Post # 1
I’m starting my dress hunt soon and have no idea where to go. A lot of the places I’m seeing on yelp seem shady – won’t tell you the designer, won’t let you take photos, etc. I don’t want to waste my time with that nonsense.
Where did you go dress shopping? FWIW I’m in Culver City, but willing to travel a reasonable distance. Considering Mariposa in Anaheim. Any suggestions appreciated!
Post # 3
I went to Panache Bridal in Pasadena, and it was pretty nice, and they have a location in Beverly Hills too. They didn’t allow photos though, and didn’t know or want to tell me the style numbers to look them up online. I did most of my shopping in other parts of the state though with family, Panache was my 5th and last regular bridal salon stop. They were very good with my $2500 budget though. I’ve decided I want a custom dress though, and I checked out Alina Pizzano Couture in Pasadena and they were very nice but their dresses start at $2500, and on Monday I’m checking out a place downtown that a bee raved about, called Revamp Vintage. Hope this helps!
Post # 4
Thanks! It looks like Panache has a great selection, but I think the no photos policy is going to be a deal breaker for me. I want photos to get 2nd opinions and mull things over, and I refuse to shop at a place that is just going to assume I’m there to rip them off.
A custom dress sounds like a great idea! I’m half tempted to go that route.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia
@mkad06: I didn’t love my shopping experience at Panache. I called a head to make sure they had the specific Watters dresses I wanted to see, and when I got there, they actually had NONE of them.
I think they just wanted me in the door.
The only dress I liked there was WAY over my budget.
Go to Lovely Bridal on Robertson. They are in fact, quite lovely, and the whole experience was amazing.
Post # 6
You should definitely check out The Wedding Outlet in Montebello.
Their dress selection is great and their prices even better.
I found a dress I REALLY liked for $350. The only reason I didn’t buy it is that I ended up finding a never worn, silk ivory wedding dress at a thrift store for $50… I couldn’t pass it up! But otherwise I would have gone with a dress from there.
Post # 7
Thank you! Lovely Bridal looks great, I’ll definitely check them out. Unfortunately it looks like the Wedding Outlet is now closed – bummer, that price is amazing.
Post # 8
I went to JLM Boutique on Robertson.. but only because I had a Hayley Paige dress in mind. They are NOT a big store and the selection is limited to the 5 designers they carry there. It took three appointments for me to finally say yes to my dress because, eventhough the site says they have the entire collection there, they didnt. They had to request the specific dress.
My advise: go to their website and if you like any of the designers they carry, then definitely make an appointment and tell them you are there to try on a specific dress. I didn’t compare prices because you can’t find that info online (most of the time) but I think I saw someone posted online my dress for $3500 and I got it for $3100. They don’t “allow” pictures but they have an in store Ipad that they will take a pic of you in the dresses you want and they will email it to you (not sure of the logic there). My Maid/Matron of Honor was out of town and they DO allow facetime/ skype or any other video chats.
*I didn’t go anywhere else to compare experiences but I really enjoyed JLM boutique. Also, did I tell you that they are giving me a “sketch” of my gown from the designer as part of the package of buying from them? And when you say yes to the dress, they will give you a “celebratory glass of champagne”.. or in my case.. TWO!!!!
Post # 9
@mkad06: Kay’s Bridal in Simi Valley is amazing! It’s in a random spot and looks like nothing special from the outside but the experience was amazing, the dresses are in pristine condition (which was a huge plus after I went to a designer shop and tried on dirty, torn dresses). They are totally open to photos and they also will hold your dress for you until it’s time to pick it up for the wedding. I cannot recommend them enough!