130 Galen St, Watertown, MA | Directions 0247242.360596 -71.185014
Mon CLOSED;Tue 10:00 AM-08:00 PM;Wed 10:00 AM-05:00 PM;Thu 10:00 AM-08:00 PM;Fri 10:00 AM-05:00 PM;Sat 10:00 PM-5:00 PM;Sun CLOSED
Tuesday-Friday: By Appointment Only
Saturday: Walk-in Only- No Appointment Necessary
Wonderful experience, Gabrielle is the best! – I had an absolutely wonderful experience at Vows and would recommend it for anyone who meets any of the following criteria: 1) doesn't mind buying off the rack, 2) has a very limited budget, 3) wants the boutique experience without the boutique prices, 4) might be a little bit picky, and 5) is indecisive.
1) Most of Vows' dresses are buy-as-they-are, i.e. they don't have them in other sizes and you don't order them. They have about a dozen dresses that you can order, but 95% of the store is off-the-rack. Most of the dresses are probably a few years old, which is why they are now being sold at Vows at a big discount.
2) If you want a quality dress on-the-cheap, this is the place. I am not a bride that has been fantasizing about my dress for years and years, and thus didn't want to spend a fortune on it. I set my budget at $1000 (pre-alterations) and went to a few places that sold dresses within this range, and Vows definitely had the highest quality dresses. It can be tough to find dresses that don't feel/look cheap for less than $1,000, but the Vows dresses are all discounted substantially, so for example my dress cost $999 but was originally ~$4000. 75% discount...don't mind if I do!
3) I didn't think I cared about having a boutique experience before I went shopping, but given the range of consultants I met at various places, trust me it makes a big difference. I went to one place where the lady was very nice, but not particularly knowledgeable about wedding dresses and not good at simulating what a dress would look like after alterations. (I'm 5'1", so basically no sample dress fits me, so a proper simulation is key); at another place the consultant seemed to just want to sell me a dress ASAP and be done with it. At Vows, they treated us like the only customers (side note: for a while, we were. It's worth taking a morning/afternoon off of work and going on a weekday morning/afternoon. We had the place almost to ourselves for 4 hours, but they said on Saturdays they can have 60+ brides in there at once. Gross. The peace and quiet
Good experience at Vows – My experience was very pleasant at Vows Bridal. Sara was extremely helpful and patient as I tried on about 20 dresses, going well past the alloted time of 1- 1 1/2 hours. I was looking for dresses under $800 and did find quite a few, but several had stains or were torn, particularly under $600. I didn't end of buying at Vows, but I had a good experience there.
Depends what you're looking for – I heard great things about this place so I checked it out, but it's not for me. I don't particularly care about designer name dresses, and didn't really know that's what the place was about. Dresses start at $1,000, but the majority are mugh more expensive. Dresses are organized by style - sheath, A-line, etc, because they pretty much only carry 8 and 10s, being once samples. And since they were samples, many dresses are in iffy shape. I had a weekday appointment and was constantly rushed. Saleswoman was nice enough, but kept bringing my dresses that were too small or not what I described as liking. Must put 10% down if you want them to hold it for 5 days (not business days). If you decide you don't want the dress, you don't get your money back - it just goes toward some other product they carry (invites, save the dates, veils, another dress). And if you don't spend the money in a year, they don't give it back. I only found one dress I liked at all. It was really fabric but I wasn't crazy about it. And I certainly wasn't willing to hand over 10% right then and there. Basically, if designer names are what you're looking for, might as well try here. If not, look elsewhere.
Huge Fan of Vows – The service was wonderful. Geraldine only showed me dresses in my price range. When the ones I picked out didn't really work for me, she picked out a beautiful Ulla-Maija gown that I would never have chosen for myself...but when I put it on all the other brides and saleswomen crowded around saying, "That's the one..." And, it was 100% silk, originally retailing for over 5k.
THANK YOU - Selection and Pricing – Hopefully my sister doesn't see this! We were shopping for months and I've been going crazy, I like weddings and want her to be happy but I can only tolerate shopping for a little bit.
Thanks having a large selection and affordable designer wedding gowns - it's been a rough couple months but now it's over and she's found a great dress.
Huge Selection - Great Customer Service – Vows should be renamed to Wows! I was getting discouraged while searching for my wedding dress but Vows turned everything around. The customer service exceeded all of my expectations.
Rip Offs – All I can say about Vows is that the place is overall a rip off. Though they have some good designer names, they are older styles and many are in really really bad condition not to mention they have nothing above a size 4 that doesn't look cheap or tacky. I also noticed their designer line that they carry, Liv Harris, are basically Mikaella dresses. I have tried Mikaella dresses on at other bridal shops and I think they are decent, price wise and the styles. However, when I went to Vows I tried on a bunch of dresses that I thought were Mikaellas, some I thought I tried on before and thought I was trying on again, and they ended up being Liv Harrises. I suggest if Vows wants to create their own line and become respectable designers, they should start with their own ideas.
Designer gowns at a fraction of the cost – People who say that VOWS doesn't have great prices have never shopped at real designer stores and gotton perspective. I got a $7000 Carolina Herrera for $1800 at VOWS. I realize that is still a lot of money compared to maybe a David's Bridal, but if you want a designer gown, this is the place to go.
LOVED IT!!! – I had the best experience at VOWS! I couldn't have dreamed of better.The staff was so friendly, helpful and professional. The gowns were marked at fabulous prices. The store was clean and nicely organized.
I highly recommend this store!
THANK YOU VOWS!
50/50 – Very nice materials are used in these designer gowns. You need an apt on the week days. When I walked into the empty store on a Friday and told the first woman my name and that I had an appointment she was very nice helpful and told me the lay out of the store. Then another woman rudely came up to me and asked me if I had an appointment. So, their service was a bit disjointed. If you are looking for a designer gown, I would definitely check it out, but do not bank on it.
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