ROYAL BLUE, even if the dress is 2 tones, it should be all blue for this occasion. I feel that with a lot of different body types, I would like the girls to feel good. I also selected a different style for Maid and Matron of honor, and have their detailing in black, and the dress in blue. My matron of honor allowed me to pick a dress with a train for her wedding (yes, you read correctly...don't judge..please..I am embarrassed enough), and I felt special, so I wanted my MOHs to feel the same.
They are all Barijay dresses. These dresses are not your typical bridesmaid dress and are just stunning and flowy, in person! Here are they are, drum roll please.....
These images are from the Barijay website. The first 3 are for the bridesmaids to choose from.

This one (below) will be worn by the Maid and Matron of Honor)

What do you think of different, but similar dresses? Have you ever considered bargaining for the price?

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Blogger starfish said...

My sister is doing different, but similar dresses. As I bridesmaid I really appreciate it because I got to semi-pick (she had 5 chosen) the dress I get to wear!

Friday, December 12, 2008 2:14:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh My Gosh!!! Miss Cleveland Park you are my new best friend. I have also picked several different styles for my bridesmaids to pick from by the same designer. After reading your post I just called Rosalin's to see if they carry the line of bridesmaids dresses that I was looking at and they have them for around $50 less than the last place I saw them at! I'm definitely going to have my girls order them from there! Thank you so much!!!

Friday, December 12, 2008 2:23:00 PM  
Blogger Miss Cleveland Park said...

YAY1 I am so glad I could help. Someone else told me about it, so I am just paying it forward, ha ha. I mean they are considerbly less!

Friday, December 12, 2008 2:25:00 PM  
Blogger AmyJean {Relentless BrideĀ®} said...

I can't wait to check out Rosalin's!

I love the dresses you picked!

Friday, December 12, 2008 2:31:00 PM  
Blogger Miss Cleveland Park said...

Also, Christy, you may be able to get them for less if you have more than 4 bridesmaids. I was thrilled when they were 145, but when i got them for 135, I just about died. I knwo it feels weird to ask for a deal, but its worth it! they are REALLY flexible.

Friday, December 12, 2008 2:32:00 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

Rachel can thank *me* for telling her all about the ability to bargain at Rosalins ;)

Friday, December 12, 2008 2:50:00 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

i mean Miss CP :-)

Friday, December 12, 2008 2:51:00 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

i guess i should also offer my experience with Rosalin's too... I found my dress in Baltimore for $200 and she's giving me the dress for $140! I'm chopping it to tea length (originally long) and she's only charging an additional $40.. so the dress + alterations is still cheaper than if I had bought it in Baltimore!

Friday, December 12, 2008 2:52:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow,if I could get them for even less than they quoted over the phone I would be completely floored. I have 8 bridesmaids and 1 junior bridesmaid. That will be great if they give me a volume discount. You have totally made my week! :-)

Friday, December 12, 2008 3:32:00 PM  
Blogger Miss Cleveland Park said...

the trick is to say you saw on an online store for less...but do what you feel comfortable with. Good Luck!

Friday, December 12, 2008 3:59:00 PM  

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