(Closed) Bridesmaid Dresses- L.A. Garment District

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

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tianalr:  Hi, I bought my dress in the Garmen District/Fashion District. Try to go on a weekday, and preferably not in the summer; otherwise it will be hot and crowded. There are a few streets to go down (can’t remember the street names but google it, I think it’s like Santana, Maple, maybe Olympic?). Basically, you’ll have to walk up and down the streets; there’s no way to tell which store will be the best fit for you and your girls. Bring cash, and bargain hard. 

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Blushing bee

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tianalr:  I went with my mom, and by the end of the day we were ready to kill each other! Haha. It’s VERY exhausting, and personally I think if you brought your ladies you’d be tired and irritable at the end of the day. That said, you may have to bring them with you, for several reasons.

1. You can’t take photos. This will make it hard for you to take photos of a bunch of dresses and ask your BMs which one they like best.

2. These stores are kind of…hard to find? That’s a weird thing to say in the age of google maps, but half of these stores have weird generic names, no websites, etc. If you do want your BMs to go back, make sure you get the street addresses.

3. Payment. I’m not sure how it’ll work for you to negotiate the price of the dresses, and then not pay for them all at once. I dunno if that makes sense, but when your BMs go back, I don’t see how you can guarantee the price of the dress. The owner could theoretically charge them a different price and there’s nothing they can do about it. If, on the other hand, you all go together, you can negotiate hard on a price, and then everyone just shells out at once. 

4. Parking. It is impossible in the Garment District, and I’d be piiissed if someone made me go there myself and find street parking.  

SO. Bottom line, I think my strategy would be:

First, go by yourself. Scope out a few possibilities. You won’t be able to take pictures, but write down the name/street address of the store (or get a business card) and a short description of each dress. 

Go home and discuss the options with your girls. Eliminate anything that any of them flat out refuse to wear (like if someone hates one shoulder dresses or floor length dresses.) 

Go back to the District with all of your girls. Make sure they have cash and water. Consider promising them lunch afterward. And you should drive and find the parking and pay for it. 

Then make a beeline to all the stores you’ve already visited. Go through them fast so they can see all the options first, and then discuss your favorites. Reach a consensus (or rank several options) and go back to the stores you like. Negotiate with the owner for prices (point out that you’re buying several dresses, that you’ll pay cash, et.c). Buy the dresses.


As for fitting–every store seems to have a relationship with a tailor/seamstress nearby, but if you let them fix it, you’ll have to go back to the Garment District (and parking is a nightmare, of course.)


Personally, I’d let the girls take their dresso to a tailor/seamstress of their choosing. Unless you are willing to take them back to the Garment District yourself, maybe? 


Sorry this is vaguely incoherent, I’m a bit tired. Good luck! Let me know if you have other questions. Hope this was helpful, and good luck!


Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - The Admiral Kidd Club

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tianalr:  if you don’t mind me asking…how did it go?? I’m planning on going this week with one of my BMs. My plan is to have cash In hand and be prepared to pick up all 4-5 dresses if I fall in love with any. Would appreciate any further tips and advice! And would love to see what dress(es) you did find.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2017


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MissBNG:  try to get all dresses the same day, I didn’t do this because they didn’t have all the sizes I needed so they said I could order them and they would come in about 6weeks, 6weeks came I called and they told me still no dresses and then about a month later I called again and they finally said they were in, I came by that Saturday and the lady told me they had lots of trouble getting my dresses and they orginally sent in the wrong dresses, when she showed me my bridesmaids dresses they were “Blush” when I had ordered “dusty rose” …I originally wanted blush colores bridesmaids dresses so it ended up working out in my favor but the whole situation was stressful. 

The Store name is “Ellen” on maple 


first ask for the original price of the dress you are interested in and once they tell you, bargain! Say “well if I’m buying more than *4* dresses can I get a group discount? 

Get all dresses day of, try to avoid ordering

bring water, it gets hot

my bridesmaids ended up being $90 each which was very easy on my bridesmaid budgets and even though getting the dresses was stressful, it was worth it for the good deal and beautiful dresses! 



Post # 8
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

THANK YOU! I’m so glad I found this thread. Going next week with my parents and then going to make notes and (hopefully) choose very few potentials and bringing them back to my BMs. It’ll be a task getting them all together with their crazy/different schedules, but I know it’ll be doable! Any more advice, I will greatly appreciate!

Post # 9
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

are these bridal stores? or just generic cloth shops?? can someone please tell me which street i should go?

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