(Closed) Bridal Row New Westminster

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Post # 17
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116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Hi all, I’m going shopping on Bridal Row tomorrow.  It sounds like Lisa’s and Bridal Gallery are the two to see!  Does anyone recommend any others?  Thanks!

Post # 18
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141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@physicsbride:  How did your appointments go? I’ll be going to both those places as well as Sposa in a few weeks. Any recommendations on what to do/bring/avoid? Thanks!

Post # 19
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116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@TealMarie:  I ended up buying my dress from Bridal Gallery.  It and Lisa’s were both nice and had a good selection. I’ve got no complaints, the service was great.  The dress I bought was very different from what I was picturing.  I tried it on after asking “Could you pick some dresses that you think would look good on me?”.  I was surprised and liked it.  The dress arrived in December.

The only thing to keep in mind is that these are “real” dress shop prices and they are a bit tough to swallow.  I’ve gotten an estimate on alterations now and it’s $300 for pulling in the bust slightly and doing the bustle.  So not cheap, just be prepared for these kind of prices.

The consultant at Bridal Gallery also suggested that if I was going to wear flats that I order the dress in a “petite” size.  I’m 5’8″ (so not short), and the length is perfect with my flats.  I was told that it “saved me” another $300 not having to get a hem.  So keep that in mind if you are wearing flats or are a bit shorter.

Post # 20
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141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@physicsbride:  Thanks for letting me know how it went. After reading a lot of threads on here I’ve come to the realization alterations will be $300-500. Although I’ve heard a lot of people suggest going to an independent seamstress, so I may look into that. It’s also great that your consultant was able to pull some dresses you would never have thought of that you loved. I have just been so worried tha they will be super crabby to us when we go there, but now I feel more positive about it. Thanks!

Post # 21
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43 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@TealMarie:  If you do bridal row I would recommend also checking out Sposa as that’s where I got my dress! Nikki was the one who helped me and she was very sweet and patient and I felt like the service was very personalized. I bought my dress at the beginning of June and it got her in mid-January so it can take a while to come in. They recommend you start getting fitted for alterations (I need a lot) 2 months before the wedding date.

On the same trip I also checked out Lisa’s and The Bridal Gallery. Both were good experiences but I liked Sposa and Lisa’s the best. The Bridal Gallery’s selection for my taste wasn’t the best and the salesperson wasn’t overly helpful in leading us in the right direction, plus she was 20 minutes late for our appointment time.

I suggest going to an appointment with an open mind. It’s great to try on the dress of your dreams in the style that you love in magazines but it’s totally true that you don’t know until you try it on! I ended up with a very different style than I envisioned and I love it! Good luck with your search 🙂

Post # 22
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141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@lemonie:  Thanks for the tips! It’s funny but I actually have appts at Bridal Gallery, Sposa and on another day, one at Lisa’s. They seemed to have the best reviews out of the lot. It’s too bad the one consultant was late, that’s pretty annoying.

I’m glad to hear it worked out for you and you found the dress you love. I’ll be going in just a few weeks so I’m excited!

Post # 23
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3154 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I went to Bridal Gallery and the consultant seemed clueless, so my experience kind of sucked. It was the first place I went to and I left feeling depressed at the dresses she showed me-totally not what I wanted-and overwhelmed. Lisa’s was next- the consultant was great, but I got the really “sell sell sell” vibe buzzing around the store. The consultants were even quietly having a meeting discussing sales tactics off to the side- thought this was kind of tacky. I ended up buying my dream dress in North Van at Isabelle’s Bridal- not a huge selection but all dresses were awesome! Such good quality, prices and consultants were so nice! Highly recommend them:)

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