Austin >Women's Clothing > Alexia Gavela Bridal
3704 Crawford St, Austin, TX | Directions 7873130.307447 -97.749416
A Bride's Dream – I got married this past March so I started my dress hunting last fall. I was pretty sure that my dream dress was a Sposa by St. Pucchi gown. I didn't think anyone in Austin carried that brand so I went to Dallas and tried a well known, big name bridal store. They had the St. Pucchi dress but the experience was beyond awful. Luckily, upon further investigation my sister discovered that Alexia Gavela Bridal in Austin carried Sposa!!!
I was a bit worried given my last experience but the minute I met Jerry (the owner) my fears were immediately put to rest! He was so nice and ordered my dress right away. With the changes I wanted and without making me feel bad for wanting to make changes to the dress like the other salon did. He also loved that I wanted to get creative with my wedding attire and helped me come up with so many fantastic ideas.
One idea was the wonderful veil the precious little seamstress made me, a custom "Bubble Vail" designed by Jerry with some of my mother's old lace in it from her wedding veil. Not only that but they did several custom adjustments on my dress as well as all of my 13 bridesmaid's dresses. All at an extremely affordable price and the work was amazing!
The whole experience was an absolute dream! Alexia Gavela is exactly what a bridal Salon should be... a place that makes you, the bride, look like a princess!
Thank you for making me a bride who not only looked like a princess but felt like one too:)
Bridal Salon – Alexia Gavela Bridal, was recommended to me by a fellow co-worker, she said she had a great experience.at this boutique, I felt that could not go to a boutique like this , because my wedding is so soon (05/01/2010), I felt that I needed to go to Davids or somewhere I could buy off the rack. Geri, my consultant help find my dress, had it altered and paid a reasonable amount of alterations, Which I expected beacause I'm only 5'1., I felt very comfterble in this store, they made me feel like family.
The tailor Sorany wow, she knows her stuff.
Thank u guys!
I will recommend everyone.
Never Again – Eek! Methinks not.
If I could add an extra eek to this review I would in a heartbeat. I wish I would have listened to a few Yelpers before I even stepped into this bridal salon. While reading Cassandra's review, I saw a pattern forming. I felt like I was reading a short clip of EXACTLY what happened to me.
My first encounters with Geri were pleasant enough, after all I was with the bride-to-be. But essentially that's where his professionalism came to an abrupt halt. Upon picking the dress up, I found it was not one but two sizes to big! For those of you who know me, I think you'll agree my weight tends to stay the same. Even if you don't know me, well, I think I know my body well enough to know if I've dropped two dress sizes.
According to Geri this is exactly what happened I had lost so much weight that my dress no longer fit me. He refused to admit the store was at fault and on top of that he was quite snarky and condescending about the entire situation.
I find it strange that all five of the bridesmaids needed alterations on our dresses especially when our measurements were taken in house. I feel completely taken advantage of and ended up taking my dress elsewhere for alterations to avoid any further incompetence.
Think long and hard before you step into this salon. I mean seriously $215 for a polyester dress, methinks not!
If you want personal attention and great dresses, go here! – I went to every bridal shop in town so I know I am making a fair assessment when I say "Alexia Gavela is the best bridal shop in town!"
I went to every bridal shop in town to make sure I tried on everything available to make sure I would make the right decision. And although a few of the shops had good service and were pretty shops ( Blush, and Unbridaled), Alexia Gavela had the most wonderful personal attention and I felt they were really listening to what I wanted or envisioned and answered all my questons. I had an appointment with Alex and she was amazing from beginning to end. There is only 2 dressing rooms so you won't have to fight with too many brides in trying on dresses or feel rushed. They also have someone to do alterations in the store which made it very convenient (other places referred you to someone) and the prices are reasonable. It really is a full service shop from dresses, shoes, accessories, and alterations. They do not push you for sales, they are honest, and they help you out in the fitting room so you aren't left alone thinking "how do I get into this?" Don't be put off by how small the bridal shop is, it really has a lot more to offer than you can imagine. I went to Balina and Serependity which had ALOT of dresses and was a big store but the people there were cold, all about the sale, and the women who helped me had no idea what I was looking for. Do not go there! Thank you Alexia Gavela for making my dress search such a wonderful experience.
Make this one of your stops – Geri is great and I would recommend going in just for him alone. I didn't find my dress there but it was definitely worth the stop :Very cute store as well.
The best little bridal shop in town – My daughter brought her dress there. This is becoming a family tradition. My daughter in law and her sister and my niece all have brought their dresses here. Geri is so awesome. I really loved the service there. I have been there 3 times and each time I have been impressed. the dresses are so beautiful. My daughter went back to decide on what dress she wanted and it was close to closing time when we called and Geri stayed open late just so she could go in and decide . We were not rushed. My daughter was home on leave briefly (as for a week) to get all of her wedding things taken care of. Her dress was mailed to Camp Pendelton on time and safety so that she could have it fitted there. There were not problems with getting it. It was such a relief. I would recommend them to anyone.
eh.. – I like the people who work there, but the owner is snooty- I've been in there twice and neither time did she give me the time of day.
Their selection is pretty limited- I didn't see anything there you couldn't find at a larger store- nothing special.. plus it's incredibly expensive.
terrible sizing – i went here because this is where the bride chose her bridesmaid dress. i can understand the whole dresses run small thing, but i wear a size 6 jeans and they told me to get a size 12 dress. that is just wrong. i had gotten my wedding dress from a much better salon last year and it was a size 8 and I haven't gotten any bigger....When I told them I would NOT get a 12 they made me feel stupid and were talking down to me. I did not appreciate it. I insisted on a 8. When it came in it fit PERFECT!! If I had gotten a 12 I'm sure they would have recomended I see their tailor person for alterations and adjustments and would have to take the dress in 2 sizes and who knows how much that would have cost. Beware and go with your gut if they tell you a size and you don't thinks it's right. But don't fool yourself either into thinking you are smaller than you are....I only knew cause I had just bought wedding attire....
Alexia Gavela Bridal is the Austin Bridal Salon. – My wedding was planned in 3 months, I was worried because other bridal salons were pushing me to buy something soon, I knew I didn't have much time, but I did not want to buy the wrong dress.
I soon as I walk into Alexia Gavela, I was welcome and never felt rushed. I Felt like a true princess, Geri & Alex both help me with my Wedding Gown and Bridemaids.
If your are looking for a wedding dress, this is the store to go, and don't forget to call for an appointment, they are a small store and only work with 2 brides at a time.
Bad Customer Service – I was part of a small group of girls had to order our bridesmaid dresses from this place. First off, the dress that was ordered for me was too big. My seamstress told me they could have ordered a smaller size for me and it would have been fine. Secondly, once the dresses came it, I was told that I could call back for seamstress/tailor recommendations. I called and left messages and never received a call back. The wedding was this weekend and all the bridesmaids compared notes on their dresses. Apparenly, one of the girls had to go back for multiple fittings because the seamstress there couldn't get the dress right (and she was still uncomfortable in the dress on wedding day). Another girl had trouble picking up her dress because they were closed one day for a bridal show, they were closed the next day for something else, and though they have business hours, they open and close whenever they want, go to lunch whenever they want, and apparently return phone calls whenever they want. The bride and the bridal party had nothing positive to say about this place, and I would NOT recommend this place to anyone who wants decent customer service. (PS - I'm still waiting for that seamstress recommendation)
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