OK, for any brides-to-be that haven't already purchased your gown, I just have to share this with you.....I am shocked over the difference in prices for the exact same gown between two bridal salons.
In August, tried on "the dress" at Modern Bride and Formal Shop in Bedford, (www.modernbrideshop.com). Their attendant (Courtney) was very helpful.
In October, went to a bridal show and was given a coupon for 15% off the purchase of a gown at 125 Bridal Boutique in Plaistow, NH. Since they carried the same designers, decided to go there and see if the dress was any less expensive. Here's the comparison:
Modern Bride =$560, less 10% Thanksgivng annual sale discount = $504, which includes bustle and pressing. If you don't need the alterations package, the discount is 25% instead of 10%, but only through this Sunday.
125 Bridal Boutique = $765, less 15% with coupon (but only if you buy dress on your first visit) = $650.25, (no alternations included). If you don't buy on your first visit, price is $765.
$765-$560 = savings of $205 (regular prices) WINNER=Modern Bride!! 37% savings
$650.25-$504 = savings of $146.25 (actually more because of alterations pkg.)
WINNER=Still Modern Bride!! 29% savings
For those who are interested---the once-a-year sale at Modern Bride runs through Sunday, they are open 10-4 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They let me go ahead and place an order today at the sale price, (with a credit card and full payment), since I knew exactly the dress to order.