- 9 years ago
- Wedding: August 2009
BUYER BEWARE!!!! To all the brides-to-be out there – BEWARE of bridal shops and bridesmaid dress shops.
It was my experience that when shopping for your wedding gown or bridesmaid dresses these places see you coming from miles away. I ordered my bridal gown from AMANDALINA’S in Woodbridge. First of all, the testimonals on their page are all screened and you have to email your ‘positive’ comments to them otherwise don’t expect that they will be posted. Typically, I am and have always been a size 0-2, they ordered my dress in a size 4. Obviously, it was huge when it came in. They charged me $400.00 for alterations. After 6 – that’s right – SIX fitting, they finally got it right. I made the mistake of paying in full for my alterations and dress ahead of time and they were completely unhelpful and rude when it came to making the alterations. Two of the times when I went back, they had done nothing at all to the dress. I was there today and another bride was on her 2nd set of alterations and they had not completed anything that they were supposed to have done after her first fitting. I repeat – BUYER BEWARE!!!!
Bridesmaid Bliss – DO NOT – I REPEAT – DO NOT purchase anything from this store. Again, in Woodbridge. They are so nice until you had over your deposit and then you are meaningless to them. My entire wedding party, flower girls, my mother, future-mother-in-law and sister-in-law all ordered dresses from there. One dress came in, in the wrong colour, two dresses were ordered in the wrong size and one they messed up the alterations and didn’t even steam the dress and told my mother she would have to take it to the cleaners to be pressed. What kind of service is this!
I caution all brides. These stores expect that you will only get married once. You think they would want to make it an enjoyable process but really all they want is to take your money and provide terrible customer service. Read all fine print, get confirmations in writing and leave lots of time for yourself to make alterations, cause God knows they’ll order the wrong size so that they can get you to pay for alterations.
Good luck to all brides but a word of warning – AVOID AMANDALINA’S AND BRIDESMAIDS BLISS