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I went to the 2nd street location and had a terrible experience. I had an appt, but when we arrived they acted flustered and surprised to see me. They asked me 3 times what my wedding date was after having me right it down on the summary sheet, so it was obvious they weren't paying attention and there was no one else in the store! They asked me what I was looking for, I said mermaid, strapless with a sweetheart neckline, and mentioned a designer line that I liked the style of (Watters) I was quickly told that all of the dresses they carry are exclusive to Wedding Gallery so they did not carry any designer or other lines. They wouldn't let me or my party even look at their selection of dresses, they would bring them to us in the backroom to try on and "go from there". After I told them I wanted the strapless mermaid look, they came back with 4 options. Not a single one was strapless or mermaid! They put an a-line dress on me, and when I told them I wish it was fitted more around the knee to hug my curves better (like a MERMAID dress) they tried to pin and clip the A-Line into a mermaid style shape! If I'm going to spend $2000 on your mystery designer dress, I don't want to spend another 1000 on alterations basically making it into a completely different dress! On top of that, all of the dresses had an 8 month lead time! They were advertising a black friday sale that ran most of the month of November, but apparently it is only valid the day you shop. I felt so pressured, awkward, and miserable in the dresses they were picking, after the 4th incredibly obvious failure my party and I just told them we liked that one so we could get out of the store without causing a scene. Also - it wasn't until after we got there and filled out the summary sheet that ALL of the dresses at that location start at $1200. No one mentioned that on the phone, nor is it listed on the website. Any dresses under $1200 are only at the Frenchtown or St Louis locations.
I had an amazing experience at The Wedding Gallery. I got the very best customer service from my bridal consultant, Claudette. I wasn't sure on what style/fabrics I really wanted, but I knew what I didn't like. After trying on several styles we figured out what I was really looking for. From there she really went out of her way to find everything I was looking for in my dream dress. The owner, Nagwa, even stepped in because she has an impeccable imagination and eye for things and could really invisison what I was saying. I had two appoinments at The Wedding Gallery and on my second visit I not omly bought my dream dress, but me and my mom left the store in tears because Nagwa was able to give me and my fiancé a dream homeymoon to Hawaii. I am getting married thia fall 2015 and Im esgerly waiting for my dress to come in in my size! I will never forget the day when I said "yes to the dress" and I can not wait to say "I Do" next.
The Wedding Gallery has two locations. I would give 5 stars to the location on 2nd St. This is their outlet location and I was VERY happy with the sales person and the dress she suggested. It is stunning and beautiful.
It is the Clark St. location, where they do the fittings and control the rest of the experience, that is the problem.
I ordered a bolero the day I purchased my dress. I was told it was something they normally had in stock in several sizes but they had run out. They were just putting an order in and made sure my size would be included. Since this was normally a stock item, it would be in the store by the time of my fitting.
I went for my fitting and the bolero wasn't in. I was assured it would arrive by the second fitting. I just got back from my second fitting and the bolero still isn't in. I was given every excuse possible. First I was told I scheduled my appointment early. I had been told to get in right away for a fitting since there wasn't a lot of time. I bought the dress on July 5, which is when I ordered the bolero. My wedding is on Oct. 3. I got in for my first fitting on July 7 and gave the seamstress as much time as she wanted.
So then I was told they were doing a special rush for me. It was pointed out in the contract that orders of GOWNS take 4-5 months. They have my wedding date in their paperwork. Obviously, they knew I didn't have 4-5 months. I was never told it would be a rush order. And, besides, this isn't a gown.
Then I was told it was a special order. Again, pointing to the contract...which said, "on order". NOT a special order. It's a regularly stocked jacket.
If you don't want to worry about your dress being ready in time, and don't want to deal with being given excuse after excuse, don't go to the Wedding Gallery. If you want help picking out a great dress last-season dress at a great price, go to the 2nd St shop and find your own seamstress to do the alterations.
I'm so in love w my dress. The staff was so helpful.
I went to their 2nd St location which is mostly sample sale dresses and prom. The service was amazing and my large group was given complete attention that made the whole experience a lot of fun. Not to mention I bought a beautiful off the rack dress that fit perfectly and was more than half off it's retail.
Firstly, the Wedding Gallery in St. Charles is that there are two locations separated by bridal budgets. The one location features special occasion dresses & simplistic wedding styles downstairs in addition to couture wedding gowns upstairs. The other location is fully dedicated to wedding dresses for the average bride and I believe most fittings take place at this location too. There was a bit of mix-up about my appointment back in March 2013, but before long I was in the upstairs dressing room with the owner, Nagwa, my Mother & my Aunt excited to find my perfect dress.
The second thing you want to know is that Nagwa is THE BEST person you could ask to work with in regard to finding the right wedding dress for the biggest day of your life. She is the cutest little Egyptian lady with a discerning eye and is NOT afraid to say what she is thinking. While not every bride can handle such honest input from a stranger, I am telling you – you will thank her for it later. She sees what you see and if she doesn’t see it, she knows how to get you to stop seeing it. Trust me to trust her.
The last thing you should know about the Wedding Gallery is Nagwa’s hand-picked team. I never thought in a million years I would rely on a group of strangers, individually & collectively, to keep my life together the week of my wedding. But, they did. Long story short – the couture dress I purchased was a one-of-a-kind, exclusive to the Wedding Gallery. Featuring large English tulle floral appliques with centers of pearl & crystal beads and other details including eyelash lace, a modified sweetheart neckline, and Alecon lace accents – my dress was HEAVY & hot and Denver seamstresses refused to alter it. I cannot thank three special ladies enough for keeping me together when I suddenly thought I needed a different dress three days before my wedding day! Ty, Ngoc & Claudette, I owe you one! I am excited to use your dress preservation company to oogle it for years to come!
This place was awful!!!!! I drove a half hour away to come here and I got there a little early so they took me in a little early, my appointment was at 1pm. I guess I wasn't spending enough money there for them so after 30 minutes, they told me my time was up because they had more brides coming in. She wouldn't get my any variety of dress at all and was stuck on the fact that my budget was 1k or under. Terrible, terrible!! I would never recommend this place to anyone!!
This place is absolutely horrible. I am surprised they are still in business as I have heard others compliants similiar to mine. I was made to feel as if I couldn't afford what they had to offer. The lead sales manager, Lisa, insulted by friend with me asking if she was my mother. I called to complain and received a call back from the lead sales manager, Lisa. She openly admitted to being RUDE to us. Made the situation worse. The store is trying to become conture, funny..good luck with that.
I purchased my gorgeous dress from here. The staff was great and very helpful and friendly! I loved the fact that its a wedding dress store only. They really made me feel like a bride!
ALTERATIONS WERE EXPENSIVE & NOT ALL BEADING/LOOSE THREADS WERE REPAIRED
AS PROMISED. SELECTION OF GOWNS WAS GREAT. SOME STAFF CORDIAL WHILE OTHERS WERE NOT. DIFFICULT GETTING A HUMAN WHEN STORE(S) WERE CALLED.
They were horrible! They actually told me that I personally couldn't try a destination wedding dress on because I wasn't having a destination wedding. They were extremely rude especially after they knew I purchased the dress and they were not very accommodating for appointments. I would never go back there and they charge you for every detail. They also told me that my dress could come in a Sweetheart neckline and when I got my dress back the alteration department said that it couldn't and that she would have to put a stitch in there and bunch my neckline down into a sweetheart which i was extremely upset about.
I cannot imagine why there are people rating the Wedding Gallery so low. I have been there so many times they know me by name (me, my sister, and best friend are all getting married). When I was going dress shopping with my sister, I found a dress that I fell in love with (even though I already had a wedding dress-- 2 actually...). I went back and described the dress and Paige was able to find it for me. With my wedding being so close, I was pretty sure that a new dress would not be an option. However, Nagua (sp?), the owner, has a close relationship with many designers, including the one for my dress. She made one call and my dress was in within three weeks. I ended up getting my veil there too and it is gorgeous as well.
They are very busy many times and the space is a bit tight on Saturdays but I have had nothing but a positive experience. My best friend ended up getting her dress there as well-- also a positive experience. They are very helpful and kind. I am considering getting my alterations done there too. If I do, I will update my post. :-)
I would highly recommend this store to anyone! The dresses and accessories are unlike any you will find elsewhere.
I could not have found the more perfect wedding dress at The Wedding Gallery! The alteration services were incredible. I had such a positive experience with my seamstress. She truly wanted my dress
to be perfect for my special day. I highly recommend The Wedding Gallery!
AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL!!!! I tried on a dress that was out of my budget. Of course fell in love with it. The 'old' blonde/grey haired boss lady walked out of the fitting area and called someone came back stating "This must be your dress and your lucky day, because it is discontinued, and we can give it to you for $800" I look the dress over because it had a few things wrong, and she said they will FIX anything wrong with it (makeup stain, loops that were busted, blah blah) I purchased the dress on their "layaway" WHEN I WENT SHOPPING FOR BRIDESMAID DRESSES, I SEEN THE SAME DRESS, ASKED THE BRIDAL SHOP IF IT WAS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AND THEY SAID IT JUST CAME OUT!!!! AND IT WAS ONLY $925 BRAND NEW!!!! Because I had already paid 500 towards the dress and had the thought they would fix it like new I just continued to keep paying, because this was the dress I wanted. I Just picked it up - was told they CANNOT do the alterations due to being to full (my wedding is in 6 months!!), and WILL NOT fix the dress - and because I had signed an "as is" receipt I don't have a leg to stand on!!! These people will do ANYTHING to get you to spend money!! Please DO NOT TRUST THEM!!! I have a dress that I have to spend another 300$ on to have it fixed by someone else, and will now be spending more ON A FLOOR SAMPLE than had I just bought the new one from the other TRUTHFUL bridal store!
I got a beautiful dress for a very reasonable price. The shop on 5th street may be small, but the dresses are beautiful.
I was quite happy with the Wedding Gallery and their services. The staff was very helpful in finding my dress and dresses for my bridesmaids and all were an affordable price.
I had to push a little for flexibility with times for alterations and fittings because I live out of town and was only able to come for fittings on weekends but they worked with me and my schedule.
Had to make several requests for beading and such to be repaired as promised... slight push back but remained good with the agreement and all was repaired.
The woman who does the bustling is excellent - she worked with me on exactly how I wanted the back of my dress to look when bustled to still be able to see/enjoy all of the details on the back and it was beautiful. Many compliments on the bustle! She incorporated both traditional and french bustling to accomplish the look.
The owner is very nice and is a great business person - she was accommodating and helpful and was genuinely happy to see me happy with my dress!