Post # 1
I am sooo anxious and excited about my upcoming bridal appointment @ Betsy Robinson. I’m mostly nervous, though, because I didn’t quite make it to my goal of being a size 10 prior to wedding dress shopping. I’m still a size 12/14 in my street clothes, so I’m hoping that won’t be an issue…
For those of you who have been there before, please share any hints / advice / tips you have.
I am going to invest in a good strapless bra and some spanx prior to my appointment (which is first thing in the AM). I am hoping that I find my dress on this first visit because I am not a fan of visiting multiple stores if I don’t have to.
Also, I am bringing 5 people with me who each INSISTED they attend my appointment with me (mother, godmother, sister, Maid/Matron of Honor, Bridesmaid or Best Man x 1). Do you think there will be room in the salon for everyone?
Also, what is the salon policy on drinking water or taking pictures?
Post # 3
They do not allow pictures to be taken and everyone will be in the room with you as you try on dresses. I decided I wanted to go to 2 shops so after my appt at Bety’s I went to Lily’s Bridal. I found my dress at Lily’s. I was able to try on a TON of dresses in my size.
No matter what enjoy the experience. I can tell you I had a better experience at my second store than my first store. Just felt special at Lily’s Bridal from the moment I walked in the door.
Good luck on finding that perfect dress!
Post # 4
I bought my dress at Betsy Robinson. No photos until you buy it. It was actually really awkward that they put everyone in the room with you when you are getting dressed, that was the only salon made you get undressed in front of people and I was pretty uncomfortable. They’ll also give you a strapless bra to try on with if you don’t have one, which was nice. You should have no problem trying on dresses at your size.
I also liked Bridals by Elana in Severna Park if you want to try somewhere else.
And also, don’t buy the dress on the spot, go home, sleep on it, and most importantly check the prices on it to make sure you aren’t getting completely hosed. I called Pearl’s Place for a price quote on my dress and Betsy Robinson ended up matching it which saved a lot! Also, don’t buy the accessories at the store (veil, sash, etc), since they are pretty overpriced – the crystal belt I tried on with my dress was over $600!!!! I got one on Etsy for under $150.
Post # 5
OMG! Thanks for the heads up! You mean they would put my family / friends in the dressing room with me? Would a party of 5 fit? wow….that sounds intimidating. What would you suggest I wear to not feel so naked?
And thank you for the “go home and think” advice. I have an appointment later in the afternoon at another store (Curvy Girls Bridal in Fairfax) so that may be a different experience for comparison….
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I went to BR on my own, so I can’t speak to the experience with an entourage, but I can tell you that photos are not allowed. I went on a Tuesday afternoon and pretty much had the store to myself. They had lots of different sizes to try on, which was nice. And my consultant was very friendly and helpful. Dresses are grouped by price point, and I was alowed to roam the racks (with assistance from my consultant) and pick whatever I fancied. My consultant had a hunch about one dress and went so far as to get it off of a manequin for me. I thought that was pretty good service. And that dress was almost the one, so she was pretty spot on in her judgement call. I had a bottle of water in the dressing room with me and nothing was said about it.
If you have some time to kill, I strongly suggest a stop at Curvaceous Couture in Columbia. The dresses they carry are exquisite and the service is impeccable. They even served my mom coffee while she waited for me! I loved my experience there.
Post # 7
I just went to betsey robginsons on friday with one of my friends; it was my first time trying on dresses.
I had a really good experience, my consultant, Leanne was great. I will definitly be going back there again to try on some more.
They don’t let you take pictures, like everyone said. And yes, my friend was in the dressing room with me, so if you don’t want your family to see you half naked maybe ask if they can wait in the lobby area?
Anyway, i thought they had a good selection and was happy with my experience.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I bought my dress at Betsy Robinson, and was really pleased with the service. My Maid/Matron of Honor came with me- one of her girlfriends is an event planner in DC, and sends all her brides to BR.
I came in with pictures of some styles that I liked, and the consultant ending up picking the dress that I bought (a sample, that I walked out with that day.) Most of the dresses she showed me were about half of what I had budgeted, and she wasn’t pushy at all.
Maid/Matron of Honor snuck photos on her iphone while we were in the dressing room (had to send them to the other MOH)
I also like that Radcliffe’s is right below- did some wedding ring browsing the same day.
Post # 9
I went to Betsy Robinson’s after having a very disappointing experience with The Bridal Boutique in Columbia and Bridal’s by Elana. They indeed do put you in a dressing room with others, but you can ask if your guests can sit outside of the dressing room, provided that they aren’t too busy. I was able to to do that the last time I went there and it worked out great! I’ve had great customer service thus far, so I’m hoping my experiences with them from here on out are just as good!
Post # 10
I had a terrible experience at Betsy Robinson. A) It was extremely hot in the fitting room. B) My consultant never asked any questions about my wedding or asked to look at any photos I brought. I’m not convinced she even knew my name. C) The consultant continued to bring me sample sizes that I CLEARLY would not fit into. I am a street size 10, and she would bring me sample 8s as though I could even make the attempt. C) The desk receptionists were not even pleasant and with appointment, my mother and I had to wait about 35-40 minutes for a consultant. It was extremely busy, I understand that, but those with appointments should not wait in a crowded waiting room where there is pop music blaring.
I asked to see several particular lines and none of those were shown to me. There are very few NON strapless dresses at BR and that would not work for my style and taste.