(Closed) LA Brides, where did you buy your dress?

posted 8 years ago in Los Angeles
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I bought my dress at La Soie in Torrance.  They also have a shop in Pasadena.

I also tried on dresses at:

Pebbles in Woodland Hills (Loved it)

Lily’s Bridal in Woodland Hills (hated it)

Mariposa in OC (Liked it)

Jinny’s in OC (Just okay)

The Bridal Collection in Thousand Oaks (Just okay

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I bought my dress from Wilshire Bridal & Tuxedo in Los Angeles,

and here are the ones i visited:

Mariposa Bridal in Anheim

Mary Me Bridal in Orange

La Soie in both Torrance and Pasadena

Karoza Design in Glendale

Beautiful Day Wedding in Los Angeles

The Dresser in Fullerton

2000 Dream Bridal in Temple City

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I also bought my dress from Wilshire Bridal.

It’s not the kind of place that pampers you or fawns all over you, but their prices were much better than anywhere else I went. So far I’ve had 2 appointments since buying my dress. The first one was just to try it on. I had an appointment  but they were having a huge blowout sale so they were super busy and couldn’t really help me. I got to try on my dress, but they didn’t have time to show my any veils or accessories. I was a little disappointed but they offered me 25% off all my accessories at my next appointment. That definitely made up for it!

The next appointment was my first fitting, the woman seemed very knowledgable and spent a lot of time with me to make sure that the bustle was what I wanted. They make custom dresses so they should be really good at alterations.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@rachel077- I bought my dress at La Soie too!  It ended up that I went to high school with the manager and my dad was her track coach ๐Ÿ™‚

 

I also tried on dresses at Mary Linn’s Bridal in Pasadena

The White Dress in Newport (excellent customer service!!!)

Karoza Bridal in Glendale

Mon Amie Bridal in Costa Mesa (great customer service and I met the designer from Jim Hjelm!)

 

I had the best experiences at La Soie, The White Dress and Mon Amie.  In fact, Mon Amie still calls me and I don’t have the heart to tell them that i bought another dress.  

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

i bought my sophia tolli @ yelana bridal in monrovia. i really trust the ladies who work there, they are older and really down to earth and straight forward. sooooo not l.a. which i found refreshing. i actually found the dress i wanted at the dresser in fullerton…they were great but it was too far to deal with ordering there.

karoza in glendale is really good if you know what dress you want…they will cut you a deal on the sample for pretty much any dress i think… it’s just really hard to shop cuz all the dresses are in plastic (they take good care of the samples so they can sell them) and squeezed in together. the sales girls aren’t so great at suggesting dresses to try. if you are after a particular dress from a line they carry, i would go there.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

The one and only place I ended up going to was La Soie in Torrance. The women there were down to earth and always really excited for me whenever they called. Snaps to them!

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper

I highly recommend YELENA in Monrovia.  They ladies there are AWESOME.  NO pressure and really work with you.  They are older and know the ins and outs of what is possible with the dresses.  That’s where I ended up getting my dress from.

I went to LA SOIE in Pasadena.  I don’t know how it differs from the Torrance store (Pasadena is a newer store) and I was not impressed.  The quality of the dresses seemed really cheap to me (especially the La Soie brands, which was more than 50% of what I tried on) and the consultant who helped me – while super sweet – wasn’t very helpful from a helping me figure things out perspective. 

I also went to KAROZA – I actually went there twice – once for me and once for my mom.  It was a similar experience both times.  They let you go through the dresses (which are SOOO tightly packed).  This would be a great place if you already know exactly what you want (in terms of style).  Neither consultant were helpful in finding dresses that matched our vision.  They just would have kind of blank stares and say – go look.  Price-wise, I didn’t think they were all that cheap – but, perhaps I was using Yelena as the guide.  

I also visited MARYLINN’S in Pasadena – a large range of dresses – I didn’t really like much – until they put me in a dress that was 5x’s over my budget.  Of course I fell in love with it – and then I died once they told me the price.  I should have been more upfront with them about my spending limit – I was kind of surprised they didn’t ask – and, of course, I wanted to see what the pretty, sparkly dresses looked like ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

I ended up giving up at this point and after 50-ish dresses was done shopping.  I would have gone to Mary Me Bridal and Mon Amie down in OC, if I were to do it all over again.  I called Mary Me Bridal when hunting for my mom’s dress and they were SO NICE on the phone – that made me really wish I headed down there!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve been to JCrew (at the Grove) and Lili’s Bridal (in Tarzana), and they were both really great, fun, and helpful, with awesome dresses. I recommend them!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I got mine at Alfred Angelo in San Gabriel.  Sadly, I wasn’t happy with the service, but I fell in love with my dress and bought it the next day.  It was actually the fist store I went to.  The service at Alfred Angelo in West Covina was much better, where BMs got their dresses.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I HIGHLY recommend Mary Me Bridal in Orange!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I had a great experience at Panache Bridal in Costa Mesa. Would totally recommend. I’m also going to check out Mariposa in Anaheim because they have a trunk show coming up. 

However, unlike previous brides, I had a TERRIBLE experience at La Soie Bridal in Torrance. I would NEVER recommend it to anyone. 

I emailed La Soie a week in advance to make sure they had a specific dress sample in stock, in a size I could try on (I’m a plus size in bridal gowns). They emailed back saying they had it in a size 18 an that they had several other plus size samples I could try on. Great!  I made an appointment. 

I was SUPER excited–until I arrived at the store. First, they were just opening, so the manager had to attend to a lot of opening up details (literally, when I walked in there were no lights on and all the racks were covered by curtains). That ate into the first 10 minutes of my appointment. Then, we looked at the racks, and I could already tell there would be a problem. Not only did they NOT have the dress I asked about in the store at all–they did not have one plus-sized sample dress that I could even try on!  They kept trying to squeeze me into a size 10…I could barely get them over my head, let alone my hips. 

When I mentioned that I had emailed in advance about the specific dress, they said they did have it, but that they probably loaned the dress to one of their other LA area salons. If that was the case, why not call me before I got there and change the appointment? They knew I was primarily interested in THAT dress!  And why ship a dress out to another store when a bride has made an appointment to try that specific dress on??? Their response? “When we get that dress back, we can call you and schedule another appointment.” 

Terrible customer service. Terrible. 

As a bridal plus size, I dreaded wedding dress shopping for EXACTLY this reason–I was afraid I’d get to a salon and have nothing to try on, and feel really down. That’s how I felt leaving this place. Just defeated. It was an AWFUL experience that could have been completely avoided if they had just been honest about what dresses they had in stock. Instead, I left there feeling MISERABLE and like my time was completely wasted! 

Plus size brides (and in bridal sizes, that’s anyone over a street size 10)–look elsewhere! And if you have a specific dress in mind, don’t expect that dress to be there at your appointment! They’ll say anything to get you into their salon.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Mon Amie in Costa Mesa (maybe like 10 minutes away from South Coast Plaza), I swear every dress there is so beautiful.  And they had a fashion show the day of my appointment.  And they were so nice!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@CelticBeachBride:  Oh no! That really sucks that you had such a terrible experience with them. I’m plus-sized as well and had a great appointment with them, and my consultant was so good about picking out dresses that worked for my figure. 

I actually purchased my dress from Pebbles Bridal in Woodland Hills. Quick background…originally ordered a dress from Fabulous U but messed up my measurements plus ended up having a v-neck that was more like a v-belly and attempts to fix it made the dress unwearable ๐Ÿ™

Sooooo off to frantically shop this past weekend, and Pebbles Bridal came up on several searches on Google as well as here on Weddingbee. It was our first, and as it turns out ONLY, stop. They had so many dresses that ranged from fresh from the designers to years-old discontinueds and samples. All of the staff were friendly and attentive without being pushy. Brittany was an amazing consultant and helped me find a dress that was pretty close to our low budget plus fit my wants-list. She was honest with her comments regarding fit and style for my body. We walked out of there about an hour later with my dress in tow. I can’t recommend this salon enough!

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