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Williamsburg Bridal & Formal

Williamsburg , VA
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Williamsburg, VA 23188 US (map)

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757-229-5004

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Dress & Attire

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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 items do you offer?
Garters, Hair Accessories, Jewelry, Shoes, Undergarments, Veils

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Katie
Wedding:
5/9/2015
4.8/5.0
I have to preface this review with the fact that we originally only went to Williamsburg Bridal & Formal to try on a particular Casablanca dress. None of us thought I was going to find THE dress there, but lo and behold, I did! Ms. Ellen and her mother were incredibly sweet and VERY responsive to my likes and dislikes. They would bring me a dress, I would try it on and give my thoughts, and Ellen would use that feedback and within a few dresses, I found THE ONE! Ellen made this experience WAY more personal than the other bridal stores I went to. My only slightest complaint was that (it seems that) they rarely answer the phone, as I know they are very busy with other brides. However, my calls were always returned in a timely manner. I recommend brides in the area to at least stop by in your bridal shopping!
I have to preface this review with the fact that we originally only went to Williamsburg Bridal & Formal to try on a Read more...
I have to preface this review with the fact that we originally only went to Williamsburg Bridal & Formal to try on a particular Casablanca dress. None of us thought I was going to find THE dress there, but lo and behold, I did! Ms. Ellen and her mother were incredibly sweet and VERY responsive to my likes and dislikes. They would bring me a dress, I would try it on and give my thoughts, and Ellen would use that feedback and within a few dresses, I found THE ONE! Ellen made this experience WAY more personal than the other bridal stores I went to. My only slightest complaint was that (it seems that) they rarely answer the phone, as I know they are very busy with other brides. However, my calls were always returned in a timely manner. I recommend brides in the area to at least stop by in your bridal shopping! Read less
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Lindsey
Wedding:
11/8/2014
4.8/5.0
I bought my dress, rented suits for the men in the wedding, as well as my mom and mother in laws dresses all with Ellen. She took care of everything and worked out details very professionally and with the utmost care from day 1. I realized the day before the wedding that there was a little alterations issue with the lining of my dress but it was too late to do anything about it... That was the only issue we had.
I bought my dress, rented suits for the men in the wedding, as well as my mom and mother in laws dresses all with Ellen. Read more...
I bought my dress, rented suits for the men in the wedding, as well as my mom and mother in laws dresses all with Ellen. She took care of everything and worked out details very professionally and with the utmost care from day 1. I realized the day before the wedding that there was a little alterations issue with the lining of my dress but it was too late to do anything about it... That was the only issue we had. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
As a wedding planner in the area, I have worked with Ellen countless times with my clients, but never as the bride. Ellen, was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! Ellen and her staff are just precious. They care so much and she gives you this mom feel. I did something a little untraditional and worked with Ellen's seamstress to create a custom wedding dress. I ended up buying a sample dress that was gorgeous to begin with and then worked with her seamstress, Pauline to cut my mom's wedding dress apart and create a completely new lace bodice for the top of the dress. It took a couple appointments and lots of vision. In the end, it was literally a dream! Pauline, even rushed on everything because I wanted to get my bridal portraits done 6 months early while it was still warm outside. Both her and Ellen care so much! Her prices are extremely competitive and like I said, she just cares so much!

I highly recommend Ellen as a bride and a planner :)
As a wedding planner in the area, I have worked with Ellen countless times with my clients, but never as the bride. Ellen, Read more...
As a wedding planner in the area, I have worked with Ellen countless times with my clients, but never as the bride. Ellen, was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! Ellen and her staff are just precious. They care so much and she gives you this mom feel. I did something a little untraditional and worked with Ellen's seamstress to create a custom wedding dress. I ended up buying a sample dress that was gorgeous to begin with and then worked with her seamstress, Pauline to cut my mom's wedding dress apart and create a completely new lace bodice for the top of the dress. It took a couple appointments and lots of vision. In the end, it was literally a dream! Pauline, even rushed on everything because I wanted to get my bridal portraits done 6 months early while it was still warm outside. Both her and Ellen care so much! Her prices are extremely competitive and like I said, she just cares so much!

I highly recommend Ellen as a bride and a planner :) Read less
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Tyler
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
Williamsburg Bridal & Formal could not have provided a more perfect experience for this bride-to-be. I found the wedding dress of my dreams upon my first visit to the store and encountered nothing but the highest level of professionalism and enthusiasm in all my subsequent visits and communication with Ellen and the staff. Not only does Ellen provide a beautiful selection of gowns and accessories, but she exudes warmth and is truly invested in her clients' happiness. She even cried alongside my mother and I when I found The Dress!! I must make special mention of their seamstress -- altering my delicate illusion tulle dress was no easy feat, yet she went above and beyond in producing a finished product that looked beautiful and fit like a glove. I highly recommend Williamsburg Bridal & Formal!
Williamsburg Bridal & Formal could not have provided a more perfect experience for this bride-to-be. I found the wedding Read more...
Williamsburg Bridal & Formal could not have provided a more perfect experience for this bride-to-be. I found the wedding dress of my dreams upon my first visit to the store and encountered nothing but the highest level of professionalism and enthusiasm in all my subsequent visits and communication with Ellen and the staff. Not only does Ellen provide a beautiful selection of gowns and accessories, but she exudes warmth and is truly invested in her clients' happiness. She even cried alongside my mother and I when I found The Dress!! I must make special mention of their seamstress -- altering my delicate illusion tulle dress was no easy feat, yet she went above and beyond in producing a finished product that looked beautiful and fit like a glove. I highly recommend Williamsburg Bridal & Formal! Read less
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Shannon
Wedding:
9/29/2012
4.6/5.0
After visiting two of the major bridal salons in Richmond I was disappointed with the options. I was looking for a more reasonably priced dress - as I would be wearing it for about 10 hours. I found a BEAUTIFUL dress at Williamsburg Bridal and was amazed at the price. I was also able to find the bridesmaids dresses here, which were competitively price, along with my mom finding her dress here. I was fairly disappointed with the alterations that were provided through the store. Although the seamstress was very flexible, the dress didn't fit very well for the big day.
After visiting two of the major bridal salons in Richmond I was disappointed with the options. I was looking for a more Read more...
After visiting two of the major bridal salons in Richmond I was disappointed with the options. I was looking for a more reasonably priced dress - as I would be wearing it for about 10 hours. I found a BEAUTIFUL dress at Williamsburg Bridal and was amazed at the price. I was also able to find the bridesmaids dresses here, which were competitively price, along with my mom finding her dress here. I was fairly disappointed with the alterations that were provided through the store. Although the seamstress was very flexible, the dress didn't fit very well for the big day. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
When looking for a wedding gown, I didn't think this vendor would have a lot to offer. However, I decided to take a look. Much to my surprise, they carry a beautiful selection of well-made bridal gowns. They were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I am so happy with my wedding gown! Thank you Williamsburg Bridal and Formal!
When looking for a wedding gown, I didn't think this vendor would have a lot to offer. However, I decided to take a look. Read more...
When looking for a wedding gown, I didn't think this vendor would have a lot to offer. However, I decided to take a look. Much to my surprise, they carry a beautiful selection of well-made bridal gowns. They were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I am so happy with my wedding gown! Thank you Williamsburg Bridal and Formal! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.9/5.0
I found a number of great dresses at Williamsburg Bridal. I really didn't want a strapless dress and this shop had a lot more options than any others in the Hampton Roads Area. I found the dress shopping and ordering experience great. My problems came from having the alterations done by a seamstress that came into the dress shop. She was paid directly, not through the dress shop. I mean to make a distinction because after the dress arrived, all professionalism ended. There were fitting appointments that were forgotten by the seamstress. I was left waiting for over 45 minutes for her to show up. Out of four dress fittings, the seamstress was on time for one of them. But my real problem was not with being on time, the quality of the work was anything but. I had a white satin gown, no lace or pattern on the bottom, just box pleats in the back. The seamstress was going to put in a french bustle, but never got it right. There were huge stitches visible all over the back and side of the dress. There must have been at least 40+ hook and eyes sewn on. It was really visible even though she said it would not be. The thread wasn't even matching satin thread. The dress was not even steamed until the last fitting so it was impossible to tell how it was going to fall out. Each time I went in for a fitting I had to ask for the same thing to be done. Two days before the wedding I went to pick up the dress and see the final product of the bustle. It was finally steamed and I was really unhappy with the results. The stitches were the worst part and would have shown in all the photos. It was really amateur work. The bustle looked ridiculous and did not lay right at all. My favorite part was that the beading on the front of the waste had gotten pulled and where she was supposed to fix the zipper in the back, she never did. I would recommend looking at and even ordering dresses here but do not have any of your alterations done here.
I found a number of great dresses at Williamsburg Bridal. I really didn't want a strapless dress and this shop had a lot Read more...
I found a number of great dresses at Williamsburg Bridal. I really didn't want a strapless dress and this shop had a lot more options than any others in the Hampton Roads Area. I found the dress shopping and ordering experience great. My problems came from having the alterations done by a seamstress that came into the dress shop. She was paid directly, not through the dress shop. I mean to make a distinction because after the dress arrived, all professionalism ended. There were fitting appointments that were forgotten by the seamstress. I was left waiting for over 45 minutes for her to show up. Out of four dress fittings, the seamstress was on time for one of them. But my real problem was not with being on time, the quality of the work was anything but. I had a white satin gown, no lace or pattern on the bottom, just box pleats in the back. The seamstress was going to put in a french bustle, but never got it right. There were huge stitches visible all over the back and side of the dress. There must have been at least 40+ hook and eyes sewn on. It was really visible even though she said it would not be. The thread wasn't even matching satin thread. The dress was not even steamed until the last fitting so it was impossible to tell how it was going to fall out. Each time I went in for a fitting I had to ask for the same thing to be done. Two days before the wedding I went to pick up the dress and see the final product of the bustle. It was finally steamed and I was really unhappy with the results. The stitches were the worst part and would have shown in all the photos. It was really amateur work. The bustle looked ridiculous and did not lay right at all. My favorite part was that the beading on the front of the waste had gotten pulled and where she was supposed to fix the zipper in the back, she never did. I would recommend looking at and even ordering dresses here but do not have any of your alterations done here. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
THE BEST PLACE IN THE PENNISULA TO GET YOUR WEDDING DRESS! Ellen, the owner, was so accommodating seeing that my wedding was 8 weeks away when I went to find my dress. Ellen and her associates outfitted our entire wedding party. Best experience ever, she even came in on day that the store was closed to facilitate my needs and met me after ours! Talk about customer service!
THE BEST PLACE IN THE PENNISULA TO GET YOUR WEDDING DRESS! Ellen, the owner, was so accommodating seeing that my wedding Read more...
THE BEST PLACE IN THE PENNISULA TO GET YOUR WEDDING DRESS! Ellen, the owner, was so accommodating seeing that my wedding was 8 weeks away when I went to find my dress. Ellen and her associates outfitted our entire wedding party. Best experience ever, she even came in on day that the store was closed to facilitate my needs and met me after ours! Talk about customer service! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.1/5.0
AWFUL! They have terrible customer service issues.
-They rarely, if ever, pick up their phone.
-Two of my bridesmaids needed to call the store to finish paying for their dresses, and they were told that the store HAD NO RECORD of their order. I called the shop, went completely bridezilla, and then was told that they had never spoken to my girls at all.
-Trying to find out the status of an order is a NIGHTMARE. Only one bridesmaid was called about her dress coming in, when the other three came in at the same time, and I was never called either. When I ordered another bridesmaid dress with them later and was trying to find out the status because my bridesmaid was never called, they said that they only ever call the bride. Seeing as I am the bride, I can tell you this is not true.
-I finally got fed up with the run-around they were giving me, tried to ask some questions, and was shushed by the saleswoman. She'd let hell freeze over before I interrupted her, but she had no problem interrupting me constantly.
-They do not keep records of if/when the dresses are picked up, nor do they try terribly hard to keep the bridal parties straight (she kept giving me the status of a dress for someone who wasn't even in my party). They couldn't even tell me which dresses I had already picked up and which ones were still in because the saleswoman even admitted that they do not check them out. So basically, someone could walk away with one of your girl's dresses, and they would have no record of it.
AWFUL TERRIBLE HORRIBLE ABYSMAL.
I wanted to support a local business by going here, but I ended up buying my dress at a Davids Bridal. Do not waste your time in WMBG B&F.
AWFUL! They have terrible customer service issues.
-They rarely, if ever, pick up their phone.
-Two of my Read more...
AWFUL! They have terrible customer service issues.
-They rarely, if ever, pick up their phone.
-Two of my bridesmaids needed to call the store to finish paying for their dresses, and they were told that the store HAD NO RECORD of their order. I called the shop, went completely bridezilla, and then was told that they had never spoken to my girls at all.
-Trying to find out the status of an order is a NIGHTMARE. Only one bridesmaid was called about her dress coming in, when the other three came in at the same time, and I was never called either. When I ordered another bridesmaid dress with them later and was trying to find out the status because my bridesmaid was never called, they said that they only ever call the bride. Seeing as I am the bride, I can tell you this is not true.
-I finally got fed up with the run-around they were giving me, tried to ask some questions, and was shushed by the saleswoman. She'd let hell freeze over before I interrupted her, but she had no problem interrupting me constantly.
-They do not keep records of if/when the dresses are picked up, nor do they try terribly hard to keep the bridal parties straight (she kept giving me the status of a dress for someone who wasn't even in my party). They couldn't even tell me which dresses I had already picked up and which ones were still in because the saleswoman even admitted that they do not check them out. So basically, someone could walk away with one of your girl's dresses, and they would have no record of it.
AWFUL TERRIBLE HORRIBLE ABYSMAL.
I wanted to support a local business by going here, but I ended up buying my dress at a Davids Bridal. Do not waste your time in WMBG B&F. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.7/5.0
I used Williamsburg Bridal and Formal for everything - my dress, bridesmaids dresses, and tuxes. Overall I had a great experience. The owner was very helpful, always called me back right away, and gave me a lot of good advice. She ended up helping me choose a lot of things, like dress colors, vests, and so on, and everything she suggested ended up looking very nice. I was very glad a went there. The whole process seemed very personal, and I felt like I was in good hands. The only part of the experience that I was disappointed in was when I had to get adjustments made to my dress. The first seamstress I had was very rude to me and didn't listen to what i wanted. She seemed very rushed and wouldn't help my bridesmaid, who came with me and also wanted to get her dress altered. The seamstress ended up going out of town several times at the last second and never ended up doing any work on my dress. So I requested another seamstress. The owner was very nice and was happy to get me a new seamstress. The new one was much nicer and listened to me. My dress did end up feeling a little too tight after having the top taken in, but I just decided to leave it alone because it was a minor issue. Overall, I would recommend this store. Their prices are pretty reasonable too.
I used Williamsburg Bridal and Formal for everything - my dress, bridesmaids dresses, and tuxes. Overall I had a great Read more...
I used Williamsburg Bridal and Formal for everything - my dress, bridesmaids dresses, and tuxes. Overall I had a great experience. The owner was very helpful, always called me back right away, and gave me a lot of good advice. She ended up helping me choose a lot of things, like dress colors, vests, and so on, and everything she suggested ended up looking very nice. I was very glad a went there. The whole process seemed very personal, and I felt like I was in good hands. The only part of the experience that I was disappointed in was when I had to get adjustments made to my dress. The first seamstress I had was very rude to me and didn't listen to what i wanted. She seemed very rushed and wouldn't help my bridesmaid, who came with me and also wanted to get her dress altered. The seamstress ended up going out of town several times at the last second and never ended up doing any work on my dress. So I requested another seamstress. The owner was very nice and was happy to get me a new seamstress. The new one was much nicer and listened to me. My dress did end up feeling a little too tight after having the top taken in, but I just decided to leave it alone because it was a minor issue. Overall, I would recommend this store. Their prices are pretty reasonable too. Read less
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