Post # 1
I am a impulsive shopper. But I don’t want to be this when shopping for my dress. I have a while until my wedding, but wanted to start the process now. So I made a list of places I wanted to check out to see if I even want to make an appointment at. After reading all the reviews online I came out with my list of Denver stores to look at:
The Bridal Collection
Priscella of Boston
Little White Dress Shop
Blue Bridal Boutique
Bellezza Bridal Boutique
Bea’s Bridal Nook
There’s a lot! This is why I didn’t want to make appointments just yet! So my bestie flew in town for my birthday this weekend and I thought what a great time to check some out.
We went browsing into three:
Priscella of Boston. I liked this one, I did. I just thought I would like it more. Everyone working was perfectly nice, but I just thought there would be more dresses that I really liked. Especially for the size of the store and quality of dresses. But overall, good. Make an appointment..probably.
Felice Bridal: This is a smaller, but very nice store in Cherry Creek. I loved so many dresses in here. Especially, the Judd Waddell ones. Its is a family owned shop too, which was unexpected. Make an appointment: definitely.
Lastly, Blue Bridal Boutique. This place is hiding in the Denver Pavilions. It looks like it belongs on Lamier Square or in Cherry Creek. Its is pretty big. Lots of good options. The prices seemed to range in the $1000-3000 range, which for the quality of dresses actually seemed low. They also had a fairly large selection of sample dresses for sale for $299 and up if your looking for a steal 🙂 Overall, great selection, especially the Lazaro dresses. Make an appointment= Yes!
So I have not narrowed it down much, but I am on my way.
Have any of you bees shopped at these stores or any others in Denver? What did you think?
Post # 3
Wow, this is the one thing that makes me sooo nerovous. I’m a heavy set girl and I need to start looking for a gown. I’m renewing my vows, and want to find something flattering and in a color other than white.
Thanks so much for this list. Maybe I’ll start with them.
Post # 4
I went to Amandas (Arvada), D’Anelli’s (Lakewood), Schaffer’s (Denver) and The Bridal Collection (Denver, Tech Center).
Amanda’s has more affordable dresses, seemed to be a bit above David’s price-wise but otherwise still a larger span of prices than many of the other boutiques. Their samples also seemed to range all over the place–2 to 14 (I don’t mean that they had multiple samples, just that any particular dress might be only in a 2, or only in a 14).
D’Anelli’s is very popular and has a really large selection. I know many folks have had great experiences there, but I found them quite off-putting. I was limiting to trying on only 10 dresses (and one hour), total, and I felt like they were pressuring me into buying that day. They implied that since the dress I liked was from the previous year’s line, and it could be discontinued at any second so I should order it right away (now 2 years later, it’s still in their line). I actually DID end up buying that dress…but the shop annoyed me so much that I looked up the only other store in the Denver area that carries that line (Pronovias), and went and bought it there….at the Bridal Collection. I also wished that the consultant at D’Anelli’s would have helped me pick out dresses based on what I said I was looking for, on what might look good on me, but she didn’t.
Schaffer’s has an average-sized selection. Nice dresses, I seem to recall they started in the $800-$1000 range and went up from there. Just didn’t find my dress there.
I bought my dress at the Bridal Collection. No complaints at all, they were super nice, timely, had my alterations done there too. I went in when they were having a Pronovias trunk show, said hi I’m here to buy the Pronovias Diamante, unless you’ve got any other dresses you think I’ll love more. The consultant said the dress I picked was beautiful, here were a few others that had similar cuts, took a look and said, nope you already picked the best one. And done. Ordered it, altered it, got married in it. 🙂
Post # 5
I bought one of my dresses at Bridal Collection and they were great. I did buy it in December of 2009 and wish I would have waited. I changed my mind in December 2010. So I bought my other dress at Danelli’s. I went on a thursday when they were so busy and they were great. I have found dress shopping through the week goes alot better than on the weekend. The weekends it is definately a shuffle through process. So make sure the dres you buy is one you love!!! You will have two more seasons of dresses come out before you need to order your dress. I wish I would have waited and I wouldn’t be trying to sell my first dress on here! Good luck and most of all, try them all on, its so much fun!! Y
Post # 6
I bought my dress at Anna Be. It was awesome. It’s a gorgeous brick walled-hardwood floored loft type space with GREAT selection of dresses. I think the dresses were mostly higher end…I tried on some Vera Wang and Monique. 🙂
We had champagne and the consultants were young and hip and energetic and fun. AWESOME experience. I wish that I lived closer so I could have done alterations, etc. in Denver and visited the store again.
Post # 7
Haven’t yet purchased the dress but went with my friend’s sister to look at the Bridal Collection in the Denver Tech center and they had amazing dresses, just a bit expensive.
Post # 8
Ok so I now have been to the rest of them. Here is how it went:
Little White Dress Shop: they just moved to denver to Highland Ranch area, down the street from Anna Be. There service is amazing. I loved the lady. The shop is adorable. I found my 2nd favorite dress here.
Anna Be: my favorite store of them all. Super cute brick building. They served my favorite champagne and had h’orderves. The consultants were great. They also have some very high end consignment dresses. I found my dress here (still had not purchased it yet though).
The Bridal Collection in the DTC. Well, they were 15 minutes late to start my appointment. They seemed a little frazzled, but they were SUPER busy. I though the dresses were okay. I only found a couple that I liked, but one of them was great. The consulant was very sweet and low pressure.
Bea’s Bridal Nook was very small. Most of the dresses are in the back, so the consulatnt will pull them for you. Although, the 1 consultant that was working was sooooo nice I don’t think I make an appointment there again just because they size of the shop. Howvever, the dresses are very reasonable if you are looking for a deal 🙂
Felice Bridal: they had some many dresses that I thought I would love, but when I tried them on, they just didn’t look right. I do still love this store though. Their dresses focus more on fit and fabric than details (beading, bling, ect). However, the consultant said “easy enough” I swear about 60 times in one appointment. eh.
Blue Bridal should not be missed. Go there. Enough said.
Bellezza Bridal Boutique is closed. Opps.
Also, every single place I went to let me take pictures of my favorites. So make sure you ask 🙂
Post # 9
The Green Bride in Littleton is where I got my dress. They sell samples mostly, and some consigned dresses. I got an AMAZING Allure gown originally $2200 for $400. Plus, a portion of the proceeds go to a charity that helps rescue young girls from sex trafficking in India. Double win for me- cheap dress, donation to charity. And the owner of the store is not pushy- the dress I bought was the cheapest I tried on and there was no pressure to buy the more expensive gowns. She even carries some high-end couture gowns for thousands less than retail. If you are on a tight budget I would definitely check out the Green Bride.
Post # 10
Little White Dress has been amazing since the beginning, and their location in Highlands is just incredible! I’ll be there for Claire Pettibone’s trunk show and am SO excited! My best friend also got her wedding dress there.
If you’re looking for something further south, Chiyo’s Bridal at Iliff and 225 was really great when my sister was looking for her dress. She got an off-the-rack Maggie Suttero there for half off, and it was perfect. They were also incredibly helpful in getting the bridesmaid dresses for her wedding party! They’re a little more midrange in prices, as well!
Post # 11
Here’s my experience:
D’Anelli’s: I only tried on one dress here because I was in a rush and really wanted to try on a dress I saw here. The consultant was really nice. They carry a lot of dresses. I didn’t really like the decor of the place and their sample dress they had me try on was in really bad shape. It looked like 10 brides wore it at their weddings.
Felice’s (pronounes Fel-lee-chay as in Italian for happiness. The owner is not named Felice.): This was my first real dress shopping experience. I was disappointed that they only carried the WTOO line of Watters but I decided to go anyways since it was two blocks from my office. They didn’t have a lot of dresses but the shop was very well organized. It wasn’t cluttered like D’Annelli’s. My consultant took me around the store and showed me different dresses to get an idea of my likes and dislikes. She also made sure she inquired about my budget because she didn’t want to bring me a dress to try out that was above my budget. It was very thoughtful of her. The shop is very modern and bright.
Priscilla of Boston: This is also in Cherry Creek so very close to my office. I loved every dress I tried on. I think Priscilla does a great job with detailing. Many of their dresses were draped in several pounds of crystals and beads. My consultant was very nice and did not rush me at all.
Anna Be: This shop is in the hip area of LoHi (Lower Highlands). I used to live in LoDo (Lower Downtown). The shop has that hip loft feeling. They carry a lot of higher end brands. I believe they are the only shop in the area that carries Monique Lhuillier. i didn’t love the shop but maybe it’s because my energy level had dropped by the afternoon.
David’s Bridal: By the time I visited David’s Bridal, I already had two dresses hanging in my closet but I found the Vera Wang White line there and had to go try a few dresses on. My consultant was very nice. The store is huge and has a large selection of dresses but it was really busy. My consultant asked me which shops I’ve already visited. I started naming a few and she pointed out how David’s Bridal owns Priscilla of Boston. The dressing rooms are tiny. This was the only shop that had dresses larger than a size 8 or 10. There were a variety of dresses. Many of them can be purchased off the rack. Dresses are very budget friendly starting at $99. I’m not sure how much their most expensive dresses cost. The VW dresses I tried on were just over $1k. I can see how some girls would feel more comfortable at David’s instead of a fancy little boutique. Many of the girls trying on the dresses looked very shy like wedding dress shopping was a scary ordeal. I was standing there strutting around. I love wedding dresses shopping way too much.
I was planning on visiting a few other stores like Blue in the Denver Pavillions but I decided to stop or else I would have my own little bridal dress shop in my closet.