(Closed) Bridal Store recommendations?

posted 9 years ago in Atlanta
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I’m going to Formally Yours in Lilburn. A ton of my friends have used them and love them! Definite plusses: often offer discounts for buying your dress that day and also offer discounts for your BMs if they get their dress there as well.

(I’m going dress shopping next month and am SO excited!)

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I went to the Priscilla of Boston store for my dress and had a great time.. very personal attention and very helpful overall. I also went to Bridals by Lori to look for bridesmaids dresses and was very impressed! My mom even said she had wished we went there to look for my dress. They have dresses at all different price points, and the saleswoman we met with was really helpful, the store was laid out well, and it was just a really fun experience.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I had good experiences at the following stores:

Bride Beautiful – Roswell/Atlanta
Wedding Angels – Roswell
Affordable Bridal – Buford (has a larger selection in greater sizes)

I didn’t really enjoy the David’s Bridal in Kennesaw

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I have to add in Sweet Elegance Bridal in Decatur!!!

I went to pretty much all of the stores listed above and found a recurring theme of a lack of customer service, along with a "pick what you want from the rack and we’ll get you a dressing room" mentality.  (I was really disappointed to encounter that at Formally Yours b/c I had heard great reviews about them).

It turns out that Sweet Elegance is run by a mother and daughter who opened the store after the daughters wedding – the mother (who I think is the primary owner) wanted to keep other brides from going through what they went through – poor service and expensive prices.  The really cool thing they did for me is they pulled gowns for me that matched the style I was looking for, but also pulled things I never would have tried on – to make sure I didn’t have dress regret and also to make sure that I was exposed to everything that was out there.  I didn’t feel rushed at all (I had at several other places, especially David’s Bridal).  It actually felt kind of like being on Say Yes to the Dress, I have to admit.   And the dresses were absolutely amazing, so much nicer than everywhere else I had been, and at reasonable prices.

I know I sound like an ad for the store – I swear I’m not!  I just had such a good experience and think they are a hidden jem in the Atlanta bridal market.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

i got my dress from bridals by lori in sandy springs and LOVED THEM!! they have trunk shows a lot, which is when i bought my gown and i got to meet the designer and received a discount for buying that day.

the experience was great and im excited to go back for fittings and for my bm gowns! i love how they have all the designers separated into "rooms" so its not just a store with a line of white gowns. there are tons of mirrors and a runway so you can see how your gown moves and looks when you walk!’

they have a webcam set up to connect with family members that cant be there and the consultants are fabulous! they were so helpful and didnt pressure us to buy that day, our lady actually gave us great advice about narrowing it down and then coming back. it was the experience that i always dreamed about when i would imagine going to buy my gown.

the salon is 3 floors and they have everything you could think of that you might need, its really a one stop shopping for everything wardrobe and accessories!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

I got my dress at Priscilla of Boston and I loved it 🙂  I visited quite a few store on my "quest for the dress"

New Natalies: They were RUDE and said that I could only try on five dresses the entire day.  They also wouldn’t let my mom come back to the dressing area with me.  It was just me and some stranger helping me get dressed.

Bride Beautiful: Decent selection of dresses, helpful staff.  I got my bridesmaid’s dresses there.

LaRaine’s Bridal Boutique: Best one that I visited!! Even though I didn’t get my dress there, I wish that I found "the one" there.  The store is so wonderful, elegant yet homey at the same time and the staff is AMAZING!

Bridals by Lori was the last one on my list after Priscilla of Boston, but since I found my dress at Priscilla, I never went there.  Heard all good things though! 

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Ok.  Will check that one (NN’s) off the list!

Who’s been to Demetrios?  I went in and looked but didn’t try on.  NOT gonna try on a thing until 10 lbs are gone. 

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I didn’t go to New Natalie’s after a bad visit with my MOH 2 years ago.  They were horrible to her making a comment about her "back fat" and being too large for sample sizes (she’s a size 12).  I’ve only know one person to have a good experience there. 

On the other hand I visited la raine’s with another friend who had a fantastic experience there.  Our consultant even found a way to help with a sticky situation where my friend was trying on the same dress that another friend was wearing a few weeks before.  She was able to special order a petite cut from there and has nothing but great reviews of them.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I know they carried Casablanca, Paloma Blanca, and Alfred Sung….I know most designers sites have a place where you can search for a local store who carries their designs.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

Which designers are you looking for?  I think if you said some names, I would remember…For some reason, all I can remember is Venus, and I’m not even sure that’s right.  I think they also had some from that Kristie Kelly (whichever one does the Disney collection).  Don’t let my forgetfulness keep you from going there, they have lots of gorgeous dresses 🙂 

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