@Ladybug202: I bought from BestBridalPrices. You know they have a B&M store, right? Somewhere in Illinois, if I remember correctly.
I have nothing but POSITIVE things to say. I communicated with them mostly by e-mail (which is way more convenient for me) but gave them my CC information over the phone when it was time to order.
I spent around $1,300. For that, I received: the gown (Allure 8769), veil, rhinestone/crystal headpiece, and shoes (that they dyed ivory). I’m not sure what their current promotions might offer, but when I ordered, spending >$1,000, I received $400 in “store credit” to use toward any accessories I wanted AND free shipping. That’s how I ended up with the shoes, headpiece, and most of the veil. I did end up paying the difference between the credit and the total cost of the accessories.
Shipping was fast. If I remember correctly, it took about a month for my dress to arrive at BBP, and another week or so for them to ship it to me. Once they receive a gown from the designer/manufacturer, they check it over to make sure that first, it is the right color/size, and then make sure any details, like beading, or appliques, etc are properly affixed. The only thing I really should have thought about was a fabric bag for the dress. The dress arrived along with all of the other goodies, and it was on a hanger, but only in a thin plastic bag (like what you might get from a dry cleaner).
quick side note: I tried this gown on in one of the local bridal boutiques. They refused to give me the style number, but did leave the designer’s tag in it, so I found it on the website. They also quoted a price around $200 more than BBP. Mark-up was more, and then they insisted that Allure charged an additional $50 for larger sizes. Which is completely untrue.
All-in-all, I had an extremely pleasant experience. Their customer service is top-notch, and their prices beat all the B&M stores around me.