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Bridal Salon: Brides by Demetrios
Troy, Mich.
Customer Service Grade: A-
Alterations Grade: B-
Customer Service and Selection: A-

All in all – I had a good experience at Brides by Demetrios.  They had a broad selection.  Their salespeople didn’t try and doll me up like a cupcake with then trendy gowns – and they listened to what I liked and disliked and had me try on a ton of dresses that fit with my tastes, not their own.   (Check out my original post about them in October 2008).  My salesperson was easy going and helpful. 

They were among the salons that had some negative customer service reviews, but I didn’t have that experience.  They are a busier salon because they’re open on Saturday’s and Sunday’s.  I think it’s important to think about the time you go and try not to go at a peak time because we all know it can get crazy when several brides are trying on gowns at any salon.  So, make an appointment!  

They are reasonably priced and often have sales.  And, I asked what kind of discount I could get if I paid for my dress and veil in full at the time I purchased.  They gave me a 20 percent discount.  I thought it was a deal!

 Alterations: B-
Demetrios also had some bad reviews when it came to alterations.  My thinking was – you only really hear about the bad reviews as opposed to the good reviews.  And, if there was any issue with alterations, the salon could resolve the issue and get me a new dress if need be, right quick.  I didn’t want to take the chance and go some where else and not have the salon liable.  Since I was having some more complex alterations, I stuck with them.

 Price – I had heard alterations were pricey at Demetrios.  And, yes.  They were.  Alterations were almost half the cost of my dress!  I almost died!  But at that point when it’s so close to the wedding, you don’t care.  I just decided to drink a Bloody Mary afterwards and not worry about it. 

My one complaint about my dress alterations was that the seamstress didn’t want to take in my dress as much as I wanted.  And for me that was unnerving.  I know me.  I am a realistic individual and had NO intention of looking like I had been stuffed in my dress and had it sewed on the day of.  I just knew the longer I wore my dress, the looser it became, so I wanted her to take it in to account for that.  Understandably, she was worried that I would pop a seam.  But as I suspected, on my wedding day, I found my dress to be looser and less form fitting that I wanted. 

Also, I wasn’t entirely happy with the overall alterations.  I wanted it to fit and feel better than it did.

Here’s a pic of my dress on the model.  Overall – I was happy with my experience at Demetrios and I’d definitely add them to your bridal salon hit list.

Demetrios: 248-637-0620

Original Gown: Demetrois by Brides

For the last few days… I’ve had my dress on my mind.   And, for the first time since I saw it, I’ve  been having doubts.   I want an old hollywood glam dress and I’ve been unsure if the one – I already bought and paid for- was The One.  And, to make matter’s worse,  I’ve been having strange dreams about my gown not being finished on my wedding day.  So, needless to say, I’ve been worried.   

Well, I ordered my dress back in October, so I was expecting to hear from Demetrios later next month.  Coincidentally, just as I was thinking about my dress, I got a call telling me it’s in and has been for the last couple days!   I scheduled an appointment the very next day…  I even had them pull the one I was thinking might be the better gown.

So, of course I had my mom meet me there… Well, when I put my brand new fitted gown on, it didn’t look like I had envisioned it.  The sample gown I orginially tried on was a size 16, so we had to cinch that bad boy into place.  And this made-to-order gown didn’t hit where I thought it would.  Disappointed.  I took it off to try the other one on. 

When I put that one on, it definitely was NOT the one!  I liked that it was a little more hollywood glam-esk, but NOPE not the one.  Then, I tried on my gown again and Kaleen (Demetrios’ fabulous assistant) cinched a little here, a little there, and va-va-va-voom it was PERFECT!!! 

My mom said the dress reminded her of a barbie doll she had when she was a kid… Vintage Barbie in the Spot Light!  While, the dress is different from this, and I’m going for a stark white as opposed to a sultry black, I see the similarities.  If this isn’t old Hollywood glam, I don’t know what is!  Thanks Barbie!

(Source: Jeanscollectibles.com) Ok, so my dress doesn't look exactly like this... I'm more simple than all the glitter and the tutu puff on the bottom... But you get my point, right?

 

 

I don’t think I ever mentioned that I bought my dress!   I actually found it at Brides by Demetrios in Troy,  back in October.   It was my first and last day of dress shopping… (I really didn’t like dress shopping… there’s sooo many to choose from and there’s some really ugly – I’m talking UGLY ones out there.)  After hitting four or five salons, Demetrios was the last appointment of the day.  Everything I had tried on earlier was just ok.  And I was thinking, is this how it’s going to be?   Are my expectations too high?

Every weekend, Brides by Demetrios will have some sort of sale.  Don't be afraid to ask what kind of deal you can get!

Every weekend, Brides by Demetrios will have some sort of sale. Don't be afraid to ask what kind of deal you can get! The dress on the far right is the same as the dress below.

But, at Demetrios, I found several dresses that took my breath away.  And every time I tried on the next I was like, this could be it!  But, the moment I put on The One and the assistant cinched it into place, I just knew!  I literally sashayed out of the dressing room and my mom immediately teared up!  There was no doubt about it…. Funny, the dress was something that looked AWFUL on the rack.

Brides by Demetrios in Troy, Mich: I know from reading the Knot Detroit Message boards that Demetrios in Troy is hit or miss for service.  I personally had a fantastic experience!  Jackie took care of me and was wonderful and honest.   She also recommended dresses to me that I would have otherwise poo-pooed!    I suggest making an appointment with Jackie and going on any other day than Saturday.  Unlike many other Metro Detroit Bridal salons, they’re open on Sundays.  If Saturday is your only option, make a 4 p.m. appointment – there should be less chaos later in the day!  Purchasing Tip: You can always get a deal at Brides by Demetrios.  Like asking for 20 percent off the gown and veil if you pay in full.  Every weekend they have different deals.  And, if you register with them at a bridal show, you’ll get some sort of discounted coupon.

Because my wonderful fiance reads my blog, I will not be posting THE dress, but here’s the other two I was  considering…

Brides by Demetrios style 900 .  I love the trumpet style dresses.  And, never in a million years would I have considered lace, but it's so gorgeous.

Brides by Demetrios style 900 . I love the trumpet style dresses. And, never in a million years would I have considered lace, but it's so gorgeous.

Question:  How come they pose the bride model in such a way it detracts from the dress?  I don’t get it!  And, why do some bride models have outrageous hair and make-up?  I know fashion is fashion, but still… Come on!

Brides by Demetrios style 125. I would ditch the jacket and the hair! This image doesn't give the dress justice... And, the bride model's kinda scary!

Brides by Demetrios style 125. I would ditch the jacket and the hair! This image doesn't give the dress justice... And, the bride model's kinda scary!

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