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On WeddingWire since 2010

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.

Services Offered

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.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

What are your price ranges for full-priced wedding gowns?

$1,000 - $2,499
$2,500 - $3,999
$4,000 - $6,499
$6,500 - $7,999
$8,000+

What are your price ranges for full-priced suits and tuxedos?

$500 - $999
$1,000 - $1,999
$2,000+

What are your price ranges for suit and tuxedo rentals?

$200 - $299
$300+

How do you price dress alterations?

By Piece
Flat Fee

Who do you provide services for?

Bride
Bridesmaids
Father of the Bride
Father of the Groom
Groom
Groomsmen
Mother of the Bride
Mother of the Groom

Which of the following services do you provide?

Alterations
Appointments Only
Cleaning
Full Customization
Preservation
Rentals
Trunk Shows

Which of the following items do you offer?

Bridal Belts
Hair Accessories
Jewelry
Plus Size Gowns
Sample Gowns
Veils

What is the average turnaround time for a bridal gown?

6-8 months
9-11 months
12+ months

How often do you receive new bridal gowns?

Monthly
Seasonally
Weekly

What is your return policy?

Final Sales
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Reviews of Van Cleve

4.7 out of 5 rating
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
4.7 out of 5 rating
360 Reviews
95% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.7 out of 5 rating
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Melissa B. Sent on 03/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Caroline was wonderful!!

First let me start with how stunning this store is. I had previously shopped for a wedding dress and fell in love with one particular dress at another store. Their sales approach made me feel like I was rushed and I didn’t feel confident saying yes to the dress at the time. I decided to contact Van Cleve since they carry the same dress and was connected with Caroline. I expressed this to her and explained I wanted to try on some more dresses to be confident in my decision. Caroline was absolutely AMAZING. She made me feel so comfortable, she pulled gorgeous dresses for me, she gave honest and helpful input on each dress and how it looked on my body. I ended up choosing the dress I went there with the intent to try on again. She took her time, showed an interest in my relationship, wedding, and wanted me to feel beautiful and confident with my choice on my big day. She made me feel confident in their ability to alter my dress perfectly and was so knowledgeable about the entire process. At one point she walked in with the most gorgeous Veil for my dress that I fell in love instantly. She was a gift from god because I needed her kindness and warmth to say yes to my dress. I couldn’t be happier with my experience and would recommend this store and Caroline to everyone I know! 10/10 experience.
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Dana A. Sent on 12/30/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Couldn’t have been a better experience!

Van Cleve was my first and only bridal shop I visited and it was the best experience! I worked with Caroline, who was AMAZING! She was so kind and friendly. She really made the process fun and not overwhelming at all. I would definitely recommend Van Cleve and Caroline to other brides!!
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Ali S. Sent on 11/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

I said YES!

I started my wedding dress search with recommendations from friends and family, and Van Cleve Bridal was one of them! They were able to schedule an appointment for me within the same week, which was a pleasant and appreciated surprise given the high demand and booked calendars of anything wedding these days. They were extremely accommodating, personable, and invested from the start, taking the time to speak with me prior to the appointment to get a better idea of what I was looking for, and my personal stylist, Caroline, was beyond amazing – she helped me say YES to the dress! I really did not expect to walk out with a dress, especially on the first go, but sure enough Caroline was able to take my dream and make it into a reality. I couldn’t be happier and more excited for the big day – thank you, Caroline and Van Cleve Bridal!
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Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
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Real Weddings

Ryan & Megan
30 photos · 11/11/2023
Nicholas & Julia
33 photos · 10/27/2023
Leslie & Matthew
71 photos · 09/22/2023
Drew & Danielle
38 photos · 08/12/2023
Stefanie & Christopher
27 photos · 05/06/2023
Joey & Caitie
42 photos · 12/17/2022

Professional Network & Endorsements

4 Endorsements
Campli Photography Campli Photography Wedding Photographers

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!

Alexandria Catherine Events Alexandria Catherine Events Wedding Planners

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.

Paper Rock Scissors Paper Rock Scissors Wedding Invitations

Van Cleve offers wonderful dresses for the discerning bride. They carry an excellent variety and their service is top notch.

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