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The Wedding Bell

Tacoma , WA
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LOCATION

2609 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98406 US (map)

PHONE

253-759-2513
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ABOUT US

The Wedding Bell has been in business for over 69 years and is located at 2609 6th Avenue in Tacoma. The store has an interesting history. Mrs. Fontana was the original owner of The... Read more
The Wedding Bell has been in business for over 69 years and is located at 2609 6th Avenue in Tacoma. The store has an interesting history. Mrs. Fontana was the original owner of The Wedding Bell, and she owned it for 47 years before she passed away. She kept newspaper clippings and photographs from every single bride during that time. Ask to see the albums when you visit. They are a unique insight into the history of Tacoma. It is our understanding that Mrs. Fontana even attended the weddings of all her brides and helped them get dressed. We routinely have Wedding Bell brides from 40, 50, even 60 years ago drop by with their daughters and grand-daughters. The Wedding Bell has changed ownership three times since then and is currently owned by Kim Miller. We deliver the individualized attention every bride deserves... So, come experience the difference of a full-service bridal boutique.

An appointment is strongly recommended. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are very busy in the salon, so we suggest making an appointment to guarantee that a consultant will be available to help you. If you're not quite sure of your schedule, give us a call to see if we have time for a walk-in appointment. We want to make your entire wedding experience as easy as saying "I do!" Come see for yourself how The Wedding Bell is different from other bridal salons! Read less
Dress & Attire

PHOTOS

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INFO FOR DRESS & ATTIRE

Who do you provide services for?
Bride, Bridesmaids, Father of the Bride, Father of the Groom, Flower Girls, Groom, Groomsmen, Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom, Ring Bearers
Which of the following services do you provide??
Alterations, Cleaning, Full Customization, Preservation, Sample Sales, Trunk Shows
Which of the following items do you offer?
Bridal Belts, Bridal Gowns, Formal Gowns, Garters, Hair Accessories, Jewelry, Plus Size Gowns, Sample Gowns, Shoes, Tuxedo Rentals, Tuxedos, Undergarments, Veils
What is the average turnaround time for a bridal gown? (select one)
Less than 6 months
How often do you receive new bridal gowns?
Weekly
What is your return policy?
Final Sale

REVIEWS

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Morgan
Wedding:
8/25/2017
5.0/5.0
Very helpful, my consultant did everything she could to find my dress. Ellyse and Beth were amazing with altering the dress to make it perfect for me.
Very helpful, my consultant did everything she could to find my dress. Ellyse and Beth were amazing with altering the Read more...
Very helpful, my consultant did everything she could to find my dress. Ellyse and Beth were amazing with altering the dress to make it perfect for me. Read less
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Chelsea
Wedding:
6/30/2017
3.8/5.0
They had a lot of strict rules (guest numbers, not photos, etc) that I did not appreciate, but I ended up buying my gown there anyway because it was a really good deal and I absolutely fell in love. I had a real "Say Yes to the Dress" moment! They were very nice and willing to work with me and my budget. I would do it all again.
They had a lot of strict rules (guest numbers, not photos, etc) that I did not appreciate, but I ended up buying my gown Read more...
They had a lot of strict rules (guest numbers, not photos, etc) that I did not appreciate, but I ended up buying my gown there anyway because it was a really good deal and I absolutely fell in love. I had a real "Say Yes to the Dress" moment! They were very nice and willing to work with me and my budget. I would do it all again. Read less
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The Wedding Bell responded with the following comments:

Chelsea - Thanks for the feedback! We actually changed our policy on photos, and we do allow them. It was probably around the time you came in. Also, we do have to limit guests to four due to space. We are looking at options to have a larger area for bigger parties this summer, and, of course, there is always a private bridal appointment where you can bring as many guests as you want after hours.
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Katie
Wedding:
6/17/2017
5.0/5.0
My appointment was Sept. 17th, 2016, with Shelly and she was fantastic. I felt zero pressure, she complimented the way dresses fit me, and made me feel very comfortable to be there. She pulled only dresses in my price range and made sure to pull the dresses on the list I had made before hand. I told her my favorite and she brought that out first. She was also very accommodating and patient with my peanut gallery that insisted on seeing all types of dresses, jewelry, and veils. Never once did she seem annoyed or put out. It was truly a fun and relaxed experience and I ended up falling in love with the dress that was my favorite from online. When I decided on my dress, we then moved back into the dressing room for measuring. First Shelly measured me and wrote down what she got, then a second woman (wish I could remember her name.. she was also pleasant) came in and remeasured to make sure that the two separate measurements matched up. After that we were shown a chart with sizes that seemed to be closer to street sizes (I ordered a Maggie Sottero dress). The chart starts with what you measured at for bust, waist, and hips and then you follow it it over and it tells you what dress size to order based off of your measurements. I fell awkwardly between 16 and 18, they are required to advise you to buy the larger size, but I was closer to 16 and my wedding is 9 months away so that's what I went with. She told me the dress can be altered down about 4 sizes but cannot be altered up hardly at all. We asked about cost of alterations and we were told usually between $200-$600 but it really depends on how much it has to be altered and if you make any special requests. I ordered my dress same day. *BONUS* you get some super awesome discounts if you order a dress at your 1st appointment. My dress is expected to arrive sometime in January and they recommend starting alterations about 3 months prior to wedding day. I will update with my alterations experience when the time comes!
My appointment was Sept. 17th, 2016, with Shelly and she was fantastic. I felt zero pressure, she complimented the way Read more...
My appointment was Sept. 17th, 2016, with Shelly and she was fantastic. I felt zero pressure, she complimented the way dresses fit me, and made me feel very comfortable to be there. She pulled only dresses in my price range and made sure to pull the dresses on the list I had made before hand. I told her my favorite and she brought that out first. She was also very accommodating and patient with my peanut gallery that insisted on seeing all types of dresses, jewelry, and veils. Never once did she seem annoyed or put out. It was truly a fun and relaxed experience and I ended up falling in love with the dress that was my favorite from online. When I decided on my dress, we then moved back into the dressing room for measuring. First Shelly measured me and wrote down what she got, then a second woman (wish I could remember her name.. she was also pleasant) came in and remeasured to make sure that the two separate measurements matched up. After that we were shown a chart with sizes that seemed to be closer to street sizes (I ordered a Maggie Sottero dress). The chart starts with what you measured at for bust, waist, and hips and then you follow it it over and it tells you what dress size to order based off of your measurements. I fell awkwardly between 16 and 18, they are required to advise you to buy the larger size, but I was closer to 16 and my wedding is 9 months away so that's what I went with. She told me the dress can be altered down about 4 sizes but cannot be altered up hardly at all. We asked about cost of alterations and we were told usually between $200-$600 but it really depends on how much it has to be altered and if you make any special requests. I ordered my dress same day. *BONUS* you get some super awesome discounts if you order a dress at your 1st appointment. My dress is expected to arrive sometime in January and they recommend starting alterations about 3 months prior to wedding day. I will update with my alterations experience when the time comes! Read less
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Chelsea
Wedding:
6/9/2017
4.9/5.0
I was amazed by their customer service. So much that I didn't step foot into another bridal shop. Both times I went I never felt rushed. Their appointments are typically an hour. The first time I went, I was there for 3 hours!!! I had never tried on a dress, so I had a lot to learn about cuts and styles. Ashley never felt annoyed or made me feel rushed. She has a good system for helping brides narrow down the exact type of dress. The second time, I couldn't decide between two dresses, so for about 2 hours she left me switch back and forth and gave me excellent advice for choosing my dream dress. I couldn't be happier.
I was amazed by their customer service. So much that I didn't step foot into another bridal shop. Both times I went I Read more...
I was amazed by their customer service. So much that I didn't step foot into another bridal shop. Both times I went I never felt rushed. Their appointments are typically an hour. The first time I went, I was there for 3 hours!!! I had never tried on a dress, so I had a lot to learn about cuts and styles. Ashley never felt annoyed or made me feel rushed. She has a good system for helping brides narrow down the exact type of dress. The second time, I couldn't decide between two dresses, so for about 2 hours she left me switch back and forth and gave me excellent advice for choosing my dream dress. I couldn't be happier. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Ellyse was so helpful and great! Came in to look and ended up leaving with the most beautiful dress I could imagine!!
Ellyse was so helpful and great! Came in to look and ended up leaving with the most beautiful dress I could imagine!!
Ellyse was so helpful and great! Came in to look and ended up leaving with the most beautiful dress I could imagine!! Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
4/29/2017
5.0/5.0
We went in and worked with Shelly today to find our bridesmaid dresses. She was so patient, and very helpful in the process. She even brought out the brides dress so we could make sure that our dress would perfectly complement the bride. We ended up finding one that we loved and although are bummed it didn't come in our preferred color, we were able to go with the back up plan. Thank you Shelly, for being so wonderful, what could have been stressful, was actually fun and successful! ??
We went in and worked with Shelly today to find our bridesmaid dresses. She was so patient, and very helpful in the Read more...
We went in and worked with Shelly today to find our bridesmaid dresses. She was so patient, and very helpful in the process. She even brought out the brides dress so we could make sure that our dress would perfectly complement the bride. We ended up finding one that we loved and although are bummed it didn't come in our preferred color, we were able to go with the back up plan. Thank you Shelly, for being so wonderful, what could have been stressful, was actually fun and successful! ?? Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
3/4/2017
4.7/5.0
Stop your searching and call these girls up on 6th ave right now!!! What a great place to find a dress and spend some sweet time with family and your gal pals as they fit you like a queen. They made everything affordable and special. They are so down to Earth...no snobbery...and you leave with wallet in tact so your groom will love them too!
Stop your searching and call these girls up on 6th ave right now!!! What a great place to find a dress and spend some Read more...
Stop your searching and call these girls up on 6th ave right now!!! What a great place to find a dress and spend some sweet time with family and your gal pals as they fit you like a queen. They made everything affordable and special. They are so down to Earth...no snobbery...and you leave with wallet in tact so your groom will love them too! Read less
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Shelley
Wedding:
1/21/2017
5.0/5.0
Had the best experience shopping for my wedding dress, getting help picking out that special dress and then the alterations needed. Would highly recommend the Wedding Bell to everyone!!!
Had the best experience shopping for my wedding dress, getting help picking out that special dress and then the Read more...
Had the best experience shopping for my wedding dress, getting help picking out that special dress and then the alterations needed. Would highly recommend the Wedding Bell to everyone!!! Read less
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SoontoBeMaggieH
Wedding:
10/16/2010
5.0/5.0
My experience so far looking for "THE DRESS" Has been an experience. I feel like I have search every where, one of my friends bought their gowns from The Wedding Bell in Tacoma so I thought I would give it a shot. I scheduled my appointment with them, when I arrived their staff was nothing but attentive and sweet. Each one of them helped me in deciding between all of the different gowns they have in their store. Not only did they care they helped. I had no idea about all of the different styles and gowns that are out there until I came to the Wedding Bell! They have such a great selection and for great prices! I haven't purchased yet but I definitely will be and recommend them to anyone!
My experience so far looking for "THE DRESS" Has been an experience. I feel like I have search every where, one of my Read more...
My experience so far looking for "THE DRESS" Has been an experience. I feel like I have search every where, one of my friends bought their gowns from The Wedding Bell in Tacoma so I thought I would give it a shot. I scheduled my appointment with them, when I arrived their staff was nothing but attentive and sweet. Each one of them helped me in deciding between all of the different gowns they have in their store. Not only did they care they helped. I had no idea about all of the different styles and gowns that are out there until I came to the Wedding Bell! They have such a great selection and for great prices! I haven't purchased yet but I definitely will be and recommend them to anyone! Read less
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martinee3
Wedding:
6/13/2009
5.0/5.0
My experience at the Wedding Bell was pretty close to perfect! The dresses are top quality for fair prices. The sales people were very helpful and accomodating to everything that came up during the process. We bought my wedding dress, bridesmaids dresses, my mom's dress, and accessories from the Wedding Bell. It was great to be able to get everything in one place.
My experience at the Wedding Bell was pretty close to perfect! The dresses are top quality for fair prices. The sales Read more...
My experience at the Wedding Bell was pretty close to perfect! The dresses are top quality for fair prices. The sales people were very helpful and accomodating to everything that came up during the process. We bought my wedding dress, bridesmaids dresses, my mom's dress, and accessories from the Wedding Bell. It was great to be able to get everything in one place. Read less
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stephenieramage
Wedding:
11/22/2008
5.0/5.0
I totally loved going to The Wedding Bell in Tacoma, WA right on historic 6th Ave. Kim, the shop owner, had me excited and eager to try on dresses. I spent time trying on countless dresses while others waited on me hand & foot without a worry. They had me feeling as if I were trying on dresses in the comfort of my home, yet they even helped me but on my bustier which I'd never worn before, and were always waiting aside if I needed assistance getting in or out of my dress. I even bought my accessories here!! (shoes, bustier, jewelery & more!) I loved it. If I ever need a formal dress again, I will be heading here first!
I totally loved going to The Wedding Bell in Tacoma, WA right on historic 6th Ave. Kim, the shop owner, had me excited and Read more...
I totally loved going to The Wedding Bell in Tacoma, WA right on historic 6th Ave. Kim, the shop owner, had me excited and eager to try on dresses. I spent time trying on countless dresses while others waited on me hand & foot without a worry. They had me feeling as if I were trying on dresses in the comfort of my home, yet they even helped me but on my bustier which I'd never worn before, and were always waiting aside if I needed assistance getting in or out of my dress. I even bought my accessories here!! (shoes, bustier, jewelery & more!) I loved it. If I ever need a formal dress again, I will be heading here first! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
0.5/5.0
Their pushy sales tactics are unpleasant. When I went to the boutique the first time, they told that I could get accessories credit or a percentage discount if I purchase my dress that first visit or if I put down a $300 deposit. I just wanted to check out their selection first, as I didn't have everyone that I wanted to be there there that day, so I did not feel comfortable picking a dress right then or putting down the deposit. A week later, I inquired about ordering a dress that I saw online on their website and the boutique told me that they can still give me the first visit discount if I order it that very day that I inquired. I had to work that weekend, so I did not have a chance to go in to the boutique. Then a couple weeks later, I inquired about it again and they said they can still give me a discount but I would have again order it that very day. While I appreciate that they can offer a modest discount, I do not appreciate how they keep trying to pressure me to order it that exact day. If you are going to be willing to offer a discount, just offer it. Don't just offer it for a few hours each time. People can't just drop what they are doing and go straight to the boutique to buy a dress on demand that like. I am going to purchase my dress elsewhere because I do not want to support a business that employs such pushy tactics. Planning a wedding is stressful enough, I don't need a dress boutique to pressure me more.
Their pushy sales tactics are unpleasant. When I went to the boutique the first time, they told that I could get Read more...
Their pushy sales tactics are unpleasant. When I went to the boutique the first time, they told that I could get accessories credit or a percentage discount if I purchase my dress that first visit or if I put down a $300 deposit. I just wanted to check out their selection first, as I didn't have everyone that I wanted to be there there that day, so I did not feel comfortable picking a dress right then or putting down the deposit. A week later, I inquired about ordering a dress that I saw online on their website and the boutique told me that they can still give me the first visit discount if I order it that very day that I inquired. I had to work that weekend, so I did not have a chance to go in to the boutique. Then a couple weeks later, I inquired about it again and they said they can still give me a discount but I would have again order it that very day. While I appreciate that they can offer a modest discount, I do not appreciate how they keep trying to pressure me to order it that exact day. If you are going to be willing to offer a discount, just offer it. Don't just offer it for a few hours each time. People can't just drop what they are doing and go straight to the boutique to buy a dress on demand that like. I am going to purchase my dress elsewhere because I do not want to support a business that employs such pushy tactics. Planning a wedding is stressful enough, I don't need a dress boutique to pressure me more. Read less
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The Wedding Bell responded with the following comments:

Hi Jenny. This is Anna from the wedding bell. I am the associate who helped you during your first visit to our store. I want to deeply apologize for the misunderstanding that seems to have happened. We offered you the best possible price for each dress and went against store policy to do this. Every other bride must pay a $300 deposit to have the discounts extended. We made an exception for you because the owner approved it. I apologize that you felt I was pushy. That was not at all my intention. We have noticed all of your concerns and will look at how we can do things better. Please let us know how we can turn your negative experience into a positive one.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
5.0/5.0
Great place to shop! Very helpful staff and beautiful selection
Great place to shop! Very helpful staff and beautiful selection
Great place to shop! Very helpful staff and beautiful selection Read less
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