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The Wedding Dress Contract

Did you know that most bridal shops will require you to sign a contract to complete your purchase? It's a good idea to ask about the shops cancellation and refund policy. If you are comfortable with the policy and are ready to make your purchase, make sure to verify that the contract explicitly states the designer, style, size and color. Always confirm that your size is correct by being professionally measured and comparing these numbers to the designer's sizing chart.

The contract protects both you and your dressmaker. Here are some things that you need to include:

  • A timeline to receive your dress. Remember that alterations (whether through the shop or another tailor) must be made and that you will have enough time to get fitted.

  • If you put a deposit down for the dress, make sure that this is clearly stated on the contract. It may be several months before you work with the salon again and you might not even work with the same sales consultant. It is also recommended that you use a credit card to pay for the dress. This will give you some protection should something go wrong.

  • Include the designer, style and style number in the contract.

  • The price of dress is written on contract. If the price is not clearly stated, in some instance, the boutique may charge you a different price than you were promised. If you are putting a deposit down, make sure it is clearly stated the amount that you are paying.

  • Size of dress.

  • Color of dress is specified.

  • An expected date for the dress to arrive.

  • Any special requests.

  • Payment schedule.

  • The cancellation or refund policy is clearly stated.

    Posted by Natalie T.

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