Post # 1
We just got engaged and we’re planning a December wedding. The problem is that I’m not in my town during the summer. I was thinking to shop a dress when I go back home, which will be August, but after some research, I realize that it might be too late.
So I am thinking to start my dress hunting in Boston. But I don’t have any female friend here. My Fiance thinks he should not be involved with with dress hunting. So far, the only people I know are my team members (I’m on a summer internship now) and all of them are male 🙁
I am extremely happy and excited but a little worried about my dress shopping. Some of my friends are planning to visit in July but I wonder it might be too late as well. Anyway, I realize that I should start the initial search by myself and you bees might be the only help.
Well this is my story, and now I’m wondering where to start. Is there any bees in Boston area? I’m in Cambridge and I’m looking for something affordable. I am even not sure what’s a typical dress price range, but one thing I know is I don’t want to spend too much money on a dress that I will wear only once. In chosing dress stores, if it helps, I’m pretty small sized. I am 5’4″ and normally wear size 0-2. While my shoulders and hip are closer to size 2, my waist and rib cage are very small so even size 0 is often enough.
So you wise bees, please help me. My questions are
1. Typical dress price range – I am looking for something “affordable”. What should I expect?
2. My Fiance thinks online shopping for a wedding dress is not a good idea unless I’m just trying to get some idea. Because he thinks I really need to try them on. Do you think this is true? If so, is there any bee who knows a good dress shop in Boston area? Otherwise, any suggesion on good websites? So far, the keywords I got are davids bridal and maggie sottero.
3. Any other tips on how to start the search?
4. Is there any bee out there who shopped her dress by herself?
Post # 3
I’m pretty sure this is where Vows is – from that TLC show I Found the Gown. They have designer samples you can buy off the rack for good discounts. Some of the ones I’ve seen on the show are like $500 but they also have Vera Wang etc for more. Don’t worry about shopping alone, I did that sometimes. You can really trust your own opinion that way.
Post # 4
if you want a “chain”, try david’s bridal or alfred angelo. pretty sure they’re both around the boston area, or right outside of it. if you want independent, this link might help: http://www.theknot.com/vendors/boston-bridal-fashions/profiles/bwp/061 not all of the shops are directly in boston, but it’s everything in the area.
from that list- i personally have been to… marry & tux (highly reccommend), madeleine’s daughter (expensive and pushy), abbey bridal shoppe (very nice, but limited selections of sizes), and cristina’s (very high end).
also- i’ve been shopping by myself. i did most of my dress shopping alone. it was more comforable for me.
Post # 5
Vows is in Watertonw, MA (I found the Gown). Haven’t been myself, but would be worth checking out – especially if you are on a budget. I have also heard that Camilla’s is good in Arlington. There is a David’s Bridal in Dedham. As for budget, the prices are all over the place it seems. Most shops, however, will ask you what you want to spend and work with that budget. I spent $800 on mine – I couldn’t rationalize paying more than $1,000-$1,500 for a dress to wear for 4 hours and there are honestly so many good options within that range. As for shopping by yourself, it is nice to have someone else’s opinion that knows you well – but ultimately it is your choice and when you bring too big an entourage, it can be a disaster. As for online dress shopping, you can try some sights like Nordstrom, Ann Taylor etc. . . to get an idea of what looks good on you – but it may be worth stopping in at a bridal store to try a few on. Often what you think you want and what you get – aren’t the same! Good luck!
Post # 6
@Pinkmoon: thanks!! I haven’t heard about the show but googling just vows was enough to get the location! I’ll definitely try.
@colorofmyheart: thanks for sharing great information! And I’m so relieved it’s not that weird to shop alone 🙂 And having bees like you, I feel so much more comfortable about all this planning! Thanks!
Post # 7
I went to two shops in the Boston area- Occasions in Wayland (~25 minutes west on the Pike) and Flair on Newbury St. Occasions had plenty of gowns in my price range (below $2000) and they carry the entire Watters and Wtoo collections, so if you see a gown you love online they will have it. They also have Marisa, the one I liked was $1800 I think.
Flair was quite small, but they had probably at least 20 gowns under $2k. They carry Nicole Miller, Jenny Yoo, and Amy Kuschel. Both of these shops were the kind where they take one bride at a time, so you have the whole place to yourself. I liked Occasions better though.
I did not go to Vows but if you want to get a deal I’m sure it would be worth going. For other off the rack, Also, I believe that the J.Crew in the Chestnut Hill Mall has a small wedding shop.
I ended up getting my dress at Madeleine’s Daughter in Portsmouth New Husband (~1hr north on 95)- they have a huge selection there and no tax.