I have gone to Renaissance Bridal for two dresses so far. One for the Miss Pennsylvania Pageant and the other for my WEDDING DAY! My pageant dress was entirely and exactly what I asked for. As far as my wedding dress goes, its the absolute opposite of what I had envisioned for myself; however, for all the right reasons. Deborah specifically asked me what I wanted and she pulled multiple dresses that I requested. I started to feel as though my vision didn't match my satisfaction when I actually had the dresses on me. Deborah asked me what I liked and what I didn't like after EVERY dress I had on which helped her filter out the dresses that just didn't work. She listened to every word I said. I tried on (I think) 6-8 dresses and I was stuck between two of them. Deborah was EXTREMELY patient with me because I think I tried both dresses on 3 different times and she continued to ask me questions to help with my decision. I finally came to a conclusion and my dress is absolutely flawless. It was $1200 and I could have sworn it was going to be more. I am SO OBSESSED with it and I wouldn't have known that the one I fell in love with was the COMPLETE opposite of what I originally wanted. Her assistants and the owner were there too and their feedback wasn't persuasive to either dress, they continued to make it all about MY decision. I felt so comfortable there, the staff was extremely welcoming and Deborah made her entire time working with me, all about me. I STRONGLY suggest Renaissance Bridal because they are so professional, personal, and LOVE what they do!
Any venue that greets you with a mimosa gets a 5 on my scale! In all honesty, Renaissance Bridal was amazing and just what I needed. We had 4 months from engagement to actual wedding, so dress choices were limited and primarily what a store already had in stock. I am not the bride that says "yes to the dress". Shopping in general overwhelms me, so wedding dress shopping was a whole new level. So many dresses, so many options. It was my least favorite part of the wedding experience, until I arrived at Renaissance Bridal. Renaissance Bridal took us to a room and brought us dresses! My sister got to relax and watch me try on dresses. They would bring more based on what we liked and didn't like. The first 2 dresses they brought me were my favorite. I walked in wanting to buy a dress from them and left buying a dress that same day. They also provided onsite alterations. I have no idea how they did it, but they nailed it first try! Since I bought off the rack, the dress needed significant alterations, but they had the dress fit look a glove, perfect! Thank you Renaissance Bridal for making me feel like a princess on my wedding day!
I had gone out shopping for a dress at a well known chain store. I was only able to find one that, I liked but wasn't in love, so decided to find some smaller Bridal shops. I came across Renaissance Bridal and made my appointment. My mom and aunt went with me the day of my appointment. My consultant, Mandy, was so welcoming. We walked in and were welcomed right away. Mandy took the time to find out if I had anything in mind and I did but also told her, I was wide open for suggestions as well. She took us back to a beautiful room, while she went and searched for some dresses to try on. Not once did she ask for my size and I am a plus size lady. She came back with 3 dresses and we started trying them on. She asked me personal questions, and wedding questions. I got to know her personally as well. I felt like a friend was helping me try on dresses rather then a sales rep. If I didn't like the dress 100% she wanted to know what I did like. Eventually she found the dress for me. Introduced me to a local designers sashes and I fell in love with my dress. I ended up buying my dress that very day. The people in Renaissance, gave me the most wonderful experience, I would have asked for. I didn't feel like, I was being rushed or looked over for my size or my price range. I have told a few friends to ask for Mandy as well. Ran into Jon, at the bridal show this past weekend and he even remembered seeing myself and my mother in the shop as well. We talked a little more and I couldn't imagine getting my dress anywhere else. I look forward to the next year, working with me on my dress and the Tuxedos as well! Possibly Bridemaids dresses as well!!!
From my initial appointment through my final fitting, I have had a wonderful experience with this store and its staff! The consultants were extremely helpful and kind, the selection is great, the prices (in my opinion) were very fair, and the alterations were extremely well-done and affordable too. They made sure that I was 100% satisfied with the dress in every way possible. Not only did I buy my wedding dress here, but all of my bridesmaids bought their dresses here, and my two sister-in-laws have purchased their wedding dresses here. I highly recommend for central PA brides! There is one aspect of wedding dress shopping that brides should be aware of -- many (if not most) stores do not permit you to "pull" your own dresses to try on. If you've watched "Say Yes to the Dress" you know why. It seems to be an industry standard. If this is off-putting to you or bothers you in any way, my suggestion would be to ask the stores before making an appointment if you will be allowed to look through dresses yourself and pull them. In my case, there was a dress in the window that I loved from the moment I saw it, and had everything I wanted, and of course the consultant took it down for me to try on (and that wound up being my dress!). But for the most part, they prefer you to describe the attributes and price you're looking for, and they take care of the rest. I found that to be very effective with this shop because they know their stock!
Being that I live in North Carolina, I was a little hesitant to purchase a gown out of town, but I knew I wanted to go shopping with my mother and grandmother. I'm originally from York, PA so I decided to visit my mother and make appointments at bridal salons in York to see if I could find anything. Deborah from Renaissance was truly a dream to work with. She worked within my budget and pulled exactly what I had described to her. I got to so many compliments on my dress and have to tell myself not to put in on everyday since the wedding. They made everything super easy with being out of town and I cannot recommend them enough -- they handled alterations and everything in house and it was a dream to work with their entire team!
When I went to look for a dress, I had no idea what I wanted. Deborah spent about 10 minutes with me and picked out the dress of my dreams; the first dress I tried on! She is amazing!!! Of course, I couldn't just be an easy bride and buy it - I had to try on different dresses and at different places and Deborah was so supportive. When I knew for sure that I wanted that dress, Deborah even stayed late (she missed part of her family reunion) so I could come back and get it. She has been with me every step of the way - trying on the dress, dress fitting, etc. and has been awesome! She picked out amazing and original jewelry and I received so many compliments on my wedding day! I can't speak more highly of Renaissance in general. I spoke with the owner several times who has been extremely nice and accommodating and the seamstresses - wow - they are fantastic! Everyone I came into contact with was so wonderful at Renaissance and I couldn't have been more happy with my experience.