I found my dress at LuLu’s too. I loved my experience there! My attendant was so helpful and personable. I hate sales pressure and snobbery, which I totally expected in high doses during wedding dress shopping, but there was absolutely none. Here’s what you can expect there:
They don’t take appointments, so you may wait 20-30 mins on a busy day. Come early. They give you a handful of colored clothespins- maybe 5 or 6- and you take some time to look on your own and clip your clothespins to the hangers of dresses you want to try on. My sales attendant visited me a few times while I was looking, asked about the types of dresses I was interested in, made a few suggestions, but mostly let me look at my own pace. Once we got to the dressing room, she was completely hands-on getting me into and out of the dresses, finding accessories, etc. Then as she learned what I liked and disliked about each dress, she would go out into the salon and bring back more dresses that suited my evolving ideas about what I liked. (FYI, LuLu’s is moving to a bigger space in the design district in late May/early June- not sure when you’re planning your trip but things might get a bit hectic during the move.)
I also went to Mockingbird Bridal because it was the only boutique that had a certain dress I wanted to try on. The experience was very low pressure, but not very personal. Upon arrival, we were told to shop around and select 10 dresses to try on. No convenient pinning or flagging system, so we had to actually pull the dresses from the racks and lug them around the salon. My attendant was friendly but less hands-on, meaning that my mom and I were in the tiny fitting room attempting to get me into and out of all of these huge dresses on our own. The 10 I picked were the only ones I tried- she did not suggest or bring any to me.
I had an appointment at Patsy’s, which I ended up cancelling after finding the perfect dress at LuLu’s, but I’ve heard good things about them.
I’ve been to Warren Barron and the bridal boutique in Neiman Marcus (downtown) with a friend who was the bride. The girls at WB seemed bored and dismissive, there was a pretty limited selection (WB is also $$$$, not sure if there is anything under 3k?), but the salon was very nice and as the only appointment we had it to ourselves. My friend the bride already had a dress in mind when we visited NM- she had tried it on before- so while the attendant was very friendly, the appointment was pretty short and to the point.
Nordstrom at NorthPark has a bridal boutique upstairs- The Wedding Suite- it might also be worth your time? You can look online at the collections, but I remember seeing Hayley Paige, Bliss Monique Lhuillier, Amsale, and Reem Acra just to name a few…
Good luck with your dress search! I’m sure you’ll find something beautiful here!