I had a really bad experience at Charlottes. They were very rude. The girl asked me "If I was going to be that pastey shade of white on my wedding day". WTF! I am naturally very fair skinned. I don't fake and bake b/c 1. I burn and 2. I don't want to be all leathery when I'm 40! My maids and I couldn't believe that comment! We left right away and I called later to talk to a manager about it but of course no one returned my call. They have nice dresses- very good qualtiy but they are all very expensive $800 - $3000 at least. Plus you have to deal with the snotty sales people. I have a friend that got her dress there $3000 dress- it came in with a huge snag in it and they said it couldn't be fixed! For $3000 I would want my dress to be flawless!I ended up getting my dress at David's Bridal. They were really nice and I didn't have to pay a fortune for my dress!
I ended up with a strapless dress because the gal at Bridal Exclusives (Amber, though I doubt it was the same Amber who works there now since this was 9 years ago) asked me to trust her and just try on one of every style. I did, and fell in love with the strapless look. They were so helpful and informative and really made dress buying a pleasant experience.That said, I used their seamstress and would not do so again. Use Kathi in Gresham, fo' real. She's amazing, and it's probably the only regret I have from our wedding.