Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Rebuffed: Bridesmaids Dress Search Part 2

Two weekends ago I visited Richmond to see some friends and go bridesmaids dress shopping. We visited 2 different stores and had 2 very different experiences. The first was Jingles. I had called them 3 days prior to our visit to see if we needed an appointment to look at dresses (they were fully booked for appointments because of a trunk show). My friend had tried to prepare us as she had researched them prior to our visit and reported that she'd read comments online that the shop can be a little snobby, even though they have some nice dresses.

The woman who answered told me no, only if I wanted my girls to be measured for their dresses. When we arrived, the first woman who greeted us asked if we had an appointment. I told them about my phone conversation. This first woman was very nice and even apologetic that their dressing rooms were all in use, but she may be able to squeeze us in after a group of girls was finished. I thanked her and we began our browsing. A second woman asked us if we had an appointment, ready to record my answer on her trusy clipboard. I told her the same and she was very rude and said, "Well, we you need an appointment. We're very busy today, with the trunk show and all." I told her we understood and we would be okay just browsing if if need be. A THIRD woman asked us the same question (mind you, the shop is very small and the section with the bridesmaids dresses is right in front of the front desk, so even if you wanted to have a quiet conversation with a potential client, you would still only be standing a maximum of 10 feet away from anyone else in the store! Well, the first one was able to get us into a dressing room 15 minutes before her 2:30 appointment. Between the 3 of us, we were able to try on 7 different dresses in less than 10 minutes. On our way out, we said thank you and let them know that the dressing room was available. We will not be returning.

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Blogger Angel said...

I enjoyed reading your blog and can't help but to laugh. I can relate too and that happened for me also. So now most of the time I more interested online shopping and I'm crazy over to buy great stuffs at Americanbridal.com, they too has a clearance sale and brides can save an Additional 50% OFF our clearance prices and some items are way below their cost.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009 10:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's unfortunate to hear. i've been there a few times and while i did have an appointment on the first time i haven't had one the other times and they've been very accomodating. being that they're so small i understand why they want people to have appointments though. hopefully the other place you went on your visit was Bella Rosa and you had a good experience there.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009 9:34:00 AM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

That is so frustrating, I think everyone can relate to that situation; dealing with snobby store owners is the worst. I love shopping in Richmond though, on CaryStreet there is a lot of cool boutique's depending on what you're looking for. Good luck!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009 10:25:00 AM  
Blogger Vicki T said...

Bummer. Have you been to Bella Rosa. I went there last Spring and was delighted with the service and attention.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009 11:03:00 AM  
Blogger Miss Keswick said...

Thanks gals for all the comments! My next post will be about the marvelous experience I had at Bella Rosa. Sorry I forgot to mention that! The first post just got too long!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009 3:37:00 PM  

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