(Closed) Cleveland wedding dress shopping

posted 10 years ago in Cleveland
Post # 3
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Worker bee

I’ve heard of girls having really good luck at "Brides by the Falls" in Chagrin Falls.  Chagrin is a really cute little town (with a big waterfall–hence the name) on Cleveland’s east side. 

 There’s also another shop in Rocky River (A west side suburb of Cleveland). I’m pretty sure it’s called "Perfect Bride."

 The one that is super popular though, is "Brides by Demetrios" in Lyndhurst, which is also on the east side.  I know it’s a chain (the other two are completely independent) but I know 2 brides who have purchased their dresses there.

 I’ve lived in NE Ohio my entire life so if you have any other questions about anything Cleveland related, please ask!!!

 

Hope this helps!

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I second "The Perfect Bride" in Rocky River. I went there a few weeks ago and it was wonderful. If you go, try to get Carly. She is young but definitely knows what she is talking about (her mom owns the shop). She actually picked out a dress that might be "The One" that I would have never picked out on my own! Good luck!!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

I highly recommend Catan’s in Strongsville.  They expanded their store a few years ago and they have tons of bridal gowns, a couture section of gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother/formal dresses, jewelry, shoes, veils, wedding coordinators available, etc etc etc.  They also have a tux rental and a little deli-type place with a big screen tv for any, ahem, male shoppers that may have had enough shopping for the day. πŸ˜‰ I not only got my wedding gown there, but even my prom dress 7 years ago.  If you get your dress there and become a "Catan’s Bride" you can receive a number of discounts on not only accessories, but also from vendors (we ended up getting our party bus for half price because they were a preferred vendor of Catan’s).  The store is highly respected in all that is wedding. I second guidom29- if you have any other Cleveland-related questions, feel free to ask! πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Worker bee

Thanks NatalieL! I can’t believe I didn’t mention Catan’s!!!  But also, Catan’s is right down the street from Natural Skin Care Solutions which has amazing organic facials!!

Post # 8
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Newbee

I’d highly recommend Catan’s as well.  The ladies are fantastic; very patient, honest and have great suggestions.  I never felt pressured.  Never.  In fact, I considered a display off the rack, which they cleaned for me and made sure that I understood that I shouldn’t feel any pressure to buy it just because they cleaned it.  Only get it if I loved it.

Talk about awesome πŸ™‚ 

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: January 2009 - Disney's Wedding Pavilion and Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World

If you haven’t found your dress yet, Running of the Brides is happening in Cleveland next month! I went to the one in Columbus last February and found the perfect dress for $250. It’s a ton of fun so if you can go (and take your girlfriends/sisters/moms) you should definitely try to make it.

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I ended up getting my dress from Catan’s. But I’d also highly recommend Leonardo’s in Rocky River. The staff is amazing–knowledgable and opinionated–perfect when you don’t know how to judge one dress from another and your mom thinks every one is the one πŸ™‚

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I also need some advise regarding dresses….I really want a Maggie Dress….and have picked out quite a few that I would like to try on.

Does anyone know of a bridal salon that has a very wide variety of Maggie dresses or recommendations of how to find out if they carry the one I would like to try on?

Also, flipflop…what is Running of the Brides and where is it? What do you do?

Thanks In Advance

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Ok, I think I may be the only one but I believe Catan’s is like a car dealer, there’s a distinct difference from the Couture room and their main room.  Not only is the lighting totally different which is totally ridiculous, but the "special" treatment you receive and quality of the sample dresses is very different. Perfect Bride is very lovely!  Has anyone been to Linde’s in the Canton area?

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Fleurlily,  I can understand the Catan’s/car dealership comparison.  I did end up buying my dress from Catan’s and was pleased with my purchase but I found the store atmosphere to be less than desirable.  My sales associates were very helpful and patient and it really made a difference.  There is a big difference b/w the regular and couture areas. We went in to see the dresses in different lighting. 

I think the store would benefit from having a seperate store for their prom/tuxedo sales.  It felt like a three ring circus at times.  The store hours were a big plus because I live out of state and had to have convenient appointment times but I did not always enjoy my visits. 

I loved the Perfect Bride but most of the dresses were out of my price range. My trip to Leonardo’s was great but I didn’t have luck finding the right dress (small selection).  I have heard good things about A Bride’s Design in Westlake.

If I had to do it all over again, I would not have purchased my dress at Catan’s. I would check out nicer salons and waited for sample sales.  I will say that I had many unexpected compliments on my dress and could tell I wasn’t being "BS’ed"  πŸ™‚  

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