Post # 1
Hi everyone! First time posting – Philly brides, what are your favorite dress stores? I’ve been to a couple but am having such a hard time choosing my dress! It doesn’t help that I can’t decide between the big dramatic ballgown or a form-fitting mermaid/trumpet. so… tips on that are appreciated too! I’m in the city but willing to drive out to the burbs or Wilmington to look 🙂
Post # 2
katnoir129: Welcome!! I’m in central NJ. I went to Bijou Bridal in Ardmore, PA, which was great because they let me paw through the dresses and the lady who helped me was awesome and very patient. The bad part was they don’t allow photos – or didn’t when I was there – they did say the policy changes. I refused to buy a dress if I couldn’t take photos of myself in it – I wanted very much to see how well the dress photographed.
I also went to i do i do up in Morristown, NJ, and they were over the top awesome. They choose the dresses to show you themselves, but aside from that they were wonderful – they let my mom take photos, they took photos themselves of me and put them on their pc right while I was in the store and also emailed the photos to me. They only have bridal stuff so there is a HUGE selection of accessories, shoes, veils, not to mention dresses.
In Hillsborough NJ there is a lovely, small shop called Luli’s which had an oustanding selection of dresses. The owner was very helpful but a bit hung up on belts. LOL
In Warrington PA the salon called Darianna Bridal has an exquisite selection of Paloma Blanca wedding dresses.
I went to another place in central NJ but the fluorescent lighting was so horrible I hesitate to recommend it but will add details if you are interested.
And FWIW I had a HORRIBLE experience at Bridal Garden in Marlton, NJ. The women there were outright insulting of my weight (I’m a size 14) and I ended up in tears and never did try on a dress despite having made an appointment.
Post # 3
I actually had a great experience at Bridal Garden in Marlton, NJ. I may depend on who your consultant is, so I’d ask for Kye. She even gave me an automatic discount on a dress since she knew it was over my budget!!
I also went to Sabrina Ann’s in Ardmore and The Wedding Pavilion in Pavoli and had good experiences. I went to Alfred Angelo in Cherry Hill, which was fine, I just didn’t like anything.
Post # 4
I bought my dress at the Sample Rack in Philly. It’s at 9th/Pine. They sell dresses that were either store samples or used for photo shoots, etc. I got a gorgeous Tara Keeley lace dress for 1/3 of the retail price. Since they don’t order dresses but rather sell the selection that’s in the store, it’s hit or miss in terms of finding something in your size or exactly what you’re looking for. However, they have a fairly large selection and you might get lucky and find something perfect!
Post # 5
I went shopping for the first time recently and had a great experience at Yes to The Dress in Huntingdon Valley, PA. Madison, the owner, was amazing to work with and the boutique is really chic and cute–all purple, black and silver! They had lots of gorgeous dresses- I’m looking for something really romantic, and they carry Leanne Marshall from Project Runway!
Post # 6
Definitely go to Unveiled on Washington Square in Center City. They’re appointment only but carry some GORGEOUS designers (Pronovias, lots of couture designers like Angel Rivera, Tom Hamawy, etc). The owner is the sweetest, most incredible woman ever, she’ll probably be more excited over your wedding than you are!
Post # 7
katielaughs: I’m a YTTD bride too! Madison is absolutely amazing as are all of the girls who work there. The boutique is small and cute and the service is phenomenal. They really listen to what you are interested in and not interested in. They also offer a 10% discount to your bridesmaids and anybody else who purchases for your wedding if you buy from them. All of my girls bought their dresses there as did my mother and FMIL.
Post # 8
Go to Lovely in Old City (2nd and Market). The owner, Ivy, is amazing!! Very boutique, personalized feeling and reasonable price range. Also had good experience at Elizabeth Johns in Ardmore; terrible time at Bridal Garden and Bijou.
Post # 9
Thank you, everyone!! I’ve had wonderful experiences at Elizabeth Johns & Lovely so far. Trying out Unveiled soon. I’m in kind of a weird situation right now, where I finally decided on my silhouette, and I found a gown that I really liked out of town (visiting parents for Easter)… but I’m wondering if it’s a little plain, and I didn’t quite love their selection of belts.
I am considering asking EJ if they can order it, but I wonder if that’s just silly… (and not the best in terms of etiquette)
Has anyone purchased accessories or done alterations at a store that is different from the one where they purchased their dress? I may post this in another thread too 🙂
Thanks again for your help!!
Post # 10
katnoir129: I bought my veil and headband at the same store where I bought my dress ( i do i do in Morristown, NJ) – I didn’t feel obligated too, but they had just what I wanted.
I am having my alterations done by a tailor in an independent store (not a bridal store). He works on wedding dresses regularly and I feel more comfortable knowing exactly where my dress is, and who is working on it.
Post # 11
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Post # 12
The Dress Matters in Media has a nice selection of dresses and accessories.
Post # 13
- Wedding: Either Philadelphia City Hall or a small chapel.
I’ve never actually bought anything there and just window-shopped, but, Philadelphia Bridal Co. in the Gayborhood has lovely gowns.
Post # 14
If you’re willing to travel a little, I love Bridal & Tuxedo Shoppe in Newark, DE. They’re having and Alfred Angelo Disney sample sale- I got my gown 50% off!!
Post # 15
Thanks for the tips! I ended up choosing the one in my hometown (the last place I expected to find “the dress”– funny how that works) after making a few additional appointments, including Unveiled which was absolutely amazing. I would recommend them to anyone.