This is not your typical bridal parlor or salon, so if you go in expecting it to be, you will be disappointed. However, I was COMPLETELY DELIGHTED and here's why:
This is a SAMPLE store. You have to be able to fit in a typical sample dress s...
ize (I'm a street size 8-10, and I was still able to fit in at least 5 of the dresses I picked out). The dresses on the racks are the ones that are sold, so they ask that you don't remove them from the racks yourself. There are no appointments, so I would avoid going on a weekend.
I had been dress shopping twice when I found this place suggested on a website geared toward eco-friendly brides. If you buy a sample, you're not having a whole other dress made, so it cuts down on waste. I also found out that it had won several awards (see side bar)!
My mom and I arrived on a Tuesday afternoon and the two consultants working were busy with brides in the back. Veronica came to the front to greet us shortly after we came in. She explained that there would be a wait, signed us in, gave us our clips, and left us to browse.
They give you a bag of 8 plastic clips to pin on the hangers of the dresses you want to try. The dresses are arranged by style, which I found incredibly helpful, since I had a style in mind but was not particular about the designer. Each dress is clearly marked with the designer, size, retail price, and selling price. All of the dresses are in impeccable condition. They don't have alterations in-house, but they recommend two seamstresses in the area whom they have been working with since they opened, and who are both very experienced with sample dresses and down-sizing.
I clipped my dresses, waited about 10 minutes, and Veronica came back to tell me she was going to start pulling my dresses. As she took them from the racks, a bride that had walked in a few minutes after us said she wanted to try one of my dresses on. I offered to try that one on first so she could try it if I didn't like it. Lucky for her, it didn't fit me!
TIP: if there are brides in front of you, ask to see their "no"s. The dress I bought was the previous bride's second choice, but she ended up buying a different dress. I'm super glad I asked to look at the ones she didn't want!
Veronica was incredibly professional and kind, attentive to detail, and didn't put on any pressure for me to make a decision. I felt like she genuinely wanted me to be excited about how I looked and felt in my perfect dress. I had really not planned to make a decision that day, especially since my wedding is still a ways away. Lucky for me, my mom was with me and was in a position to buy me my dream dress right then and there. I'm sure it also helped that it was half the budget she had given me!
Still, if you're in the "just looking" phase, I don't recommend coming here. Instead, wait until you're ready to buy, otherwise you might be setting yourself up for some serious heartbreak. There are no holds and no duplicates, and they get new dresses in every day (I saw a shipment come in when I was there). The dress you love will probably not be there the next day, and definitely not the next month. However, if you know what you want and are ready to commit, you can find some amazing deals here. My dress was 30% off the retail price, but we also saw a Vera Wang that retails for over $10K being sold for less than $5K. I couldn't recommend Glamour Closet more for the economical, easy-going bride.