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BhS Bridal Range

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13.02.2001

Advantages:
availability has improved

Disadvantages:
for the money you can get better elsewhere

Recommendable No:

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Selection & range

In store customer service

Staff knowledge

Waiting / queues

City / Branch addressromford/oxford street

Frequency of visitMonthly

PriceVery high

Value for moneyVery poor

AvailabilityI usually find what I am looking for

QualitySatisfactory

After-sales serviceSatisfactory

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The title of this piece should read like a joke - as that is what their range of bridal wear is. BhS stopped their bridal wear range some time ago following multiple scandals of dresses not turning up on time, sizes being permanently out of stock etc.... After a short breathing space they have relaunched the bridal range but this time it appears to be more "off-the-peg".

I don't know who they have lined up as designers but the words "what designers" spring to mind. The dresses are amongst the most uninspired I have ever seen (and belive me I have seen a lot!). I gave them the benefit of the doubt and tried a couple on. Now granted, I may not be "miss perfect figure 2001" but I am a pretty normal size 12 but I am not certain what creature the dresses were modeled on for it certainly was not human... they were the most awful shape ever. What makes the whole thing even worse is that they are not being sold for an "off-the-peg" price.

If you want an off-the-peg dress I would suggest looking at some of the evening wear shops or try to shop around sale periods where department stores sell off thier samples - BHS is just not worth it, you will not get trained staff assisting you and the changing rooms are far too small to try on your dress comfortably. If you are spending a couple of hundred on a dress which you are only going to wear for a few hours you might as well get as much assistance and advice as possible.

It's not all bad though... worth a look is their collection of headresses. Again not overly inspired but there are a couple of pretty pieces.

Their bridesmaids dresses are better too provided your bridesmaid is under about 8yrs - any older and they will look like giant dolls!


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fallen121 25.06.2003 23:49

I got married in a registry office so fortunately never had this problem.........!!

mattygroves 17.12.2002 19:09

Where DID you get your dress in the end? How Ciao has changed since the early days :) If you ever update this (not that you need bother, really), you know the routine by now...more about the store yadda yadda...*grin*. Cheers, Kate

Ciaoboy 04.10.2002 14:13

Hmm, wonder what you were doing around this time? ;-)

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"very helpful" by (56%):

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  2. Ciaoboy
  3. philmuss

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  2. fallen121
  3. mattygroves

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