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Church Street Bridal

Lynchburg , VA

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Lynchburg, VA US

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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
CSB was the first place I tried on dresses. I heard about it during a wine tasting in Virginia near my home.

To be honest, I wasn't really looking forward to getting a dress. I had pretty high expectations of what I wanted, but I knew I did not have the money to get it. I went to CSB with an open mind, but understand that as a larger bride, there may not be a dress that would work for me.

Oh my gosh, it was a great experience. I went on a Saturday right when they opened. They have (I think I remember this correctly) two dressing rooms, and since we got there early, we didn't have to wait, etc. Get there early. I'd suggest if you're far away either getting a hotel in Lynchburg (it's a cute town) or stay in nearby Charlottesville, a larger city (home of the University of Virginia) and a really beautiful/fun town. I live in Charlottesville, so driving down early wasn't a big deal. I brought my sister and mom. My sister helped me try on the dresses. The staff and volunteers were so helpful in selecting dresses and making me feel at ease. They have a pretty good selection of styles and sizes. I did my homework beforehand and checked out their Facebook pages and pictures. I ended up finding the perfect dress (I feel beautiful and like a princess--perfect!) for $400 when it was priced at well over $3000. I also tried on and purchased a veil. So.happy. It's worth the drive if you live far away, and it feels good to know that my money is going to a great cause!
CSB was the first place I tried on dresses. I heard about it during a wine tasting in Virginia near my home.

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CSB was the first place I tried on dresses. I heard about it during a wine tasting in Virginia near my home.

To be honest, I wasn't really looking forward to getting a dress. I had pretty high expectations of what I wanted, but I knew I did not have the money to get it. I went to CSB with an open mind, but understand that as a larger bride, there may not be a dress that would work for me.

Oh my gosh, it was a great experience. I went on a Saturday right when they opened. They have (I think I remember this correctly) two dressing rooms, and since we got there early, we didn't have to wait, etc. Get there early. I'd suggest if you're far away either getting a hotel in Lynchburg (it's a cute town) or stay in nearby Charlottesville, a larger city (home of the University of Virginia) and a really beautiful/fun town. I live in Charlottesville, so driving down early wasn't a big deal. I brought my sister and mom. My sister helped me try on the dresses. The staff and volunteers were so helpful in selecting dresses and making me feel at ease. They have a pretty good selection of styles and sizes. I did my homework beforehand and checked out their Facebook pages and pictures. I ended up finding the perfect dress (I feel beautiful and like a princess--perfect!) for $400 when it was priced at well over $3000. I also tried on and purchased a veil. So.happy. It's worth the drive if you live far away, and it feels good to know that my money is going to a great cause! Read less
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Courtney
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Church Street Bridal was one of the highlights of my wedding planning! Prior to stopping here, i visited several local "bridal" stores in Raleigh, NC. The lower-end stores had some dresses i thought were OK, but nothing that WOWd. The higher-end stores seemed too overpriced for what was offered, but also did not have that WOW. We hit the jackpot at CSB in November 2012. Apparently the bridal seasons change around this time so CSB was getting in more dresses than they could hang on the rack. I found piles of lovely gowns to try on (you can tell the difference in fabric quality with a nice dress immediately!). When i put on my dress i knew it was "the one" - prior to stopping by CSB i thought that feeling was not in the cards. I ended up with a designer dress about 93% off retail. It had a minor snag in one of the organza folds, but otherwise it was beautiful.

If you're thinking about driving out to CSB, just do it! If you find a dress, not only will it be a WOW but the (little) money you do spend will go to a great cause.
Church Street Bridal was one of the highlights of my wedding planning! Prior to stopping here, i visited several local Read more...
Church Street Bridal was one of the highlights of my wedding planning! Prior to stopping here, i visited several local "bridal" stores in Raleigh, NC. The lower-end stores had some dresses i thought were OK, but nothing that WOWd. The higher-end stores seemed too overpriced for what was offered, but also did not have that WOW. We hit the jackpot at CSB in November 2012. Apparently the bridal seasons change around this time so CSB was getting in more dresses than they could hang on the rack. I found piles of lovely gowns to try on (you can tell the difference in fabric quality with a nice dress immediately!). When i put on my dress i knew it was "the one" - prior to stopping by CSB i thought that feeling was not in the cards. I ended up with a designer dress about 93% off retail. It had a minor snag in one of the organza folds, but otherwise it was beautiful.

If you're thinking about driving out to CSB, just do it! If you find a dress, not only will it be a WOW but the (little) money you do spend will go to a great cause. Read less
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Meghan
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Absolutely LOVE this shop! I have made it my personal mission to tell everyone I know about it. I heard about Church St. from one of my bridesmaid's who went to college at Liberty. No appointment needed and personalized service. Not commercialized at all like the rest of the bridal industry. Had a lovely experience here finding my beautiful gown with my Mother who also found her MOB dress there as well. Well worth the drive from Winchester. My gown was only $400 and had an entirely beaded bodice and semi cathedral length train. Other gowns I tried on had an original price tag of $5000 from Kleinfelds! Working with Church St. and The Guilded Thimble was a wonderful experience!
Absolutely LOVE this shop! I have made it my personal mission to tell everyone I know about it. I heard about Church St. Read more...
Absolutely LOVE this shop! I have made it my personal mission to tell everyone I know about it. I heard about Church St. from one of my bridesmaid's who went to college at Liberty. No appointment needed and personalized service. Not commercialized at all like the rest of the bridal industry. Had a lovely experience here finding my beautiful gown with my Mother who also found her MOB dress there as well. Well worth the drive from Winchester. My gown was only $400 and had an entirely beaded bodice and semi cathedral length train. Other gowns I tried on had an original price tag of $5000 from Kleinfelds! Working with Church St. and The Guilded Thimble was a wonderful experience! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Best place to find a wedding dress!!!!! Great deal, you buy off the rack, and it goes to a good cause. I live in DC, but I tell ALL of my friends to make the trip down to Lynchburg to find a dress! We also found two of my bridesmaid's dresses there, and my sister bought her wedding dress there 2 years ago. Love this place!!!
Best place to find a wedding dress!!!!! Great deal, you buy off the rack, and it goes to a good cause. I live in DC, but I Read more...
Best place to find a wedding dress!!!!! Great deal, you buy off the rack, and it goes to a good cause. I live in DC, but I tell ALL of my friends to make the trip down to Lynchburg to find a dress! We also found two of my bridesmaid's dresses there, and my sister bought her wedding dress there 2 years ago. Love this place!!! Read less
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Varian
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Everyone should know about the best kept secret in Virginia!! Gorgeous dresses at incredible prices for a very worthy cause! My dress retailed at Kleinfeld's for $6,000... but I paid $600! In addition to amazing deals, this store is nice because it allows you to shop at your own pace. I perused the dresses and picked out a few to try on, just like I would on a normal shopping excursion. This took a lot of the pressure off. I was able to see all the options on the floor and pick out ones that interested me, then try them on at my own pace. This ultimately led to the purchase of my wedding dress! Be sure to check out the downstairs portion of the store- my mom found her mother-of-the-bride dress there on the same day.
Everyone should know about the best kept secret in Virginia!! Gorgeous dresses at incredible prices for a very worthy Read more...
Everyone should know about the best kept secret in Virginia!! Gorgeous dresses at incredible prices for a very worthy cause! My dress retailed at Kleinfeld's for $6,000... but I paid $600! In addition to amazing deals, this store is nice because it allows you to shop at your own pace. I perused the dresses and picked out a few to try on, just like I would on a normal shopping excursion. This took a lot of the pressure off. I was able to see all the options on the floor and pick out ones that interested me, then try them on at my own pace. This ultimately led to the purchase of my wedding dress! Be sure to check out the downstairs portion of the store- my mom found her mother-of-the-bride dress there on the same day. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.6/5.0
I bought my dress here for a steal from a very nice line of dresses from California. It was satin and probably something that I would not be able to afford full price. You can tell a big difference in quality versus a David's Bridal dress. Many of my guests on my wedding day commented on how beautiful I looked and commented on how beautiful my dress looked.
I bought my dress here for a steal from a very nice line of dresses from California. It was satin and probably something Read more...
I bought my dress here for a steal from a very nice line of dresses from California. It was satin and probably something that I would not be able to afford full price. You can tell a big difference in quality versus a David's Bridal dress. Many of my guests on my wedding day commented on how beautiful I looked and commented on how beautiful my dress looked. Read less
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Betsy
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
After looking in Richmond and thinking I had found my dress, a friend told us about Church Street. We went today and found a Reem Acra gown for $550, the Klienfields tag was $5300! Don't miss this opportunity! I found a dress I couldn't have dreamed of! Also
staff was awesome, and all proceeds go to victims of domestic violence. GO THERE!
After looking in Richmond and thinking I had found my dress, a friend told us about Church Street. We went today and found Read more...
After looking in Richmond and thinking I had found my dress, a friend told us about Church Street. We went today and found a Reem Acra gown for $550, the Klienfields tag was $5300! Don't miss this opportunity! I found a dress I couldn't have dreamed of! Also
staff was awesome, and all proceeds go to victims of domestic violence. GO THERE! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I found my dream gown at Church Street Bridal. I heard about this shop from a friend and decided to check it out. A friend and I made a "girl's day" out of it and traveled 2-3 hours to get to the shop. The shop is a little tricky to find so keep your eyes out for the sign. I had a $1200 budget for my gown initially and found an amazing gown for $250! Be advised that all the gowns are new but most are floor models from other big-name gown shops (they get gowns from stores featured on Say Yes to the Dress). Some gowns may have minor flaws but they all can be fixed for a small cost. My dress had a few beads that needed replaced. My mother-in-law took the dress and re-beaded the entire gown in Swarovski AB crystals. My $250 gown looked like I spent $3000! I couldn't be happier with the shop. I felt great in my gown and also felt amazing about supporting their cause!
I found my dream gown at Church Street Bridal. I heard about this shop from a friend and decided to check it out. A friend Read more...
I found my dream gown at Church Street Bridal. I heard about this shop from a friend and decided to check it out. A friend and I made a "girl's day" out of it and traveled 2-3 hours to get to the shop. The shop is a little tricky to find so keep your eyes out for the sign. I had a $1200 budget for my gown initially and found an amazing gown for $250! Be advised that all the gowns are new but most are floor models from other big-name gown shops (they get gowns from stores featured on Say Yes to the Dress). Some gowns may have minor flaws but they all can be fixed for a small cost. My dress had a few beads that needed replaced. My mother-in-law took the dress and re-beaded the entire gown in Swarovski AB crystals. My $250 gown looked like I spent $3000! I couldn't be happier with the shop. I felt great in my gown and also felt amazing about supporting their cause! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
1/12/2013
5.0/5.0
The YWCA's Church Street Bridal Shop is really a gem for Lynchburg. For anyone who might not know, they have new, designer gowns (Pnina, Alita Graham, Kleinfeld, etc.) donated to them from all across the country, which they in turn sell at a greatly reduced price. All the money they make off of the dresses goes directly to the domestic violence prevention program. I found my dream dress there...a brand new (tags still on) $4,500 Alita Graham dress from Kleinfeld, for only $450! I never in my dreams could have imagined being able to afford, much less owning , a dress from Kleinfeld! Sheila and all the ladies who work there are so sweet and helpful. They have all kinds of different styles in a variety of sizes. I will highly recommend them to anyone!
The YWCA's Church Street Bridal Shop is really a gem for Lynchburg. For anyone who might not know, they have new, designer Read more...
The YWCA's Church Street Bridal Shop is really a gem for Lynchburg. For anyone who might not know, they have new, designer gowns (Pnina, Alita Graham, Kleinfeld, etc.) donated to them from all across the country, which they in turn sell at a greatly reduced price. All the money they make off of the dresses goes directly to the domestic violence prevention program. I found my dream dress there...a brand new (tags still on) $4,500 Alita Graham dress from Kleinfeld, for only $450! I never in my dreams could have imagined being able to afford, much less owning , a dress from Kleinfeld! Sheila and all the ladies who work there are so sweet and helpful. They have all kinds of different styles in a variety of sizes. I will highly recommend them to anyone! Read less
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Krystal
Wedding:
12/31/2012
5.0/5.0
I found Church Street Bridal through a friend and I am so glad I did! Church Street Bridal provided some wonderful designer dress options at bargain prices and an opportunity to invest in the community. The gals in the shop were very helpful in searching their inventory and were all round fun people to visit with!
I found Church Street Bridal through a friend and I am so glad I did! Church Street Bridal provided some wonderful Read more...
I found Church Street Bridal through a friend and I am so glad I did! Church Street Bridal provided some wonderful designer dress options at bargain prices and an opportunity to invest in the community. The gals in the shop were very helpful in searching their inventory and were all round fun people to visit with! Read less
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