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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 went into Modern Bride mostly because it was very close to my house and it was the first place I wanted to try and I'm so glad I did.
I walked in with my mom, MOH and 3 bridesmaids and was immediately greeted by someone. I told her what I wanted and even showed her some pictures. She told me to search and pick a few out and then I could try them on. After picking a few she took me to a room and made me feel really comfortable. I liked the dresses I tried on and loved one of them.
She then asked if she could go pick some since she knew what I seemed to like. She came back 3 different times with 4 different dresses and I fell in love with one of them. She even brought over one that wasn't really what I had been trying on but wanted me to feel like I had tried everything so I didn't have the "I wonder what that would have looked like" feeling. In the end I ended up buying one that she had picked and I had over looked. It took me about an hour to find the dress.
After she helped my Bridesmaids go through and try on different dresses and showed us different colors. She was so helpful and nice and never made myself or my bridesmaids feel like we HAD to choose or get the dresses. She gave me a lot of suggestions and even wrote down a bunch of information for us.
I would definitely recommend going there. They were so helpful, made me feel comfortable and there was so many options. Also, I'm really petite so I had to get it specially ordered so it will take longer than normal for it to arrive, just an FYI!
I just wanted to write a quick recap of what a lovely experience my mom and I recently had at Modern Bride and Formal Shop in Bedford, NH. We went in just planning on looking for some ideas for my soon-to-be purchased wedding dress and instead we found Odessa. Odessa is a phenomenal consultant whom my mother and I had the pleasure of working with. She let us take our own time and peek around the salon at our leisure. She intuitively approached us when the time seemed right and began to ask questions of what I would like to see myself in. I mentioned that a specific dress on display caught my eye as I entered the store. Together, the three of us approached the dress at the front of the store to retrieve it. As we examined it, Odessa mentioned that she had a dress extremely similar to the one that was on display, but lacking what I would interpret as a gaudy flower embellishment on the front of the dress. I told her that was the only thing on the dress I despised and applauded her that she had such a wonderful suggestion. Needless to say, I tried on the Maggie Sottero - Marianne dress she suggested, it was a sure winner from the moment I was laced in. Odessa could not have been more helpful. I plan on going back to the salon at the end of the month with the addition of my sister, soon to be sister in law, and soon to be mother in law. My mom and I could not have been happier with the AMAZING service and eye that Odessa lent us. Thank you so much for our experience. We cannot wait to return in the near future to purchase my dress!
I was recommended to Modern Bride by my girlfriend who recently had an amazing experience working with Odessa during her summer wedding. I walked into Modern Bride in complete disarray having no idea what style dress I was looking for. I was accompanied by six others who all had their own opinions of what my dream dress may look like. Odessa couldn’t have been a bigger help. She suggested I look around at all the dresses and choose an initial five to try on. She did a fantastic job of knowing exactly what I needed from her, gave me her full attention, and very nicely helped keep the six observers I brought with me at bay. Odessa listened to my comments on the first two dresses I tried on and actually found THE dress for my third dress I tried on. All seven of us absolutely loved it, but she encouraged me to try on a few others just in case. After trying on a handful more (she could tell I was getting tired), she secretly had me try on that third dress again. I walked out of the dressing room and my sister started crying (she’s not usually emotional), because she was conflicted about which dress she loved more. Thankfully it was the same dress! Once I found my dream dress there wasn’t any “sales” pressure to purchase the dress right away. I let her know I was tired from work and we were going to head out to dinner, but I work be back in the next couple weeks to purchase the dress. I went back a couple weeks later and purchased the dress. I couldn’t have had a better wedding dress shopping experience with Odessa and will definitely be recommending her to my next friend that gets engaged!
I had already had my mind set on a specific dress at another salon. I happened to drive by Modern Bride and decided to stop in. Odessa was very friendly and welcoming. She directed me to the dresses that were in my size. I selected 1 to try on. She helped me into and help zip up. I loved the dress. She was there the whole time to offer assistance as well as welcomed opinions. I left the store with intentions of coming another time with a more of my bridesmaids and mother. The second time I went in, again, I was greeted very welcomingly by a gentleman. I explained to him that I had been in the week before and Odessa quickly chimed in from behind him and named my dress. She had remembered me and the dress! Genuine customer service touch! Again, she was very friendly and personable. I can honestly say that I felt the most comfortable with her, out of 3 consultants that I had already seen. Not once was she pushy for me to buy the dress or negative, she was not condescending like some of the other consultants were. I had many concerns about alterations and what size I should order the dress, Odessa called another woman to help us out. I wish I remembered her name. She was friendly and honest about what I should do regarding size. Overall, I was impressed with the customer service at Modern Bride. They were not pushy, honest but friendly, didn’t say anything about my entourage of 6, which included a hyper 6 year old. Left very happy! Based on shopping experience, highly recommended.
Living here in New Hampshire, and my mom and sister in other states, I waited till the last minute when they were here visiting to go dress shopping. Immediately upon arrival Debbie made me feel at ease that we had plenty of time to find the one. I tried on just a few before Debbie had a good idea of what I was looking for, and brought me several to try on! I fell in love from the moment I put it on. Tears were had and giggles shared. Debbie did a fantastic job and the shop has lots to choose from at a wide range of prices!
Thank you Modern Bride, cant wait to see my dress!
Thank you to Val who was amazing. She was patient and kind and knew i was nervous but made me feel special. I ended up finding my dress with the third one. She knew what i wanted as i described it to her. Im definitely coming back to order my brides maid dresses and tuxes. Thanks again!!
Go see Debbie at Modern Bride if you want a great experience with finding your perfect gown. I walked into Modern Bride and was instantly greeted by Debbie who got right to work with me. She asked me all the right questions, found about 6 or 7 gowns for me to try on… all of which were amazing. She made me feel comfortable and at ease with this task of finding a dress. Most importantly though she could tell which dresses I fell in love with and which ones I didn’t like. It was the most amazing effortless process I think anyone could have with finding their dream wedding dress. I really could not say more wonderful things about her, it was the best experience I could have had. Thanks Debbie!
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!!
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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