A dress shop worker's tips on how to get a better deal on your wedding dress

I'm a retail worker in the bridal industry in Australia, and I'm also a bride myself. Everyone wants a better deal on their dress, and for those of you shopping at brick and mortar dress shops, I wanted to offer some tips about how to talk to retail workers if you want to negotiate the price of your wedding dress down… from someone who works in the industry and knows. 

Don't tell my boss, but I want you to get a better deal! 

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Not if you're marrying a trust funder, not if your parents are insisting, not if you can't pay yourself. Save up your dollars and have an extended engagement, then use those cold hard Benjamins to have the wedding YOU want.

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Also, we have a quick one-question wedding budget survey that will help us craft editorial with you in mind!