I unexpectedly found the wedding dress of my dreams here. The consultant stayed within my budget and was very helpful. However, everytime I came back to the store (with an appointment and my checkbook for quite expensive alterations) the staff at the counter seemed so annoyed and bothered by me. I've seen them act this was to others. I was also pushed into a veil and headband I didn't want being told it was the only one that matched my dress. I ended up buying another headband and veil at clarissa boutique that actually matched. When it comes to alterations I paid $700 on a $1400 dress, no length even needed taken off. The woman who did my alterations along with 2 of my bridesmaids was horrible! She refused to listen that I wanted to wear my bra and a week before the wedding had ripped the lace in my dress and it didnt fit at all. I was a wreck. She called me a pain and accused me of gaining and losing weight (a miracle that that would happen at the same time). The buyer Lisa was a lifesaver and came in to help show the seamstress how to fix the dress. I was told it would be ready the day before my wedding. Nothing like the stress of not knowing if your dress will fit or not u til the day before!!! The day before the wedding it was still wrong! I spent 4 hours trying to get it fixed. Lisa luckily saved the day as best she could but somethings were never fixed. The wedding day came and my dresses eye hook had not been reinforced which caused the dress to bust open along with several buttons (glad I paid $50 for that). The bustle wasn't finished and I ended up with a half bustled dress for the wedding. This was the dress I always wanted but could have got it elsewhere without the hastle and cost. And it's just great to walk out of the store the day before your wedding to hear the snobby staff say "glad we are done with her and her cheap wallet". Who do you think you are?!?
I don't know why my daughter and I were under the misconception that this shop would be expensive. Maybe because it's in Mt. Lebanon? We came very close to outfitting my daughter and her bridal party at the national chain with the $99 (LOL) gown commercial. For the hell of it, I thought we should check out Bridal Beginnings before making a final decision...for peace of mind. Oh my, what a very pleasant surprise! Our bridal consultant was so patient and attentive, the gowns in our very modest budget were stunning, and the estimate for alterations were reasonable (not low, but way lower than the other shops...including the above aforementioned). Every member of the bridal party was treated equally well and the girls looked like they spent so much more on their gowns than they actually did. Not wanting to spend much on a MOB gown, I tried to find something at a Dept. store without much luck. I almost placed an order from Nordstrom dot com but decided to see if Bridal Beginnings could help me out. Mind you, by this time it was March and I needed it by June to allow time for alterations. Long story short...fabulous gown, ordered in the perfect color, alterations were done with attention to detail! We were all in and out of Bridal Beginnings multiple times...encountering different personnel throughout the months...not one complaint about anything among us. Smiles all around!!!!
I bought my wedding dress at the gown co. for my dec. wedding. At the first alteration appointment, the seamstress accidentally snagged my sleeve with a safety pin. At first I was unsure how the owner, Jeanie, would respond to this because she seemed quite upset when this happened. However, she did call in another seamstress to help her work on the problem. The snag was minimized through their efforts and the remainder of my alterations turned out perfectly! The second seamstress is an amazingly talented woman. Jeanie did cut me a break on the cost of the alterations due to the sleeve. If you are a bride that is worried about finding the dress that looks best on you, find the dress you like and have this seamstress fit it to you. She is a fabric artist. She also made me a cape for my gown since my wedding was in dec. I loved it so much that I actually wore it during the ceremony! I received so many compliments!! I can't remember this lady's name, but just ask for the seamstress with the italian accent. You will not be disappointed.