Van Cleve is a wedding dress boutique located in Paoli, Pennsylvania. Priding themselves on extraordinary customer service, this store's knowledgeable and experienced stylists strive to find the perfect wedding dress for every client. Owner Deborah Van Cleve started this company as an accessories boutique and slowly expanded to include sportswear and formal wear. In 2008, she expanded the business once more to add a wedding section.
To offer their clients a taste of luxury, Van Cleve offers consultations and a private suite while they search for their dream dress. Featuring designers like Sareh Nouri, Caroline Castigliano, Martina Liana, Pronovias, and many more, the business carries an impressive assortment of beautiful gowns. While dresses are their expertise, they can also assist in picking out belts, jewelry, and hair accessories. Other services include dress alterations, customizations, cleaning, and preservation. Van Cleve houses a number of stylish options for both bridesmaids and mothers of the couple as well.
293 Reviews for Van Cleve
Recommended by 94% of couples
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Frederica B. · Getting married on 06/10/2023
Wedding Dress Shop That Actually Cares About You
I had an unbelievable experience at Van Cleve. The store is beautiful, the staff is welcoming, and the experience is wonderful.Sent on 11/06/2020
I recently had an appointment there, in search for a wedding dress with my best friend, mom and aunt. I truly cannot speak more highly of our experience with Nancy. During my first appointment I did not find the “one,” but I learned so much from Nancy about wedding dresses, the searching process, and wedding planning in general through her shared knowledge, compassion, and expertise. From fabrics and styles, to using those pins so well and getting creative about dresses… she knew it all.
This was my first wedding dress shopping experience. From start to finish, and even in this strange COVID world, she made me feel comfortable, informed, and beautiful. I’ve always been fearful of pushy bridal stylists and she was quite seriously the opposite. In fact, I wanted to buy a dress simply to support what a great help she was. Weeks later, she followed up with me to let me know there would be a trunk show coming that she thought I might like. She shared photos and videos of dresses that fit the style I had been eyeing. Ultimately, I went back and "said yes" to one of these dresses.
Weddings can be stressful and COVID seems to make all aspects of planning even strange and more stressful. Nancy made this experience feel special and generally… so much more fun. She's incredible and you will love shopping and trying on dresses at Van Cleve!
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Katie · Getting married on 05/05/2024
My stylist, Shelly, was amazing!! I was looking for a very particular dress, and she successfully helped me find it! Her experience and wisdom made me confident in her advice and gave me the extra push I needed to say yes to the dress! An amazing experience from start to finish!Sent on 01/29/2021
Van Cleve's reply:Thank you so much Katie! I had a wonderful time helping you find your gown!! Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help!!
Jenna · Getting married on 07/07/2023
Go see Shelly!
I had the best experience at Van Cleve Bridal! I had been to a few other bridal shops in the Philadelphia area and this one is by far the best. The boutique itself is elegant, welcoming, and very clean. I was working with Shelly who was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! She was unlike any other consultant I had before in the best way possible, and I felt like she had known me for years. After trying a few dresses that I had picked from the floor, she went and picked out THE ONE. I swear she has a sixth sense. In all honesty, I had given up on the "the perfect dress" feeling because I had left so many other bridal shops disappointed by both the experience and the dresses themselves. I seriously cannot recommend Van Cleve enough, and if you have a chance to work with Shelly please do! I can't wait to go back to do my fittings and find the perfect accessories! Thank you all so much!Sent on 10/10/2020
Van Cleve's reply:Jenna, thank you so much for your kind words! You have no idea how much it means to hear!! It was such a pleasure to help you find your dream gown. You look so absolutely stunning in your gown, all of us at Van Cleve were marveling over how perfect it was for you. I can't wait to help you find your accessories when you are ready!! Please let me know if there is anything I can do to assist you as you plan your big day!!
Every year more and more of our brides are choosing Van Cleve Pavilion as their wedding gown salon of choice, and we know why. Start with a beautifully appointed store, and a wide selection of designers. Add to that a staff who is knowledgeable and nice! Van Cleve is a home run!
If I have a bride on the Main Line, I send her to Deborah and her knowledgable staff at Van Cleve. Not only do they offer the most beautiful selection of gowns, but they are constantly working as a team to stay educated on the latest trends, to scour the shows for innovate designs to bring to their clients and offer an unparalleled experience to everyone who steps through their doors.
Van Cleve offers wonderful dresses for the discerning bride. They carry an excellent variety and their service is top notch.