Post # 1
In March, I will offically begin my dress shopping….so excited! My wedding planner suggested a few places, but I don’t want to visit more than 3 or 4 places, if not fewer.
Does anyone have any insight into any of the following Bridal salons? I’m looking for a place with a wide selection that will have enough room for me to try on gowns with my mother / godmother / sister/ Maid/Matron of Honor there and not feel rushed or quished into a really small space.
Good customer service is also really important to me. So, please share your experiences with the following places if you have been there!
Side note: I know there are multiple reviews of each of these salons online, but none of them really address the key specs that I’m looking for – wide selection and lots of room to try on and display gowns for my family.
1. Betsy Robinson (Baltimore) – heard that the selection was wide and that the people were nice there.
2. Hitched (Georgetown) – heard that customer service was great, but also heard that the selection was small and expensive
3. Curvy Girls Bridal (Fairfax, VA) – I’m a street size 10-12, not truly plus size but I heard their selection is wide for all sizes and that they were good people
4. Hannelore’s (Alexandria, VA) – Heard that their customer service was the WORST but their selection was good. I’m not a fan of bad customer service, so I may skip them altogether.
5. Sililoquoy (Herndon, VA) – just opened, so I don’t know much about it yet.
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
I loved Hitched and Carine’s. Yes, the selection is high end. The service matches. Hitched had PLENTY of gowns. At the lower end was Modern Trousseau and Anne Barge. On the high end, Christos and Amsale.
Carine’s is the couture salon. Fantastic service, gorgeous gowns.
Both Carine’s and Hithced have sample sales coming up. If you are in love with high end, designer gowns, it’s worth going.
EDIT: Hitched had their sample sale tonight. Carine’s ends tomorrow.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
By The Way, a friend of mine who lives in Del Ray loved her experience at Hannelore’s. I read the Yelp reviews and was scared of them, but she said they were lovely when she and her mother visited.
Post # 5
I’ve been to Hitched. Great selection of dresses, but yes expensive.
There’s also Le Star Bridal in Alexandria. My friend got her dress there and I went with her to a few fittings. Good selection, good prices.
Post # 6
I highly recommend Curvy Girls Bridal in Fairfax. Ruth and Kim are so sweet. Excellent customer service, large changing rooms, and a excellent range of dresses. I was able to catch a sample dress that was out of my price range on a huge sale. You will defintely have a great bridal salon experience.
Post # 7
@RadiantBridge: Thank you so much for the suggestion!! I will definitely make them a priority stop. I’m a street clothes size 12, so they may be a great place to start! I’m really nervous about not fiting into any of the gowns at the non-curvy stores 🙁 I’ve heard that you have to be a size 8 or less to try on gowns these days. Please correct me if I’m wrong, though!
Post # 8
Thanks everyone for the input!
For my March “dress shopping weekend affair,”I think I’m going to start with 2 bridal salons on Saturday: Betsy Robinson in Bridal and Curvy Girl Bridal in Fairfax…I may add Hannelore’s on for Sunday they’re open.
Does anyone know what sizes of sample gowns Betsy Robinson has? I’m hoping to be down from a street size 12 –> street size 10 by the time my appoint rolls around (in 2 months) but just in case, I don’t want to be too big to fit into any of the gowns!
Like I said earlier, I am not a big shopper so my hope is that I can find THE DRESS at one of my first 2 stops.
Post # 9
@Rica2002: I am a street size 12/14 myself. I completely understand the importance of selecting a bridal store that you can try on the dress. That is one of the reasons why I checked out CGB. Actually, I called a few bridal salons and asked them if they carried the particular gowns in my size try on. I did
You picked three excellent bridal salons. I am sure you will find the dress!
Post # 10
Also if you can’t find what you looking for go to elegance by Roya she is really good she can make any dream gown to realty great dressmaker and designs.
She is designer and make everything her self.
Post # 11
I went to Betsy Robinson first – drove nearly 3 hours from my “home base” to get there. They certainly were nice people and very welcoming to my family and friends (6 of them came along with me, despite my advisement against that). However, the website made it seem like they had tons and tons of designers. I asked for a few designers that I had checked out online prior to arrival and they didn’t have any of their samples in the store. But, there were some similar styles / designers that they found for me and I “almost” thought I had found THE ONE….
However, before making any committment, I travelled with 1/2 of the family crew to Fairfax to check out Curvy Girl Bridal…OMG – I absolutely loved the vibe in that store! First, all of the dresses around the salon were well displayed and looked gorgeous. They had all 3 of the designers that I had picked out ahead of time – in fact, my assigned consultant emailed me the week prior to my appointment to see what styles I would want to focus on. My family was encouraged to take pictures of me in each dress I tried on – which REALLY helped me see what I truly looked like on camera – not just in the fancy mirrors. The set-up was great for trying on dresses and, long story short, I found the dress of my dreams!!
Can’t wait for her to get here in July!!