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michelejellison
Wedding: 5/10/2014
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Michele Jellison posted 5/14/2014 (modified 5/15/2014)

Perfection! Odessa and Renee, you made my daughter feel like a princess. The bride's and bridesmaids' dresses were beautiful. Brian took care of the tuxes flawlessly. I called so many times and whoever helped me showed professionalism and excellent customer service. A++++

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k8holland77
Wedding: 9/26/2015
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Unexpected...but SO glad I went!!! posted 12/27/2013 (modified 12/28/2013)

I was not the typical excited bride-to-be on the hunt for my wedding dress today. Our wedding isn't until 2015, so I agreed to go out to a Maggie Sottero trunk show at Modern Bride (MB)in Bedford, NH as a test run. I had no idea what dresses would look good on me and only went in with two thoughts: Old Hollywood and I certainly wouldn't find a dress today.

Odessa kindly greeted us with an easy-going, yet professional demeanor and inquired on what I was looking for. I basically told her that I had no clue except that our wedding style was going to be Old Hollywood.

She seriously was like a wedding dress fairy. She pulled out several dresses geared towards my theme, but also focused on what I knew I didn't want (no poof or princess-like styles for me).

Odessa was a true pro- hands off when I needed her to be (loved having her to assist, but didn't need her helping me squeeze my nearly naked body into each dress ;) and immediately hands on when I needed help zipping and adjusting.

I loved that I could be open and honest when I didn't like a particular dress and appreciated Odessa's honesty when she had a feeling I wasn't into something.

Enter Ashely- another great addition to this random "I'm-looking-for-my wedding-dress-but-won't-be-buying-it" day. She was another sales consultant who if I didn't know worked there, felt like a long-lost friend helping me out.

In a nutshell, I went into MB thinking I may be able to at least narrow down my thoughts for the big day and left with a completely different feeling. I left elated about the beautiful, Old Hollywood Maggie Sottero dress that I ended up purchasing because I knew it was the one. With the help of these two ladies at MB, and of course my friend HK, made this day a very memorable one.

For those who may start out like me feeling overwhelmed about the whole wedding dress search and may not initially be overly excited about it- I'd highly recommend giving Modern Bride a try. No pressure, yet passionate and knowledgeable staff that make you feel welcome.

You never know...you may just find yourself leaving with the dress of your dreams. (Even if initially- you don't know what that exactly looks like ;)

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chasenl
Wedding: 9/8/2012
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They truly do...very nice very helpful.
I bought my dress and all the bridesmaid dresses, flower girl and mother of the bride dress at Modern Bride and there was nothing wrong with any of them! Fantastic dress shop!

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mrsppowerstobe
Wedding: 10/4/2014
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I just bought my gown here off of the clearance rack, and I freaking LOVE it. My fiancee and I are getting married very quickly (we are doing the planning in less than 30 days!!), simply because we are not huge fans of all the wedding planning.

I spent the last few days going to consignment and bridal shops (to include some of the more well known places in southern NH), and decided to try Modern Bride. I thought it was going to be too expensive, my budget was under $1000, but I thought I'd give it a shot.

I walked in and was given direction to the clearance rack, there was NO pressure to buy something more expensive. There was probably a hundred or more dresses, and they were almost all between $400 and $900 bucks. My dress was originally $1750, and it was half off!

Val was my consultant and was super! She gave me just the right amount of attention and I must have tried on 15 corset back dresses....and she tied them all up without complaint. She only brought me one dress that I didn't pick, it was right around my budget and was in my top two favorites. After I looked on the clearance rack, I peeked around the regular merchandise, and was surprised to see that the dress prices were actually really reasonable. Most were under $1500 (some, of course, were $2000+). I had a great time, I didn't want to look anywhere else after this place. They have a great selection of bridesmaid dresses and lots of accessories!

I would definitely go here again, and I'd recommend Val a million times over! Best experience I had, and I went to 6 or 7 places. I wish I could buy more than one!

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Knottie62447741
Outstanding Service! posted 9/12/2014

In the midst of the nerves and excitement that is involved in planning a wedding, the dress shopping was a very important decision, as it would be for any bride. When we walked into Modern Bride, we were greeted by a wonderful girl with a fantastic personality. Odessa soon helped us buckle down and focus on what vision my daughter had for big day. Odessa also eased the nerves and offered many, many options so that no avenue went unexplored. Her patience and advice made our experience at Modern Bride extremely enjoyable and we enjoy doing business there. I will high recommend this business to any future brides, as well as a recommendation for the consultant Odessa, as she helps make all your dreams come true!

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Danirose378
Wedding: 8/9/2014
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The Dress! posted 9/9/2014

Modern Bride and Formal Shop is the place to shop for that dress you've been fantasizing about your whole life! I bought my wedding dress, my bridesmaids dresses, my groomsmen's wear and also my wedding invitations from this vendor.

First I want to talk about the service, I have never met a team more dedicated to others happiness than the team they have working at this shop. They are so friendly, so knowledgeable and so very easy to work with. They are professional, patient and organized and went out of their way to ensure I had everything I needed and that it was the best experience possible.

Next...the dresses are amazing, they have a huge selection and helped me find THE DRESS of my dreams without going outside of my budget. I bought the dress a size bigger than what it ended up at because I wanted to loose a little weight but wasn't sure how much I could expect to lose. Their seamstress tailored the dress perfectly to my body and with such attention to detail, I felt like it was made from scratch especially for me.

My bridal party also raved about the service and my guests could not stop talking about how wonderful everyone looked! They have a some really great invitations and save the dates to choose from too!



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ajardin1848
Wedding: 10/5/2014

I went to Modern Bride during their fall 2013 sale to pick out my dress for my October 2014 wedding. I had tried a few salons in the Seacoast NH area and was feeling less than happy with the reception I had received. I'm not the stereotypical young, tall, willowly bride, and I felt like some places just didn't want to help me out. From the moment I walked into Modern Bride and was greeted by Odessa, all those negative feelings went away. She was cheerful and helpful and made great recommendations. And she totally made up for the fact that my matron of honor couldn't come with me to help. After just a few dresses I found "the one." Odessa explained the entire ordering process and after the sale she even sent me a handwritten "Thank you" note. So thoughtful! When I returned for my first fitting 8 months later, she was there with my dress and even remembered my name! Again, her help and advice proved invaluable and after my final fitting yesterday, I can wholeheartedly recommend my experience to other brides. Work with Odessa at Modern Bride, she's the Best! :)

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dgarceau923
Wedding: 7/12/2014
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GREAT SHOP! posted 9/8/2014

I purchased my dress off the rack at a heavily discounted rate of $500 and could not have been more happy with it!!

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poupon128
Wedding: 7/19/2014
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Best wedding gown selection posted 9/8/2014

I used Modern Bride to buy my wedding gown, rent my fathers tux as well as all of my husbands and groomsmen tux needs. The prices were more than reasonable and the selection outstanding. I absolutely love my gown and had a great experience with the females who worked there- even this one guy there who was so funny! I wish I remember all of the girls names who helped with my fittings, etc - but honestly there wasn't a bad attitude in the place! I had a wonderful experience and plan on recommending them for years to come for anyone planning on looking their best for their wedding day!

-Stephanie Cook

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melrose19
Wedding: 8/16/2014
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Let me preface - I never write reviews. In the case of Modern Bride I feel I have to because they are just that good. I worked with Odessa who seemed to always be there whenever I stopped by and always knew who I was (which wins HUGE points in my book). From the first time I came by the shop to just get my feet wet (I am not much of a shopper) she was so sweet, helpful and did not pressure me at all. I found a dress I liked, but knew I was going to another local store later that week, so I wanted to check out what they had. When I went to the other store I found THE dress, however, the salesperson was so pushy and really pressured me once I mentioned wanting to check out the first dress I saw at Modern Bride. That store didn't have both so I left. In the parking lot I called Modern Bride and they had both dresses! I was so excited. I went there on an extremely busy day (saturday after thanksgiving) and I was still given the attention I needed and was able to try both dresses on and ended up buying the dress I had found at the other store (for $100 less!!) plus they had a deal going on so I got a 10% store credit and my bustle done for free in addition.
Every time I called or came by the staff were extremely informative and helpful. When my veil came in and they tried to call and my voicemail box was full they hand wrote me a little note to let me know - how sweet is that! When I brought my 8 bridesmaids in to pick out there dresses, Odessa made an extra effort for us to get a dressing room and helped us sort through the dresses the girls picked out - it was awesome. Through it all she remained calm, positive, and as always extremely helpful. Brian was also a great to help my husband as we picked out the guys tuxes - very informative and again without the pressure to make a sale. It was also very convenient that they do alterations and steaming right on the premises. I was able to pick up my dress the day before the wedding.
I would recommend to any bride to stop by this gem. If you aren't from the area - it is worth the trip!! They have an awesome selection, they are extremely professional, and I am so so so happy I went with my gut and left the other shop to buy my dress at Modern Bride.

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ShanaKatherine
Wedding: 8/30/2014
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Great Experience! posted 9/5/2014

I had an amazing experience at Modern Bride! From the moment I walked in I was taken care of, and ended up with my dream wedding gown. Everyone was very kind & helpful. They truly made me feel special! I got my bridesmaid's dresses & my Mother's dress here as well, and everyone was very pleased with the service & the quality of their gowns! I recommend this shop to every bride, as I continue getting bridesmaid's dresses for other weddings I'm in...best shop in NH!

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hansbeca
Wedding: 8/1/2014
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A Great Place to Shop posted 9/1/2014

I had a great experience at Modern Bride. The staff was helpful and patient. This was the third place I visited in my search for a wedding dress and it was my favorite. The staff was helpful, but not pushy. I didn't feel like anyone was pressuring me to buy a dress. Additionally, I am an extremely indecisive person so I was there for over an hour and tried on a lot of dresses, but the staff was patient and did not rush me at all. They let me put a dress on hold for 24 hours so I could decide if I wanted it or not (which I did). When I went in to purchase the dress and to have alterations done, Rene was wonderful. I enjoyed shopping here and would encourage other brides to shop here too.

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stephmdelacruz
Wedding: 8/10/2014

Bought my beautiful dress here and the consultant was very helpful. She not only helped me try on many dress that fit the description I was looking for, she helped me envision how my dress would look like after some alterations so it fit all my needs :) I was so happy that I walked out with my dress that same day!

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Knottie00015656
Wedding: 10/3/2015

Modern Bride was fantastic! I went to two other bridal shops before Modern Bride and they were very different. At the other places, they selected the dresses for me to try on. I preferred Modern Bride, where I could browse for myself and select ones that I liked. Made the process way easier and less stressful! Modern Bride was also the biggest bridal shop I had seen and had the largest selection.

My consultant was Odessa and she was fantastic! She assisted me whenever I needed it and was very honest with the dresses I tried on, as well. She was knowledgable about the dresses and was not pushy!

I will be bringing my bridesmaids back to pick out their dresses! I highly recommend Odessa as a consultant at Modern Bride!

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hotdam
Wedding: 1/4/2014
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Outstanding all around! posted 8/18/2014

Modern Bride was the perfect place to go for my wedding dress. Having had gone to other shops in and around the area, the staff at Modern Bride was outstanding. Courtney knew the inventory extremely well and caught onto my style instantly. The owners Brian and Renee made me feel like I was their daughter getting married. Odessa was always ready to help with any questions I had. I love the customer service so much at Modern Bride that I got, not only my wedding gown there, but all our tuxedos, bridesmaid dresses, all jewelry for myself and bridesmaids, and our invitations! I was always treated with respect and good old fashioned sincere care. The alterations that were made to all the bridesmaid dresses were impeccable. I strongly recommend Modern Bride for any bride looking for that "special" place for the full bridal experience. Their inventory is outstanding and customer service can't be beat!

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Liamarie24
Wedding: 2/7/2015

I recently moved to the area and found Modern Bride was just down the street from my new house. I decided to go in to just check it out by myself one day and after about an hour I came out completely relieved and very happy because 1.) I had found THE dress, 2.) I was able to buy it off the rack (especially with my wedding being less than 6 months away), and 3.) I had received amazing service from Odessa, one of the girls that works there. Odessa was very sweet, friendly and extremely helpful. And although I was there by myself, she stuck with me the entire time, helping me get the dresses on and giving me her opinions about a lot of things. And to top it all off, I received a very sweet, personalized, hand written card the next day from her and the rest of the Modern Bride team congratulating me on finding my wedding gown and for working with them. I'm very, very satisfied with my experience at Modern Bride and I wish I had more engaged friends right now to refer them to come to this shop.

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nicurn10
Wedding: 10/26/2014
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Modern bride has been like part of our family. I live in North Carolina and after shopping with my sister at Modern Bride for her wedding I knew right away I had to make the trip back to buy my dress there. Courtney is absolutely incredible. Every time I talked to her on the phone or in person she always went above and beyond. She kept me calm and always had great ideas. On the day of my last dress fitting I was so sad I wasn't going to get to see the modern bride family anymore. After my dress was shipped to NC Courtney made sure to let me know the day it shipped and made sure it got here safely.
Words don't even do this place justice! They have dresses for all budgets and are happy to help you find the dress of your dreams and stay in your budget. I had no idea what I wanted when I walked in but was soon in my dream wedding gown. My mother bought both her mother of the bride dresses there and we also got our bridesmaid dresses there. They have everything and are simply wonderful!

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ameliakay0817
Wedding: 7/17/2015
Amazing! posted 8/15/2014

I want to apologize to Ashley for the delay in my review. My mother and I stopped by about a month ago just to look - I hadn't tried on anything yet - and I was a nervous because I had no idea what style I was looking for. Ashley greeted us right and immediately made me feel comfortable. She gave us the scoop and then gave me a little time to get my bearings and look around, but at the same time, anytime we flagged a dress she was right there to pull it for us. I am not super confident changing in front of strangers, but she was so professional and so helpful and I really couldn't have shimmied into some of those dresses without her! She was extremely patient as I tried and retried on dresses or as I stood staring at myself in the mirror taking pictures for 15 minutes before changing again. After we figured out what style I liked the best, she even went out and pulled some dresses that she liked for me along with some accessories and different shashes that she thought may look better than what typically came with the dress. After only about 10 dresses, one of the ones that Ashley selected and brought over took my breath away and almost made me cry. It was THE one. She was so amazingly patient as I walked around in it and snapped pictures and videos. There was no rush and she really just catered to us. These girls do not make commission, so there was no pressure and I knew she was just genuinely nice rather than trying to make sure we purchased something. I can't wait to go back when my dress comes in! Definitely recommend! High quality dresses under $3000. I bought the sash, veil, and earrings for $1600. Ashley was awesome and my mom and I now have this amazing memory together.

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Marissab27
Wedding: 9/10/2014
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I am the only daughter in my family so getting engaged was a dream come true for my mother and I!!! We were so excited to set out and find "the dress." Everybody knows, it's all about the Bride and with all eyes on me we needed to be sure that I was going to be stunning.
We set out to Modern Bride in Bedford NH to begin the search for a dress. Upon entering the store we were greeted by lovely, up beat young lady named Odessa whose smile was contagious!

Before she could inquire about what I was looking for I rattled off my list of thing's (I am very organized and detailed) and she pulled about a dozen dresses and we got to work.

Trying to find a wedding dress is a wonderful and exciting experience but also a stressful one. Odessa could not have been a more perfect fit for my mother and I. We were laughing and joking the whole time and she mad us feel very at ease. She was right there whenever we needed her and she offered her opinion on anything we asked. You could tell her answers were genuine and that she truly loves her job.

For someone who has worked in the Customer Service industry her whole life, Odessa is a goldmine. She is warm and inviting right off the bat and at no point did she make us feel uncomfortable or that we were being pushed into something. She is knowledgeable about her craft and she is truly a joy to be around.

To be honest, I wish I had more events to attend just so she could dress me for them!!!!

Modern Bride, do whatever you have to do to keep Odessa around, she is an ASSET to your team. The wedding isn't until Dec so we all have a little more time together!!!!

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klmacarthur
Wedding: 8/15/2015
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Fun and Helpful! posted 8/13/2014

I am happy to say that Modern bride was my first and last stop while shopping for my gown. The staff is helpful and always pleasant (I stopped in several times before making a decision :)...) Odessa was my consultant and she did a wonderful job. I always felt comfortable and most importantly, listened to. She took the time to really listen to what I wanted, and offered her professional opinion to weigh in on every decision I made. I am so excited for my Maggie Sottero gown!!

Thank you Odessa and Modern Bride!

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Modern Bride is New Hampshire's premier bridal showroom with the area's largest collection of designer bridal gowns; bridesmaid, mother-of-the-bride and flower girl dresses; accessories; and tuxedos. We are the region's only full-service bridal shop with on-site professional seamstresses ensuring the proper fit of your beautiful gown.


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