Positively a Wonderful Shop. I took my good friend to Charlotte's to try on wedding dresses for many reasons. The shop is conveniently located, been in business for many years and for the positive referrals I received. What I found was more than convenience and location makes this a fabulous place to find a wedding dress. All my referrals were right on. After setting up an appointment the day before, we walked in and were immediately greeted by two staff people. The front area was clean, uncluttered and pleasing to the eye. We were escorted to a private spacious room with nice natural lighting. Our consultant, Tanida asked the bride to be several questions and proceeded to get an idea of something she might like. She left the room for a couple of minutes and came back with four or five dresses. All were beautiful on my friend but she still wanted to try on more. No problem for Tanida who gave us her complete and undivided attention. She came back with more (several times over) dresses until my friend found one she fell in love with. We were shocked by the price not because it was high but because we thought it would cost so much more.Tanida was very patient and helpful. I appreciated her skill and knowledge of gowns and their designers. Since then, I made several calls to Charlotte's and received excellent service from everyone I spoke with. Not only does Charlotte's carry gowns, they carry a huge selection of bridesmaid dresses and accessories. They also assist with tuxedo rentals. I would definitely recommend Charlotte's Weddings and More for wedding gowns and other special event dresses.
Wow, citysearch reviewers can be cruel..
Ok. So I take these reviews quite seriously, and I must say, ouch. Would you say these things directly to the owner of a small business? I used to own a small business, and it is a grueling, life-consuming thing. Trying to please every last person that walks in your door... that's a challenge to say the least. The people at Charlotte's give their everything to make your wedding day special. Don't want to remove your shoes? Then don't. You can still shop there, and they won't even turn you away. But consider something: Would you like your brand new wedding gown to already get dirt on it the day you try it on for the first time? These things are not willy-nilly decisions. This place has been in business for a very long time, and they really know bridal. They know how to offer you a great selection at a reasonable price-point. They know how to get all your bridesmaids dresses in the same dye-lot. They know how to get your dress in on-time, even if you're wedding is coming up quick. They know how to make you look beautiful, even if you only have a little money. If you give them a chance, they can amaze you.
I wish I would have purchased my wedding gown here. (Maybe next time ;)
Don't spend your money here!!. I went to this horrible bridal shop because co-workers and friends recommended it but it was a bad decision! This place is horrible. When I first walked in with my bridesmaids, the staff didn't even greet us with a "hello" but rather an order to take off our shoes. They said it was because they didn't want to stain their carpet (which is an ugly hunter green color from the 80s!) and because brides walk out to the lobby in the wedding gowns. Well, while we were there, we saw NO brides walking in the lobby in their weddings gowns and we saw this lady (who must of been the owner because she looked so stressed out and kept telling people what to do) walking around in her heels! What nerve...to expect customers to not wear their shoes but yet their own staff do??! I also had an appointment but they where 10 minutes late in starting it , which is fine, but that left me with LESS time to try on gowns and I arrived early! My bridesmaids also tried on some dresses (which we saw at other shops for cheaper!). We asked the staff person to get some shoes for us to wear with the dresses and it seemed as though she brought in the most expensive shoes she could find. These shoes were over $160 per pair! Plus the bridesmaids would have to pay extra to have them dyed! In this economy, I don't think shops should mark up their merchandise so much. Plus, some of the gowns I tried on were marked up more than others I saw at different stores. The staff that helped us was completly ignorant on the dresses, products and options. She constantly left the room to ask someone else the questions we were asking her. After this visit, I told my friends and co-workers of my bad experience and they regretted that they suggested Charlotte's. Don't go here unless you want to be ignored, waste your time, and spend more money for the same dresses/gowns at other places. I won't go back or recommend them to anyone!
Low pressure dresses at reasonable prices. Charlotte's is a great place to go if you are looking for a beautiful gown that doesn't cost thousands of dollars! I had a wonderful experience with Melissa. The first time I went in, she asked me about what I was looking for, what I WASN'T looking for, my price range, etc. Then, she went off to pick out some dresses for me according to my specifications. I was a little nervous, but she came back with a handful of dresses that were JUST what I was looking for! She talked me through everything until I found "the one." Everyone there was always cheerful and attentive. There was never any pressure or snobbiness! :)
BRIDAL SHOP FROM HELL. I am in my best friend's wedding and the bridal party ordered our brides maid dresses from this shop, and we were treated horrible! First of all the the dresses were way over priced, and they DO NOT know how to measure people. My dress along with the entire bridal party's dresses were WAY to big, my dress was ordered at least two sizes too big, it was falling off of me. They measured me and told me what size to order. they also had said that the dresses were very easy to alter if it needed it anywhere (which in the end were a pain in the butt to alter because of all of the wiring) . Once the dresses got here they didn't not fit anyone, and when we called and complained about the dresses the manger told us that "it was our problem" and that for more money we could use their seamstress. We took the dresses to other professionals and they had to work very hard to get the dresses to look good and the other seamstress told us "these dresses should just have been a couple of sizes smaller in the first place". If you choose to use this shop make sure that you ask questions and clarify everything with them first. Horrible horrible customer service and the dresses went that great either, we could have got the same thing at a different store for half of the price.
a great stress-free experience.
I found my dress here with the assistance of Rene, who is a wonderful bridal consultant who was very happy to help us. She was very friendly from the start, and seemed genuinely interested in helping me find my gown by asking a lot of questions about what things I liked and didn't like. She brought in a variety of dresses, both dresses that she knew I'd like, and things that she thought would look good on me but slightly different from my preferences, which was great because I ended up trying on a lot of different things and found what I really did like! Another awesome thing is they provide bustiers for you to try on under the dress that help slim down the tummy (sure helped me look better in my dress!).
They offer private rooms for your party (we had 4 girls) to get more comfy. This is nice since it means you wouldn't have to waddle out of the fitting rooms in a dress to be seen by strangers you're not comfortable with. However, there's no curtains or anything in the rooms, so if you're not comfortable changing in front of your girls, that may be a problem. The pricing was definitely unbeatable. there happened to be a sample sale and I was able to buy my dress for 50% off!!! A friend who went with me fell in love with the store, and 2 weeks later, we went back to look for her wedding dress. She was also helped by the same friendly consultant who also helped her find her dream dress.
I'm not sure why there were so many negative reviews about this place. I absolutely loved my experience with Charlotte's and would recommend this boutique to any bride to be.
I visited Charlotte's 3 times when looking for my wedding gown. I had a great experience every time. I bought my wedding dress in California, as I had to move there for work for 4 months in the middle of wedding planning, but would have bought from Charlotte's if I could have. We did get the bridesmaid dresses and the men's suits at Charlotte's and had great results. They even ordered me a swatch so I could match other wedding stuff to the girl's dresses.
They have a great selection on wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, MOB dresses and tons of veils! You have a whole room to yourself, so you don't have to waddle out in front of a bunch of people you don't know with an ill-fitting dress on. Also, I noticed they have a good lot of "modest" dresses if you are looking for something like that.
I have heard that they are under new ownership, but I haven't heard if that is a good or bad thing...
Great shopping experience. Every consultant is there to make sure the bride finds "the gown" They kept in touch with me a number of times while I was waiting for my gown to ship just to let me know it's approximate arrival date. I even made a change on my gown but after ordering wanted to change it back and it was no problem. They were happy to do it. And their prices are great! I would highly recommend shopping for your wedding gown here.
Great end to a long day of dress shopping....
I visited 3 shops on this particular day, as I am from out of town and knew I would be ordering my dress in pdx. Charlottes was my last stop and I was pretty frustrated by the time I got there. It was so nice to have a private room where I was able to show pictures of what I was looking for to the associate who immediatly started bringing dresses that fit my tastes along with a few she thought I might like - she had one in mind that was being used in another room and if it had been avalible she would have probably nailed it the first dress but we tried on a bunch while we were waiting. Once we found the dress she was well versed in what the designer could/could not do and got the order all written up. Since my wedding has a short lead time we added a rush and I have complete faith that Charlottes will follow through. Thanks for easing this brides mind and helping here find the perfect dress....
There are a lot of shops in town, if you are the looking for something above David's Bridal and are looking for a good experience then Charlottes is your place. The other nice thing was that all the other places had size 14 dresses and didn't know how to clamp, Charlottes had a lot of smaller dress so you can really see how it is going to look and they know how to use the clamps...
THE PERFECT EXPERIENCE.
I have experienced Charlotte's Weddings and More from every perspective. I have been a Bride, a Maid of Honor, a bridesmaid, a supportive friend, and a knowlegable helper. I have referred many of my family members, friends, and acquaintances to seek out Charlotte’s. Their customer service is always stellar. Their selection is always superb, and the prices are always just right!! Don't waste your time thinking you're getting a good deal at David's Bridal. You will get the gown of your dreams and the experience of a lifetime going to Charlotte's.
*just a side note: they ask you to take off your shoes in an effort to keep the gowns as clean as possible. I think it makes sense.
**Also, call for an appointment - they have private rooms that you will love, but that means you should call ahead.
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