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First of all, I'm sorry it's taken me so long to write this review! I came to Bella Rosa in April and had an absolutely AMAZING experience. The consultant who helped me, Erin, really knew exactly what questions to ask to get an idea of what it was I was looking for. Their inventory is extensive without being so big as to be overwhelming. And I cannot stress enough how spectacular Erin is. She even hand-drew me pictures of my favorites at the end of the appointment! If I end up getting married on the east coast (pretty much all of the details are still up in the air, except the fiance!), I will definitely be back!
This review is for the Charlottesville shop. I found an ideal dress for me at this shop, but that honestly wasn't the best part. I was somewhat dreading going bridal gown shopping, because I dislike people being extremely pushy about getting me to buy expensive things, and not giving me space to consider, etc. The woman who helped me at Bella Rosa, Kelsey, was exactly the opposite. She was very friendly, helpful, thoughtful, gave some suggestions and tried to match my style and budget (including consulting me before pulling anything even close to my upper limit), and did not make me feel pressured at all. She even suggested other places I could look for accessories rather than trying to push me to buy them at her store! She also gave me probably 15 minutes alone with my fiance once it was clear that I was interested in one of the dresses so we could discuss it. I had not intended to buy a dress at the first shop I went to, but I was overwhelmingly impressed by Kelsey's attitude toward me and my needs/wants. With a different consultant who was pushier, I probably would have backed out and not bought the dress I did. She is wonderful, and I'm really glad I stopped in to Bella Rosa, because I feel like I got the perfect dress and a better experience picking it than I could have hoped for.
Over the weekend I bought my wedding dress at Bella Rosa Bridal in Richmond! I was visiting my parents in VA from NYC. I have been to other bridal salons in NYC and with no luck decided to go on a spur of the moment shopping trip. I was definitely not expecting to find my gown this weekend, especially since my wedding is a year and a half away! Erin was so helpful and pleasant. She let me go around the salon and pick the dresses I wanted to try on (which is not allowed in most NYC salons). She helped me put on each dress I wanted to try and let me go out into the salon to look at the dress in the large mirror to decide if I liked the dress or not. After trying on about 4 gowns, I found a beautiful Caroline Castigliano gown that was perfect (that had just been taken off of display that day!) I wanted to change some small details on the dress that I needed my wedding gown to have, and Erin ran around the salon to get example scalloped lace to replace the edges of the bottom and the top of the dress which will be done during alterations. Even after the slight changes I had to think about it and made an appointment for the next day. When I arrived the next day, Erin had the gown waiting in the dressing room for me with the scalloped lace. I tried it on again and I had to say yes!! Erin was amazing and did everything she could to make sure the dress was exactly what I wanted my gown to be. She even gave me pricing for the alterations that I wanted to have done, a vail that I fell in love with, and contacted another designer to get pricing for an organza sash that I needed to have from another dress I tried on! She was knowledgable and made me feel welcomed without being overwhelming or pushy. Everyone at the salon was very pleasant and welcoming. I would highly recommend Erin and Bella Rosa Bridal to any bride looking to find her perfect wedding gown!
The salon at Bella Rosa is beautiful. It makes for a fun and special experience. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. They have a lot of great designers, and a good range of prices. They helped me customize my dress to make it PERFECT. They have also been very accommodating after the purchase process, helping me figure out what accessories will go best with my dress.
I didn't end up purchasing my dress at Bella Rosa only because they didn't have the brand I ended up liking most. HOWEVER, working with Erin was such a great experience. She made me feel like royalty. First off, the store is beautiful and makes you feel like you are in a movie or something. I instantly felt really comfortable and taken care of. Erin was so helpful in showing me dresses that were right along the lines of what I described but also while keeping me in the price range I was looking for. I had 5 people there with me and there was plenty of space for everyone to relax and give their input. It was very spacious. Also, at the end we had narrowed down to two that I liked a lot, and Erin SKETCHED them out on paper and wrote down all of the pricing and style numbers. I was absolutely floored at this detail. Bella Rosa is so professional and an amazing experience that I'm so glad I got to have. I will definitely recommend them to other brides. I went to a few other stores that day, ended up finding my dress elsewhere, but I have to say Bella Rosa was by far the best experience.
Bella Rosa in Charlottesville was a wonderful experience for me. I went with one of my bridesmaids and we had a wonderful experience. Unfortunately, they were a little out of my price range, even their consignment dresses, which was a little disappointing. However, Kelsey did help me find three dresses that were at the upper end of my price range, and one which I absolutely fell in love with. I had already made plans to go to a huge sale at another boutique a few days later so I didn't buy the dress. I then ended up finding an almost identical dress for 1/5 of the price, so I did not end up buying my dress from Bella Rosa, but I was ready to. I would definitely recommend Bella Rosa to a friend because the staff was so caring and really helped me find my dream dress.
The Bella Rosa salon is an elegant and intimate store. The consultants are knowledgeable and experienced, and they will help you try on many dresses without being pushy. They had a wide variety of beautiful gowns. I recommend finding your dress at Bella Rosa!
My bridal consultant, Erin, was very helpful and knowledgable. I did not feel pressured into making a decision and the experience was very pleasant and comfortable.
I had a great experience at Bella Rosa! Camberly, who helped me, was terrific and they had a great selection of dresses in a wide range of prices.. The experience was very enjoyable! Would definitely recommend.
We so appreciate your compliments and the time you spent with us leading up your wedding. Thanks for the kind words and please send us some photos from your big day! Congratulations!
The lady that assisted me was fabulous! She pulled styles that fit my taste perfectly and was able to answer ALL of my questions. If she didn't have the answer she was able to find out and give honest feedback and suggestions on all dresses I tried. Thank you Erin for a wonderful bridal experience.
Bella Rosa had the dress that I had been driving all over Richmond looking for. A Lace, sleeved dress, which was so hard to find. We bought it in January, were told it would arrive in June/July, and we didn't get it until September. My wedding was in October. So that caused panic, but they did a great job getting alterations done quickly in time for my bridal portraits at the end of September. My dress was beautiful, but had many tulle layers that needed a lot of bustles. At my wedding, they kept unhooking and coming undone. All night long we had this problem, and I had a shelf booty in all of my pictures, it looked terrible. So I wasn't happy with the quality of the alterations done on the dress. The bustles were done so poorly that my dress is now ripped all over the back where the hooks were-it's ruined. I'm hoping Bella Rosa will repair the tulle for me. Other than that, it was beautiful!
I have had the pleasure to work with both the Bella Rosa Bridal in Richmond, Virginia, and their location in Charlottesville, VA. At leach location we were met with patient, knowledgable service, who were able to help me find a dress on my second visit, and my mother a MOB dress on her first! My mother has mobility issues, and both locations were understanding and handicap-accessible. We have been so pleased with the service, and wide range of available designers/styles. I can't wait for my first fitting!!
I purchased my dress from Bella Rosa in January 2015, for my wedding September 2015. I worked with Erin, who was fantastic. Erin truly listened to what I wanted, whereas other salons asked what I was looking for, and then brought me whatever dresses they wanted. Erin even let me email her over the course of the 6 months I was waiting to receive my dress, when I was having doubts. She emailed me photos of the belt so that I could buy matching jewelry, and really made me feel valued. Thank you Erin for your kindness, and your great eye for dresses!
However; my complaint about Bella Rosa is this: Bella Rosa's policy is that you can't photograph yourself in any dresses, except a dress you've already purchased. I found "the" dress but needed one night to sleep on it and discuss with my fiance because the dress was above my budget. As an out of town bride, I couldn't come in to the salon the following day to try on the dress a second time and take a picture of myself (I doubt they would have let me do that without another appointment anyway), and since I purchased the dress the day after my appointment over the phone, I had to go 6 months without ANY photos of me in the dress. This led to a HUGE amount of dress regret. I even went dress shopping a second time and found a dress I loved - which I couldn't buy because the dress from Bella Rosa was already above budget.
I ended up with many sleepless nights, and lots of stress and tears because of this. Had Bella Rosa allowed me to take just one photo of me in the dress before I pulled the trigger and purchased, I would have been more secure in my decision and wouldn't have had 6 months of stress and heartache.
On a total whim, I went dress shopping by myself 13 months before my wedding date just to "test out" a few dresses. I never would have thought that I would purchase a dress on my first day of shopping (let alone all by myself without friends/family members' opinions).
I admit that walking into the gorgeous Bella Rosa bridal salon solo was a tad intimidating since I didn't have anyone with me, but the staff really makes you feel welcomed and they put you at ease. I already had a good idea of my ideal wedding dress so it was actually nice to try on dresses without being swayed by a million opinions. My Consultant was very straight-forward and honest about dress styles that would work best for my body/style.
Phyllis was my amazing Consultant and oh my goodness, I'm so happy I ended up with her! She was super professional, kind, incredibly knowledgeable of the dress stock (200+ dresses!), very mindful about my budget, and really listened to what I was looking for. I ended up buying a sample gown at a great price and Bella Rosa was flexible about my payment plan.
With a huge selection of gorgeous dresses, elegant atmosphere, and wonderful staff, Bella Rosa is the creme-de-la-creme of bridal salons in Richmond!
P.S. Don't be afraid to go dress shopping solo! :)
A bit pricey, but worth it! The stylist who helped me found my dress on her first selection through the rack, after I explained what I was looking for. I tried on other dresses, but the first one she gave me was the one! Alterations were pretty expensive, but again worth the quality of work. Communicating via email was harder than by phone, so I would recommend just calling.
Wonderful experience! Phyllis Mullens was wonderful. She made me feel like I was the only bride she had ever worked with. Highly recommend Bella Rosa!
It was wonderful working with you, Emily, and you looked spectacular in your gown! Thank you so much for the kind words and we hope to see you again!