- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
Just a new review for girls who might be considering going to Vows Bridal Outlet store in Boston MA or using their online site bridepower.com I am just a real bride who just bought a very real dress at the Vows store and wanted to share my experience…it may help other brides decide to come here (or not)! 🙂 I am not affiliated with the store in any way.
I had a very positive experience at Vows. I’m from MD, and was in the area for 1 day. I was able to make an appointment online, 1 week before I was scheduled to visit Boston MA, and they were able to fit me into one of the 2 timeslots I had requested. I was actually 30 min late for my appt, but they got me a dressing room quickly and I was able to find and try on my allotted 5 dresses. And… when my mom spotted one last dress on the way out of the store…they were even able to quickly get me a 2nd dresssing room…which worked out well since that dress turned out to be “The One!” 🙂
Vows is mainly a sample dress store. They have a WIDE range of designers and dresses that changes constantly. The best way to get an idea of what dresses are in stock is to go to their website bridepower.com and search. When I was there, they had lots of additional dresses on the floor which were not on the site. I know…. because I had basically memorized their entire inventory of dresses, LOL!!! When I recently went back to the website to check out their newest stock, they had updated some of their dresses, and a few I had tried on from my visit were now on the site.
They have the dresses all out on the floor, and they are organized according to style. A-line, ballgown, mermaid, sheath, etc. They do have a selection of gowns (watters, wtoo, and someone else) that you can order like other stores, but I wasn’t interested in those. My mom thought she overheard that those dresses can be ordered for cheaper than other stores, but then again, I don’t know if that is true. I think Vows also makes and carries their own line of dresses, also can’t speak to that at all, didn’t even look at those. I was on a sample dress mission and nothing could stop me!
The samples they did have were VERY varied, they had TONS to look through. They had a ton of different designers, I saw everything from Vera Wang, Christos, Rivini, Melissa Sweet, Allure, Reem Acra, Amsale, Maggie Sottero, etc. TONS of different designers, tons of different styles, fabrics, embellishments, etc… able to fit all price-ranges and champagne tastes on a smaller budget. When I was there, they had dresses between $499-$4500+, with most falling in the $799-2000 range.I will say this though: these are sample dresses. In sample sizes. They range mostly from bridal size 6-10, with a very few smaller or bigger, so just know before you go. I think most of the dresses were from last season, a few were about 1-3 years old, especially some of the higher-end designers.
The dresses were in overall VERY good condition, I think most dresses were in almost perfect condition, and some needed slight restoration. My mom and I were amazed actually, because at a high end bridal boutique in NYC, the Monique Lhullier dress I tried on was in wretched condition, holes everywhere… so some samples can be in really bad shape and its amazing that they find these in such great condition. And we were told that for dresses over $799 they will do all the cleaning and fixing for free, which is a great deal. I think they even had a seamstress on location my day, as she was able to come in and tell me how they would alter one of the dresses I tried on.
Ok so back to the store and my experience there:
The store is not a “cater-to-brides” type of store, as in, you have to pick and pull your own gowns…which is fine with me and the way I prefer to shop for a wedding dress. You get 5 pink slips with your name on them, and you slip them in the dress bags to mark them as “yours”. Once you choose your dresses and pull them, the ladies there will take them into a dressing room for you. The ladies at VOWS are in charge of parceling out dressing rooms, which are basically little cubicles with curtains. (Its a bridal store, so get used to be half-naked in front of other women, just sayin’.) They have nice huge full-length mirrors to walk out to, and you share that area with about 3 other brides. There isn’t a lot of room to parade around, but they do have a little platform for each bride to stand on, so each bride can come right out, get on her platform, and eye herself over in the mirror. Every girl gets one personal attendent for the trying on session, and there always seemed to be an extra one or two in each dressing room for extra assistance. The attendents don’t have clips, but they will hold the extra fabric in the back, to help you see what the dress would look like smaller. My attendent didn’t help me get into the dresses, but she did help me zip them up, and arrayed the dress around me in front of the mirror, helped me see the back, etc. Some of the designers I tried on that day were: Vera Wang, Christos, Allure Couture, Paloma Blanca, Melissa Sweet, etc.
Overall, I felt that the “experience” at Vows as far as trying on dresses was not too different from the experience at regular bridal salons…. even the high end salons I’ve been to were very busy, brides and moms everywhere, so this was no different. It was CRAZY busy there on a Saturday, but that was the only chance I had to go. But it was a controlled chaos, the employees there have their stuff together. They are now requiring appointments on Saturday, it used to be walk-in only. The ladies there were very nice, and very helpful, just don’t expect them to pull gowns for you or serve you champagne. The one lady who was helping me did ask her boss if they would reduce one gown I tried on (a Vera Wang), and they did offer a small price reduction, so if you go and they have a dress slightly out of your price range, you can ask or hint that you would need a price reduction…it may be all that it takes to get your dream dress within your budget! I didn’t take them up because the gown wasn’t quite IT, but thought I would point that out.
I did end up buying my dress at VOWS, it was a fun whirlwind experience! If I lived anywhere in the Boston MA area, I would have been at that store all the time from the minute I got engaged! So many dresses to choose from!! We did have the dress shipped home, which was a nice touch for them to offer for out-of-state brides buying in-store. They ended up not charging us sales tax, and just charged shipping. Shipping was $40 to MD, fyi. I decided that shipping it was WAY easier than trying to carry my dress home on the plane that afternoon. The only wrinkle I had, which was minor, was we bought the dress on a Saturday, and I had to contact them a week later to see when my dress was going to be shipped out. It arrived about 5 days after that, so I basically got it 2 weeks after I bought it. It arrived in a big box, in the original bridepower plastic bag, with the hanger, as well as a separate plastic opaque bag (which I’m not using), and I think the whole thing was wrapped in tissue paper, everything very well packaged. Once they shipped it, I was able to track it the whole way home, which was good, because at that point I was dying to see my dress again. My dress arrived in great condition, wasn’t squished or wrinkled at all. So overall a great experience!
And my dress? A one-of-a-kind “development” sample by Allure Couture!! It looks amazing on me, and just reflects everything I wanted so perfectly! I couldn’t have found it unless I had gone to Vows or ordered it off of their site, so I’m definitely glad I went!