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  • D
    We arrived and were greeted by the only employee we ever saw.  After a few minutes where she (the employee) brought dresses to a different side of the store I was asked to sign in by filling out a piece of paper work with my contact information.  I asked for my grooms information, my facebook information, and my parents information if they were involved.  It also asked what my budget for dresses was.  While I did this the others with me looked at dresses.  We were told we could use a back room, which had a large mirror and several hooks to hang the dresses, and a small changing room with one small mirror.  The salesperson showed me the different colors the various brands came in, and how different dresses could be similar but fit different body types.  Then she left us alone.  We pulled at least ten dresses and my sister (the bridesmaid) began trying them on.      After the first dress I asked for clips.  The sales person was sitting at the front desk talking to some people who had some in, but didn't appear to be shopping (maybe waiting on someone?).  She said they had clips but weren't very good.  She have me two, and she was right, they were weak.  We then tried on all the other gowns.  As my sister tried on the last dress I found a catalog and me and my friend began to look at it.  We asked what my sister thought of one shoulder dresses, and were informed they made her look funny, and she didn't like them.  With in seconds the sales person brought in a one shoulder dress and said "here is one with one shoulder if you want to try it".  That is when we asked for catalogs for the different brands, and left.  The sales person asked what dresses we liked the best, so she could at least write that down.      All said and done we were not there more than 45 minutes. Since I live in Columbia and it takes nearly an hour to drive to Tipton, it wasn't worth our time.  It shop floor is crowded with dresses, and you have to be careful not to run into other people, or a dress stand.
    - Katie H.
  • A
    I had an appointment to look at wedding dresses.  At first I was slightly put out when we (my mother, sister and I) arrived on time, but the person who was to work with us was making phone calls.  Another person came up and talked to us a bit, and after maybe 5 or 10 minutes the consultant was ready.  Once we were in a dressing room I had her complete attention.  We looked over some pages from magazines I had brought with me, looked at pictures I had from other visits to bridal shops, and talked about what I did and did not want in a wedding dress.  She asked questions such as how did I want to look, what were my concerns.  When talked about price we said we wanted to keep the cost under $1,000.  She said we could do that, but said if there was a dress 100 dollars over that she felt she would be doing us a disservice not to at least show it to us.  She also mentioned there was one for 1200 she thought might work, and asked if we wanted to see it.  We said if it was The Dress that would be ok, but other wise no.  It was decided she would bring it in, but not tell us which one it was.      The consultant, her name was Ann, left and brought back 7 or 8 gowns.  We looked at them all, and she had me pick out my top 3 or 4, and we started with those.  With each dress she asked how I felt, what I did and did not like, and gave her honest opinion.  Her comments were helpful, statements like: that makes you look unbalanced, or the off-white looks better on your skin than the pure white.  I never felt pressured, and when I rejected a gown she would happily move on to the next.  Towards the end she said she wanted to put me back in my top pick (the first one I tried on).  She asked if I had thought about a veil, and said there was one made to match the dress.  I put them on together and we looked it over again.  One thing I didn't like was the way it would bustle.  Ann showed us how there is an alternative way to tuck the skirt where instead of buttoning it up onto the outside of the dress it buttons up under and the entire dress looks like it has been hemmed not to drag.  Then she said "lets talk about this dress" and explained how much it was, a little about how it was made, and if I choose this dress they would order it.  I know at this point from comments from Ann, my sister and my mother they all liked the dress and we all agreed it was by far the best we had seen anywhere.  But I always felt like if I said no and wanted to keep looking Ann would help me find something else.  Finally she asked if that was The dress, and I said yes.      After that Ann went to get paperwork to order the dress, and take my measurements.  My sister went to pull bridesmaid dresses.  We then asked if we could take a few photos of the dress (at this point I had taken it off and dressed in my own clothes). We were given permission and my sister given a smaller bridesmaid room to use.  Usually they do not allow pictures of any of the dresses.  When we were done I got the feeling our time had run over (we were there for over two and a half hours), but were never pressured to leave.  My mother did paperwork to put down a deposit while my sister tried on dresses.  We left with a receipt and told they would call the day the dress came in.      This is the third shop I went to.  If I were to give advice to another bride looking a dresses I would say to look in magazines for an idea of what you want, and go some where like David's bridal to try things on and take pictures, to see what looks good on you.  Then go here to get the dress.  It was clear from the very start the dresses in this shop are of a higher quality than those found at David's bridal, and the attention you receive is more personal, and professional.  Ann clearly knew what she was doing, and knew what would and would not work on my body.  She also knew how to get my to communicate with her, so she knew what would suit my personality.
    - Katie H.
  • A
    We arrived and were greeted by one person.  She took down basic information, looked up the dresses I had written down from the stores web site, and discusses my budget and location.  She then summarized everything for the consultant.  We were given a tour of the store and shown a dressing room with chairs near by.  I had to use a corset type undergarment and long slip to try the dresses on. One drawback was the corset top was not comfortable, and I had to have help with the snaps.  These are uncomfortable, but helped the dresses fit correctly (and probably helped keep them clean).  I showed the consultant pictures I had pulled from a magazine, and we talked about styles I liked and didn't like.  She pulled many gowns and gave my sister and mother catalogs of what the store had to offer.  The manager also came by to check on us, and helped pull gowns as well. At the end we saw a gown in a catalogs and I liked it better than anything else I had tried on.  We tried different ways to wear a veil, without hiding the back of the dress.  We did not buy the dress because I was no in love with it, and there were pieces that looked cheap, such as the seams being very visible.  The consultant wrote down the dresses I liked, and offered to make another appointment for me to come back and try things on again.  There was NO pressure to buy that day.  The consultant I worked with was very personable, talked with me easily, and knew what she was doing.  I believe she would have brought me every dress in the store if I had asked. 
    One thing I didn't like was part way into my appointment another bride showed up, and the consultant worked with both of us.  This meant her attention was split.  This is also about the time the manager came by and began to help.  For me it wasn't a big deal because we weren't waiting for her to return with dresses more than a few minutes, and my mother and sister had no problems helping me in and out of dresses.  My sister would also help me pose with the dresses, flaring out the skirt and such.  They let us take as many pictures as we liked.
    - Katie H.
  • C
    I went to The Gown House to look for a wedding dress for myself. I had a handful of photos pulled from a magazine with an idea of what I thought looked pretty, and lists of what I wanted and did not want. The looked everything over and asked about my budget (max 700) and said she had some ideas. She was very nice, and polite the entire time. I tried on two of the first three dresses, and decided the shape was too much for my frame. Then I went our and looked at dresses with my mom and sister while the assistant pulled gowns. She showed me a tea length, which I liked everything about except the length. My mother and sister and myself pulled several gowns, and I went back to the room with five. There seems to be a limit on how many gowns allowed in the room at a time. I loved the top on two of them, but not the rest of the skirt. After trying on the others (which I didn't like) I asked where we went from there. I was told "we can make one more sweep of the store if you like...." but had the impression I wouldn't find anything I liked with in my price range, but was welcome to look and keep tryingon dresses. I left with the information on the two dresses that I liked the top of (but did not like the skirts of).  I was there for about one hour. 
    I rated that I would use this provider again, but only because having been once I have a better idea of what I want.  I wouldn't recommend it to someone who hasn't tried on wedding dresses before.  They might be a good place to get prom or bridesmaids dreses, and they seems to have a wide selection of those as well.
    - Katie H.
  • A
    I picked out a wedding dress for my daughter during their big sale. I had a good experience with them.
    - James P.
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