- 5 years ago
- Wedding: February 2014
So I bought my dress, so excited!! I tried two different shops and I had vastly different experiences at each. I wanted to share with other local brides and hopfully it will help somebody!
First I went to Bliss Bridal. It’s a cute little shop that looks like a brick house on Route 300 in Newburgh. I got to my appointment about fifteen minutes early. I came in, they knew exactly who I was, asked me what I was looking for in a dress and we looked around and started pulling them. They lead me into their fitting area. There was a fairly large, beautifully decorated room with mirrors around the walls. The decor made me think of Paris (or what I who has never been, romantically imagine it would be) and it had a smaller curtianed area where they helped me change into gowns and brought me out to the larger room where I stood on the little pedestal while my Maid/Matron of Honor took a bijillion photos of all the dresses.
I had a lot of trouble choosing which were my favorites (They were all so gorgeous) and they were very helpful in telling me how the dresses could be altered to whatever my liking. They gave me as much time as I needed, although I still worried about buying at the first place I tried. They were willing to hold the dress I loved for one week while I made my decision.
So, I figured I’d try another place and went to David’s bridal as well. I got to my appointment on time and there was no employee in site. My friends and I decided to look around and see if we could find anything interesting. After awhile someone asked if we had an appointment. I told them I did and they said I could look through their catalog and wait for someone to be ready for me. After I filled out paperwork and looked through a catalog still no one was ready for me so we went to look at bridesmaid dresses. We found an empty one and my friends started to try them on. As they were doing this and I started having fun we were told that section was closed (there was nothing indicating that- signs or ropes) and we would have to take our things and move to the crowded section where two brides already were trying on dresses with their friends and family. It was loud and overwhelming. So we went over there and were ignored a little longer so we played dress up more and looked at accessories.
Eventually in between all this a young woman came over and started asking me all sorts of personal questions about my fiance and I. I understand basics like when is the big day, but honestly it made me a little uncomfortable going into my whole life story with a complete stranger, I mean I’m just here to buy a dress! Then she asked me my size in front of everyone, I’d been assured this wouldn’t happen! ek! and brought over dresses way too big anyway and told everyone what size they were.
The dresses themselves where pretty for the most part, although I couldn’t help comparing them to the first shop. The David’s bridal dresses just felt, cheaper somehow. They didn’t fit quite as well (I don’t just mean wrong size) the material felt like it would fall apart if I wore it too long and some of the beading did look like it was falling off.
I wasn’t too thrilled with most of what I tried on when my sister decided to go looking on her own. She grabbed a dress that fit me much better and actually was really flattering. I like it better than anything else I had tried on there. It was however a sample dress that was hugely discounted. That may have been a factor in their reaction. The women that worked there kept discouraging the dress that I liked. They kept asking me about the other dress I tried on and how didn’t I like that one? and how I wanted something flared and that one wouldn’t be able to flare at all and all this stuff. While all around me bells were ringing because apparently they force brides to ring bells when they find their dress. To be honest it was a little destracting to be surrounded by other brides and families all choosing their own and talking, it was all very chaotic. The woman I had been working with had to leave to go help someone else for awhile and we decided I had to go to the first place and try on that dress I loved to compare. They said they might be able to hold the dress, but only until the end of the day, but I might not be able to try it on again because they have so many appointments. (I thought going on a weekday would be helpful, I guess not)
So, as beautiful and inexpensive the David’s bridal dress was, it just didn’t compare to the feeling I got when I put on my Casablanca from Bliss. I knew that was my dress. Not only that they are willing to store it until I get my alterations like nine months from now. (My friend asked David’s about that, the response was they don’t have room for holding dresses) I didn’t really expect it, but it was nice that Bliss offers this. They also said I can come whenever I want to put it on again and show whoever couldn’t come today.
I just can not emphasize enough how awesome they were at Bliss. I guess David’s bridal is more of a gown factory where they pump out dresses and don’t care as much about service or quality. Bliss bridal just made the whole thing so much more personal. I loved them so much that I had to tell other brides that I definitely recommend them.
Anyone else want to share their bridal experience?