Post # 1
Hi Charlotte Bees!
I am going to be dress shopping over memorial day weekend and was wondering if anyone knew of any good bridal stores. My budget is anywhere from 1000-1500 maybe 2000 if I really like it 🙂 so it isn’t that high and so far I only have an appointment with Poffie Girls. Any help would be great, thanks!
Post # 3
Hi! I had a GREAT experience at Mecklenburg Bridal – they are down in Pineville in a new shop. Also, NY Bride & Groom on South Blvd., has a TON of dresses, and all very affordable.
Also, I just noticed on another thread that you’re from Charlotte and getting married in Charleston – I am too! =) And I am also having my reception at McCrady’s! I LOVE that place.
Anyway, good luck on your wedding dress hunt! I had an amazing day when I went!
Post # 4
@hfarrant: Thank you so much for the tip! I am so excited for McCradys, we just fell in love with it and the food is amazing! So I have a question for you! We are planning on having our ceremony at The Battery but after this weekends weather I am scared it will rain or any other crazy weather we had this spring! I saw that you’re having your ceremony at The Old Exchange, which I loved! It had a lot of restrictions for receptions which is why we didn’t go with it but If you don’t mind me asking what the details are for the space/price? Did you look up anything similar to that? I asked McCradys about maybe doing The Long Room for a back up but the minimum would double so I’m trying to find something, just in case! Thank you so much 🙂
Post # 5
@hfarrant: Oh. We LOVE the Old Exchange. We are paying $2,500 and we get both the 2nd Great Hall space and the 1st floor S.C.A.R. room. One of the biggest issues is that you can’t start the ceremony until 6:30, since they are open for visitors until 5 every day. The other problem is that they have restrictions on dancing on the 1st floor, but since we are not having our reception there, it didn’t seem to be a problem. So anyway, we are having our ceremony at 6:30 in the Great Hall. Then the guests will go downstairs to the SCAR room for cocktail hour. Then they will all walk to McCrady’s for dinner and reception. If your wedding ceremony is small, you could possibly just rent the S.C.A.R room for your ceremony and then move over to McCrady’s – but you’d still have to wait until 6:30 for your ceremony.
Another place you might like is the Confederate Home and College (62 Broad Street). It is not far from The Old Exchange building and has both outdoor and indoor spaces available for rent. It’s also not crazy expensive – I think it’s like $800 tops for both the indoor and outdoor space. The indoor space reminded me a lot of The Old Exchange Building. They don’t have a website, but here are some links to weddings that took place there. And actually Susan Sarandon’s daughter got married there recently. It really is a charming little place, but we were worried it might be a bit tight for guests.
Links for weddings:
And ALSO, another place our wedding coordinator had recommended was the Charleston Library Society building. It is very charming. I have no ideas what the rates are for renting though. We also thought this one would be tight for our estimated 100 + guests.
Anyway, hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions!
Post # 6
I liked NY Bride and Groom. The sales woman wasn’t too pushy, the shop had a nice selection of dresses in sizes above a 10 and the dressing rooms were spacious.
Ultimately I got my dress at Dar-Lynn’s. The store wasn’t as nice on the inside but they had a big selection and the sales women were nice.
Post # 7
I went to several in Charlotte; Mecklenburg Bridal charged me 20 dollars just to try on dresses and refused to let me take photos. NY Bridal is nice but they were kind of snotty with me when I told them I was JUST trying on today not looking to buy yet. David’s bridal was pushy and tried to get me to buy all this gertal crap I did not need and was handing me dresses NOT on my list and missing some that were.
I went o Darlynns Bridal which is really in Matthews but on Independence Blvd close to the boarder. They did not charge me anything, let me put down half when I was ready, took the photos for me when my Maid/Matron of Honor could not make it, and was super nice and willing to do anything to help me.
Post # 8
@Otulyssa: I’m surprised about Mecklenburg Bridal – they totally let us take photos and did not charge us anything! I really had a great experience there! So strange!
Post # 9
Yeah wonder why they would not let me. Boo makes me think, I mean she was IN the room with me and when she left I told my Maid/Matron of Honor…hey hurry and take a photo and before she could get my phone out the lady was already back in the dressing room and we had to pretend we were not up to something. It was funny but dang not sure what the big deal was. OK this was like 10 months ago so maybe they changed things based on this being a factor in the not so wonderful reviews. Could be. I would call and ask for they were the only place at the time who had to sample dress I wanted to try.
Post # 10
Thanks for the ideas! Mecklenburg bridal must of changed their policy recently. It seems they are charging now only if you make an appointment and decide to just not show up. I made an appointment with them, Poffie girls and I might have to check out Darylnns now as well.
Post # 11
I bought my dress at NY Bride and Groom. I liked how you don’t need an appointment to try on dresses. Also, the salespeople were very patient with me. I came in three times before I made a decision! They never acted annoyed or pushy.
Post # 12
@Tiffanyrami: I bought my dress at Poffie Girls! My consultant was great, but I can’t remember her name right now.