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Good experience. I went to Poffie Girls to try on wedding gowns and had a great experience, and I think it was MAINLY due to the fact that I went on a weeknight (they are open late on Thursdays), in the early evening (around dinner time) so there were hardly any other people there. I think if I were to have gone during a weekend, the experience probably would have been a lot different (but that's true with any bridal shop, they tend to be very busy on weekends). My consultant was Diane and she was extremely helpful. She let me try on a large number of dresses, and even let me go into the 'employees only' back room so I could look through the racks myself and pick out the dresses I wanted to try on (from what I understand, they usually dont let you do that, they ask you what you're looking for and then THEY go pick out gowns for you to try on, then bring them out to you). I'm sure this is because they weren't too busy when I was there, but regardless, it was very nice to be able to look myself. The only thing I sort of didnt like was that you can only take pictures of 3 dresses, so you have to pick carefully. But, that's better than not being able to take pictures at all (which is the policy of some stores). Overall, I'd definitely recommend Poffie Girls, but like I said, don't go on the weekend, I dont think you would get as much individual attention, simply because they are very busy.
Amazing Service and Staff, worth the Travel. I recently visited Poffie Girls while visiting my Grandmother in Gastonia. I was so impressed with the service and selection that I purchased my wedding gown, bridesmaids gowns and my mother found her gown even though we all live out of state. I had looked in my home town of Atlanta and there was nothing there to compare to Poffie Girls. I think that local brides would be doing themselves a terrible injustice not to take advantage of this wonderful bridal shop in your area. I will be traveling 4 hours for my alteration fittings and to pick my gown up and I will not mind at all because I know that every detail will be perfect for my wedding. Even with the distance I feel that I will save money because of the prices in Atlanta and alterations will be at least 50% of what I would pay. Service excellent, prices great, selection superb
Service and Value.
I recently purchased my wedding gown and bridesmaids gowns from Poffie Girls and I highly recommend them to all brides who are looking for service and value. The entire staff was so helpful that I felt like they were my best friends. I visited other bridal shops in the area as well as 2 other states and there was no comparison to what Poffie Girls had to offer.
I liked the fact that my mother and I did not have to look through racks and racks of dresses and help ourselves instead I was treated like royalty. After talking to me, my consultant was knowledgeable enough to know exactly what would look the best on me. After trying on many of the selections I went back to the very first gown and bought. Everything came in as they promised and alterations put the final touch on everyone's gowns to make them perfect. I feel that brides would be doing themselves a terrible injustice not to visit Poffie Girls.
Unforgettable Experience. I recently got married and went to Poffie Girls to purchase my gown. From the moment I walked in, I felt like the most important person. The friendliness of the staff and the personal attention showed to me by everyone who worked there made me aware that I didn?t want to go anywhere else, which is why I purchased everything there from Tuxedos to invitations. Prior to going to Poffied Girls, I had visited other stores and didn?t get the personal attention like I did here. Often times planning a wedding can be a very stressful time for brides, but with the professionalism and experience these ladies at Poffie Girls have from start to finish, my planning was enjoyable and worry free. I am so grateful to have stumbled upon such an eloquent and knowledgeable bridal boutique and I would definitely recommend them to all of my friends and colleagues.
Top notch service and great prices.
I've had a great experience with Poffie Girls from my first visit. I had shopped at high-end shops in Charlotte and little shops in the country. Poffie Girls service was on par with the high-end ($6000 dresses) shops, but carries all the affordable brands. It's true that you don't hand pick the dresses; they are kept in the back. The clearance dresses are in the front and you can see all of them. They are no you-know-who $100 sale dresses, they are brand-name gowns that have simply been discontinued. If you are concerned about not being able to see the regular price dresses, check out their designers online before you go. Also, the dress I bought was a designer that almost never lets vendors offer discounts, but the store was having a 20% off sale and they made no exceptions. I saved $300 on my dress.
Yes, new gowns have to be ordered in advance and can take 6 months to ship. It has nothing to do with Poffie Girls. They estimated 6 months for my dress but it arrived over a month early. If you want a dress that you can buy right off the_rack (that has been tried on 30 times and most likely has makeup stains), then you know where you should go. Good luck with customer service.
After reading some of the reviews, I was cautious about using their alterations department. When I went to make my final payment, I told them I was thinking about taking the dress home with me and having it altered closer to my office, and they had no problem with it. They even still pressed my dress for me (you must ask at least a week in advance, but this policy is disclosed on the invoice) and they let me store my dress there for as long as needed.
During each visit, everyone who worked there was super nice. They always showed genuine interest and would talk and joke around with me while I waited for my dress to be brought out, etc. They take pride in their work and it shows.
Beautiful dresses, awful service. My sister bought her wedding dress and we bought our bridesmaid dresses from Poffie Girls for her wedding in May 2008. The sales associates were great the first time we came in - pulled gorgeous dresses and helped my sister try them on and choose a gown. Then, we picked out bridesmaid dresses. I'm a size 10-12, but they insisted I buy a 14, and my size 6 sister order a 12. Both dresses fit horribly and we had to spend a ton of money on alterations, because there was not enough time to reorder in the correct sizes. The other bridesmaid had her dress hemmed at the store, and they hemmed it unevenly. My sister had to go back for alterations 4 TIMES. They took it in on the sides and bust too much, and accused her of gaining weight and that she needed to lose weight (she weighs 102 pounds!). When she told the owner, the alterations woman denied it. She was in tears because the alterations woman was so rude and physically rough with her while altering. She ended up having her alteration fees fully refunded, but the stress this created was completely unnecessary.
STAY AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. I got married in January 08. I purchased my gown, shoes, veil, invitations, and mother's gown. Worst mistake ever! The first time that I went there the staff was awesome. Then I went back for a fitting. The staff was horrible. They helped me get into the dress then after my fitting they sent me downstairs and no one was around to help me get out of my dress, that a woman and her daugther that was trying on a dress helped me out of my dress. When I went back to pick up my dress for the my wedding. It was not even steamed. I had to wait for over an hour to get it. It was such a terrible experience. It just made me so mad to think of all the money that I spent there and they were just RUDE! Please consider when going there that they will be nice at first but when they have your money it will not be a great expereince.
I had a great experience at Poffie Girls. I made an appointment for a Saturday and had the undivided attention of SARA (who was absolutely wonderful) for over an hour. When I went to the store, I had no idea what I was really looking for. I know they must have pulled at least 25 gowns for me to try on. Sara listened to what I liked and didn't like. I was just going to try on some dresses and get a feel for what things looked like on, but I think I found "the dress"!
It was a very busy day in the shop due to girls shopping for Prom, but I didn't feel rushed. It was a great experience and I would highly recommend this shop. I think it is important to make an appointment to ensure you get time to try on dresses and you might ask how long the sales representative will be available to help you.
As far as the comments from others above, I wear about a 14 or 16 in wedding dresses and there were no rude comments made about my figure. Sara pinned all the dresses that wouldn't zip all the way up and pulled back the ones that were too big with a clip. This was a great experience.
Brides Beware!. My first trip to Poffie girls was nice...the staff helpful and I found a great dress for the value. Well, that was my first and last pleasurable experience with Poffie girls. As soon as they received my money, the staff, including the owner, was snobby, rude and downright mean. They treated my bridesmaids like garbage, even had my jr. bridesmaid in tears when they snapped at her for not standing still enough at the fitting. They acted like they didn't even remember me when I came in for my dress fittings. They wouldn't acknowledge me or even get off their non-business cell phone conversations when I needed assistance. I had been warned my other brides about Poffie Girls 180's...but I went anyway. Learn from me...you do not want to deal with this bridal store. The staff will treat you like gold the fist meeting and then be nasty to you every other time after that. They actually rolled their eyes when I told them I wasn't interested in purchasing from their shoe collection. Brides, buying your dress is a fun experience, and Poffie Girls will only make it a miserable one.
Wonderful Experience!. Poffie Girls was wonderful from the first time I called to make an appt. I had a list of dresses I wanted them to look up to see if they had any of them on stock, they were so helpful. They informed me these dresses had not been released yet. When I came in for my appt. I was greeted and asked what type of dress I was looking for. My salesperson pulled a few and let my maid of honor, my mom and I pull dresses to try on. I called the next week to set an appt. to try one of the dresses back on- she remembered my and the dress I fell in love with. That is great customer service!!!!!
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