I should have read the reviews first!
First and foremost to start out the consultation the person who helped me never even introduced herself to me, and completely ignored my maid of honor sister (whom I introduced - hoping to also get a name out of her). Nothing. No courtesy there what so ever. Then when I showed her my folder that contained pictures of the styles I liked - I was then told about 'how they were the typical cookie cutter styles' - and then haughtily replied that they could 'possibly' do something along those lines, but not with all the beadwork (after all, 'these dresses are made here in California, and not made in China with cheap materials, and cheap labor'). There were many other issues, one being they are not prepared for "larger" brides, yes, I am considered 'larger' by their standards ( I guess I should be happy that she didn't call me fat, but 'larger'). Another was the price. After trying on the first dress - a basic taffeta, I asked about the price. She said it was 2700. Yup - - 2700 - for a plain dress with no beading. I told her about my budget and she went to look at the books and basically came back and said the cheapest she would be able to do for any dress of 'my size' would be 1900, (a dress that wouldn't be similar to any of the style ideas I brought in) but with alterations it would be 2300. Needless to say - after having 2 men doing odd jobs around the store and having me come out to the mirror with a dress that didn't even cover a portion of my backside - the price, and the whole ambiance and dinginess of the store - - - I left after that first dress.
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On one note - I realize I could have asked about how much their dress price range was at the time of making the appt - but I had no idea that the cheapest dress for a size 14 gown would be 2300 before tax (and whatever else that could be tacked onto the price after the fact). After going to another salon - and seeing how it SHOULD be, I just had to sign up and let other brides know my experience.