164 total reviews
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++++
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 ;)
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!
I cannot even begin to express how much I LOVED my visit at Modern Bride!! While shopping for my wedding dress, this was the only store that listened to my vision AND had the inventory to make it come to life!! It started off as a surreal and overwhelming experience; shopping for THE dress that you've dreamed about every day since you were a little girl is intense!! My bridal consultant, Odessa, was a HUGE help - she is my new ANGEL!! Not only did she listen to all of my ideas (even the weird ones) but she put me at ease with her outgoing personality and her impeccable customer service skills. She made me feel like a friend, an individual, a princess and more importantly a bride!! Thanks to her, I now have the most beautiful wedding dress in the whole entire world!! I am just counting down the days until I can go back for my fittings and to see Odessa again :) I can't say thank you enough and I can't rave enough about my experience at Modern Bride - everyone should go there right now and have a magical experience for themselves!!
I had a fair amount of hiccups with some of the other staff at Modern Bride, but Courtney, who helped me find my dress originally, was always wonderful and helpful. I recommend seeking her out!
Plain & simple....the staff is knowledgeable, friendly, & kind. They won't rush you and really take time putting you in dresses that meet your budget and style. We had Debbie and we could not have had a better experience! My daughter loved her and she had dresses picked for her that fit her personlity perfectly! Thank you Modern Bride (and Debbie!) for your professional and amazing service!
I'm getting married in two days! I can't wait to put on my dress because it's the dress of my dreams! I went in last winter with my family, it was a weekend and busy but I made sure we got to the shop when the doors opened. Sydney came right up and greeted us at the door and immediately was ready to jump in! This was my first experience for trying on dresses for myself, I had an idea of what I wanted but was also open to trying on other styles. I had a low budget for my dress (i wanted to stay under 1000) that was unrealistic for the quality of dresses modern bride had. Sydney was great and only put me in dresses that were about 1000 dollars nothing more than $1200. I ended up trying on 10-12 dresses loving 3 of them. I did want to go see what else was out there, so I did the davids bridal experience, NEVER AGAIN! Awful experience there. The dresses were cheap and everyone had them. Modern brides dresses are unique and a great quality. I went rushing back to modern bride Sydney made time to put me back in to the three dresses that I loved and I picked the dress of my dreams! With the purchase of your dress modern bride bustles your dress for free which I appreciated! My train is very long which made for a complicated bustle and they did a beautiful job! I was lucky in the fact that with a petit size and the shoes I chose I didn't need to hem it. I did have cups put in and I had the dress taken in on the sides. I think I only spent a little over 100 dollars on alterations. It was definitely worth going over my budget for the quality and uniqueness of my dress! Best part of this whole experience. A few days after picking my dress I got a hand written thank you note from Sydney thanking me for choosing modern bride and she told me all her favorite parts about my appointment like how much fun we had, and what she loved about the dress I picked. I was blown away when I received this card, it meant so much to me that I will keep it forever in my wedding book! Modern bride was by far the best experience for wedding dress shopping and I will forever refer them to anyone looking for a dress! Thank you so much Sydney you made my day and my wedding experience WONDERFUL!!!!
After looking at dresses online for a few months, I went to Modern Bride to start shopping. Odessa looked over some of the photos of dresses I had saved and was able to pull dresses that had similar qualities. She listened to my feedback and helped me find my dress. She made wedding dress shopping fun and easy.
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!
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!
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!
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! :)
I purchased my dress off the rack at a heavily discounted rate of $500 and could not have been more happy with it!!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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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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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- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2011