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Vows Bridal Outlet

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130 Galen St
Watertown, MA 02472
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(617) 332-7870
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Vows Bridal Outlet - Watertown, MA
Vows Bridal Outlet - Watertown, MA
Vows Bridal Outlet - Watertown, MA
Vows Bridal Outlet - Watertown, MA
Vows Bridal Outlet - Watertown, MA
Vows Bridal Outlet - Watertown, MA
Vows Bridal Outlet - Watertown, MA
Vows Bridal Outlet - Watertown, MA
Vows Bridal Outlet - Watertown, MA
Vows Bridal Outlet - Watertown, MA
Vows Bridal Outlet - Watertown, MA
Vows Bridal Outlet - Watertown, MA
Vows Bridal Outlet - Watertown, MA
Vows Bridal Outlet - Watertown, MA
Vows Bridal Outlet - Watertown, MA
Vows Bridal Outlet - Watertown, MA
Vows Bridal Outlet - Watertown, MA
Vows Bridal Outlet - Watertown, MA
Vows Bridal Outlet - Watertown, MA

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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 limi...

Worst

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...

Wonderful experience, Gabrielle is the best! 7/1/2011

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 more

Good experience at Vows 11/29/2009

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. Pros: great service Cons: dresses not in great shape under $600 more

Depends what you're looking for 6/26/2009

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. Cons: selection, dressing rooms, policies more

Huge Fan of Vows 11/10/2008

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. Pros: Excellent value, quality, beautiful dresses Cons: Limited sizes and styles more

THANK YOU - Selection and Pricing 5/17/2008

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. Pros: selection, service, pricing more

Huge Selection - Great Customer Service 4/29/2008

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. Pros: Huge selection, great customer service more

Rip Offs 4/3/2008

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. more

Designer gowns at a fraction of the cost 1/14/2008

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. Pros: Savings, selection, service Cons: not enough dressing rooms(can be busy) more

LOVED IT!!! 12/1/2007

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. more

50/50 9/28/2007

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. Pros: discounted merchandise Cons: still expensive, unfriendly service more

Great if you are a 'sample' size 2/22/2007

The vast vast majority (I'd say 90%) of the dresses at Vows are the standard ""6"" sample size. You buy the dresses off the rack(room) here, so if you can't fit into sample sizes, it's probably not worth going. Their isn't much of a selection of their dresses that are size 8+, and the majority of those were more like size 22. That said, its an place worth experiencing, just don't go on a Saturday. You best bet is during the week, when they actually do take appointments. If you do go on a Saturday be prepared for a wait to use the dressing room, so you'll want a good idea of what kind of dress you are looking for before you go in. more

overrated 9/23/2006

Didn't really think prices were amazing (as rumored - ""rackroom"" seems to be overstating it), just less than full. Went on a Saturday, when they don't accept appointments and the process was a little crazy. Good selection of dresses, service was okay, but they didn't have the real eye for dress matching that other shops seem to have. more

check this place out 1/5/2006

very nice staff, no pressure but helpful. know that the gowns haven't been cleaned yet and most are sample sixe 10, but can all be taken in if you're smaller. i would suggest going there having already determined what type of wedding dress looks good on your body type, as most dresses won't fit unless you're a 10 and you won't know what it will truly look like until after it's been altered. amazing markdowns, definatley check this place out for discount designer gowns. Pros: no pressure, discount prices, nice staff more

Highly Recommend VOWS! 11/3/2005

Vows was great! I knew I wanted to get a sample because I love designer gowns, but couldn't get one on my budget.. The prices were great- the lowest I had found.. and they had Vera Wangs and Moniques... I thought that the staff was very helpful and not pushy-at all. The woman I worked with had a ton of great ideas. They also include the cleaning and repairing of their gowns. My mom and I had a great experience there- I would definitely recommend that you check them out! I am planning on using their seamstress as well- I have heard great things about her too! Try to go for an appt during the week if possible, if not you can go on a Saturday! Pros: great dresses, great staff, great prices more

great resource 9/11/2005

I approached this place with some skepticism, but I was NOT disappointed. A much larger selection than I expected, with elegant designer dresses well-organized in categories (sheath, ball, a-line, etc). Staff was not snooty but very knowledgeable and helpful - who cares what they are wearing! As for the dresses being dirty - they are store samples which is why they are over 50% off. The store has a cleaning guarantee - they clean the dress for you and if it does not end up perfect, you get your deposit back. A great resource for a budget-conscious bride. Two notes: Most dresses are a sample size 10, so if you are a lot bigger or smaller, it is harder to find something that fits. Also, go on a weekday when you can get a private appointment - saturday is very busy and there was a wait for a fitting room. Pros: selection, service, price Cons: crowded on sat. more

Sloppy service and a dirty dress 7/8/2005

There was little that was appealing about the 'designer' bridal outlet. Aside from the Vera Wang gowns, the dresses were plain and over priced. The system of changing rooms and choosing dresses was extremely disorganized resulting in misplaced dresses. The staff was less than helpful, inexperienced, and dressed like cheap mall store clerks, as opposed to designer handlers. Not to mention the dresses were absolutely filthy. Were they white or gray? I couldn't tell because they were so handled. Pros: Good parking Cons: Overpriced, Poor Staff more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    Vows Bridal Outlet aims to help the budget bride find a dream gown at an earthly price. The simple showroom is stocked with designer bridal gowns straight from the magazines....

  • 12/1/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    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
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    American Express, Master Card, Visa, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Nonamtum, Chestnut Hill

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