Post # 32
I had a great experience at Priscilla of Boston, and I went as a walk-in, without an appt (admittedly, it was midday on a Tuesday or something)…I told them max $2500, and found something FABULOUS within my budget…I thought they were really nice and helpful, not snobby (and I wasn’t even going to go there b/c I thought everything would be $4000+. I also went to Felice in Cherry Creek North (almost nothing under $3000 and pretty small selection) and D’Anelli (huge selection, but they kept having me try a bunch of stuff that I didn’t really like–I probably should’ve been more assertive, but I’d already found the POB dress by then and was seeing if I could find anything cheaper). At D’Anelli I found a runner up dress for $1000 less, but sadly, I ended up paying more b/c I had fallen in love with the POB dress. Actually, it was a Vineyard by Melissa Sweet dress–they have several lines there where you can spend, say $1200-1500 for a dress. I didn’t even look at sample sales, etc, b/c they all had such small sizes, and I’m a size 14 hips (in regular clothes–of course had to get a 16 wedding dress, and my waist is a size 8!!!! ack…talk about messed up hourglass)
Post # 33
I’m going here…
Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity Wedding Gown Sale
Post # 34
Cindaboop, did you have any luck at the charity sale??
I went to DINA’S, and I loved the customer service, but the only issue is since I have 2 kids, theres only a few days a week that I can leave them with family or whomever, and they aren’t currently open Sundays or Mondays, and AMANDA’S BRIDAL was, not to mention they were great when I went to Amanda’s. Actually my step mom got her dress there, and one of my neighbors from where I grew up at works there too! I get my dress in December! I’m excited for it!
Davids’s Bridal in Westminster was pretty good, depends on your sales person though. I had a great one, but another friend had the sales associate from hell!
The Bridal Connection in Longmont, hmm, didn’t go there, but did try calling them 2 times, with no callback, so I haven’t wasted time going there, funny since they are the closest store to me. I personally will not buy from somewhere that has horrible customer service, so they are kind of on my shit list….
Post # 35
I have to add that Encore Bridal in Ft Collins is amazing. It’s mostly consignment dresses, which are a great way to spend money. I got my Christos dress for $900, but there were other options for less. Jessica loves helping brides find the right dress – she never seems to get tired of it.
Post # 36
@Anonymous and a general FYI – Mountain Avenue Bridal in Fort Collins shut down last fall and actually left a few brides in a lurch! Hopefully everything got sorted out but it’s gone now.
Post # 37
caitlanc, I remember hearing about that. How terrible for those brides!
Post # 38
Here’s another shop that no one has mentioned yet – Celestial Bride in Littleton (County Line & University). They advertise as one for more” modest” brides, but they are far from it. They have a decent selection of gowns in the under $1000 budget, with a variety of styles & tastes (I really love modern styles). I worked with the shop owner (Lisa) who is absolutely wonderful & she was more than happy to help me find my dress, after I had visited about 10 different shops in the metro area. I told her my budget was $1000 (although my taste is in the $4000 range!) & wound up finding my dress for $600!!
My experience – avoid Davids Bridal if at all possible. Also avoid Schaeffers (old mean lady). Hope this helps!
Post # 39
I got my dress at the Bridal Collection in the tech center. I had such a great experience there.The sales staff has been excellent to work with.
I would avoid POB. Some have great experiences, but mine was far from it. The saleslady was so rude to me. She told me that the only way I would look good in their dresses is if I lost 10 lbs and got a tan. My father died of skin cancer recently! I’m pale for a reason. Also, I am a size 6 – not big by any standard. The next thing that irritated me (I don’t know why we just didn’t walk out of there) is that they told us my budget was unreasonable and I would never find a dress within my budget – $5,000! Are you kidding me???
Post # 40
I got my dress at The Bridal Collection in the tech center. My consultant was awesome, and very sensitive to my budget and style preferences. I am plus sized, and also very tall, so it was hard to find things that would work, but we did it!
I can’t wait until June when my dress comes in so I can finally try it on!
Post # 41
I’ve been to two of the stores mentioned in caitlanc’s original post; Dina’s and Boulder bridal. Great thing about both locations, I never felt pressured to buy a dress or even to try on dresses that I wasn’t interested in.
Dina’s: somewhat small, most of the stock was on the floor so my group and I were able to look at and pull dresses we wanted to try on. Nicole was helping me in and out of the corset gowns and was eager to help me by pulling dresses that were similar to the styles I liked (in fact my favorite was one of her picks). Good price range, most of the dresses I tried were between 650 and 1200.
Boulder Bridal: I was disturbed when I first walked in by the overwhelming smell of mothballs, I was told their lease is up and they’ll be moving soon so I hope this rectifies the odor. I liked the selection, again, most of their dresses are on the floor so my party was able to pull some dresses we liked to get the appointment started. Nadine, the owner, is selective about what lines she carries, she seems to prefer companies that use natural silks and less heavy cumbersome beading. I was also told that she’s dropped a couple of bridal lines that were consistently late or had terrible customer service (which was nice to hear since it means she cares about what happens to me and my dress even after the check is cashed). I didn’t end up finding my dress here but I did appreciate the selection and service. (prices seemed to be around 800-3000)