Post # 1
I am planning on going wedding dress shopping at Brides of France in Minneapolis on Tuesday…have any of your gone? did you have good/bad experiences? I’m going mainly because I heard it’s also a consignment shop, and I need a dress too (preferably cheap as well!)..
It’s between Brides of France and Carrie Johnson Bridal in St. Cloud which I’ve heard good things about too..
any input would be appreciated!
Post # 3
Hi sept2610, i am planning to check it out on sunday so i will let you know how it goes. I just got engaged and my friends wanted to do something wedding related. hope your dress shopping goes well!
Post # 4
Oh really! how funny 🙂 cool. I haven’t made an appointment (I know it’s also no appt necessary, but I always like to anyway), but yes I plan to go on Tuesday so it’d be great to hear back from you! Thanks so much!
Congratulations on your engagement! I’ve been engaged nearly three months and it is such a special (and getting stressful haha) time!
Have you decided much on planning yet??
Post # 5
Ok, so i like lists so ill do a pro’s and con’s:
-the woman i worked with at the 50th and fance store was super nice and helpful even when i said i wasnt ready to buy.
-the uptown store was larger, better organized and had proper dressing rooms.
-All of the dresses were huge on me (size 2/4) so it was hard to try on different styles since they carry so few
-many were yellowed and dated looking
– Edina: this store is tiny!! curtains for walls kinda place with so much clutter, i hate clutter but it was ok after i started trying on
– the women i worked with was very pushy but allowed me to try on a dress way out of my price rang to get an idea of the style since they had no other similar.
-edina’s smallest size was a 6 so it still had to be clamped on me which was frustrating. but maybe thats just how it is when trying on! not sure yet
* my BM and i make an attempt to be open minded and went to davids bridal in minneapolis, we turned around and walked out. it was kinda gross and no one helped us at all. I am hoping to go to rush and wedding shoppe next to see how those compare. good louck with your dress trying today!!
Post # 6
I wasn’t a fan. In Edina, the girls were nice… but pushy. In Minneapolis, the woman was VERY rude. Granted, I came in late – about 15 minutes before the store was to close, but I was at the point in dress shopping where I knew what I liked. She flat out told me I could try on ONE dress, and that’s it. I only found one worth trying on, and it was way over my budget – about $2,000. SO, if you think you’ll find less expensive dresses here, it’s possible, but don’t bank on it.
Try Rush’s Bridal in Minneapolis, they have a great selection. You also might want to try out Weddings by Tess in Apple Valley and Napier Bridal in West St. Paul. Oh – and Mary Kay in Richfield – all have affordable dresses.
Post # 7
I stopped in at the Uptown location once, and although I didn’t try anything on, the woman who helped me was very nice. Of their vintage dresses, I didn’t see any that caught my eye, and the other dresses were out of my budget.
I’ve heard good things about Mestad’s in Rochester; my cousin got her dress there for under $300 – it was a bridesmaid dress but extremely elegant, sort of old-school Hollywood. Have fun, wherever you go!
Post # 8
Okay girls – so I went to Brides of France today… when I got to the Minneapolis location I wasn’t all that impressed. The lady (Natalie) was very kind and extremely helpful. The only issue for me was that because my wedding is less than 5 months away, I knew I had to buy off the rack, and basically all the dresses at the Minneapolis location were the La Sposa line they carry which requires 6-9 months to order. Their consignment collection wasn’t all that extravagant. Natalie suggested I go to the Edina location only four miles away.
So I did…and boy did I LOVE IT! both Mimi (sp?) and Jill were simply fabulous! They helped me soo much and were so kind.. Mimi was the one that helped me find THE PERFECT DRESS. I fell in love with it immediately. They worked with me on the price, and helped me put together the veil, the shoes, the jewelry, the whole nines yards – and help envision what I would look like – and for one of the first times while dress shopping, I felt like a bride, I felt beautiful and special. And Jill especially, really helped me feel that way. She reassured me over and over how gorgeous I looked and everyone there was so darling.
Even though the shop, like others have said, was small, I found it quite charming. I went on a Tuesday, and there was only one other bride there, so it didn’t feel so small. I only brought my mother and sister, so again it wasn’t too crowded.
Hope this helps!
I loved it…
I also went to Little Bridal Shop in Rogers, MN today – and had a GREAT experience with them. Teresa, the store manager, was fun, helpful and more about helping brides than about making a sale. She even recommended a different seamstress than hers! She gave us ideas on other places to go and helped us a lot… So that’s worth checking out too. It is a smaller boutique, so fewer choices, but it’s worth checking out, especially if you’re near the location.
Post # 9
Just wanted to provide a 2012 update on Brides of France – Edina Location. I had a TERRIBLE experience there and NEVER EVER would recommend the shop to a friend.
Buyer Beware…. Too small, overpriced, and terrible customer service. I would never recommend this place to a friend. The shop only carries 2 designers with a very limited selection, not much to try on.
Many of the dresses are dirty, yellowed, and ripped. The shop is tiny and crowded. There is only 1 mirror and 2 tiny changing rooms with barely any room to move around. There is no place for your friends or family to sit. If you plan to take more than 1 person with you dress shopping, this is NOT the place.
I found the prices to be much higher than others. For example, one Paloma Blanca sample dress was $2,750 at Brides of France, but I called 5 other shops in the area and prices were $2,300-2,400 for a brand new dress in the same style. The designer’s recommended price is about $2,400 — the Brides of France markup is high.
You can’t make an appointment, you just have to stand around in the cramped, tiny shop waiting for someone to pay attention to you. The sales women are pushy and rude. It’s amateur hour in there. If you are looking for a sophisticated shop, this is definitely NOT it.
I personally had a bad experience there. One of my BMs saw how much I liked one dress and was going to take a quick iPhone pic to send to my mom, who lives out of state and was hoping to see what I tried on. When the shopowner saw my friend’s iPhone, the owner pulled the veil off my head (ouch!) and started to unzip the back of the dress in the middle of the store, in front of everyone. She pushed me around until I was back in the dressing room, yelling at my BM the entire time. We were respectful the entire time — but that was the breaking point. I changed out of the dress, gathered my stuff and left. I couldn’t beleive that just happened. We were all stunned with the TERRIBLE service.