(Closed) Found my dress today! Bridal Salon reviews inside

posted 6 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@BrideEleven:  Congrats on finding your dress!  Personally, I was not a fan of bridal garden whwn I went.  I have a friend who did find her dress there.  SHe did not do the alterations there as she said they were quite pricey.

Post # 4
1934 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@BrideEleven:  Congrats!  I also got my dress at Bridal Garden.  I had a great experience, but like @MASPA: said, the alterations are EXPENSIVE.  I bought a very intricate dress, but only needed the bustle put in.  The bustle was $300 there.  THREE. HUNDRED.  DOLLARS. 

Post # 5
12 posts

I found my dress at the Bridal Garden also (as did a two other people I know). The selection was excellent, but the alterations are expensive. Mine were $450 and they did little more than a hem and a bustle. My friend’s were around that much too.

Post # 6
43 posts
  • Wedding: March 2013

I didn’t find my dress at Bridal Garden but I did try on an Amsale I liked and was happy with the service. They just didn’t have much selection of non-strapless dresses, which is what I was looking for.

Post # 7
317 posts
Helper bee

@BrideEleven:  Thanks so much for posting this. Would you mind posting or PMing me the names of the consultants that you worked with at Country Bride and Gent & Bridal Garden, if you remember? I’m making appointments at both of these salons next month. Thanks!

Post # 10
21 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

HUGE recommendations for Debbie at the Bridal Garden.  After going to several different places I came back to buy my Monique Lhuillier from her.  She was really incredible to work with.

Post # 12
25 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am getting married in MD but I live in South Jersey and have been to the Bridal Garden for a wedding dress consult.  I ended up buying a dress I tried on there but at a different shop.  A coworker told me that in the past, they sold “fake” dresses under designer names.  I took pictures at my consult and noticed that many of the tags attached to the dresses are the salon’s own typed up tags, not the designer’s, or with a designer logo on the tag itself.  I tried on a sample at another store of a dress I tried on at the Bridal Garden, and the sample at this other store had the designer tags, as well as a “Made in the USA” tag also attached.  I tried on a few Watters dresses, and what is specifically Watters Desdemona had a special store typed up tag with a completely different name.

Also, the Bridal Garden is listed on a specific designer’s web site (Victoria Nicole) as carrying her dresses, but when I called to find out what specific dresses of hers they carried, the receptionist spoke to me like I was crazy and said she had never heard of that designer before…weird.  (http://victorianicole.com/stores.html)

This was also just my experience when I went, but they were very cagey when it came to discussing prices of the various dresses I tried on (whose tags I didn’t have a chance to see).  I also had my consult with Kai, and while she was very attentive in helping me get in and out of the dresses, when I flat out asked her how much a specific dress was, she would tell me not to worry, that it was within my budget.  My budget range spanned a few thousand dollars, so to me it was important to know if it was on the high end or the low end.

Post # 13
482 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@tatil:  the bridal garden has been in my area for many years. i highly doubt their dresses are fake. i know for sure my watters was authentic. 

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