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Weddings by Tess

Apple Valley , MN

LOCATION

7625 148th Street West
Apple Valley, MN 55124 US

PHONE

952-953-9777

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
1.6/5.0
I went to Tess's to get my prom dress altered four weeks before prom. I got to the shop and was sent to change into my dress to be altered when an employee walked in on me naked! Great start to a terrible experience. My dress has a corset back, so I needed help being tied in. The employee ignored me when I was trying to find someone to tie me in. After I finally got someone to tie me in, Tess started altering my dress. When I bought it (not from Tess), the girl at the dress shop told me it was too big and I would need to get it altered to be smaller in the waist so the corset back was in the right shape (moderate, wide v shape) because on me, the back was very narrow. When I mentioned this to Tess, she told me that for the money it would cost me and the time it would take her to do it and sew the beads back on my dress it wouldn't be worth it. I told her I was unhappy with how it looked and wanted it altered, and she responded with "I have 5 daughters and know how girls are, I wouldn't want them showing that much skin". I was baffled by her response. I told her it wasn't supposed to be that narrow and that my hair would be down for prom anyway (covering me up), and she told me "good, so you won't even be able to see the corset back". It truly pisses me off that she didn't only refuse to alter my dress in the way I asked but also hinted that my dress was too skimpy (it's not, it covers me very well and is a beautiful dress) and that I was trashy. Fast forward four weeks and I went to pick up my dress only to find that Tess didn't even alter a part I wanted (the area under the cleavage needed to be pulled in). Instead, she altered something completely different. Now my prom is on Saturday and I can't even pick up my dress until two days before. I wouldn't recommend this shop to anyone.
I went to Tess's to get my prom dress altered four weeks before prom. I got to the shop and was sent to change into my Read more...
I went to Tess's to get my prom dress altered four weeks before prom. I got to the shop and was sent to change into my dress to be altered when an employee walked in on me naked! Great start to a terrible experience. My dress has a corset back, so I needed help being tied in. The employee ignored me when I was trying to find someone to tie me in. After I finally got someone to tie me in, Tess started altering my dress. When I bought it (not from Tess), the girl at the dress shop told me it was too big and I would need to get it altered to be smaller in the waist so the corset back was in the right shape (moderate, wide v shape) because on me, the back was very narrow. When I mentioned this to Tess, she told me that for the money it would cost me and the time it would take her to do it and sew the beads back on my dress it wouldn't be worth it. I told her I was unhappy with how it looked and wanted it altered, and she responded with "I have 5 daughters and know how girls are, I wouldn't want them showing that much skin". I was baffled by her response. I told her it wasn't supposed to be that narrow and that my hair would be down for prom anyway (covering me up), and she told me "good, so you won't even be able to see the corset back". It truly pisses me off that she didn't only refuse to alter my dress in the way I asked but also hinted that my dress was too skimpy (it's not, it covers me very well and is a beautiful dress) and that I was trashy. Fast forward four weeks and I went to pick up my dress only to find that Tess didn't even alter a part I wanted (the area under the cleavage needed to be pulled in). Instead, she altered something completely different. Now my prom is on Saturday and I can't even pick up my dress until two days before. I wouldn't recommend this shop to anyone. Read less
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Rebecca
Wedding:
5/21/2016
5.0/5.0
Tess is absolutely wonderful! I would recommended her shop to anyone!
Tess is absolutely wonderful! I would recommended her shop to anyone!
Tess is absolutely wonderful! I would recommended her shop to anyone! Read less
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Maja
Wedding:
5/14/2016
4.2/5.0
Tess is amazing and so friendly! I brought in my mother-in-laws wedding dress from the 80's that was not preserved very well and she was able to turn it into a beautiful modern wedding dress! I was getting compliments on it all night. My sister and mother also had their dresses altered by Tess and it was very quick and affordable! I'd recommend her to anyone, especially if you are looking for amazing results on a budget! If I had to pick a downside it would be that my dress was ready on the Wednesday before my wedding (just 3 days before the wedding day) so if you are looking to have your dress in hand early I would let her know that :)
Tess is amazing and so friendly! I brought in my mother-in-laws wedding dress from the 80's that was not preserved very Read more...
Tess is amazing and so friendly! I brought in my mother-in-laws wedding dress from the 80's that was not preserved very well and she was able to turn it into a beautiful modern wedding dress! I was getting compliments on it all night. My sister and mother also had their dresses altered by Tess and it was very quick and affordable! I'd recommend her to anyone, especially if you are looking for amazing results on a budget! If I had to pick a downside it would be that my dress was ready on the Wednesday before my wedding (just 3 days before the wedding day) so if you are looking to have your dress in hand early I would let her know that :) Read less
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Bridget
Wedding:
8/29/2015
4.5/5.0
Tess and her team were great! I loved the atmosphere of the shop and ended up getting a great deal on my dress at more than half off the original price! I ended up paying more for alterations though. All my bridesmaids got their dresses here and they all ended up great. My dress was a size 15 and she altered it down beautifully to fit me (a 6). She fixed all the bead work since it was a sample dress and she did such a great job! I would recommend anyone to her!
Tess and her team were great! I loved the atmosphere of the shop and ended up getting a great deal on my dress at more Read more...
Tess and her team were great! I loved the atmosphere of the shop and ended up getting a great deal on my dress at more than half off the original price! I ended up paying more for alterations though. All my bridesmaids got their dresses here and they all ended up great. My dress was a size 15 and she altered it down beautifully to fit me (a 6). She fixed all the bead work since it was a sample dress and she did such a great job! I would recommend anyone to her! Read less
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Sabrina
Wedding:
7/3/2015
4.4/5.0
I really enjoyed the service and attention that I received from choosing my wedding dress, as well as getting alterations. This was my last stop in the dress shopping process and I did not have the most positive attitude. However, the wonderful staff helped me find a dress that turned out to be perfect! I absolutely loved it in the end and got wonderful comments. The best part was the bustle! It was so easy to do!
I really enjoyed the service and attention that I received from choosing my wedding dress, as well as getting alterations. Read more...
I really enjoyed the service and attention that I received from choosing my wedding dress, as well as getting alterations. This was my last stop in the dress shopping process and I did not have the most positive attitude. However, the wonderful staff helped me find a dress that turned out to be perfect! I absolutely loved it in the end and got wonderful comments. The best part was the bustle! It was so easy to do! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Tess and her staff are absolutely wonderful. The dress that I purchased off the rack was 5 sizes too big and not the style that I ever imagined I would wear on my wedding day...but Tess worked her magic to make it into my dream dress. I couldn't imagine having worked with anyone else for my wedding gown.
Tess and her staff are absolutely wonderful. The dress that I purchased off the rack was 5 sizes too big and not the style Read more...
Tess and her staff are absolutely wonderful. The dress that I purchased off the rack was 5 sizes too big and not the style that I ever imagined I would wear on my wedding day...but Tess worked her magic to make it into my dream dress. I couldn't imagine having worked with anyone else for my wedding gown. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
1.4/5.0
I would not recommend anyone purchase their wedding dress from weddings by Tess. The lack of organization was absolutely frustrating. I ended up with four dress fittings, and could have had five if I had the time, however; it was not complete until I had to pick it up in time for my wedding. Every time I was there something was going to be complete the next time, and then wasn't. When I was told the next fitting would be the final, it wasn't because yet another item wasn't complete. Every fitting appt I went to, I waited for Tess to arrive late. Every time. When you have a half hour fitting, and the seamstress is 15-20 minutes late every time, it doesn't result in a great experience. The fittings were rushed, with other brides waiting for Tess as she was rushing to finish up with me. My sleeves that I requested one side be fixed as it was too long, wasn't corrected, and was slipping down constantly on my wedding day. My bustle looked beautiful, except there was an area that kept dragging and wasn't in line with the rest of the dress. There weren't enough staff on Saturdays, resulting in waiting for quite some time just to schedule the next fitting. To top it all off, it was freezing in the store. I did find the dress I wanted at her store, but wish I would have just purchased it there, and went elsewhere for alterations. I was very disappointed in this experience.
I would not recommend anyone purchase their wedding dress from weddings by Tess. The lack of organization was absolutely Read more...
I would not recommend anyone purchase their wedding dress from weddings by Tess. The lack of organization was absolutely frustrating. I ended up with four dress fittings, and could have had five if I had the time, however; it was not complete until I had to pick it up in time for my wedding. Every time I was there something was going to be complete the next time, and then wasn't. When I was told the next fitting would be the final, it wasn't because yet another item wasn't complete. Every fitting appt I went to, I waited for Tess to arrive late. Every time. When you have a half hour fitting, and the seamstress is 15-20 minutes late every time, it doesn't result in a great experience. The fittings were rushed, with other brides waiting for Tess as she was rushing to finish up with me. My sleeves that I requested one side be fixed as it was too long, wasn't corrected, and was slipping down constantly on my wedding day. My bustle looked beautiful, except there was an area that kept dragging and wasn't in line with the rest of the dress. There weren't enough staff on Saturdays, resulting in waiting for quite some time just to schedule the next fitting. To top it all off, it was freezing in the store. I did find the dress I wanted at her store, but wish I would have just purchased it there, and went elsewhere for alterations. I was very disappointed in this experience. Read less
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Bobbi Jo
Wedding:
3/7/2015
4.4/5.0
This is my second time in 7 months that I've needed Tess' help - first was my son's wedding where I purchased the dress from her shop. She did the alterations and also added straps to the dress. (Why is everything sleeveless everywhere you go?) She also did the alterations on the bride's dress and it turned out beautiful.

I returned last week with a dress bought at a different location but once again needed it altered, hemmed and you guessed it - straps!! I find her easy to work with, listens and knows what I want but will also give you an honest answer! She is a joy to be around! I'm picking up this bridesmaid dress in two weeks!
This is my second time in 7 months that I've needed Tess' help - first was my son's wedding where I purchased the dress Read more...
This is my second time in 7 months that I've needed Tess' help - first was my son's wedding where I purchased the dress from her shop. She did the alterations and also added straps to the dress. (Why is everything sleeveless everywhere you go?) She also did the alterations on the bride's dress and it turned out beautiful.

I returned last week with a dress bought at a different location but once again needed it altered, hemmed and you guessed it - straps!! I find her easy to work with, listens and knows what I want but will also give you an honest answer! She is a joy to be around! I'm picking up this bridesmaid dress in two weeks! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I found a beautiful discontinued dress at Tess's Bridal, it was only $150!! I had Tess alter the dress, it took just one fitting. I had her put in a liner so that it wasn't see-though in the sun (for a beach wedding). Fits perfect and I couldn't be happier. This was simple and easy and she was very nice. Highly recommend!
I found a beautiful discontinued dress at Tess's Bridal, it was only $150!! I had Tess alter the dress, it took just one Read more...
I found a beautiful discontinued dress at Tess's Bridal, it was only $150!! I had Tess alter the dress, it took just one fitting. I had her put in a liner so that it wasn't see-though in the sun (for a beach wedding). Fits perfect and I couldn't be happier. This was simple and easy and she was very nice. Highly recommend! Read less
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sydgood
Wedding:
1/3/2015
4.8/5.0
Tess was really fun and sealed the deal for buying my dress. I had a really tough time finding a dress that I loved. I had a terrible customer service experience at other dress stores, but Tess and her team really made me feel special. Tess helped me narrow down dresses, which led to me picking a Mori Lee mermaid gown. Her prices are very fair as well. I bought a beautiful bird cage veil. She told me how I could wear it in my hair, which looked fantastic and she even added pearls to the veil. I'm so glad she was there to help me with my wedding look. The only part that was troubling were some communication issues during the alterations. I thought I was coming in to pick up my dress, but they still had alterations to make and the bustle they did was severely off. Luckily, they were able to turn it around very quickly in time for me to leave, and, although the bustle was still a little off, it looked good enough that I didn't ask for a change.
Tess was really fun and sealed the deal for buying my dress. I had a really tough time finding a dress that I loved. I had Read more...
Tess was really fun and sealed the deal for buying my dress. I had a really tough time finding a dress that I loved. I had a terrible customer service experience at other dress stores, but Tess and her team really made me feel special. Tess helped me narrow down dresses, which led to me picking a Mori Lee mermaid gown. Her prices are very fair as well. I bought a beautiful bird cage veil. She told me how I could wear it in my hair, which looked fantastic and she even added pearls to the veil. I'm so glad she was there to help me with my wedding look. The only part that was troubling were some communication issues during the alterations. I thought I was coming in to pick up my dress, but they still had alterations to make and the bustle they did was severely off. Luckily, they were able to turn it around very quickly in time for me to leave, and, although the bustle was still a little off, it looked good enough that I didn't ask for a change. Read less
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