Post # 1
So in my wedding dress shopping experience I visited the most amazing store in Lancaster, PA (In White). It was such a beautiful salon and they had such amazing service, but unforunately they did not have the dress for me.
I found my perfect dress, Casablance 2064, at a different store. The store is okay, and I’ve searched my area but have not found any better retailers that carry Casablanca. I know this is the dress I want, but I also wish it came with a beautiful store. The store has decent reviews online and it is certainly not awful, just average.
Experienced wedding dress buyers – what tips do you have for me?
Post # 3
Humm.. i was going to write “the dress” but honestly, i think it’s both
Post # 4
@Rivendeler: Agreed! But would you give up the dress if the store was just ok?
Post # 5
I say the dress. In your case its not like the store has bad reviews or anything, so I am not really understanding what the problem really is. If there is a problem with the alterations department, you could always take it to an independant seamstress.
Post # 6
I would rather have the dress I want than the salon I want. You’re not going to be wearing the salon on your wedding day!
Post # 7
I think it is totally the dress! I thought the whole experience was really important as well. I wanted to buy my dress from a wonderful store to get the full experience. I did end up doing that, but really, after purchasing the dress, the store no longer matters. As long as they get you your dress in time, and don’t screw anything up, then you really won’t be missing out on anything. I am a week and a half away from my wedding, and looking back, the store really didn’t matter.
Post # 8
Since you’ll be wearing the dress, and not the store, the dress is more important. Did you try Gowns by Design in Mechanicsburg, PA? It’s a little bit of a hike from Lancaster but they sell Casablanca. They’re not awesome but they’re nice.
Post # 9
I had this exact same experience. I had an amazing salon experience at the Lovely Bride in NYC and I really wanted to buy my dress there. BUT they didn’t have a dress for me and I ended up finding my dress at RK Bridal (also in NYC) which is almost like a bridal warehouse and nothing like the experience I had at the other store. I searched for stores across 2 states to try to find the dress elsewhere and wasn’t able to, so after a month of this, I resigned myself to buying the dress at RK. I am so glad I did. I love the dress and know it’s the one for me. I would just enjoy the dress shopping memories you have from the experiences at both stores and buy the dress from the store that carries it.
Post # 10
The dress IMO…. I wouldnt care were it came from as long as its what I want…
Post # 11
The dress was far more important to me.
Post # 12
After dress shopping in Lancaster, I believe I know which bridal salon you’re talking about….and, you’re right, it’s nothing spectacular, but they have gorgeous Casablanca dresses that are difficult to find in the area.
In White will give you the ultimate experience…it’s new, it’s trendy, etc…but, at the end of the day, you’re not wearing In White down the aisle…and Casablanca dresses are gorgeous.
In all honesty, In White is probably the “prettiest” bridal salon within 50 miles because their storefront is pretty brand new — the other ones in York, Harrisburg, Lancaster have been around for awhile and do feel dated — but when you fall in love with the dress, you fall in love with the dress.
You were lucky to have the In White experience; as a plus size bride, I didn’t even sniff that store; but if the dress you love is somewhere else, I’d order your dress and be excited about it.
Post # 13
The dress. Hands down. Things like Say Yes to the Dress makes us think we need some beautiful salon experience but the truth is that we just need a beautiful dress.
To me that’s like saying I can’t buy these super cute designer shoes that are only $19.99 because they’re at TJ Maxx or Ross. I have to buy them from Neiman Marcus otherwise they won’t be as cute.
Post # 14
I say the dress too! Don’t pass on your dream dress or “the one” just because of the store. It’s about how you will feel in it on the big day. Will you feel as beautiful as you should feel in it?
Post # 15
You have to wear the dress, not the store. I, like many brides, went to David’s Bridal and had a terrible experience. I had gone to a real bridal salon first and had an amazing experience, however the dresses were just way more than I was looking to spend. I have also been to a few other bridal stores for my prom dresses and had great service and a wonderful experience. David’s Bridal was so bad, I almost didn’t buy the dress I loved. I was so miserable when I was dress shopping that I almost walked out of the store, but I have my dress now and everytime I look at it, I fall in love. It really in the perfect dress for me and for our wedding, and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.
Post # 16
@Dandelion D: Totally agree.
The dress, definitely. If the bridal shop had poor reviews, that’s one thing. Customer service is important. But the atmosphere? That’s not as important to me as finding my perfect dress. Sure, it’s nice to try on dresses in a posh boutique, but it’s not what ultimately matters to me.