I first stumbled upon Thea Tora Bridal while walking around Main street in Sayville with my mother, being engaged for nearly a year and not yet having a dress, my mother nudged me to go in and look. Having gone to numerous bridal shops on long island and in Manhattan I knew that just walking into a bridal shop with out an appointment was a big no no... but my mother insisted that we just pop our heads in and browse quick. We were immediately greeted with a smile by the owner Kristin, who was warm and bubbly. She was with another appointment at the time and instead of shooing us away she asked if we would grab lunch in town while she finished up with the bride she was with and even called the cafe down the street and reserved a table for us! That was only the beginning of the top notch service we experienced!! We eventually returned back to the shop and began trying on gowns. Kristin's experience and bridal knowledge was extensive and it shows! She knew exactly what would look great and explained every fabric and detail on each gown thoroughly. After trying a few gowns I had found "the one"! The service during the appointment was incredible, they only allow one bride at a time so you don't feel rushed, and the shop itself is quaint, warm, and tastefully decorated.. very simple, not overwhelming like most shops i had been to. THe best part is that the customer service didn't stop at the end of my appointment, When I finished my alterations and picked my gown up a few days before my wedding, it was pristine, on a custom bridal hanger, the gown had my wedding date sewn into the inside of the dress in blue, the same color as my bridesmaids. Kristin even remembered me talking about my grandmothers ring that i wanted to keep with me on my wedding day and had sewn a small pocket on the inside lining of my gown for me to slip her ring into, so it was close to me all day! Amazing!
I just bought my wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses here! what a breath of fresh air this little boutique is!! I have been to just about every shop on LI and couldn't find what I was looking for, until today! (sorry for all of the exclamation points, but i have been looking for months and I am very excited to have finally found "the dress'') I felt like royalty from the minute i walked in, Kristin was so welcoming and friendly. I felt like i was chatting and shopping with an old friend. She really took the time to get to know me and what I wanted and what was important to me. Her designs are beautiful, classic, and you can tell she puts everything she has into her gowns and her store. She really listened to what I was saying, rather then rushing me along like I had experienced with soo many other bridal salons. I also liked that together we looked at every gown in the shop and I was able to have full say in what I tried on... I hate when the sales girl picks for you! I also enjoyed the fact that I could see the gowns on the rack and that they weren't hidden away in plastic bags. I was given time to process whether or not I wanted the dress as Kristin stepped outside to give us a moment to talk rather then pressuring me to make a fast decision. I wound up getting a one of a kind couture thea tora gown for under $2000, the best part is that they custom fit it to you and its included in the gown price!! unheard of! Also, I got a free handmade veil to match ,y gown because I ordered on a trunk show day. After my gown, we tried on a few bridesmaids dresses and picked one . A black lace and chiffon jim hjelm occasions. A great experience overall. Thea tora made me one happy bride today! :)
I found my bridal gown here! I chose a Hayley Paige gown during her trunk show at thea tora last december. I had an appointment with the owner and she was very helpful and figured out a way to get my dream dress and accessories on my tight budget and in a short time. I also got a free veil. Everytime I go to this shop it has been a nice experience, very calm and organized. Other bridal shops in the area were busy and brushed me aside to other sales girls. I like that this shop you deal with one person from start to end. While picking out the dress, I loved a belt that they had in the store, but after talking to my mom about it, we decided to use the money towards something else (like I said, tight budget), but when I picked my gown up the night before my wedding, the belt was in there with a note from the owner saying "Caroline, I know how much you loved this belt, you are such a sweetheart and deserve to "sparkle" on your wedding day, so here is my gift to you! Best wishes on your big day, Kristin". It was soo thoughtful and meant so much to me, I am so happy with the service and of course my gown, I would recommend this place time and time again!