- Mrs. Kitten
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: April 2018 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman
I thought we could compare notes on Austin bridal salons. Tell us what you think of the Austin area bridal salons. Even if you didn’t buy a dress (or veil, or bridesmaid dress–whatever you were shopping for) at these stores, tell us about your experience!
Melange– Has a pretty good selection of gowns for a small shop. The attendants were very nice and not "snooty" like many bridal salons. This salon does have a good sample rack available, I almost bought a dress off of it! And they are friendly to walk-ins if they aren’t very busy. They have a contact with a seamstress that makes veils for a reasonable price too.
Serendipity– The source in Austin for "couture" gowns (Monique Lhuillier, Melissa Sweet, Lazaro, Romona Keveza, etc.). I was looking for Melissa Sweet gowns and their selection was quite limited. I would recommend visiting the Priscilla of Boston salons in Dallas or Houston if you are looking for Melissa Sweet gowns. MAKE AN APPOINTMENT here, they don’t take very kindly to walk-ins. Also, they DON"T LET YOU TAKE PICTURES of any dresses, which I found frustrating, as that is how I compared the dresses I liked best after visiting all the salons. I’ve never been to a store that didn’t allow this. Both Priscilla of Boston and Sacks lets you take pictures! But their staff was very knowledgeable about the gowns, options, and delivery times. They also have trunk sales quite frequently and may extend trunk sale pricing by a few days if you ask.
Unbridaled– It’s in a funky old house in South Austin. They were very welcoming and are open to walk-ins. They have a good selection of lower-priced dresses. My complaint about unbridaled is about those clips–you know the ones that you use to clip a dress back if it is too big so you can see what it looks like? They have these little chip-clips for that purpose. They didn’t hold the dress up AT ALL, so I had to hold each dress up behind my back to see what it looked like. They need to upgrade to those heavy-duty clips that the other salons have!
Belle Saison– A larger store with LOTS of gowns. Unfortunately they are pretty crammed together on the racks so it’s hard to get a good look. Take your time and you might find what you are looking for. They have pretty gowns at good prices. This isn’t the place for you if you’re looking for the latest, up-and-coming styles, but if you want a traditional dress for a decent price, this place fits the bill.
After lots of shopping in Austin, Houston, and Dallas, I ended up buying from Preownedweddingdresses.com. I fell in love with a "couture" gown (Melissa Sweet’s Lia gown), and just couldn’t bear to fork over $4k for a dress I knew I would trash at my outdoor wedding. But I hope my rundown of bridal salons gives some of you a head start with your wedding dress shopping!