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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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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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teekay603
Wedding: 9/19/2015
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I came into Modern Bride on a referral from a girlfriend who is also a bride to be! I meet with Odessa, who also worked with my GF as requested.

She was extremely knowledgeable on what they had in stock, styles that I might be interested in and what would work for my venue ( New England Beach!) Odessa showed me about 10 gorgeous dresses (all with in my budget!!) I am so impressed with the help I received and I can't wait to bring my hubby to get his Tux from Modern Bride!

Thanks again Odessa!!!

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Sticknli
Wedding: 8/15/2015
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Best bridal experience!! posted 8/4/2014

I recently visited Modern Bride in search of a bridal gown. I was met by Ashley who immediately made me feel welcome and explained everything. Then I was free to look around through dresses and try on any and all I wanted without a time restraint! She helped me one on one getting in and out of dresses to get the true feel and look of each dress. It was truly an experience that not many other bridal shops can replicate in my experience. She added veils and belts to help build my dream dress. Ashley is fabulous and I am so thankful for her help!! Today I was finally able to say yes to the dress :)

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Jlgramli
Wedding: 9/27/2014
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Very helpful posted 7/24/2014

Odessa at Modern Bride was very helpful and she calmed my nerves and made dress shopping fun. I highly recommend this vendor, ask for Odessa!

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jcreynolds0405
Wedding: 10/3/2015
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Excellent!!! posted 7/24/2014

Yesterday I was swept off my feet the second time this year! (First being the proposal!!) Modern Bride was my first and only stop to trying on wedding gowns. Ashley helped me find my perfect dress. She answered all of my questions, went through all the important steps of the contract and overall made me, my mother and future mother-in-law feel right at home. It has been an amazing experience and I cannot wait for my dress to come in!!
I would highly recommend Ashley to guide any bride through the dress process. She is easy going and fun and makes the process easy! Thank you so much Ashley and Modern Bride!

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sarah3132
Wedding: 6/26/2014
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Hayes/Sullivan posted 7/22/2014

Great dress shop!

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megancbrockett
Wedding: 7/17/2015
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Very Enjoyable Experience! posted 7/21/2014

I went last week to pick out my dress for my wedding next year! I was a little nervous about shopping because of places I had been for friends before that were busy and chaotic. This place was the complete opposite. It was very relaxed and calm. I had an idea in mind, but wanted to try out other dresses too. Odessa was very helpful. I told her what dress I wanted, then she went and picked that out and set up a dressing room then gave me time to browse. She also helped pick out some similiar styles as well. She was not pushy at all, as I would have expected a bridal shop to be, just was there as I needed her. She even brought over a mannequin with the color suit the groom will be wearing, so that I could see what my dress looked like next to that color! I was also very impressed that Odessa sent a thank-you note for follow up the next day. Great customer service! I can't wait to go back for my first fitting and will definitely be shopping there for the groomsmen as well!

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sadmrf814
Wedding: 5/30/2015
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A Truly Great Experience posted 7/16/2014

I had such a great experience buying my wedding dress here! I highly recommend Modern Bride to all Brides looking for their wedding dress! Courtney was amazing as well! She was very helpful and found me the dress of my dreams!

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Maja2Maja
Wedding: 6/6/2015
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Amazing! posted 7/8/2014

I was helped by Ashley at Modern Bride. She was absolutely wonderful! She made me feel so comfortable through out the entire process and at no point did I feel pressured to make a purchase. She listened to what I had in mind and picked out the perfect dress for me! The selection at Modern Bride is wonderful and they have a little bit of everything! Thank you so much for all of your help and I can't wait to wear my beautiful dress!

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sjohnsick88
Wedding: 6/21/2014
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wedding dress posted 7/6/2014

I used Modern Bride for my wedding dress. It was my first shop and after going to Davids Bridal and Marry and Tux, I went with Modern Bride. They are all very professional and take time with each person and don't rush you. My dress was a Maggie Sottero and fit perfectly. I had several fittings and was pleased with how the dress and bustle came out.

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celticcait
Wedding: 6/14/2014
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By far the most welcoming, accommodating, and personal bridal shop I have ever been to, and that is saying allot. It was a party picking out my dress; no stress, they are willing to work in whatever price range you want (mine was on the very conservative side) and found my dream dress with all the specifications I had asked for. I fell in love with its look-alike in a different shop for $1500 and this dress was better, although almost identical, for $200. Thank you Modern Bride!! I will definitely be steering all my sisters and friends your way!

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katie0405
Wedding: 9/27/2014
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Made choosing the dress EASY posted 6/27/2014

Looking for a wedding dress felt like an overwhelming task until I came to Modern Bride. I had gone to one other dress shop which was too fancy for me and I was feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. Walking in to Modern Bride I was immediately greeted and told to hit the racks and look for dresses that I wanted to try on. Odessa was my sales associate and I can't say enough great things about her! She knew how to step in when I needed her, but also let me (and my family) pick out dresses on our own (even if she knew they weren't my style).

Once I had narrowed down my style, Odessa helped to pull other dresses that were similar and within my price range. It was such a hard choice to choose a dress and I didn't feel ANY pressure with Odessa. She asked me what I didn't like about the dress and I couldn't think of anything-which meant it was the one! She helped to make me feel comfortable and beautiful in everything that I tried on!

Last night I went back for my 1st fitting and was immediately greeted by Odessa again! I couldn't believe that she remembered who I was! She was so helpful again getting me into my dress and answering the millions of questions that I had! I can't wait to go back to have my final fitting because I know that it will be perfect!

Thank you Modern Bride for making this process so easy, being so helpful, and keeping my stress level down!

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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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