Bloomingdale's Wedding Dresses Review

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Budget-savvy brides have been looking to Bloomingdale's for years for high-quality evening gowns that work as wedding dresses. The retailer made an explicit foray into the bridal market in 2011, launching a Wedding Shop on its website.

The Bloomingdale's Wedding Shop is essentially a section of the website where the retailer has collected dozens of white and off-white evening gowns, as well as short dresses and several pricier styles that look a bit more "bridal." A bride-to-be who posted a Bloomingdale's wedding dress review on Yelp appreciates that the department store is a one-stop shop: Her sisters also found affordable dresses for the wedding and Bloomingdale's handled the alterations. The online Wedding Shop encompasses not only apparel for the wedding itself but also outfits that might work for an engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, or honeymoon.

We found relatively few Bloomingdale's wedding dress reviews (most online feedback focused on the store's registry service, which seems to have given couples fits) but most comments come from satisfied customers. Women who have been disappointed by bridal salons have had success here, according to reviews. Media outlets such as Brides magazine lauded the collection at its launch for providing a modern alternative to more traditional trumpet shapes and ballgowns. One bride who posted on Wedding Wire couldn't seem to find what she wanted until she went shopping at Bloomingdale's and happened upon the perfect dress. Bloomingdale's is a good source for brides seeking a destination wedding dress or an affordable second dress for the reception that won't get in the way like a full skirt would.

Of course, many Bloomingdale's wedding dress reviews point to the appealing price tags. More than two dozen of the 61 dresses on the store's website sell for less than $500. They all qualify for free shipping and can be returned to most stores or by mail, although the retailer does not cover shipping costs unless a dress was sent in error.

Kara Reinhardt

Kara Reinhardt is managing editor of Cheapism.com. She has contributed to outlets including NBC News' Today Money, MSN Money, and The Huffington Post. She began her career as an editor at Advertising Age and ESPN The Magazine and holds degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She ...

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