Post # 1
I need to get over my fear of dress shopping…. Not entirely sure why, but I am dreading the experience. That said – would love to know what great experiences you’ve had and/or if there were certain store personnel you’d recommend.
Conversely, where should I avoid?
Post # 3
are you planning to buy a sample or order a gown. I got a sample vera wang for about 60% off sticker (current season) in santa barbara. There are a bunch of salons that cater to sample gowns.
if you plan to order, then you are in the right city! all the heavies have flagship stores here. Plus Saks!
Whats your budget? there is a website that caters to wedding planning in so cal…i need my old binder… more later
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I would go to Karoza Bridal in Glendale (I think you’re in the Pasadena area, right? So not too far :)… they have a HUGE selection, although it’s not the easiest to sort through, and really good prices.
Post # 5
Liked Alfred Angelo – they were in Beverly Hills…not sure where they are now.
LOVED La Soie Bridal in Torrance (this is where I bought my dress)!! Angela is a GODSEND!
Really liked L’Ezu in Beverly Hills – it’s a place that designs & custom makes your dress for you. WAY out of my price range (I wanted a dress under $1000 – they design & create for $2000+), but FANTASTIC service & the gowns are exquisite.
Hope you find your perfect match!
Post # 6
I loved The Dresser in Fullerton where I ended up getting my dress. My salesperson was so attentive, wasnt in the room with me while I dressed and very helpful. I went one place where the lady stayed in the room with me while I dressed, even though I could step into every dress and pull it up. It made me very uncomfortable. At The Dresser (and other places) they let me step into the dress while they waited outside and then opened the curtain to lace or zip me up.
Post # 7
I too dreaded the whole wedding gown shopping experience. I live in Los Angeles, but ended up at Mariposa in Anaheim. It was a positive experience. The shop isn’t too big and the girl that worked with me had great taste and was super helpful.
I had done a lot of research on salons – avoiding any that had bad ratings – and was happy with my experienc at Mariposa.
Post # 8
I had the fear too! LOL. Actually it was more laziness than anything else. I can’t stand shopping.
Two of my friends loved Pebbles in Woodland Hills:
I ended up going to Uniquie Vintage in Burbank and found my dress the first day so I never made it to Pebbles but I would have gone there next if needed.
Good luck! 🙂
Post # 9
I think it depends on your price range. I know alot of different salons, but they are consist of different budgets.
Post # 10
Oooh! And definitely cross check any places you’re interested in on Yelp!…they have very up to date reviews (not just for bridal salons, either – includes hair salons, mani/pedi/spas, restaurants, etc.). Yelp! definitely helped me narrow down my search.
Post # 11
Ditto on La Soie. I didn’t end up getting my dress from there, but it was a great experience. I would also suggest Karoza in Glendale. Great selection & some of the dresses I liked at La Soie were there for less. Not greatest service though, but I’ll pick up my own dresses if that will save me $200!
Post # 12
I loved Alfred Angelo in Beverly Hills. No pressure, fun sales attendant, and beautiful gowns for great prices. Plus – free parking (always a perk!). Good luck!
Post # 13
I think I’ve been to all of them! Here’s my rankings:
Good selection, good service: Mariposa, Karoza’s, Mary Me Bridal, Pebbles, The Wedding Day
So-so selection, good service: La Soie, Jobyna’s, Lili’s Bridal, The Image, Glamour Closet (they sell discounted samples only)
Average on all counts: The White Dress, House of Bride & Tux, Brides of CA, Marylinn’s (Beverly Hills)
Only good if you have an unlimited budget: Saks
Good selection, poor service: Marylinn’s (Pasadena), Mon Amie (but that’s where I bought my dress anyway)
Poor selection, ok service: Montclair, Alfred Angelo, David’s Bridal
Only the ones in bold allow photos.
…And I can’t believe I’ve been to 20 stores in 3 months! I thought it was more like a dozen…
Post # 14
Some of these places mentioned are more in the Orange County area but still worth checking out. I am getting my dress from Mary Me, I think they have great service.
Post # 15
I went to three salons during my own dress shopping in LA: L’Ezu, Saks, and Monique Lhuillier. L’Ezu was by far the best service (Carly was awesome!), Saks has an AMAZING selection of beautiful gowns, and ML was kind of a let down for me, I’d skip it. I’ve gone to Carolina Herrera with my friend to get hers; their selection is pretty weak for a flagship store (I saw more of her dresses at other salons), but the service was excellent. We also went to Jenny Lee Bridal and it was hands down the worst service I have ever experienced at a bridal salon ever, and R-mine in Studio City, which was OK – the selection was primarily big poofy dresses with rhinestones all over, and the service was average. I also had a co-worker shop at Alfred Angelo just this past Saturday and she did not have a good experience; I’ve ordered a bridesmaids dress from there before and it’s been fine. Have fun!!
Post # 16
You guys are my absolute ANGELS!! Thank you SO much for all the recommendations and comments. Hopefully, once I start the dress hunt, it will assuage my fear. I think it’s mostly because I think I’ll shop forever and not find it!
RE: budget – I’d love to keep it around 1-2K, including alternations, tax, etc. If I can get away with less, I’m game. But, never been shopping, I don’t know if I’m crazy for thinking I can get “the” dress for that price. I guess I’ll start there and see what happens.
RE: sample/order, I doubt I’d be able to fit into a sample gown (street size 14 right now) so, I’m sure I’ll need to order.
And, yes – I’m in Pasadena but don’t mind driving within a 2 hour radius 🙂 So, from SB to SD, it’s all good!