Post # 1
Hi Dallas ladies – I’m going dress shopping in a couple of weeks and I was hoping to get some recommendations. I’m looking for a modestly priced dress (< $1100) so I need to avoid some of the more upscale spots. I’ve heard to avoid Mockingbird Bridal because their staff is unfriendly, but if anybody has any other input, it would be really helpful.
Post # 3
Its true, the ladies at Mockingbird are extremely rude, but their prices are good so I wouldn’t totally count them out. HOWEVER – I would 100% recommend visiting Lulu’s bridal boutique in Uptown. They really go out of their way to make you feel comfortable with the experience. Their dresses range between $500-$2000, but I would say the majority are between $700-1200. They are owned by Stardust Celebrations (an uber fancy store by Willowbend), so if you buy your dress there you also get a discount with Stardust. Other places to try – Lasting Impressions in Addison, its crowded but they have a great selection and a lot of it falls in your price range. And I would also give Terry Costa on Preston and 635 a try, especially if you are looking for a more traditional dress. Hope this helps!
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2018 - LDS Seattle Temple & Hotel 1000
I was not impressed with Mockinbird at all, but I found the dress I wanted there so I would say at least go and check out their selection. I made an appointment and still waited around forever, couldn’t take photos, but at least she wasn’t hounding me for weeks about buying the dress when I gave her the card with my contact information. In fact, they never even called me back. Maybe they lost my card, but that is okay because I didn’t want to talk to them anymore anyways 🙂
Post # 5
It might be out of your way, but I know a lot of folks that got their dress from Brides and Beaux in Colleyville. If you’re going out that way it’s certainly worth it. Nice dresses, nice helpers, and a nice store.
Post # 6
Thanks for the recs, girls! Glad to have the anti-Mockingbird sentiments confirmed. Lulu’s is definitely on my list; I’d heard of Stardust but didn’t realize it was more high end. I’m still just thinking of hitting every big department store to get a white evening gown, but my mom wants to do the whole salon hullabaloo first. 😉
Post # 7
I would suggest Mii’s Bridal (Garland Rd. and Buckner) I used to work there. It is a couple stores down from the 24 hour fitness. Mii (pronounced "My") is very sweet and will find something to fit in your budget.
Post # 8
Just an update – I ended up going to Lasting Impressions and got my dress there. Their sales staff were so friendly and hands-off; it was a really pleasant experience. I was a little put out by how crowded the store was at first, but it ended up not mattering at all.
I tried Alfred Angelo first and it was a totally different experience. The salespeople were very nice bu overly helpful; there was a lot of sales pressure (right down to offering me credit cards and invitations as they’ve got their hands down my pants, squeezing me into a gown).
Anyway, just thought I’d second the recommendation for Lasting Impressions, now.
Post # 9
I went all over Dallas to the more reasonable stores looking for a dress, and it was really important to me once I decided which gown to buy it from the store who gave me the best service.
If you can make your way out to Cedar Hill, I recommend Distinct Elegance. I bought my dress here, and the prices are reasonable, and the owner is extremely nice. You need an appointment, but you will have her full attention when you’re there!
I also highly recommend Circle Park Bridal in Addison. Andrea the owner is super sweet and the shop is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Her gowns are constantly changing – you buy off the rack – but she keeps everything in pristine condition and affordable.
I would not go to Mockingbird Bridal or Alfred Angelo for the reasons mentioned above.
I went to Lasting Impressions a couple of times (I was totally indecisive in the dress shopping) but found it crowded and the dresses in bad condition because you’re trampling on them to get to the dressing room.
Lulu’s Bridal is nice, although it was hard to get the attention I needed when I went in, and a little difficult to weed through the dresses.
Brides & Beaux in Colleyville’s not that bad. I had an appointment, and it took forever to get someone’s attention that I was there, but my salesgirl was nice and they have a good selection.
Post # 10
I love Brides & Beaux. I actually was there earlier today.
And I also would stay away from Mockingbird. They actually made a friend of mine cry.
Post # 11
I got my dress at Terry Costa (Preston Rd & I-635). I would definitely avoid Whatchamacallits….that store is just a mad house and I honestly didn’t like any of the dresses I saw there.
Post # 12
Thanks for all this help ladies. My Future Mother-In-Law and I are going dress shopping and it is nice to know at least where to start!!
Post # 13
I second the opinion on Circle Park Bridal. Make sure you call ahead or make an appointment, they are laid back, but in a fairly small space that can only fit a certain number of people at a time. But they still have a great variety and great prices for beautiful dresses.
I actually ended up getting my dress at Alfred Angelo in Frisco. That location seemed to not have as much sales pressure as some other Alfred Angelo’s.
Post # 14
You probably got your dress already but I just wanted to throw out there my suggestion to check out Bridal Boutique in downtown Lewisville on Main. From the outside, you would never guess a bridal stored existed. But once inside, you are in bridal haven! Though the place might be small, but their selection of dresses is top of the line! Katherine, the owner, only selects the BEST dresses from each line. The sales people really know their stuff and my salesperson, Hannah, is the BEST. I went to over 15 shops and tried over 100 gowns (!) and eventually went back to Bridal Boutique bc of their selection and extremely helpful staff. If you ever want to stop by, ask for Hannah, bc in my opinion, she was (still is) the best sales person I’ve ever encountered!
Post # 15
Maybe it is just me but I love Mockingbird’s Bridal. I have been in there twice now and they have always been so sweet to me.
Lulu’s Bridal is completely empty during the weekdays if you can squeeze that in
Post # 16
Lasting Bridal Couture in Addison is a good one to check out! I was there yesterday and they were all very helpful and friendly – I’m sure you will be able to find some dresses in your price range, as well 🙂