(Closed) Reviews: Various Maryland Bridal Stores (longish)

posted 6 years ago in Annapolis and Eastern Shore, Maryland
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110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ll add to this for the benefit of future bees.  I’ve always appreciated finding local information on the boards!  I visited the first three store for bridal and all were able to work within my $1500 budget.

I Do, I Do Wedding Gowns, Gaithersburg – This shop wasn’t tiny, but it felt crowded with the number of racks in the middle of the room.  Three bridal dressing rooms, I think.  They have new and consignment gowns, but my consultant did not give me any time to look through the consignment racks in the back room.  I was told to expect a 1-1.5 hour appointment, but I was told I didn’t have time to try on another dress after 45 minutes (less really, since the shop opened 5-10 minutes late and my appointment was to start at opening).  I felt like my consultant was pressuring me to buy one gown that while pretty, I knew wasn’t for me (David Tutera/Mon Cheri).  Perhaps it would be better on a weekday or if you only look at consignment gowns and don’t waste all your time on the new ones.  Lots of bridesmaids/MOB dresses in the front room.  $900-$3k for new gowns.

P. Lawrence Bridals, Kentlands – An small intimate shop, bridesmaids on street level and bridal upstairs.  We were the only group in there during my Saturday appointment.  My consultant was very helpful and not at all pushy.  She also was able to get me in and out of samples much quicker than at I Do I Do, so I got to try on a lot more.  I did not feel rushed at all.  Not a huge selection of dresses, but I still found one I really loved and was almost “the one” (Pronovias).  $800-$4k.

The Bridal Boutique, Columbia – The largest store I visited for bridal, can get busy on weekends.  They have three three-way mirrors in the center of the bridal side of the store, each with their own settees for friends and families.  Large selection, including Allure and Maggie Sottero.  $800-$2k.  My consultant struck a good balance between making suggestions and knowing when to stand back.  I ended up buying my dress here, but had to request the promised order confirmation when they forgot to call me.  My dress came in within 4 months, but that may be due more to the designer.  When I picked up the dress, I was given all the time I wanted to try it on (weekday evening), but I received virtually no assitance finding veils and other accessories.  I did not use their alterations service.  Later visited for bridesmaids, but almost all dresses were out of our price range and had virtually no samples for a plus-size friend to try on.

Alfred Angelo, Glen Burnie – Large store, can get busy.  My group purchased bridesmaid dresses here.  The consultant was great in listening to what we were looking for and pulling everything that met that criteria.  Carries samples of each dress in a variety of sizes.  BUT they measured and recommended the wrong size for all of my bridesmaids and would not make any concessions when the dresses barely fit.  There’s no way all of my ladies gained weight.  I feel terrible that my maids will all be somewhat uncomfortable int heir dresses even though I know it’s not my fault.  I did not visit for bridal, but they seemed to have a large selection.

Lily’s Bridal, Baltimore – This shop is hidden away in an industrial area near 695 and 95 in Catonsville.  I bought my veil here and was allowed to bring in my dress and try it on with the veil I liked before ordering.  They responded to emails quickly and were willing to send my pic of the veil when I forgot to take one.  There was a small tear in the embroidery of my veil when I picked it up and their partnered seamstress repaired it for no charge.  Bridal area looked nice — comfy sofas and only two dressing rooms.  Their merchandise is labelled with prices, but you won’t learn designer info until you purchase.

Estee Livioco Alterations, Montgomery Village – Go!  Estee was wonderful!  Very sweet and willing to accomodate all of my appointments on Saturdays even given her busy schedule.  She caps her work around $250 or $300 I think, and the work is impeccable.  My alterations were $225 for taking in the bust, hem, and bustle and took three visits.

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678 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

DC Area bee commenting to save these- thanks!!

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