St. Paul >Women's Clothing > L'atelier Couture
Fabulous gowns--fabulous service. As an out-of-state bride, I was worried about how to choose a bridal salon that I knew would consistent in interacting with me via phone and email. I definitely chose the right place, because all my emails and phone calls were answered within a day at the latest, and usually within in minutes or one or two hours. These ladies were willing to be flexible within my tight and sporadic schedule when I was in town. Besides being great in the customer service department, they had a wide variety of gowns (essential to the non-traditional and picky bride like myself who doesn't necessarily want to look like a cotton ball on her wedding day), and were inventive and savvy when I wanted to modify my chosen gown to more suit my tastes. I couldn't say enough about how great this place is! The one drawback is that the dresses are expensive, but as somebody who looked for gowns in DC, MD, NY, and PA, I can tell you compared to the east coast, the cost is much more affordable for the same dresses!
I found this store in the The Knot Best of Weddings early summer 2008. I live in Kansas but wanted to find a dress in Minnesota so that my sister and mom could go shopping with me.
I emailed Amanda one night to see if I could schedule an appointment for when I was in MN. She promptly emailed me back even though it was well after store hours. That was pleasantly surprising. I was also called by Katie (or Kate) to confirm my appointment a couple days ahead of time. She made sure that I knew prices of the dresses ranged from $1,200 and up over $4,000.
My experience at L'Atelier from the first moment we walked in the door was like no other store that I've been to...ever. We were greeted immediately and because we had to wait for a room and help (we were a bit early) we were offered water and the chance to look around. When Amanda, the owner, was available she led us downstairs and we reviewed what my wedding dreams were. This is the only place that i was asked about my overall vision to give the associate an idea of what style of dress and what materials would be best.
I picked out many dresses and loved them all. I felt the number of dresses to try on could have been greater but the variety was excellent. I fell in love with Rosa Clara, Jenny Packham, and Paul Langner. Amanda was extremely helpful, gave great advice and told me a little bit about each designer and the dress I had on. It really made me feel included, special, and cared for unlike what I've experience at many other stores. I will say that there is definitely a difference in material and fit between a true couture gown and ones that are not couture.
Unfortunately I ended up falling in love with a gown at a different store but desperately wish I had chosen one from L'Atelier instead. Amanda kept me in the loop with sales, trunk shows, and dresses that were in a lower price range. She looked up prices and styles for me and was always very quick with her replies.
Wow. Poor service. Overall, just inadequate service for the high line items they are selling. I thought the selection was meager. They do carry several designers but only a handful of dresses in each. The building is beautiful but don't go in winter- no heat downstairs, including the bathroom! The sales girl never got back to me on some information regarding a dress I was interested in. And the worst was that they simply held the sample dresses against me. I am a size 16. I don't expect to zip/button the sample up, but to not try it on, I might as well used mail order.
Not what I expected at all. Very poor.
Elegant, Classy. This is a gorgeous shop! Very classy and elegant- just like the dresses they carry. I did have a little sticker shock, though... I need to stay under $1000 so I found out quickly that this shop's dresses were far out of my price range. The owner, Amanda, was very accomodating, though- she let me know about a sample sale coming up and showed me dresses that would be in the sale so I could afford them. The gowns were BEAUTIFUL! If I had more money, I would have bought one!
Best Shop in the CITIES!. From the second we walked in the door it was nothing but amazing! We came on a weekend when they were hosting a trunk show. They have it set up so that a local florist and a bakery gives them flowers and cakes as a way for advertising--seemed brilliant to me--plus my mom, dad, and I all got cake, we even had a seperate cake to bring home to the groom :) The sales people were more than helpful, everything was wonderful. It wasn't crowded, understaffed, or dirty..i couldn't believe it! I've been to every dress shop within a 50 mile radius of Minneapolis and Madison, too, and this was by far the best! Amy Jane, the owner is just a gem! She chatted with my dad while me and my mom were in the dressing room (which was huge and amazing)! A boutique in St.Paul actually wouldn't even let my dad upstairs, and here they gave him just as much respect and attention as me! I loved the shop and everything about it. The prices are fair, from 1900-5000. The designers they carry are amazing. I would give it an A+ for everything! It's a place to feel like a princess!
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors. Designer gowns, extra personal attention, and excellent service have made this one of the premier places in T.C. to find a wedding dress.
Feel like a princess!. Incredible customer service and beautiful gowns. They were willing to change my veil order after I placed it (rare in this industry). They also helped me pick a dress for a 14 year old bridesmaid who lives out of the country and it fit her perfectly when she got it! They really go out of their way to satisfy their customers.
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