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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

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I think this is such a genius idea and I can’t believe I hadn’t heard it before.  Being that there are some beautiful bridesmaids dresses out there, check them out in either white or ivory.  Talk about a deal.  It never occured to me that a bridesmaid dress was an undercover bridal dress!  Check this post out from Vintage Glam.  They suggest Watters & Watters and I second the notion.  They’ve got some stellar, jaw-dropping gowns…

This One Could Rival My Dress
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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?

 

 

As always, I’ve been scrounging around for the latest deals!  Here’s the latest on wedding dresses!

Maria’s Bridal – Rochester, Mich.
Located in downtown Rochester, Maria’s Bridal is a small family-owned bridal salon with a large collection of gowns.  They pride themselves on customer service – I had a fantastic experience – they’re honest and open!  They feature several designer collections and are the exclusive distributor (in Michigan) of Couture Bridal by Elma Reis and Yolanda Couture.  Be sure to make an appointment!

SALE:
From now November 1, until December 31, 2008, they are having a huge holiday bridal gown sale:

  • 10 percent off new bridal gowns under $2500.
  • 15 percent off bridal gowns over $2500.
  • 95 percent of their more than 400 sample gowns are on sale.  They start at $250.
  • 75 percent off select veils and tiaras.
  • Sale on off-the-rack more than 300 bridesmaid dresses, starting at $25.

Contact: (248) 637-0620

Roma Sposa – Birmingham, Mich.
Roma Sposa is a small upscale boutique located in downtown Birmingham.  They carriy premiere American, Canadian, French, Italian and Puerto Rican deisgners, most of which can’t be found in other bridal salons.  Be sure to make an appointment.  They also have many designer trunk shows

SALE:

  • Evening Wear Sale Thanksgiving weekend – Nov. 28-29
  • Bridal gown sale: Either the first or second weekend in December. 

TIP: They said you can always get a sample gown for a discounted price.  There doesnt need to be a sale to get a deal on these!

Contact: (248) 723-4300

Demetrios Bride – Troy Mich.
Demetrios is located in Troy, right on the border of Birmingham.  I absolutely loved the customer service here and how honest and helpful they were.  They have the widest and most versatile collections I’ve seen. 

SALE:
On Nov. 7-9, they are having their biggest trunk show of the year, where they will showcase 2009 dresses.  You can get 15 – 20 percent bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and all bridal accessories.   Be sure to make an appointment!

TIP:  Basically, every weekend they offer some sort of sale.  Don’t hesitate to ask what they are!  Also, they give out 20 percent off coupons (on your entire purchase) at bridal shows in which they participate.

Contact: (248) 637-0620

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