say yes to the dress!! simultaneously found the wedding dress of my dreams and donated to charity!
all dresses (new and previously worn) are donated either by designers for 30% off the retail price or fellow brides for 50% off the retail price. and all proceeds benefit a children's charity in harlem, ny.
made 2 appointments later in the evening, and even when it was busy, i still didnt feel rushed trying on an unlimited number of dresses in one of the 4 semi makeshift dressing rooms there. the associates are friendly and helpful (they work with various tailors if alterations are needed), but arent responsible for reracking your unpurchased gowns (the bride is, or if she's nice, your moh).
it's nice that you can purchase your dress and take it home that same day, but so much of a successful visit depends on timing; the dress i bought was brought in by it's bride just as i was trying on what i thought would be the last try on of my visit as i was giving up hope of ever finding "theeee" dress.
i made appointments for my 2 visits, though walk-ins are also accepted.
affordable bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses without much hassle (prices can be found on their website). they asked me to look on their website and give them the style numbers of wedding gowns i wanted to try on during my appointment there, so they could ensure there were samples of those dresses. they had some and didnt have others. be prepared to give style numbers for dresses which will be brought out to you. other than that, they pretty much leave you alone with your dresses and friends/family.
dresses can be ordered online, over the phone, or in the store. $75 extra for rush orders (anything less than 12 weeks), and free alterations for bust, hip, and waist area. hem and bustle are extra.
no frills place = no frills review.
one of 8 jcrew stores in the nation that has a bridal section, which is the only thing ill be reviewing for this jcrew. by appointment only.
the staff was great - friendly, helpful, not at all pushy, and actually encouraged us to take pictures of the gowns i tried one (i didnt know how much other places prohibited this).
there's one size 12 sample of each gown ranging from $400-$2500. the bridal gown and bridal party dresses (which can be purchased at a discount if in addition to a bridal gown) can be ordered and shipped to various addresses and taken to any jcrew store for exchanges or returns. yes, RETURNS. you can return your bridal gown if you decide you dont want it anymore - with tags and in an unworn condition, obvs.
and if i were getting married on a beach, im pretty sure i wouldve found my gown here.
added a new business to yelp to clarify: this store is not a macy's label, however they only rent space from macy's department stores to sell these bridal gowns.
by appointment only.
beautiful dresses. tried on nearly every one that cost about 2 grand (and a few that cost more than that). or at least it felt that way. especially toward the end of my second 1 hour appointment (with mom in tow) when my sales person seemed frustrated about possibly not making a sale and starting bringing dress after dress to try on.
no men are allowed to view any of the brides to be in wedding gowns (my poor dad waited in the front area for over an hour). oh wait, except the creepy owner/manager guy. who also tried to pressure me into paying a nonrefundable $200 deposit to hold a dress i liked that he wasnt sure would be available for another try on for a second appointment due to a possible traveling trunk show. mmm hmm, sure.
i think the sales person and i were equally frustrated at my not having found my wedding dress. ive received 3 phone calls since having left their store without making a purchase, asking if id found a dress yet and if she could offer her assistance with anything. yeah, i know - it's her job. but sorry, if i had liked any of the styles of the demetrios dresses, wouldnt you think i wouldve purchased one during either of my appointments there?
a one woman show in a maybe 8 x 8 space full of gowns along the perimeter packed so tightly it was difficult even sorting through them to find ones i wanted to try on. and after all the effort of rifling through them, one. one stinkin dress for all that. but hey - i only need to find one i like, right?
i ask if the fitting room is available. it was. for me to share with the other 2 brides to be (i guess this is why it's by appointment only?). and also to share with multiple racks of wedding dresses that were not for sale for some reason she wouldnt bother to explain to us. and multiple file cabinets. the storage room - er, i mean fitting room felt smaller than the size of my sister's converted manhattan bedroom. yeah, super small.
wedding gown: fail. so the store manager has me leaf through a few catalogs, only to have her respond with "oh, i think i may be getting those gowns in tomorrow, or some time next week." come back later?
yeah, no thanks.
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