*DO NOT WORK WITH DRESS ALTERER THERESA*
My first time trying on wedding dresses was with Linda and I couldn't have had a better experience. She gave great pointers and made the whole experience so wonderful. After going to other bridal shops, ...
we all thought Linda provided the best experience. While I didn't find my dress there....I wish I would have thought to have her order my dress I wanted to give her the business!
My only caution I would put out is to NOT work with Theresa. She does dress alterations out of Linda's bridal. I repeat *DO NOT WORK WITH DRESS ALTERER THERESA*
If you want more detail here is what happened to me:
I gave her my dress in March and two weeks before the wedding in August she had not touched my dress and had completely forgotten things we had discussed in our initial appointment. She also tried to make me wear pads and taller shoes to cut down on alterations. She makes it sound like she is saving you money, but in actuality it is $30 dollars or less to take in some of things she was trying to make me pad. I didn't notice how wrong this was until I went to someone else...who made me feel beautiful just the way I was and said she would make the dress fit ME, not make me fit the dress. Also, during my appointment she told me that my dress was "off the rack" even though it wasn't and that she had a bride that "made me look like a horse" She spent most of our two appointments talking about all her other clients, rather than making it a moment about me and my dress (which again I didn't noticed until I had a different experience).
Beyond those negative parts of the experience, two weeks before my wedding she said she couldn't do my dress. She blamed in on my mom expressing concern. But I was there when my mom talked with Theresa and she asked my mom three times what was wrong, then my mom told her she was concerned whether she was going to get the dress done. She had cancelled appointments on us, and had completely forgotten things I wanted done to the dress (like adding straps). After this conversations, Theresa said she would get the dress done in three days if not sooner and told us not to worry. But instead the next night she texted that she was giving me my dress back and would not do the alterations. Again, she had my dress in March and it was now end of July and two weeks before my wedding. After talking with other people who have used her and had her mess up their dresses or get them done last minute I am glad I ended up going to someone else. But this did place some unneeded stress on my day.
I ended up using Yen and P and Y Fashions in Butte and she is AMAZING and gave me the experience any bride deserves. Night and day from my experiences prior. While many Helena girls may not want to drive to Butte (I had to find an alter who was willing to do my dress in a week and a half due to Theresa cancelling on me) I would highly encourage you to find someone else besides Theresa. I have some further recommendations if you want to reach out to me, I just had not used them personally.
P.S. Butte has natural babies breath everywhere...so it ended up working out amazing for me for my wedding decorations! So if you want to get your dress done and get babies breath for your ceremony..!