About this Vendor
Designing Dreams...Making Memories!
The Bridal Connection is Iowa's only "Veteran" owned Bridal Salon and travel agency "All About Romance Travel" We are Iowa's only true "One-Stop-shop! We represent the finest bridal designers and provide quality of service and a warm smile. Call Today! 515-964-5683
I had the best experience at The Bridal Connection. I called two days before I wanted to go look at dresses, and they had no problem getting me in. Once I got there, Laurie made it so easy for me. I gave her an idea of what I wanted and she already had several in mind. Most bridal salons pick the dresses for you; however, Laurie let me pick a few that I wanted to try on. I love that I was the one that picked MY dress. She found the perfect veil and I was in tears. I found the perfect dress, and had a blast doing it! The owner is so nice and when I finally said 'yes to the dress', there were lots of hugs to go around. The staff makes you feel like you belong there. I would highly recommend The Bridal Connection, and I was definitely recommend Laurie!
Kelsey is amazingReviewed on 3/19/2015 Ross F
The Bridal Connection was the second of three stores that I visited in the same day. From the moment I stepped through the door I knew this place was special. The ambiance in the shop is so calm and inviting and the staff was very friendly. I worked with Kelsey who asked me a few questions about my wedding plans and what I wanted in a dress. She picked out a few dresses for me and let me search through the racks for ones that caught my eye. She helped me try on all the dresses and explained all the important aspects of the dress process. She was so kind and helpful and patient as I went through piles of dresses. She picked out a dress that I never would have selected for myself, but I couldn't make a decision so I moved onto the next store. I couldn't stop thinking about Kelsey's dress pick or her service so I rushed back later that day and asked to see the dress again. During the second trip, the boutique owner was present and she made such an impression that we bought the dress on the spot. I couldn't have my dress altered there because we moved to another state, but they made sure to order the dress in the right size and gave great advice on what to look for in a tailor. The ladies at the Bridal Connection made this such a wonderful experience that I will recommend them to anyone who is looking for formal wear! Thank you!
FantasticReviewed on 12/20/2014 renee b
I have to say, The Bridal Connection is hands down the best bridal store I have ever visited! The store itself is absolutely beautiful and the staff went above and beyond to make sure they had a happy client with me. Not only did I get my bridal gown there, we also got bridesmaid dresses and tuxes for our guys! Our wedding was perfect and much of that has to do with the Bridal Connection! Thank you Lara and the rest of the Bridal Connection for all of you help!
I was really struggling to find the dress I had in mind. I walked into the bridal connection and I believe it was the owner who created me. She listened so carefully to what I had in mind...which ibreally appreciated. Then she went thruogh their enormous inventory and picked out 3 dresses to try on. They were exactly what I was looking for...simple and beautiful. The seamstress did an impeccable job of taking the train off, taking the fluff out from inside the skirt and hemming the delicate fabric. I was on the verge of settling on a dress...I'm grateful to the Bridal Connection's staff for finding the perfect dress!
She said yes to the dress!! Absolutely AMAZING experience! We had an appt at another bridal store earlier in the day and had a terrible experience! The minute we walked into the Bridal Connection we were treated great! Bailey was awesome and she really took the time to talk with my daughter to find out not only about the type of dress she was looking for but about her! She was so patient and helpful! We loved that we got to look at all the dresses on the racks and pick ones we liked! Our appt was at the end of the day but we never felt rushed and EVERYONE was so nice! I am so happy my daughter got to have the experience she deserved in finding the perfect dress!
Great to experience from start to finishReviewed on 1/20/2016 Susan S
My mom and I enjoyed our experience bridal dress shopping at Bridal Connection. Everyone was so helpful from start to finish. I was able to find 3 dresses I loved. The girls helped me decide on the perfect dress. Alterations were easy schedule and very responsive to my requests. My dress fit beautifully and was one of a kind!
Perfect in every wayReviewed on 9/28/2015 Jayne M
I am not a fan of shopping so I was reluctant to go dress shopping for my big day. I waited longer than recommended but Bridal Connection was first on the list of places to check out. Out of all the places we visited, Bridal Connection was far superior in every way. The atmosphere, the staff, the product...I can't say enough great things. The very first dress we spotted ended up being "the one" and I can't be more happy with my choice. It was the perfect dress for our big day and I am more than happy to share with others where I got it!
Great experienceReviewed on 8/06/2015 Nicole R
I got my wedding dress here. Everything was done on time and I had now worries my dress would be perfect for the day
I had an amazing experience at The Bridal Connection. The atmosphere of the store is beautiful and you feel very comfortable from when you walk in the door. All of the staff is super friendly and helpful! My consultant Stevi was amazing from the beginning and made me feel great!
Don't RecommendReviewed on 1/08/2015 Taylor M
I went to Bridal Connection after getting a secret card from them at a bridal fair. I went and actually found my dress. They didn't pressure me to buy every dress I tried on which was nice. It went downhill from there. I was getting married 13 months later, so I took the dress with me, as you have to pay extra to hold it for over a year. They told me to bring it back a few days before the wedding so they could steam it and then I was supposed to have them show us how to bustle it then too. I called to schedule that and told them my zipper needed fixed. I was told to bring it in the Monday before my wedding (Wed.) and they would steam and fix the zipper(~$120-- surprise!). Great. I thought about it and decided I wanted to try it on again before the wedding because the hook and eye they fixed before had broken again and I wanted to make sure the zipper would hold. They told me there's no way they can do all that two days before the wedding anyway and I needed to bring it up now. So I did. I scheduled an appointment to come try it on with the new zipper. I get there and try it on and ask them to show us how to bustle it. There was no bustle in it. [Apparently wedding gowns don't always come with bustles in them, but they way the sales girl talked mine was ready to go with it in. I was also never asked if I wanted one put in, so assumed it was there. I'm a first time bride so I'm not familiar with wedding gowns...] So there goes another $85 to get that put in. They said they'd get it put in first thing Monday morning and it'd be ready to go by 3pm. My friend gets there to pick it up and she has to wait a ridiculous amount of time. I go to get in my dress on my wedding day and find they had sewn the two sides of my dress together while putting in the bustle (which amounted to putting in 4 strings...). Just what every bride wants to happen!! I also purchased a fur shawl for outside pictures. I wore it for about 15 minutes and then the clasp fell off. To add to my frustration with Bridal Connection, the dress started losing buttons before the reception even started. Poor quality at a high price. Look elsewhere!!
wonderful!Reviewed on 11/03/2014
I had an amazing experience! Unlike other places they are very personal and only help you. I cannot thank the staff at bridal connections enough for helping me find my dress!
start to finishReviewed on 10/30/2014 Breanna K
I had the most wonderful time START TO FINISH at the Bridal Connection! I felt like family and was always greated by the same handful of helpful consultants. I was always handed off to the specialists in each department so that I was always informed by the most educated person! From saying yes to my perfect dress, custom fittings, tuxes, maids and everything in between! I received helpful hints each step of the way, even the best way to go the that restroom in my dress! I would choose bridal connection again and again if I could!
Fantastic Service!Reviewed on 7/07/2014 Lauren E
We looked at a few bridal stores, but Bridal Connection felt different from the beginning. Lots of space and great selection of gowns to try on and the staff treated us like we were the only people in the store. We didn't feel rushed and felt like they listened to what I was looking for. Once we had chosen the gown, the alterations department went above and beyond to make sure the ruching and fit was just right. They even stayed later to make alterations so we wouldn't have to drive back another night. Would recommend Bridal Connection to any future brides!
Wonderful buying experience!Reviewed on 6/11/2014 McKenzee F
The whole experience from walking in and being greeted by a sign with my name on it, and then two super friendly professional women helped me. The showroom with the dresses was very clean and easy to shop compared to the other shops In Des Moines. Stevie was super sweet and helped me pick out 5-6 dresses that all were gorgeous and flattering. Lara gave a few suggestions as well and it led me to my Bridal gown! I am so excited and it couldn't be anymore perfect! The service was unbelievable and matched by an amazing gown by Justin Alexander! Well done Bridal connection!
GORGEOUS place and friendly staffReviewed on 6/01/2014 Tricia W
I loved my experience at The Bridal Connection. It was my first stop for trying on dresses and my consultant was amazing! She was very knowledgeable in design and fabrics and stayed true to my budget. I had the best day and I had amazing alterations!
Great Dress ExperienceReviewed on 2/21/2014 Rachael H
Had a great expereince with this dress vendor. They worked with me through multiple fittings and even rushed a final alteration the week before flying out for our destination wedding.
Dream DressReviewed on 11/22/2013 Cassidy W
I loved my experience and my dress turned out perfect. They created a heart out of my Grandfather's ties and sewed it into my dress and it was perfect. Very helpful and encouraging.
Great place to shop!Reviewed on 10/30/2013 Sara W
From start to finish, the staff was great! I felt taken care of and knew that I was getting the best advice and suggestions available. They also did my alterations on kind of short notice, and they turned out great!
Dream DressReviewed on 10/08/2013 Emily R
I found my dream dress almost a year before my actual wedding (long engagement). They were so great about letting me come in anytime to try on the dress and their alteration woman is fantastic!! They worked magic on my dress to transform it from a gorgeous dress to one that was a perfect fit for my body and personality!
Thanks!Reviewed on 7/29/2013 Rhonda L
My day was perfect!
Wedding Dress & Bridesmaid DressesReviewed on 7/18/2013 Erin S
We went here for my wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses and they were so helpful. They helped me find the perfect shade of light pink for the dresses and did a great job with ordering everything on time. Their shop is stunning inside with all the new demo that just happened this year. It is easy to look through the dresses and the consultants were really nice and friendly every time I went in to try on my gown. I could not have been happier with my experience with The Bridal Connection!
Alterations are outrageous!Reviewed on 7/02/2013 Tricia B
They had my dream dress in stock, but I was disappointed in the cost & quality of my alterations. If I would have got my wedding dress altered at the boutique my bridesmaids bought their dresses I could have saved a lot!
Brides Across AmericaReviewed on 6/17/2013 Jenny M
Lara and her staff were so kind to me when I came in last year for the Brides Across America event. They were instrumental in picking out the right dress for me. The dress made me special and even designed by the owner herself. The staff was great in choosing headpieces that matched my dress.
Be cautiousReviewed on 5/27/2013 Samantha F
I got my dresses and bridesmaids dresses here. I took my dress in to see what needed to be done for alterations. They took my dress before I could agree to anything then told me I had to pay. They are overpriced anyway for their dresses and charge another arm and leg on top for any alterations. Every time I went in there, there was always someone else having an issue with them which really worried me at the beginning of the process (should've seen that as a red flag!). I also waited a minimum of 45 minutes for each of my 3 SCHEDULED fittings. The dresses turned out beautiful, thank goodness, but I would never suggest people waste their money or time there.
deteriorating service.Reviewed on 5/17/2013 Erin P
I bought my wedding gown and belt over 8 months before my wedding. When finding a dress, we got right in and had great service. When we returned to pick them up a few weeks later, we waited for over half an hour for anyone to even talk to us. Then we were told that the belt haden't arrived yet and that a garment bag was NOT included. Now it is less than 2 monthes before the wedding, and I didn't hear about my belt until I left a nasty message on the manager's voice mail. Only to get a call back that said it's still not available for pick up, when I was promised it would be shipped to me. At this point, I would have rather paid more for the same dress somewhere else.