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Pleiades Bridal & Design Studio

Richmond , VA

LOCATION

5402-D Glenside Drive, Glenside Commons Ofc. Park
Richmond, VA US 23228 (map)

PHONE

804-340-2966

WEBSITE

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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
Dress & Attire

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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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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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