(Closed) Dress shopping in Los Angeles

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have had some pretty horrible experiences in Los Angeles. If you’re looking for anything that is not a strapless it’s going to be tough. Your best bet for friendly service is to go to a store that is not in the city itself. I got my dress from the Dresser in Fullerton, they are very nice there! You could also try Pebbles Bridal in Woodland Hills, they have a huge selection and your bridesmaids can search through dresses without pressure. 

Although there are lots of dress shops in Glendale, STAY AWAY! Every store I went didn’t seem to care about my special day, most of them didn’t even ask when it was! 

Good Luck!

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have to admit, I was nervous too. Thankfully my mom lives in New Mexico (where the wedding will be) so I went home to get some down to earth service. Everyone made fun of me for leaving LA to get a wedding dress, but it’s not like I have the budget for couture anyway!

 

I agree CaMoFoJo-Bro, go outside the actual city. My friend got her dress in South Bay and said she had fun shopping. I am sure it will be fine and you’ll have a blast with your mom!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I consider myself a bit of an expert on this, as I’ve been EVERYWHERE in LA, OC and the valley. My pics for a combination of good selection under $1500 and good service:

1. La Soie – Torrance

2. The Dresser – Fullerton

3. Pebbles – Woodland Hills

4. Mary Me Bridal – Orange

Extra points to #1, #2 and #4 for allowing photos. This is extremely rare, I’d say only about 15-20% of stores allow it.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

I had a fabulous experience at Yelena Bridal in Monrovia.  Ask for Sandra – she’s AWESOME.  She knows her stuff and will help you figure out what you can or can not do with the dress.  I also thought the dress quality was better than at La Soie (Pasadena).

Also – I was dreading dress shopping and started this post – it was super helpful:

LA Bees: Dress shopping – where have been your best experiences?

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

I second La Soie in Torrance – good selection, good prices, and good service.  It is a nice looking store too. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I got my dress at La Soie in Torrance also, and these was a great selection under $1500 to choose from. Definitely check them out. They just opened a Pasadena location also.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

A fun place too is Glamour Closet – it’s has all these high-end designer gowns, but on sale. They are all sample sizes (so like 8-10), and you buy it off the rack. I found a gorgeous Monique Lhullier for $2300, so you can definitely find something there for your price range.

It’s a small store, (about 300 dresses inside), they let you browse yourself, you put these clips on them, and they pull it for you. You also get to take pictures. I had lots of fun! The people don’t hover either, so you can even have fun trying on a more expensive gown that you don’t plan on buying.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I had a great experience at Panache Bridal in Costa Mesa. Would totally recommend. 

However, unlike previous brides, I had a TERRIBLE experience at La Soie Bridal in Torrance. I would NEVER recommend it to anyone. 

I emailed La Soie over a week in advance to make sure they had a specific dress sample in stock, in a size I could try on (I’m a plus size in bridal gowns). They emailed back saying they had it in a size 18 an that they had several other plus size samples I could try on. Great!  I made an appointment. 

I was SUPER excited–until I arrived at the store. First, they were just opening, so the manager had to attend to a lot of opening up details (literally, when I walked in there were no lights on and all the racks were covered by curtains). That ate into the first 10 minutes of my appointment. Then, we looked at the racks, and I could already tell there would be a problem. Not only did they NOT have the dress I asked about in the store at all–they did not have one plus-sized sample dress that I could even try on!  They kept trying to squeeze me into a size 10…I could barely get them over my head, let alone my hips. 

When I mentioned that I had emailed in advance about the specific dress, they said they did have it, but that they probably loaned the dress to one of their other LA area salons. If that was the case, why not call me before I got there and change the appointment? They knew I was primarily interested in THAT dress!  And why ship a dress out to another store when a bride has made an appointment to try that specific dress on??? Their response? “When we get that dress back, we can call you and schedule another appointment.” 

Terrible customer service. Terrible. 

As a bridal plus size, I dreaded wedding dress shopping for EXACTLY this reason–I was afraid I’d get to a salon and have nothing to try on, and feel really down. That’s how I felt leaving this place. Just defeated. It was an AWFUL experience that could have been completely avoided if they had just been honest about what dresses they had in stock. Instead, I left there feeling MISERABLE and like my time was completely wasted! 

Plus size brides (and in bridal sizes, that’s anyone over a street size 10)–look elsewhere! And if you have a specific dress in mind, don’t expect that dress to be there at your appointment! They’ll say anything to get you into their salon.

 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I would second both Glamour Closet and Panache Costa Mesa recommendations!  Glamour Closet doesn’t have a ton of selection, but the bridal consultant I had (Sasha) was very patient, really nice, and helped us take pictures.  Great for your price range, especially if you are OK with wearing previous season dresses and might want something higher end.  They exclusively sell samples.  Panache Costa Mesa has a huge selection, but unfortunately does not allow pictures.  My bridal consultant there was Maggie and she was very helpful and wanted to make sure that I was getting to try on the dresses I wanted to try on and was good about keeping track who pulled which dress.  The only caveat is that $1500 is sort of where they begin, so you might find yourself finding a dress you like out of your range.

Another recommendation for the Costa Mesa area is Blush Bridal.  By far the best customer service with champagne and cookies.  My consultant was incredibly nice, fun, and easy to work with.  They had a power outage and they did their best to continue to accomodate us while we were there.  The selection is smaller at Blush Bridal and leans towards the more traditional/strapless looks.  They also allow pictures there and will give you dress information.   They give you a whole little packet of items in a bag when you leave and will also send you a thank you card shortly after you visit.

I’d also suggest not booking back to back appointments.  We did that one day and we were all so tired at the second appointment we don’t really remember the dresses we saw there!  If your mom is out of town, I’d highly suggest only going to salons that allow you to take pictures so you guys can discuss them afterwards, unless you think you might be likely to make a decision to buy at your visit!

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