Brilliant service and shop! Bought my wedding dress in Swansea shop and bridesmaids in the Cardiff one and both stores were really organised, patient and helpful! I was so indecisive and were really patient with me whilst i was choosing between three dresses. they then transferred my wedding dress from swansea store to cardiff so they were all under one roof and were more convenient for me. thank you soo much !! xxx
Bought mine in Emma Phillips Bridal Carmathan too, she ordered a dress in especially from a designer for me as I'd found it in a mag and fallen in love with it. There was a little bit of a mess around as she double booked my appointment with some1 else but I just turned up anyway (as I'd scheduled my day around it) and she was great.
I've heard lots of horror stories about Alison Jayne and a friend told me that she told her she'd ordered her dress in and they actually took the one of the rail and sold it to her!!
I went to Alison James in cardiff and the one lady was lovely, but some in there were just pure rude! While I was there a curvy lady came in and one of the shop assistants looked her up and down and said 'well, I am not sure we have anything here to fit.... someone of your size!' and I know alot of people that had been told they were too fat! I just think that is terrible. My experience was they were pushy, have to get now, or ASAP from here because we are one of only shops that do this dress etc etc your better getting now unless you don't want it. In the end I found a shop in Pyle called Wedding Belles and they are sooo lovely I would recomend to ANYONE! such lovely people, helpful, have about 300 dresses to choose from, just so so lovely! I am looking forward to seeing them for my dress fitting they were that friendly!
I've just ordered my Maggie from AJ Swansea, they couldn't have been more helpful.
I first went in on Wednesday wanting to try on some Ian Stuart as I love his dresses, but I'd already fallen in love with a Maggie dress in Leeds, where I'm living now, and my mind kept going back to that one. They managed to order the sample dress in for me to try on, which I went and did today. None of them had ever seen this particular dress as it's one of the more exclusive designs, so I ended up causing quite a stir in the shop when I put it on - all of the assistants came to have a look!
I didn't find them pushy at all, in fact, quite the opposite. The manageress was rational in saying order sooner rather than later, as this particular dress is likely to be discontinued at any given moment. All in all, I thought they were brilliant and it turns out that I was in primary school with one of the girls who works there up until I moved to a different area!
Dress is due in in September and I can't wait to go and try it on again!
Well, I've ordered my dress from there, and TBH found them really, really nice. Very friendly and helpful - when I said about the particular Maggie dress that I had seen in the magazine, they knew exactly which one and I was able to try it (and it's the one that I've now ordered!!) Would thoroughly recommend.
Bit of a cheeky question but do you know how much Maggie Sottero dresses retail at in Allison Jayne? It's too early for me to start looking properly but not too early to start budgeting! I love the Bronwyn dress (AJMS14/AJMS16).
Also, is AJ any good for petite brides?
Mine is "willow" and I think it was about £1,200. I'm 5'3" and could fit into the gowns no problems, although I am having a few adjustments to make it spot on. From what I understand, it's a case of all dresses having a few tweaks to them after they arrive & you've tried it on so they are just right for you.
Hope that helps!
MrsJ2b6 - gorgeous dress! I just had a look at it on Google and it looks like you've picked a real beauty!
I've heard very bad reports about Allison Jayne (I live in Carmarthen area) I popped in one day just to have a look ad hairpieces and I could see a bride to be and a couple of bridesmaids trying on their dresses. I've got mine from Emma Phillips in Carmarthen - fab service. I found a dress that she didn't have in the shop and she ordered it in for me to try on - in my size and everything and that's the one I've gone for. I went to Pleser in Pontardulais - didn't like them at all - very very pushy - "You must order today, there's not a lot of time" - it was January and I'm getting married end of August. Also went to Huw Rees in Llandeilo - this was my best shopping experience out of the lot - it was just a case of he didn't have a dress that I wanted. Huw Rees is also open a couple of evenings a week - which is great if you travel far/work shifts etc
Daffodil - my Maggie dress is Hope, which has cost £1495. It is totally worth every penny though. They've asked for a shorter length to be made for me too as I'm 5ft2. I'd say AJ are pretty good for petite brides.
Thank you Daffodil! I must admit I'm really pleased with it - I love the sort of Grace Kelly feel to it and the tiara I've chosen matches the sparkles and pearls in it but are a larger size. Can't wait now!
Eternally grateful to any North Wales brides who could fill out a quick 5min survey on the wedding industry in North Wales for my dissertation...
You'd be helping a very stressed student out more than you would believe!
Thank You xx
Had an awful experience at Alison Jayne in Swansea - they treated me like I was on a processing line in a factory! They wipped one dress on so quickly, they actually ripped it! They also refused to give me a price on the one dress I did like, and would not let me leave until they found me a dress I liked! NEVER AGAIN!
I then visited White Orchid in Manselton, Swansea and they price matched the same dress for me - FANTASTIC customer service!
Very bad experience at Alison jayne. Provided me with the dress of my dreams however it was double my budget.Which was discussed before I tried on any dress. Not only did they not listen when I said I couldn't afford it the manager was brought in to tell us we could afford it and even carried on measuring me for it.
They ruined the dress experience for me dress every dress after that was nothing to me. I even dreaded going shopping for a dress in the end.
i have also have heard nothing but horror stories about them since. To the point that a bride picking up her very expensive dress to get it home and find it was covered in fake tan and dirt on the bottom.I feel I've had a lucky escape.
like dee Morris I have now ordered my dress from white orchid in manselton and not only did I geperfectly customer service but I found an even better dress below my budget. I would highly recommend them!!!!!
I didn't go to AN after readibg the reviews but did go to some of the others in Cardiff. Ended up finding my dream dress at sentiments bridal in Bridgend. Amazing place xxx
My wife had a terrible experience - lots of sales pressure andmistakes that were not rectified.
My daughter (unknown to me) went there. She too was pressured and left very upset.
I would advise anyone to avoid this place.
It is not the staff - they are great. It's the owner who is the culprit