Post # 1
Going to Dallas over the next few weekends, and plan on trying on some bridal gowns. What are some good salons? Stores with dresses ranging from ~$1000 to ~$5000 + will work. Also, I’ll be in/around the Rockwall, McKinney, Lake Dallas, Uptown Dallas, & Plano areas. Thanks all!
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
mdcmod: I got my dress at Patsy’s A Bridal Boutique and LOVED my experience! Kyra was my consultant and she was the best. They are in Dallas on Oak Lawn. http://www.patsysbridal.com/
I also went to Stardust in Plano and had a good experience, but they were bad about showing me dresses outside my price range, so just be on top of that with them. I’ve also heard great things about the Bridal Boutique in Lewisville. Lulu’s in Dallas has very nice really affordable dresses and you don’t need an appointment, but one of my friends had a great experience there and the other had a horrible one, so take that recommendation with a grain of salt. I went to the Nordstrom Bridal Boutique in Northpark and would NOT recommend them.
Post # 3
I’m not from Dallas but I bought my dress there. I went to three places: Neiman Marcus Bridal Boutique (downtown), Stardust, and Stanley Korshak. I loved my Neiman’s experience and ended up getting my dress there. Although they have dresses in your price range, but they will be toward the higher end of your price range. The woman who helped me there was so lovely and she told me I could try on as many dresses as I wanted, even if it took more than the alloted 2 hours. I also loved Stardust. I seriously had so much fun there, even though the woman who worked with me basically knew we were just confirming the dress at Neiman’s. I had no problems with her sticking to my budget, and would highly recommend them. They have so many dresses!!! And Stanley Korshak…I was NOT impressed! The woman who helped me was so unenthused and not helpful. She asked what I had tried and what I was liking so far. When I told her, she just stared at me with a blank face (even though I was pretty descriptive!). Then she just told us to look around the salon and let her know what I wanted to try. I think she maybe pulled one dress for me. I would not recommend them.
Good luck with the search!!
Post # 4
kimmo416: foz: thank you both! the ones you listed were actually on my list as well- good to hear you had good experiences at most of them!
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Post # 6
It is interesting that we can have so many different experiences at the same places. My experience is going to be a little different given that I am plus size and, thus, could not try on many of the dresses at the stores I visited. I went to Stanley Korshak, Nordstrom, Stardust, Lulu’s, and Bridal Boutique in Lewisville. I started off at Stardust because I was told that they had a great plus size selection there. I liked the store and the consultant who helped me, but I was not super impressed with their plus size selection. I wanted something a little bit different, but not crazy, and that was not offered in my size. It was where I fell in love with what utlimately is my dress, Hayley Paige’s Guindon. However, the sample was too small so my consultant just skipped ahead acting like it was not even a consideration. Next, I went to Stanley Korshak with a friend who got her dress there. I had a decent experience, but I was trying to keep my dress around $4,000 and that was more difficult there as most dresses were well over $5,000. I was willing to push my budget for the right dress, but I didn’t find it there. After that, I went to Kleinfeld’s in NY and a shop outside of DC. I found a few dresses there that I liked (and could actually try on close to my size), but none that felt like the “one.” Then I tried Bridal Boutique in Lewisville and Lulu’s. I did not like my experience at Lulu’s at all, and the Bridal Boutique consultant was very nice but the dresses felt cheap compared to the others I had tried. After I could not get the Hayley Paige dress out of my mind, I decided to go to Nordstrom in San Antonio to a Hayley Paige trunk show. My consultant there was fabulous. Instead of discouraging me from the dress as the sample was obviously not going to get on, she made me feel comfortable enough to strip down (hard for me to do that in front of anyone) and hold the dress up to me to get a feel for how it would look (no one else offered that, even when I was going on and on about how much I loved the Guindon). I bought the dress there – with the added bonus that it was a 10x points day so I got $400 in Nordstrom Notes. I have been dealing with the Dallas Nordstrom wedding shop for alterations, etc. I haven’t had much done yet, but my experience so far has been great. My consultant is helping me track down sashes, calling Hayley Paige for information, etc. and keeps me up to date via emails. When I stopped in this weekend , she was on break but came out and offered to get my actual dress to show my cousin who was with me. My only annoyance with Nordstrom is that my shoes sold out in my size, so I had to get from from Neiman’s, but that’s not the bridal department’s fault.
Good luck with your search!
Post # 7
mdcmod: I bought my dress at Lulu’s Bridal and had a good experience – there are definitely good and bad things. If you don’t have an appointment (and you don’t HAVE to have one), you may have to wait for a consultant to become avaliable. It is also a little cramped – it’s an old house they fixed up to be a bridal boutique.
As far as the dresses being cheap, they are a mid-range priced boutique, about $1000-$2500ish, so if you were shopping at their fancy store (Stardust in Plano), I can see how you would be a little disappointed. I was fine with these dresses because this was my price range.
I enjoyed my experience; I had my mother and grandmother with me and both were allowed to choose dresses for me to try. I tried as many as I wanted to and we had a little room to ourselves, so there was some privacy. However, I got the impression when I returned to pick up my dress that some consultants share rooms.
Overall, I’ve had a good experience. I had my alterations done at Stardust and they are fine. My dress has no beading or lace, but was taken in 3 sizes. No issues there and the alterations lady was super nice and made me feel comfortable.