- 8 years ago
- Wedding: April 2012
What are the best shops in Baltimore? I see so many with bad reviews, it scares me!
What are the best shops in Baltimore? I see so many with bad reviews, it scares me!
My sister got her dress at Betsy Robinson and they were great! I recently got my dress at Bridals by Elena in Severna Park, which is south of Balitmore, also a wonderful experience! Hope this helps.
You can try Amanda Ritchey in Fallston! That’s where I got my dress. I also went to Priscilla of Boston in VA. I know it’s a bit of a drive but worth it- I DO, I DO in Rockville, MD. My sister got her dress there a couple years ago…Reasonable prices and a lot of dresses!
For Bridesmaid dresses, we went to Bella Bridesmaid in Fed Hill. They’re GREAT!
I got my dress at Lily’s Bridal – it used to be in Glen Burnie and has now moved to the Halethorpe area (1605 Sulphur Spring Rd). While I wouldn’t say I LOVED it there, I would probably give it 4/5 stars? They won’t tell you the brand of the dress (they put ‘Private Label’ tags on it or something like that) or let you take photos – which annoys the crap out of me – but they were always helpful and nice to me. My dress came in early, they called to let me know, and everything went pretty smoothly.
i haven’t bought yet, but i’ve gone to two places and had opposite experiences.
my first time out was to juliet’s bridal in parkville (the address said baltimore, and i should have read the directions first and realized haha) i had an appointment, but the woman i was working with gave me the “up-down” look, and then took me to the bridesmaid dresses and told me they come in white and are more cost effective. granted, i wore jean shorts and a tshirt there, but i just wanted something easy to change in and out of. i was still pretty offended, and told her i was getting married, not going to prom. even then, she only showed me sale dresses. i brought in inspiration pictures and the dresses i was brought didn’t fit with what i was going for at all, so i only tried on 2 and ended up leaving. it just left a really bad taste in my mouth.
but the next week, i went to betsy johnson in riesterstown. amazing. the staff was great. the girl we worked with brought me dresses that went with what i was looking for, and every time i tried one on, it was my new favorite. it was a great experience, and i found a dress that is in the running as “the one”. i’m going to priscilla of boston in philly next week.
I went to Poor Little Rich Girl in Perryville. I’ve heard a couple bad experiences from other bees, but mine was good. The lady who helped us let us take pictures (she actually took most of them herself since my mom couldn’t work the camera!) and told us what style and number each of the dresses were.
I also went to Amanda Ritchey in Fallston, and they didn’t have a problem taking pictures. I didn’t particulary like this place though. Every single dress I walked out in was “so beautiful” and ” oh you look so skinny.” Not that I mind compliments, but they just sounded so false like they were just trying to get me to buy something.
I called Bridal Images in Rockville, but the lady told me I wasn’t allowed to take pictures because she had to “protect her designers.” I definitely did not want to shop at a place that automatically thought me a thief because I wanted to have pictures to show my mom.
There was also a shop, I think it’s called Pizzazz in Aberdeen. They have prices on their website which is pretty awesome. I didn’t go there either, but the site made them appear to be pretty accomodating.
Hope that helps!
I only went to Betsy Robinson’s and it was okay. They have a decent selection and the store itself is nice, but my consultant kind of irked me by trying to talk me out of a dress I really wanted to try on because they didn’t have it in their store. It made it seem like she was just trying to make a sale and not actually satisfy me.
My friend got her dress from Gamberdella (sp?) in Timonium and really enjoyed it.
I ended up getting it at the Pronovias Flagship Store in NYC. 🙂 I went to Stella’s and Lily’s. I liked Lily’s better than Stella’s, but THE dress was at Pronovias. 🙂
if you are willing to drive out of MD, i’d highly suggest trying out some of the bridal shops in wilmington, de. it’s about 1 hour north of baltimore, md, and if you buy in DE there’s no sales tax (that’s like an automatic 5%+ off). i found that the best selection of dresses in stock was at simon’s bridal shop in dover, de (which is a bit further since you have to cross over that pesky bridge), but i loved brides & grooms in delaware as well.
I ended up getting my dress at Betsy Robsinson’s. I read all their reviews and was a little nervous before going too. However, I have had an absolutley wonderful experience so far. I was very indecisive and unsure of what I wanted when I started my dress search. However my consultant, Stephanie, was always so patient and helped me vocalize what it was that I liked or didn’t like about certain dresses, and ultimately helped me find a dress that I loved. I came back multiple times for trunk shows and to try on new dresses and to re-try on dresses that had stuck with me. I never felt pressured to buy a dress I was unsure of. Once ordered, my dress actually came in about a month early, which was a fantastic surprise. They have let me come by twice now just to visit my dress, allowing me to try it on with different shoes or other accessories that I’m considering. I still have to go through the alterations process, but have no reason to believe that it won’t be a good experience there.
I had a pretty good experience at Juliet’s Bridal. I think it just depends when you go, who you get, and how busy it is.
I ended up getting my dress from Brides and Grooms in Newark, DE too. It is a hole in the wall place (literally a tiny store in a strip mall), but I had gone to a bunch of places in MD and had my best experience at this store in DE. It’s only probably 30-45 northeast of Baltimore City and again, no sales tax! Plus, they price match so if you find something cheaper, you can go here and show them the ad or whatever and get it for that price without the tax. I had Susan and I cannot say enough good things about her. I went in knowing pretty much what I wanted, but I was flexible. She would give me a dress and take into consideration my comments and find me a new one within a minute that was better than the next.
My most favorite experience was with Annapolis Formal. The shop is small, and the selection is limited, but the mother & daughter who own and run the shop are the NICEST. They allowed me to relax and truly have fun with the experience. I would refer EVERYONE I know to them!
I also enjoyed my experience at Betsy Robinson bridal. The shop was nice and clean, and my consultant was kind – not at all pushy.
Dislikes: Mary’s Bridal in Annapolis and Bridals by Elena in Severna Park. The people here were SO RUDE! They were pushy about me buying things I clearly had no interest in and were most definitely not “THE DRESS”. I was amazingly disappointed.
Good luck girls. Unfortunately, it’s a jungle out there. I can’t believe how poorly run some of these boutiques are. Sad!
Been dress shopping twice, still haven’t found “the one”, but had 2 completely different experiences.
David’s Bridal (ugh..should have known better). Horrible. Went there on a whim with my Mom actually the day after I got engaged, just to be silly and try on dresses and see what I like. Absolutely horrible service. There was no one in the store (it was the day after Christmas) and the sales girl was absent for like the entire appointment. When I said I liked the style of a particular dress, she got so pushy about buying it. She told me when I go to other salons, they won’t carry my size (umm..I’m a size 8, i’m not tiny but i’m not a whale, thanks), and I made it really clear I just got engaged YESTERDAY and she was still so damn pushy!
Amanda Ritchey in Fallston: LOVE! This was a cute little salon with lots of personalized service. Jill was so sweet and helpful. She was zero percent pushy and extremely helpful in finding styles I liked. At the end of the appointment, it was obvious I hadn’t found the one, but she was so geniune in letting me know that it takes time and whenever I’m ready to look some more to give her a call. Talk about polar opposites!
I actually had a very positive experience at Juliet’s in Parkville. If you go, ask for Judy… she was awesome wth me. However in the end they didn’t carry the dress I ended up with. Amanda Ritchey’s did and I just loved them there too. I worked with Jessica and she was sweet and patient. My mother was so impressed that she got her dress there too.
Dislikes? Stella’s in Baltimore. My consultant was dressed like a bartender in a dive bar. There was absolutely zero privacy in their dressing area. And they tried to push a sample dress on me that I didn’t want.
Neutral? Pizzazz in Aberdeen. The girl helping me (Bethany maybe?) was very inexperienced but she was sweet. I was annoyed because I’d called ahead of time and asked about their plus-sized selection and was told it was good. When I got there, there were only four dresses I could even try on. But the consultant was very nice and accomodating and their prices were decent.
I went to Bridals by Elena in Severna Park. My mom made an appointment there and we decided to go there and David’s, but we ended up falling in love with a dress at Elena’s shop and didn’t have to look anywhere else! Staff were very knowledgeable, not pushy–they had me try on multiple different styles of dress to find what I liked and what styles worked best for me, and they didn’t try to talk me into a dress that I wasn’t in love with. They also have a big TV over the mirror with a camera positioned behind you so when you look at the mirror you can see how the back of the dress looks too! I don’t have much room to compare since it’s the only place I went to but I love to shop and I used to work on commission at a department store and Elena left me with a very good impression. Now I just have to wait/diet for the next 5 months til we start doing alterations!
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