Post # 1
I’m just getting started with this whole wedding planning thing. My fiance and I are newly engaged and are planning a wedding in September 2010.
Wondering where you lovely ladies have had your best bridal gown shopping experiences? I’m in the West Metro and would love some feedback.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
I guess you could try The Wedding Shoppe, I personally didn’t have a great experience there because I had already found the dress I wanted (and eventually got) at another place, so I just didn’t have fun with it. My sister-in-law and my cousin, however, had great experiences there. My cousin even got her dress for $99 off their sale rack when she went.
this is a link with other reviews of it and a map of their location. They’re on Grand Ave in St. Paul.
Best of luck with your search!
Post # 4
I got my dress in southern MN, about an hour south of MPLS. I can recommend that shop, but I’m sure there are some closer to you that are just as good!
Post # 5
I can recommend where NOT to go!
The Wedding Shoppe in St. Paul — the women working were rude and said nasty things about brides as they came out in dresses (i.e. "wow — she’s WAY too big for that," or "gross, look at her back overhang in that one.") Also literally mocked my friend (the bride!)’s mom.
Also, I’d known Wedding Chapel in Crystal to be good — they’re attentive, thorough and friendly, but I had an issue there once with a dress that had a stuck zipper, they kept telling me it was fine. Then the day I was to be a bridesmaid, the zipper was flat out broken (after showing it to them twice and asking them to help me fix it), and I had to be sewn into the dress, they were rude when we called and asked for help.
I highly recommend Brides of France (either location) or The Loft in Lakeville!
Post # 6
I can also recommend a place not to go – Monique Lhuillier in Edina. Yes, she makes gorgeous dress, yes the store is beautiful, yes it’s a flagship store for the designer. But most of the dresses I tried on were "runway" sized which means the models wore them and then they shipped them over to the store.
Please…who is a size 0 or less than 0? Pretty much no one. I’m not a stick, but I’m defintely not overweight. I’m a normal 8 and I adore my shape and trying on dresses at this store was painful both emotionally and physically (it hurt to keep trying to pull a size 0 on over my head).
Just my 2 cents, but go to a place that has gorgeous gowns (L’Ateiler Couture, Priscilla of Boston, Macy’s) and ones that fit!
Post # 7
I had a wonderful experience at the Wedding Shoppe in St. Paul. I went during the day on a Thursday. When I went back on Saturday to choose between 2 dresses they were REALLY busy and I felt a little rushed, but it was still better than David’s Bridal in Maple Grove (who made my mom help me try on dresses) and waaaay better than the Bridal Center in Plymouth. I went to the Bridal Center in Plymouth because they were having an Alfred Angelo event and they did not have a single Alfred Angelo dress I wanted!!
Post # 8
I loved Priscilla of Boston in Edina (right next to Monique Lhullier). My consultant was super nice and helpful – they even allowed a family friend of mine (who’s only 18) try on a wedding dress for fun. Also, it’s a gorgeous salon. I bought my dress here and can’t wait until it comes in! 🙂
A place NOT to go – Rush Bridal. The consultant was so not helpful and half the dresses in the store were ripped or dirty. I left 10 minutes into my appointment.
The Wedding Shoppe is okay – but go early in the morning or later at night because otherwise there is swarms of women everywhere.
Post # 9
I live in the cities, but went to Mestad’s in Rochester. I had a great experience – they were awesome and had a large selection. It wa sonly an hour drive, which I made twcie. Once to try dresses and once to pick up my dress when it came in. I will do alterations with a local seamstress.
Post # 10
I live in Rochester and I got my dress at Mestad’s. I do NOT recommend them though. They are very pushy. They only wanted to make a sale and rush me into buying a dress that I sort of liked. They also didn’t measure me correctly. I ordered my dress a size larger than what they said, and then it came in and it was too small. I didn’t gain any weight in that time! I think they really measured me way too small. Now I have to sit and worry about losing weight. That’s the last thing I wanted to worry about.
There was one nice lady at Mestad’s. She was an older lady who was there for over 20 years. But she retired now. All that is left behind is young, pushy sales girls.
I recommend Jenni’s Bridal in Rochester. They are much friendlier. They don’t have as much selection though. I didn’t buy from them because they barely had any mermaid style dresses and that is the style I was looking for. I am getting my tuxes and bm dresses from them though. Way better than Mestad’s.
The Wedding Shoppe was a bad experience for me too. The appts only last 90 minutes, which is not enough time. I wasn’t done looking yet and trying on dresses and the sales lady was rude and wanted to push me out of the fitting room. Sorry, guess I won’t give you my business then! I even drove an hour and a half to be there and that’s how I was treated!
Post # 11
I have to chime in also about the Wedding Shoppe. Looking for bridal gowns there was okay… looking at their Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses was ridiculous. I had made an appt well in advance and they knew exactly how many of us were going to be there and we were CRAMMED into the tiniest little fitting closet and no one helped (for the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses). It was the worst. Looking at their bridal was okay, but I felt like the lady wasn’t paying attention at all. She had pulled a bunch of things based on what they asked about over the phone (I wanted simple, flowy, modern, etc) and got the OPPOSITE.
When I asked if I could see more (she only had like 4 dresses in the room) she brought me to another small room with maybe 30 more dresses. I was really confused, I thought they were one of the biggest shops in the cities and that I’d get to see a lot… but didn’t. It was a joke. It was my first time looking at wedding dresses so I wanted to try on a LOT, since I had such a vague idea of what I wanted. I probably tried on like 6 dresses total.
I feel bad writing such a terrible review.. I never do this! I just really disliked every minute of my time in that place.
Post # 12
I would definitely avoid The Wedding Shoppe. The women were very rude and not helpful at all. In fact, I found out later that they had a whole section of dresses that they never showed me!
Priscilla of Boston is very nice and very helpful. Rush’s Bridal was amazing! They helped me so much and always made me feel very welcome. I went in twice without an appointment even! They are in Downtown Minneapolis. Great selection too! That’s where I found my dress!
Post # 13
The Bridal Center in Plymouth I have mixed feelings about. I went there for the dresses for myself, my mom, my flower girl, and bridesmaids and the ladies who helped me each time we went were VERY nice, helpful, and patient. Of course, I had already researched online and new pretty much exactly what I wanted for all of the dresses. My dress came in early, the Flower Girl dress came in early….HOWEVER, we were told the bridesmaid and MOB dresses would be in the BY first week of May. It is now May 14th, (wedding is May 30th), and still no dresses. We have been on the phone with them AND Alfred Angelo and neither is very good about returning phone calls, (even when they say they will call you back), and neither party wants to take any responsibility for having screwed up. By the way, AA SAYS the dresses were shipping today, and should be here by Monday. We’ll see. Again, prior to this, everyone had been really helpful, and I am really disappointed in the way things are turning out. A couple times employees, (and one supervisor) have been borderline rude to my mother when she called. No, I take that back, the supervisor WAS rude, nothing borderline about it.
I have NOT gone to the Little Bridal Shop in Rogers, because I had fallen in love with the AA dress, and they didn’t/don’t carry Alfred Angelo, but my Future Mother-In-Law went there with a friend who was getting married and said she was very impressed.
Post # 14
I had a decent experience at the Wedding Shoppe for my dress, but shopping for bridesmaid’s dresses was horrible. Very little help, the dresses were all shoved together on the racks and tangled up, they shoved 4 girls who don’t know each other well into one dressing room. We had a FANTASTIC time bridesmaid dress shopping at Dena Marie’s in Roseville. The sales person was very attentive and helpful, the dresses were nicely organized and easy to browse through and the store was very well lit and clean. I wish I had gone wedding dress shopping there!
Post # 15
I saw lots of mixed reviews of The Wedding Shoppe – but that’s where I got my dress about a month ago. And my experience was wonderful! If you are looking for a fun, caring (non-judgemental) consultant, I would ask for Katy. I went with my mom and sister on a Friday morning (right after they opened, I think 11am or noon), and there was usual traffic through the store, but Katy paid special attention to what I did like, what I didn’t like, and was wonderful to work with!!
I ended up NOT getting the dress right away, went to a Davids, and then ordered my dress a few weeks later because I absolutely FELL IN LOVE with it!!
The only downsides of The Wedding Shoppe is that they follow the stereotypes of typical wedding shops – they don’t let you take pictures, and they cut the tags out of the dresses so you can’t price shop…. the dress I found was by Private Label by G – but they didn’t even have my specific dress on their website. They finally told me what kind it was after I purchased it (and it was about $200 more than some e-bridal shops had online) – but Katy was still wonderful. Best of luck!!
Post # 16
I got mine at Priscilla of Boston — and am so happy that I did. I definitely did my fair share of shopping around the Twin Cities, and I felt so comfortable there. Have to admit that it was a little intimidating at first, but as soon as I said my budget, my consultant (Sara T. — who was WONDERFUL) found some amazing options.
I would also recommend Flutter. I didn’t get my dress from there, but really enjoyed my visit there. They were warm, understanding, and truly excited about helping me find my dress.