J. Crew Wedding Dresses Review

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This retailer sells cheap wedding dresses of excellent quality online and in wedding boutiques at about a dozen locations. Shoppers say the consultants are helpful and the return policy is quite generous compared with other bridal retailers'.

J. Crew was one of the first everyday clothing retailers to enter the bridal industry. J. Crew wedding dress reviews suggest that frugal brides are thrilled the company did so. At Wedding Wire, for example, customers describe the styles as classic and flattering, and note that the online pictures display the wedding dresses in a way that gives you a good idea what they truly look like. The designs earn points from customers posting reviews on Yelp who applaud the sophistication, clean lines, and minimal fussiness. Almost all of the wedding gowns are strapped, strapless, or sleeveless styles that fall to the floor, although a couple of the dresses under $500 are knee-length. Brides report that many of the bargain-priced styles can do double-duty at other formal occasions.

Several J. Crew wedding dress reviews also comment approvingly on the high quality fabrics used to make the gowns. Even the lower-price end of the J. Crew line features gowns made of silk trocotine and silk chiffon and brides commenting on sites like Project Wedding say the dresses they chose for themselves and their bridal parties were beautiful and well-made.

Way back in 2004, the J. Crew wedding collection numbered just two styles. Today, you can shop online and choose from among more than 50 styles, including about 10 that range in price from $298 to $495, plus a few others well under $600. The company also sells formalwear for the bridal party (including the groom and his men), outfits for the honeymoon, and accessories for bride and groom. J. Crew operates bridal departments staffed with consultants in 10 stores around the country, as well as a dedicated bridal boutique in Manhattan. An appointment is necessary at all these locations. As with many retailers, customer service seems to vary by store. With but a few reported exceptions, the majority of J. Crew wedding dress reviews indicate that brides had pleasant experiences with consultants and staff.

If you're shopping for a good quality, simply styled wedding gown that will draw compliments without pushing your limited budget over the edge, J. Crew is one of the best places to start.

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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