The Spring 2014 bridal season is unavoidably upon us. Trunk shows abound. Bridal shows large and small are in the works. And in the process, many brides are going to find that they cannot afford the designer dress that they absolutely must have.
Marry Go Round
807 W. Gray
Madeline Curtis and her mother, Judy Salvato, are not strangers to this problem. When the two went looking for wedding gowns for Curtis’s upcoming nuptials, they were stunned at the cost of dresses. The duo eventually decided that a consignment shop would be a perfect addition to Houston’s wedding scene, and Marry Go Round was born.
The shop specializes in wedding gown consignment, offering over 600 new, sample, and gently worn dresses for those who want something spectacular without the sticker shock—most gowns sell for between $600 to $800, though they do carry ones as low as $99 and as high as $3,000.
If you’re open to going the consignment couture route, prepare for a different experience than a traditional bridal salon, where you try on samples, have a dress ordered in your size, and wait months to get it. At a consignment shop, what you see is what you get.
“Since we’re consignment, we don’t order dresses and we don’t have back stock,” said Sarah Heddins, bridal consultant. “We sell right off the rack like regular shopping. We don’t know what we’ll have at any given time—I can get in a David’s Bridal dress, then get in a Vera Wang or a Monique Lhuillier. We carry a lot of different styles—they just have to be three-years-old or younger, in great condition, and dry cleaned before we accept them. Many have never even been worn.”
Over seven years later, the demand for discounted dresses is still strong, and the shop has had to enforce a strict appointment policy to keep up with demand.
“We’re a small shop and our appointments fill up quickly, especially Saturday appointments,” Heddins said. “Make sure you call ahead if you want to try on gowns.”