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Pleiades Bridal & Design Studio

Richmond , VA
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Richmond Wedding Collective, 425 Strawberry St
Richmond, VA 23220 US (map)

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804-340-2966

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ABOUT US

Some brides dream of wearing their mother's or grandmother's wedding gown, however most think it will happen "only in their dreams!!" Pleiades Bridal can restyle, resize, restore or all... Read more
Some brides dream of wearing their mother's or grandmother's wedding gown, however most think it will happen "only in their dreams!!" Pleiades Bridal can restyle, resize, restore or all of the above to create the look you want. We have been working this magic for over 38 years and have yet to have a gown that isn't begging to be worn again, but in a somewhat updated manner. This may only entail a good cleaning, but usually means adding fabric to resize, doing away with high necks & long sleeves...and definately retiring the "butt bows". Hemlines can be made longer or shorter, trains added or removed and new veils created to replace the old ones that didn't quite survive the years.

This is actually a fun process...it becomes a journey to savor as a family gown (or even a vintage shop "find") is transformed into more than what it began as. It's not for everyone, but for the adventerous bride who doesn't want what the rest of the bridal world is wearing out of the pages of the most recent magazine. Should you choose to explore this option for the most important day of your life, please contact us and give yourself the gift of knowing what your unique options are. Read less
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INFO FOR DRESS & ATTIRE

Who do you provide services for?
Bride, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom, Ring Bearers
What accessories do you provide?
Garters, Hair Accessories, Veils
Does a client need to schedule an appointment? How do the client appointments work?
Appointments are required to provide personal service
What is the typical turn-around time for a dress?
Turn around for restoring or restyling can take from 2-6 months
Do you provide any guarantees/warrantees of any kind?
We cannot guarantee the original dress, only the work done afterwards
Do you have a seamstress onsite?
The owner, a designer & dressmaker is always available
In addition to wedding dresses, what other products do you sell?
We create headpieces & veils, and will also make accessories (such as Ring bearer pillows or Flower girl baskets) We also make fabulous silk sashes to compliment both the wedding gown & bridesmaids dresses.

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Charla is an incredibly talented seamstress! She turned my mom's wedding dress into a cute cocktail dress for our wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. She also made my veil, garter, and altered my wedding gown. Her prices are much less than what you would find in a bridal salon and her quality of work is much higher! She was wonderful to work with, I would recommend her to anyone in need of a seamstress!
Charla is an incredibly talented seamstress! She turned my mom's wedding dress into a cute cocktail dress for our wedding Read more...
Charla is an incredibly talented seamstress! She turned my mom's wedding dress into a cute cocktail dress for our wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. She also made my veil, garter, and altered my wedding gown. Her prices are much less than what you would find in a bridal salon and her quality of work is much higher! She was wonderful to work with, I would recommend her to anyone in need of a seamstress! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
She is an expert working with vintage fabrics, and fashions. I wouldn't trust my beautiful 1950's dress with anyone else.
She is an expert working with vintage fabrics, and fashions. I wouldn't trust my beautiful 1950's dress with anyone else.
She is an expert working with vintage fabrics, and fashions. I wouldn't trust my beautiful 1950's dress with anyone else. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Charla is THE BEST!!! She truly has a gift in her art of wedding dress tailoring. She had to remake my entire dress to decrease it 6 sizes and it looked better than when I bought it. She has a perfectionist eye for details and made sure my dress was perfect. She added an inside corset which was comfortable for the entire wedding! I did not want to take my dress off it was so comfortable! She also made a Ringbearer pillow with pieces of my wedding dress and lace from my mothers wedding dress. It was gorgeous!!! She also added a "something blue" monogram with my wedding date on the inside seam of my dress.
Charla also gave me and my mom the idea to wear my moms wedding dress to the rehearsal dinner. She was able to make small changes to make it look less dated and hemmed it to tea length. I received so many compliments on the dress and my mom and I were thrilled.
Charla is kind, professional and unbelievably gifted. She was an absolute pleasure to work with and made sure I had zero stress when it came to my dress. She even last minute altered my moms mother of the bride dress after she lost weight!
She is wonderful and I recommend her to anyone and everyone!!!
Charla is THE BEST!!! She truly has a gift in her art of wedding dress tailoring. She had to remake my entire dress to Read more...
Charla is THE BEST!!! She truly has a gift in her art of wedding dress tailoring. She had to remake my entire dress to decrease it 6 sizes and it looked better than when I bought it. She has a perfectionist eye for details and made sure my dress was perfect. She added an inside corset which was comfortable for the entire wedding! I did not want to take my dress off it was so comfortable! She also made a Ringbearer pillow with pieces of my wedding dress and lace from my mothers wedding dress. It was gorgeous!!! She also added a "something blue" monogram with my wedding date on the inside seam of my dress.
Charla also gave me and my mom the idea to wear my moms wedding dress to the rehearsal dinner. She was able to make small changes to make it look less dated and hemmed it to tea length. I received so many compliments on the dress and my mom and I were thrilled.
Charla is kind, professional and unbelievably gifted. She was an absolute pleasure to work with and made sure I had zero stress when it came to my dress. She even last minute altered my moms mother of the bride dress after she lost weight!
She is wonderful and I recommend her to anyone and everyone!!! Read less
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shae
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Charla took my thoughts and ideas, and combined it with my mother's family made dress, and turned it into the most beautiful dress I could ask for. She took each part of what we loved about my mothers dress, and added (and took away) pieces to make it mine. She even took the time to get a patch with our names, dates, and designers sewn into the inside of the dress. This is something that has been in my family, and now will stay in my family. Each time we met we felt like we had known Charla for years. It was such a fun journey, and I would do nothing differently. Thanks Charla, we love you!
Charla took my thoughts and ideas, and combined it with my mother's family made dress, and turned it into the most Read more...
Charla took my thoughts and ideas, and combined it with my mother's family made dress, and turned it into the most beautiful dress I could ask for. She took each part of what we loved about my mothers dress, and added (and took away) pieces to make it mine. She even took the time to get a patch with our names, dates, and designers sewn into the inside of the dress. This is something that has been in my family, and now will stay in my family. Each time we met we felt like we had known Charla for years. It was such a fun journey, and I would do nothing differently. Thanks Charla, we love you! Read less
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Pleiades Bridal & Design Studio responded with the following comments:

Sweet Shae, thank you so much! I loved every minute with you & Colleen.
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Emily
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Charla was so very wonderful to work with! I worked with her on two vintage dresses, the first one I purchased a year and a half before my wedding, and the second I purchased 2 months before my wedding. She worked so hard to change so many things on the first dress and when I threw the second dress at her weeks before my bridals she didn't blink an eye. She got right to work and made the dress fit me like a glove. She even tried to help me sell the first dress! She was so nice, I definitely recommend her.
Charla was so very wonderful to work with! I worked with her on two vintage dresses, the first one I purchased a year and Read more...
Charla was so very wonderful to work with! I worked with her on two vintage dresses, the first one I purchased a year and a half before my wedding, and the second I purchased 2 months before my wedding. She worked so hard to change so many things on the first dress and when I threw the second dress at her weeks before my bridals she didn't blink an eye. She got right to work and made the dress fit me like a glove. She even tried to help me sell the first dress! She was so nice, I definitely recommend her. Read less
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Sally
Wedding:
9/6/2014
5.0/5.0
Meeting Charla and working with her as she transformed my 30 year old wedding dress into our daughter's rehearsal dinner dress...while also doing the alterations for both our daughter's wedding dress and my MOB dress...while ALSO turning my veil into our daughter's wedding day veil was one of the greatest blessings of our wedding planning process! Charla is a gift and a gem! And,ohhhhhhhhh, SO VERY TALENTED!
Meeting Charla and working with her as she transformed my 30 year old wedding dress into our daughter's rehearsal dinner Read more...
Meeting Charla and working with her as she transformed my 30 year old wedding dress into our daughter's rehearsal dinner dress...while also doing the alterations for both our daughter's wedding dress and my MOB dress...while ALSO turning my veil into our daughter's wedding day veil was one of the greatest blessings of our wedding planning process! Charla is a gift and a gem! And,ohhhhhhhhh, SO VERY TALENTED! Read less
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Pleiades Bridal & Design Studio responded with the following comments:

It was such a joy to work with such great ladies!!
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
Charla is a talented and creative tailor/designer who was able to take my grandmother's dress (complete with puffy, long sleeves and full body coverage) and turn it into a classic and yet modern, elegant wedding gown. I was at first slightly apprehensive to instill so much faith that "the dress" from my vision could be fashioned into reality; however, Charla was able to listen to my description of my ideal dress and bring this concept into fruition. She was willing to collaborate as much as necessary to ensure the dress came out just right...and I lived 1000 miles away, so that was necessary. In addition, Charla took initiative to incorporate the parts of the dress we did not use (the original beading, extra lace and silk) into ring bearer pillows, hair clips, etc., so that all parts of the dress were used as best as possible. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this design studio. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a highly skilled, creative and passionate professional to design the perfect wedding dress at an excellent price.
Charla is a talented and creative tailor/designer who was able to take my grandmother's dress (complete with puffy, long Read more...
Charla is a talented and creative tailor/designer who was able to take my grandmother's dress (complete with puffy, long sleeves and full body coverage) and turn it into a classic and yet modern, elegant wedding gown. I was at first slightly apprehensive to instill so much faith that "the dress" from my vision could be fashioned into reality; however, Charla was able to listen to my description of my ideal dress and bring this concept into fruition. She was willing to collaborate as much as necessary to ensure the dress came out just right...and I lived 1000 miles away, so that was necessary. In addition, Charla took initiative to incorporate the parts of the dress we did not use (the original beading, extra lace and silk) into ring bearer pillows, hair clips, etc., so that all parts of the dress were used as best as possible. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this design studio. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a highly skilled, creative and passionate professional to design the perfect wedding dress at an excellent price. Read less
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Meghann
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
Charla is amazing! I know usually her talent is transforming vintage dresses into more timeless, or modern looks (and I saw her do that beautifully for a friend), but my particular challenge for her was buying a sample size dress that needed to be resized to a much, much smaller fit. The trouble was that the dress had hand-embroidered lace pieces that needed to be removed and replaced once the seams were taken in, plus there were several holes that needed to be patched. It was a LOT of work for Charla, but she never complained, and she treated my dress like royalty. She even recommended removing the zipper and replacing it with snaps on a more delicate part of the dress so that it would lie smooth against my back. By the end, it looked like the dress was made for me (and it truly was, by Charla). To brides nervous about transforming a dress, I would say: don't take any chances... Take your dress to Charla!
Charla is amazing! I know usually her talent is transforming vintage dresses into more timeless, or modern looks (and I Read more...
Charla is amazing! I know usually her talent is transforming vintage dresses into more timeless, or modern looks (and I saw her do that beautifully for a friend), but my particular challenge for her was buying a sample size dress that needed to be resized to a much, much smaller fit. The trouble was that the dress had hand-embroidered lace pieces that needed to be removed and replaced once the seams were taken in, plus there were several holes that needed to be patched. It was a LOT of work for Charla, but she never complained, and she treated my dress like royalty. She even recommended removing the zipper and replacing it with snaps on a more delicate part of the dress so that it would lie smooth against my back. By the end, it looked like the dress was made for me (and it truly was, by Charla). To brides nervous about transforming a dress, I would say: don't take any chances... Take your dress to Charla! Read less
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Kirsten
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
Charla Bjostad is a master seamstress! I decided that I wanted to get married in my grandmother's dress from the early 1930's. When I brought it to Charla the lace was completely yellowed with brown spots and there were many holes in the lace. I thought it was unrepairable. Charla was very excited about the dress and said she thought she could get the stains out and repair the lace. She did both! In fact the lace turned out to be a beautiful ivory. I was lucky that the width and the length of the dress already fit me perfectly. I had some "stylistic" issues with the dress, however, so Charla helped me come up with a new vision for the dress. She took in the puffy sleeves and took the neckline down. I'm so happy she convinced me not to take the collar off because it really added so much charm to the dress. I could not find the slip for the dress, so Charla built me one that worked perfectly. I also bought a veil from her (made with vintage lace) that was absolutely stunning! I changed for my reception and needed that dress hemmed. It was not an easy dress to hem, as it was beaded, but Charla did perfect job with that as well. I received so many compliments that day on both of my wedding dresses. Charla is a gem and I cannot recommended her enough! Oh and I was amazed how reasonable her prices are too!
Charla Bjostad is a master seamstress! I decided that I wanted to get married in my grandmother's dress from the early Read more...
Charla Bjostad is a master seamstress! I decided that I wanted to get married in my grandmother's dress from the early 1930's. When I brought it to Charla the lace was completely yellowed with brown spots and there were many holes in the lace. I thought it was unrepairable. Charla was very excited about the dress and said she thought she could get the stains out and repair the lace. She did both! In fact the lace turned out to be a beautiful ivory. I was lucky that the width and the length of the dress already fit me perfectly. I had some "stylistic" issues with the dress, however, so Charla helped me come up with a new vision for the dress. She took in the puffy sleeves and took the neckline down. I'm so happy she convinced me not to take the collar off because it really added so much charm to the dress. I could not find the slip for the dress, so Charla built me one that worked perfectly. I also bought a veil from her (made with vintage lace) that was absolutely stunning! I changed for my reception and needed that dress hemmed. It was not an easy dress to hem, as it was beaded, but Charla did perfect job with that as well. I received so many compliments that day on both of my wedding dresses. Charla is a gem and I cannot recommended her enough! Oh and I was amazed how reasonable her prices are too! Read less
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akharvey
Wedding:
6/2/2007
4.0/5.0
Was good to work with and made the dress I wanted. I did feel that it could have used a little more 'finishing', but she got very busy towards the end of the season. The dress was a work of art, though.
Was good to work with and made the dress I wanted. I did feel that it could have used a little more 'finishing', but she Read more...
Was good to work with and made the dress I wanted. I did feel that it could have used a little more 'finishing', but she got very busy towards the end of the season. The dress was a work of art, though. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
5.0/5.0
Charla does top quality work for a fraction of the cost of any bridal store.
Charla does top quality work for a fraction of the cost of any bridal store.
Charla does top quality work for a fraction of the cost of any bridal store. Read less
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