Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bridesmaid dress shopping.......

On Saturday we went bridesmaid dress shopping in Toronto.  We went to this store, as that and one other store have just opened in Canada.  Dd made an appointment and completed a profile, etc, etc.  Being the type "A" personality she is, she had printed out the dresses and made notes of whether they were available in Canada in the particular colour she wanted them in etc, etc.

Now I will say I made fun of her with her colour co-ordinated notes, but it turned out to be a blessing, as the lady assigned to us was useless and not in a good mood.  She had no idea what the colour was that dd had chosen.  She was only going to let the girls try on a couple of dresses at first.  Despite dd making an appointment and telling them there would be three girls, they had only assigned us one changing room.  We made a fuss and got another changing room.  As although two of the girls were pretty familiar with one another, this was the first time that they had met the third girl.

The place was heaving, I mean really, really busy.  We stood and waited ages for the lady to get the alterations lady to make sure they could take in the dresses where needed.  There is a bit of pleating on the bodice and we wanted to make sure if there were to be alterations there that it wouldn't look strange.

It turned out the three girls fell in love with all the same dress, as dd didn't mind if they all wore different style dresses as long as they were all the same colour and length.  It suits all three of them, despite them all being different body types.  It is very flattering to all of them.

I am NOT allowed to tell you much other than they are long.  She was going to go short at first for them, and she had initially picked out the wine colour (I think that was it), but that has all changed including the colour.

One thing I will say for anyone shopping on that site, the colour swatches online are not a true likeness of the actual colour.  Also due to the terrible customer service we received, dd has decided not to buy her wedding dress at that store, so that woman ended up losing another sale because of her attitude.

Along with dd and the three girls, dd future mother-in-law also came with us, and we all had lunch together before the appointment and coffee together after the appointment.  A good time was had by all, and it was an interesting experience and nothing like "Say Yes To The Dress!!"

Oh and by the way, it takes 14 weeks for these dresses to come in.......so dd is thinking she should go wedding dress shopping sooner rather than later!!! 

12 comments:

Valerie said...

I don't like the sound of that store. You need efficiency when shopping for wedding outfits. I wonder if the management knows about that saleswoman's attitude?

ladyfi said...

Always fun to go shopping for a lovely event, but such a shame the attitude spoilt it all...

Piece by Piece said...

When my gd1 was shopping for her wedding last year we went to David's bridal in Port Huron Mi. its only an hours drive from me, and the sales people there were fantastic and we had a great time. Gd1 got all of her bridal party dresses there, plus the prices were fantastic. Sounds as if you have got a good start even if the saleslady was not much help.
Patricia

letthismindbeinyou said...

Sounds like you all had a full day, too bad for the lady's attitude. Wine sounds like a beautiful color. Can't wait to see the dresses! :D

Rose said...

You have the same way of dealing with people that I do...if I don't like their service, I don't go back. But it sounds like you did have fun, even with dealing with her.

Karine said...

My friends recently went wedding dress shopping with a friend of theirs and they had horrible customer service too. I often hear of grumpy saleswomen in bridal shops, but it can't be an easy place to work since wedding dress shopping can be a very emotional experience! No excuse though, they should be able to deal with it if they're going to be working there! Hooray for everyone liking the same dress though, that's brilliant!

Scrappy quilter said...

Glad you had a nice time and that all 3 girls are happy with the dress choice. The store doesn't sound all that it was too helpful though. I think I'd complain to the management. Hugs

John Gray said...

with my dress sense I cannot comment at all!
nice to catch up!

Jake said...

Would be glad to come and help declutter, I actually really enjoy doing it.

WOW crappy advert for David's!!
Saw my GF mother of bride dress and the bridesmaaids' dresses last night at Stag and Doe. They are really pretty.
You really should complain about the saleswoman. And I agree, I wouldn't be going back either.
It's amazing that these places don'tr ealize that when people have a bad experience they are very happy to tell everyone about it.

angela said...

I cant wait to see the photos now. I dont think I like the shop assistants attitude. I would definately be writing to complain.

Star said...

It's getting interesting. It can also get stressful. I remember going into that shop here in Knoxville last year, when I was looking for an outfit for my son David's wedding. We were the only people in there so we got lots of attention. However, it was about a 14 week wait for the chosen outfit to come back and I couldn't wait that long because I was returning to England before then. In the end I went to Penney's.

Josie said...

what a shame about that horrible shop assistant,I would make a complaint but glad everyone chose lovely dresses in the end.
I'm sure it's going to be a lovely day.

Josie x