Post # 1
Hi, I’m curious if anyone has had experience at a Vera Wang salon or a similar store? I’ve only gone dress shopping once because my date is so far away and it wasn’t at a super fancy place, but I felt comfortable there even though I didn’t like any of the dresses. I guess I’m just nervous I won’t have a good experience because people there will be snooty.
Post # 3
I went to the Vera store in NYC, it was awesome! But needless to say I couldn’t afford anything in there lol The people are really nice and helpful though
Post # 4
I read the reviews from the Chicago store because I’m considering going to try on dresses so I’ll know how they look on my body and hopefully I’ll find some on Once Wed, etc. They got really positive reviews, no reports of snobbiness, which is what most reviewers said they had been worried about. I’m sure it varies by salon though.
Post # 5
I went to the Vera Wang store in Boston – the girl I worked with was super fabulous!! She was my age…and totally down to earth!! It was my first time ever dress shopping and it was awesome!
PS: did you know they have sales (2x a year?) in which they have a huge selection of their gowns (sample sizes which are 8’s and 10’s) marked 50-70% OFF!!!!!!!!!! I didn’t find anything I LOVED but there were some there that were originally $8500 marked down to $3000!! FABULOUS!
Post # 6
I went to the one in Toronto and they were SUPER nice. I just told them my budget was a little higher than it actually was (I was there just to try on dresses and find them used!!)
Post # 7
awesome!! as for the sale, it sounds fabulous but I’m short and small, so it probably won’t work for me. maybe with tailoring? i heard alterations can get pricey.
Post # 8
I went to the Vera Wang salon in NYC and Boston and I had great experiences at both. I visited the NYC salon just for fun but of course I fell in love with a dress there. And I got to meet Vera Wang herself!!!
I purchased my dress at the vera wang salon in Boston, where I live. I absolutely Loved my salesgirl there. She was about my age and I felt like I was shopping with one of my girlfriends. She was so sweet and very patient (even though I went to the salon three times to try on dresses before purchasing). Unlike so many other salons, they didn’t pressure me or rush me out of the store for another appointment. Classy, comfortable, and attentive- all that wedding dress shopping should be.
Good luck and have fun!
Post # 9
i also went to the store in new york and had a great experience. Vera herself was there doing a “private appointment” in the back room with Chelsea Clinton (this was our little brush with fame). they had all the dresses displayed so you could just walk around and pick stuff. everything (surprisingly) looked amazing but the flowy desconstructed look was just not my style. my mom though did end up buying a gown for MOB that they are going to cut the train off of for her (lots of Vera dresses come in colors other than white/ivory).
i think all the salons i went to in NYC would be considered to be snobby, but the only one that truly felt snobby was Bergdorf Goodman. avoid them at all costs!
Post # 10
@Parrot….Trust me, I’m not skinny girl. I am 5’3″, 145-150lbs and got some D’s for boobs. I am a size 8 in street clothes and some of the dresses I tried on there during the sale fit perfectly. A lot of them, w/ alterations, would have fit perfectly the girl said. Unfortunately I don’t know how much the alterations cost but they did recommend going through them for alterations because they know the dress.
Post # 11
I went to the NYC store and it was great. I didn’t feel like anyone was snooty. Maybe slightly more snooty than Kleinfeld who treat you like family, but they were still very nice and accomodating. I went there by myself during my lunch break and there were other girls there with their hair professionally done with a full entourage just to try on dresses and they treated us all the same. The dresses are a little overwhelming in person, definitely designed for taller women and none of them ended up working out on my petite frame (most of the dressses they can’t custom order to your measurements height wise) but I had a great time trying them on and so glad I did. Also, be aware that Vera Wang does not like ‘white’ wedding gowns. So most of the dresses in her store are colored but you can order them in white. I’m not tlaking like it’s a rainbow in the store, most of them are shades of white, but there are a lot of light pink, oyster, gray, ivory, etc.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I went to the store in Chevy Chase and had a good experience. No pressure to buy and no poo-pooing when I said my budget was $3,000. They had samples available in that range.
I ended up buying a Vera Wang, but it was online 🙂
Post # 13
I bought my dress at the store affiliated with Vera Wang in Chicago, La Belle Vie (basically the entry level is entirely Vera Wang and the second level has a bunch of other designers as well). I was like you, I had not gone to a more high end salon before and I was going to try on the dress I ended up buying. My consultant was wonderful. I tried on dresses in a variety of price ranges but she kept my pricepoint in mind and was not rude at all about it being on the low end of what they sold in their store. She and the other women who worked there oohed and aahed over the dress I chose just as much as another girl a couple of rooms down who was in a much more expensive dress. I will say that I made sure to dress nicely to show up for my appoitment and I would suggest other brides do the same because I think they took me more seriously. Also, and I’ve posted this on here before, but I highly recommend you have the confidence to negotiate with them. I got my alterations for free and my veil at a reduced price just because I asked if there was any room to move the price.
Post # 14
I went to the Vera store in NYC. I wasn’t going to go because i thought i had my heart set on a lace Monique L gown.
But 2 good friends said i should go- just for the experence. SOOOOOO glad i did!
i went the first time by myself. My consultant was Maria. She was so lovely (and normal). After visiting Kleinfelds where i had a very strange and disappointing experience it was refreshing to have the help of someone so laid back and smart.
i went in saying i was confused and didn’t really know what i wanted.
she brought in a selection of gowns that she thought would look good. with every dress i tried on i got more and more excited. Vera dresses are so special.
i decided on ‘Diana’. So happy!
you should defo go. i was honestly surprised about the prices. They are not totally insane- and worth it 🙂
Post # 15
I flew to NY to go to their flagship store and had a great experiance. i ended up ordering my dress there! All the girls who work there made the experiance unique and special, better than any other store i had been to.
i went with Fairy Dust!
Post # 16
UPDATE! I went, it was great! Thank you ladies, you were spot on. The girl that helped me was super nice and I think I found THE DRESS. I don’t think I will get it there because it was over my budget, but I found the look I want and it felt great. For curious bees, it was the “Tatiana” dress. LOVE.