Le 8 octobre 2013, 05:05 dans Humeurs • 0
Brides charged for dress fitting
Boutiques across the country are believed to have introduced the charges to scare away time wasters who visit shops to look at and try on evening dress with no intention of buying afterwards.
It could put an end to the practice of women trying on dresses at dozens of shops before finding "the one", as the cost becomes prohibitive.
The charges, billed as "appointment fees", "consultation fees" and " deposits" range in price between and Some boutiques refund the money to brides after they agree to buy a dress.
"Quite a few shops have started to charge now, and I can see why retailers are doing it. Charging for an appointment forces a bride to think about whether or not she is serious about buying a dress from that particular designer," said Deborah Joseph, editor of Brides magazine. "The first fitting can take an hour, and a woman will probably try on six different styles of dress."
The average UK wedding now costs with of that being spent on the bride's outfit.cobalt blue evening dresses
Top names including Phillipa Lepley, Caroline Castiglione and My Lady have introduced the charges. Many topend boutiques have also banned cameras from their premises to stop women photographing expensive dresses before having cutprice copies made. Some have been accused of snobbery, by effectively closing their doors to the less well off.
Sally Wright, of bridal couturier Phillipa Lepley, admitted it charges a "consultation fee" but justified it by saying the service bridestobe got was second to none. It charges to try on dresses which start at of our assistants are trained professionals with years of experience, so they know how to help brides pick a dress that will hide problem areas and enhance their best features. Even people who don't end up buying a dress from us will often recommend the service to their friends," Ms Wright said.
Costs may be one of the reasons behind the decline in marriages. England and Wales saw a fall of four per cent to 236, 980 in the number of couples tying the knot in 2006, the latest year for which records are available. This was the fewest number of weddings since 1895. In Scotland, marriages dropped 3 per cent to 29,898, whilst in Northern Ireland marriages increased 1 per cent to 8,259.