May 24, 2008
David's Bridal is exactly what you would expect. They offer great dresses for not too expensive. If you are looking for great customer service, I would not necessarily suggest a chain, but if you are looking for an inexpensive dress, then this is the place for you! When you go in, they will set you up with a specific salesperson who will pick out dresses for you and bring them over to you while you try them on. Definitely bring someone with you to try on dresses, as you will probably need someone to give you their honest opinion. The David's Bridal salespeople seemed a bit too eager to say that everything looked great.
Services used: Dress & Attire
Tupelo's -- Tupelo's in Hillsborough, NC was a great choice for our rehearsal dinner! I came in about two weeks before the wedding and discussed menu choices and prices. We ended up paying around $15-$20 per person, which fit nicely with our budget. The manager was really good about helping me choose the dinner menu that fit best with our budget and our likes and dislikes. Everyone who came to the rehearsal dinner really enjoyed themselves, and it was a great night! Additionally, Tupelo's allows you to choose and bring in your own wine. They charge a corking fee, but when we went, this was pretty low. Overall, a perfect choice!
Services used: Unique Services
Jared - Gallery of Jewelry
Jared's was a great atmosphere to purchase our rings in. There was free bottled water available, as well as cookies (to make sure you don't lose so much weight you can't fit in your wedding dress). I could tell they were hoping to make their customers feel as comfortable as possible. However, looking back, I think I would have chosen to purchase our ring from a private jeweler. There's a much more personal touch when your ring is specially crafted for you, than when it is one in a line of tons of other rings. I also think Jared's was a bit pricey. We only purchased the engagement ring here, and ended up purchasing our wedding bands at Sam's Club (GREAT choice, believe it or not!).
Services used: Jewelry
I went to the Aveda School of Cosmetology in Chapel Hill. This was such an awesome option. By the time the students get out on the floor at Aveda, they're already pretty proficient at what they do. The guy who did my makeup was fabulous. He didn't depend on me to make all the decisions for him. He asked me the "look" I was going for, and then he really got into his art. He chose colors that looked good for me, and knew exactly what he was talking about. Additionally, this can be a really low cost option, since the students aren't yet licensed. My only caveat about Aveda would be to make sure you get in there early, as they tend to take a really long time since they talk with their instructor before they make any final decisions.
Services used: Beauty & Health
Eastgate Hair Styling
Eastgate Hair Styling was awesome! I really appreciated the time that my hair stylist spent with me to be sure of what I wanted. She was able to bring my normally unruly hair under control perfectly! My hair looked great at the wedding, and I received a ton of compliments. I had a lot of fun, and I could tell that I looked great. I also felt really comfortable with my hair stylist. I appreciated also that the hair stylist was open to my ideas, yet at the same time used her expertise to choose a style that would look best on me. Awesome place!
Services used: Unique Services