De-mystifying the Delay

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  1. Huh. I think the no-pictures rule must be new… I had no problem taking approximately seven gazillion pictures in both ’97 & 2000 for the two weddings I’ve been involved in planning, in full view of the staff.

    But… that may have been before they recognized the sheer power of the internet. It was also pre-affordable-digital cameras, so I ended up spending probably 40-50 on film & developing for said pictures, too.

  2. Fascinating. Thanks for the very authoritative explanation. The whole intellectual property thing is hilarious, and clearly an enormous waste of energy for the vendors.

  3. When I called to make appointments at the bridal salons, I asked if they allowed photos. If they said ‘no’, then I said ‘ok, no thanks’. I ended up trying on dresses at 3 great salons which all allowed photos, and did not cut the tags off the dresses, so I could see what I was buying. In the end (and this is where I feel totally dishonest), I comparison-shopped on the internet and bought a dress from an online vendor in the US. I saved more than 50% off the salon price, money that I had not expected to have in our budget, which has been very useful.

  4. I forgot to mention on the previous post one reason which I think may result in the insane hours for fittings…

    Fitting and altering a wedding dress is a dying art. I have been sewing for over ten years and am pretty confident in my skills, yet no way no how would I be willing to risk touching someone’s wedding dress. The fabrics used are often quite unforgiving, and because of the various layers etc. the actual task of taking something in is time-consuming and complicated. Hemming itself is one of my least favorite activities, and hemming a wedding dress takes quite a while with all those layers of often-times slippery or transparent fabric.

    So, chalk another one up to the labour market: the people who have the skills to do wedding dress alterations are in short supply, and the people who have the desire to risk doing it professionally are even more rare. Ergo a store probably has to fight for time for their seamstress to even appear. And are these people getting paid anything close to what they’re worth? Of course not… because everyone views sewing as one of those menial domestic chores that are beneath them, and the pay is dirt. Our generation simply hasn’t stepped to the plate to learn how to do it, but the people left who CAN do it are getting shit wages. Not a pretty occupational profile.

    I’m not condoning the behaviour of the wedding stores. God no. They’re probably marking up the services by three or four times what they’re paying the seamstress.

  5. Sue: they *must* be marking it up like crazy. For the 30 minute fitting appointment, taking in a corset insert, taking in the bodice, installing bra cups, hemming the entire thing and then the final fitting appointment, I’m only paying $187 after tax. At that rate, the seamstresses must be making about $12/h.

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