Post # 1
I’ve made a few rounds and just thought I’d share my experiences in Denver-area bridal shops with you.
D’Anelli’s in Lakewood was my favorite store. It’s not much to look at from the outside but all of the girls were extremely nice and they have a pretty good sized collection of some really gorgeous dresses there. And they let you take pictures. I’m not sure what their full range for pricing is, but nobody gave me a horrified look when I said I wanted to stay less than $1000. I loved their Pronovias dresses the most. I was a walk-in both times I went there and still had fantastic service. They also have a large selection of bridesmaids dresses that we had a lot of fun trying on. You should also check out their seperate sample store that’s next door. I wasn’t floored by any of the dresses in there, but it definitely has potential!
I wasn’t very impressed with Amanda’s Bridal in Arvada. I don’t look good in white strapless A-lines which is what they seem to have the most of so we didn’t stay long. Also, I had my mom and two sisters with me so we didn’t give the sales lady much of a chance. It’s very possible we just didn’t scratch the surface there, but I’m not very inclined to go back. Again, pictures were not a problem.
Dina’s Bridal in Superior was a lot of fun. Dina was there and did a good job of upholding stereotypes for a little Asian woman. Everything was "Oh! Very pretty!" "Very nice!" and "You do this!" She was great. I was nearly sold on the Casablanca 1831 there (for a VERY good price), but ended up not going with it. Pictures are not a problem there either. They had a pretty good variety of dresses. I tried on some really nice ones.
Boulder Bridal in (suprise!) Boulder was nice. I don’t think I would label it "white glove service" like they claim on their website, but they do have some fantastic dresses. When I mentioned my budget I was led over to their (small) destination gowns section. We didn’t last long there and I ended up trying on a number of San Patrick’s (a division of Pronovias) dresses instead. The women were great and the owner Nadine was there. While I was there I thought they were a little pushy to sell me this one dress that I wasn’t really loving THAT much, but looking at the pictures later that week I understand why they were. The dress looked REALLY good and now I want to go back and try it on again. It’s not really the place to go looking for a bargain though.
This one’s a bit further out of the way, but I have to mention it. Encore Bridal in Fort Collins was opened by a woman who was frustrated by the options for a budget bride when she was getting married so she opened her own shop. She buys samples and dresses from other brides and then sells them. I believe she said she tries to keep everything under $500. It was the first place I really went and so I didn’t know what I was doing or looking for. I’ll definitely be going back as she’s continually bringing in new dresses.
My cousin recommended Schaffer’s but haven’t gotten the chance to check it out yet. I was really excited about Blue Bridal, but the sample sale advertised on their website already happened. Oh well, still might be worth checking out!
Hope this can help some of you bees! Any places in the Denver area you would either recommend or run away from?
Post # 3
Thanks for posting your experiences! I haven’t started my dress hunt yet, but I’ll plan on checking out D’Anelli’s and maybe Encore Bridal if I feel like going up that way. A friend of mine recommended Bea’s Bridal Nook in Denver. I might also visit Little White Dress in Castle Rock, simply because it’s just a couple of miles from my house.
And with my family and friends being out of state…I am so happy to hear that pictures aren’t a problem.
Post # 4
Went to a couple more last weekend….
David’s Bridal in Fort Collins was a horrendous. I had gone there a month or so ago just to look at bridesmaids dresses and that was fine because they let us take care of ourselves. I ended up grabbing one wedding dress and trying it on without any troubles. I went back to try it on again and granted, it was a Saturday afternoon, but still. After waiting awhile we were assigned a consultant who brought me one dress at a time and then would disappear leaving me hanging out in a gown that I had absolutely no interest in. I had to ask several times to try on certain dresses so eventually my friend went out to grab a couple. She was asked (in a rather unfriendly manner) if she was working with a consultant and then later the woman (manager?) asked us the same thing because we were just standing around with me in a dress I strongly disliked. Finally we called it quits and I felt bad just leaving everything but I couldn’t find our consultant anywhere until I started to walk out and then saw her behind the counter ringing people up. We just left. I wasn’t very impressed with the dresses either. I think I might be more interested in them if they were about half price. As it is, I don’t believe they’re worth what they’re asking. I have found higher quality dresses in boutiques for hundreds less.
The Bridal Suite in Windsor was great. It was a bit crowded but it’s a pretty shop and, at least last weekend, they were having a pretty good sale. They tell you to just pull the dresses you’re interested in out and then they’ll put them in a room for you. Other than that, we pretty much did our own thing. I actually think I may have found my dress there! An example of their sale, my dress was normally $749 but the sample was for sale at 50% off. If it hadn’t been two sized too big I would have snapped it up! Taking pictures aren’t a problem and I think the only reason the sales people were so hands off is because it was rather busy. All the girls working there were really nice though and we all had a very pleasant experience. I would definitely recommend checking them out.
@ Zoekat: I’m glad this helped! And I agree, being able to take pictures is crucial! I have such a horrible memory and I don’t like rushing into decisions that I would have a really hard time not having any. (Of course, we didn’t get any good pictures of my dress. Go figure! 🙂 )
Post # 5
I only went two places.
Anna Be, in North Denver, which has a great but limited selection, highly personable sales staff.
Priscilla’s in Cherry Creek–I’d heard bad things about the customer service here, but I had an AMAZING experience and loved every dress I tried on. This is where I ended up buying my dress.
Post # 6
I bought my dress at The Bridal Collection, down in the Tech Center. I actually went there b/c D’Anelli and TBC are the only ones who carry Pronovias in the metro area. I hated D’Anelli—I’ve heard a lot of good a lot of bad about them, so it seems to depend on what day you go and who’s there.
The Bridal Collection has a large selection, and were super-nice. Who knew there was a bridal shop down in the tech center?!?!?!
Post # 7
Priscilla’s in Cherry Creek has been great to deal with- I’ve worked with Margo. She’s lovely.
I bought my dress from Andrisen Morton (also in Cherry Creek). Sadly they’ve closed their bridal department (as of a few weeks ago they still had a few dresses left… heavily discounted Carolina Herrera or Vera, anyone?). It’s such a shame, I had such a fantastic experience there, and Carol their consultant was incredible. Whatever salon she ends up in will be lucky to have her!
Post # 8
My Maid/Matron of Honor and I went to Blue (downtown Denver in the Pavilions) to begin our wedding shopping. She had just found an amazing sample sale wedding dress at Blue few weeks before & snapped it up on her first day shopping. It wasn’t quite so easy for me. The dresses there were beautiful, but not what I was looking for. Everything in the tiny boutique was very ornate & I wanted something very classic & simple. The service was great, but the dresses just weren’t for me.
We headed to D’Anelli’s next. I was really skeptical from the outside of the shop, but the dresses were just gorgeous. Their shop was packed with amazing designer dresses and I fell in love with one…until I saw the $4K pricetag. The service was great…we just walked in on a Saturday (!) and they set us up with a consultant right away.
Since I didn’t really want to spend $4K on my wedding dress…I went to David’s Bridal next. I really thought it would be the equivalent of Walmart for wedding attire, but I was actually surprised. I found several styles that fit my ideal and they were in the middle of their big sale, so that didn’t hurt either.
My experience with David’s Bridal was mixed, however. The service at the Aurora store was ok … at first. About halfway through trying on the gowns with my mom & Maid/Matron of Honor, the consultant just disappeared. When the consultant finally showed up again, she gave us misinformation about the store’s policies and the dress availability. I found a beautiful dress, but we eventually just left. The next day we looked for the that same dress at the Park Meadows store & had a wonderful experience. The consultant was great & informed & I found the perfect dress.
Post # 9
I thought I’d add my experiences, as well.
I tried David’s Bridal in Park Meadows and had an awful experience – the sales woman didn’t do any actual work – she sent me down the rows and just had me choose anything I wanted to try – she didn’t make any recommendations outside of the ones I picked, didn’t actually talk to me about the options available for what I tried on, and really made it a hard sell – pressure, pressure, pressure.
I next went to Amanda’s Bridal, and I actually had a FANTASTIC experience there. It isn’t much to look at, but my saleswoman was fabulous. You pick 5 dresses to start and then they put you in a room. Even though my mom and sister were there, we consciously stepped back and had the consultant do her job, and a good thing, too – she brought me dresses I NEVER would have picked from the hanger and had me try them on based on what I said about the five I picked. My advice – try to go on a non-weekend, and choose 5 dresses that are different to start – the wide range of things you might even consider. And then instead of telling your consultant what you want, tell her what you like and don’t like about each thing you try on. My service has been superb from them and my alterations cost about half what I’ve heard from girls with similar dresses at other places.
My bridesmaid got her dress at Dina’s as well, and she had a great experience there, so I’d second that recommendation as well.
Post # 10
Mariel’s is where I bought mine — they import several beautiful and unique dresses, several directly from Europe — usually in only a few sizes that are sold right out of the store — keeping the cost way down! It’s downtown in Larimer between 14th and 15th. Great place!
Post # 11
I third Dina’s. Dina is a really wonderful seamstress. Also, because most of the gowns were a certain percentage off that day, even though mine wasn’t one of the included labels, she gave us a discount. She was able to alter my dress (floor sample) in a week and it was gorgeous.
Post # 12
I got my dress at Priscilla of Boston in Cherry Creek as well. LOVE them. So excited for my dress.
Post # 13
I went to Davids park meadows. The experience was NOT at all how i pictured it. Well, first off, i really just went to try on gowns to get an idea of what I liked (before I was officially engaged). Well, the sales gal was OK.. she didn’t really listen to what i liked or not liked. My Maid/Matron of Honor actually found my dress for me. I tried it on and it was LOVE i couldn’t take it off. So I asked the sales lady, the order time on the dress… Low and behold the dress was on clearance for $199… I was shocked to see that the dress what that cheap. So i did what any rational STB did, i bought it! I wont do my alterations there, since I was not to pleased with the service. I’ve looked at Priscilla’s to just to be sure and for my Maid/Matron of Honor dress, and sure I found dresses I loved and the service was great! BUTT I do not see my self paying over $1300 for a dress. Anyway.. I guess when you find the dress you love and see your self getting married in it..the whole ideal experiance does not matter. We (MOH & I) had a fun time.
Post # 14
No way would I go to that many dress shops because even if you don’t know what you want when you go out and look I feel you know in your gut what you really like and a lot of times it isn’t what you pictured. Going to that many stores and trying on that many dresses would only confuse me more, too many options. Now I am not saying to go with the first dress you try on but that would be too overwhelming. I think you have to find a store that really knows their stuff and really knows wedding dresses.
PIXIRAE- I agree with you and letting the staff do their job and help you with dresses and styles. I went to Amanda’s also because they had a large selection of Maggie Sottero dresses and wow the sales consultant was so awesome and so patient. I ended up getting a maggie that I would have never tried on by looking at it on the hanger. Sherry was my dress consultant and she was so awesome and she knows her stuff!!!!
Post # 15
There’s a store in Fort Collins called Mountain Avenue Bridal. The girls that work there are fantastic. MAB is a high end couture wedding gown store. They sell Pronovias, Manuel Mota, Christos, Jim Hjelm, Carmela Sutera and Kenneth Pool. The selection is great. Dresses start around $1500 and go up to about $8000.
Let them know that Amber Watson Events sent you!
Post # 16
- Wedding: September 2009 - Westwind YWCA camp
I also went to POB in Cherry Creek – I had a great time, way better than at david’s bridal!