(Closed) Help! I need advice on where to buy my dress

posted 8 years ago in Orange County, California
Post # 3
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Did you try House of Brides in Torrance? It’s a hole in the wall but I got my Casablanca very cheaply and she does decent alterations for a very good price. (I only had a bustle put in.)

Post # 5
826 posts
Busy bee

ive been to the dresser and didnt like the customer service i got there. my consultant sat around most of the time but i went to mary me bridal and liked there service better. I believe mary me bridal is in old town orange, and thers jinni’s bridal in huntington beach

Post # 6
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I am a total price and service shopper.  I purchased my dress at Mariposa Bridal because they had hands down the best price and they were not pushy at all.  They have even given me prices over the phone when I was between dresses.  They carry tons of Maggie dresses, give them a buzz although the draw back is they dont have in house alterations.  My Mother-In-Law will be doing my alterations so it was not a big deal for me.  If you are just choosing between the three listed go with the one that has the  dress in house since you will not get it until a month before.

Post # 7
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I know I’m a little late in replying, but I wanted to mention that my favorite store is Mary Me Bridal in Orange. I didn’t end up getting my dress there (long, dramatic story which involves my FSIL) but they do have the BEST prices in there, and the sales people aren’t pushy and are very helpful!

Post # 8
16 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

mariposa in anaheim, ca they carry maggie sottero and they are pretty affordable

Post # 9
11 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

I went to both The Wedding Day and The Dresser, and I personally liked The Wedding Day better.  I didn’t find them sneaky at all, though I wasn’t anywhere close to buying a dress, so maybe I just hadn’t experienced it yet.

I also went to Mary (Marry?) Me Bridal in Orange. The shop was kind of crammed, but my salesperson was very nice.  However, it was a Saturday, so a full shop is to be expected.

I would recommend you check out Ginny’s Bridal in Huntington Beach–they have a ton of Maggie dresses.  I didn’t love the consultant I had there–she was nice, but didn’t listen to what I was asking for that well.  However, my Future Sister-In-Law bought her wedding dress there and was very happy with the whole exeperience.

Hope this helps!

Post # 10
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@summer7911: This is a little late, but I LOVED Mariposa also 🙂 Good luck!

Post # 11
3364 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I love Mariposa Boutique in Anaheim near the Convention Center but purchased my dress from Mary Me Bridal in Orange! 🙂 

I do not recommend Ferndales Bridal in Tustin/Orange. 

Post # 12
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I got my dress at the Dresser and I haven’t had any problems with them. PLUS it came in like 2 months early. How did you get offered a free veil from them?!

Post # 13
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

The Wedding Day–proceed with caution. I was BEYOND happy when i bought my dress there in July. I was so happy that I gave them a RAVING review here on the Bee. Then, in December, PROBLEM. I paid an extra $150 for a “hem-to-hollow” measurement because the dress is lace with a custom hem. It was supposed to be made for 3 1/2″ heels. I put on 3 1/2 ” heels when it came in (yes, I measured the heel precisely) and it was SHORT.  (I swear, it really is short, not like that crazy girl from SYTTD who just THOUGHT it was short).  We’re talking a good 2″ off the ground.  enough to where you can see my shoes and ankle. I called and nicely asked the owner how we could correct this.  She told me, “let’s take out a layer of crinoline”  but I was hesitant to do this because it might change the shape of the skirt. The owner also said that it’s because the crinoline was still too stiff and needed to “relax.” They also said once it did, the length would be the correct length.  No apologies or anything.  All she offered to do was pay the extra alterations fee for removing ONE layer of crinoline (I figured that worse case, if it DIDNT fix the length, then I could sew the crinoline layer back in). 

Another problem–I had to fly in to LA to pick up the dress (live out of state). I booked my ticket after calling them to MAKE SURE the dress was still on schedule.  Then when I get to LA, they tell me the dress won’t be there until THE DAY OF MY RETURN FLIGHT. (I purposely made it a point to be there for 10 days to give some buffer room on the shipping). 

Lastly–their “Free bra cup & bustle” is a load of crap because their alterations guy (who is in Huntington Beach) charged me $400 something dollars for an American bustle, bra cups, and a “taper” for the boobs (slightly needed to be taken in).  When I presented my “coupon”, he knocked off $125…so the alterations cost was still nearly $300 just to take in the top part of the gown. 

As of right now, I am waiting for the dress to come back from alterations–Wedding Day will pick it up from the tailor, then UPS it to me (on MY DIME, of course–even though it’s THEIR fault that I didn’t have it in time to just bring back home with me)

Post # 14
21 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

I went to the Wedding Day and found a dress I loved. My associate who helped me was wonderful, but I found the owner to be rude and dismissive.

I went to Mary Me Bridal to try on a few other dresses that The Wedding Day didn’t have and they also had my dress. It was $100 cheaper and they offered to give me an additional 10% off.

I called The Wedding Day to see if they’d match the price and the owner basically told me that with their “extras” of 15% off alterations plus a free bouquet the cost would even out. Um, no.

I bought it at Mary Me Bridal where they seemed to value my business.

Post # 15
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@summer7911: Where did you end up buying your dress? I am trying to find a Madison Marie or Madison right now, just been looking around online. I saw Madison is $700, and Madison Marie is $928 so does that match up with what stores are charging?

Post # 16
1279 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Hello I had great experiences with both Mary Me Bridal in Orange and  Mariposa Boutique in Anaheim, I ulitmately bought my gown at Mary Me Bridal, but I will get my alterations from the lady that Mariposa Boutique refer all of their brides to…I saw her work on a bride and I loved it…she is the best!

So @summer7911 who did you buy your dress from?

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