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My dress story is a little different from many. I went into Alfred Angelo for the first time and found many beautiful dresses that I was considering. Then I got an email that the shop in Jacksonville was having a sample sale, so I decided to give it a shot. I ended up finding a beautiful dress that was the exact style I’d always wanted (drop waisted ball gown with beading) for only $100! It required a lot of tailoring, but it was still a great deal for my dream dress! The ladies working there were helpful throughout the entire process.
My bridal gown vendor finalists were Alfred Angelo (in Huntington Beach) and Mariposa Boutique (in Orange). Very hard decision!! Ended up choosing the bridal gown from Alfred Angelo. If you are cost-conscious Alfred Angelo is for you. They frequently have sales and if you sign up for their mailing lists, you get additional discounts. I bought my beautiful dress during one of these sales and it was almost $300 off! I had some ritzy, “fashionista” friends and family tell me how expensive my dress looked on top of how beautiful it looked during my wedding day… little did they know that the dress itself cost less than $1000.
Ok so you can get dresses at a great price here… but alterations are almost inevitable and definitely pricey here. I had to choose between just getting the dress at Alfred Angelo and then bringing it somewhere else for alterations (hemming up, taking in the sides, adding bustles) for less or bite the bullet and just get the alterations done at Alfred Angelos. I ended up biting the bullet and going with Alfred Angelos for two main reasons- at this point I was very tired of spending all that time and effort looking into vendors, prices, reviews… looking for a good, affordable seamstress was going to take a lot of work. Second point was, even if I found a good, affordable seamstress, how many times has she worked on that particular Alfred Angelo dress ? Probably not as many times as the Alfred Angelo seamstress. I wanted to get my dress altered by someone who was already familiar with this dress… Turns out that Mary, the Alfred Angelo seamstress, was very very sweet, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Again, she was not cheap ($185 for hemming up the bridal gown, $130 for taking in both sides of the gown, $60 for making 3 bustles) but you get what you pay for and if we were not satisfied, she would keep working it until we were.
Brides, do not lose track that although the Wedding Day is the special, big day, all the time and effort preparing for the Wedding Day goes into the whole experience also. Ideally, you have a spectacular beautiful Wedding Day where everything goes perfectly AND all the work with vendor selection and associated wedding preparation is a pleasant, enriching experience. Overall , I give them a 5 star rating. Although alterations costs are pricey, if you are patient, you are able to get sale discount prices on the bridal gown. I think most bridal gown salons do not offer sales on “normal” gowns to begin with and alteration costs are likely similar to Alfred Angelo’s. Most the dress consultants were nice and helpful during the dress fitting and shopping stages.
We also got the 6 bridesmaids dresses here. We were able to get a discount via coupon on their dresses also. We ended up getting these dresses altered at the seamstress of the bridesmaids’ choice- do not feel compelled to get bridesmaids dress alterations at Alfred Angelos- not as crucial as the bridal gown alterations.
I brought my dress off the rack because of time constraints, it was very reasonably priced, but the alterations were expensive. the sales associate was very helpful in helping me find he perfect dress.
There's alot to chosse from here at many different price points. We purchased form the North Austin store and the seamtress there (Victoria) did a excellent job of of the finishing touches.
They have a great selection and a nice staff until they mess up and you point it out! They tried to charge my bridesmaids more than their dresses cost in alterations and then on the day of the wedding two of my girls clasps broke and so DID MINE!
This is a great option if you want to allow your bridesmaids to choose their own style gown and have all fo those styles available in the same color, great place for mother's gowns/dresses and flower girls too. Highly recommend, the dress prices are economical too. A great option also if you have gals in different locations as this is a national chain.
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