Valentine's Bridal

★★★☆☆
  • 5702 Myakka Ct

    Raleigh, NC 27616

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  • 919-624-2047

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Love! Love! Love! Dottie is the Best @ what she does!!! I am a professional wedding planner....and refer all my brides to her for alterations!!! She is simply the best!! I have been using her services since 2006...she sold me my wedding dress and then when my son was born she used my wedding dress to make his christening outfit....BEAUTIFUL!!!!!it is now a family heirloom!!!
Monique Hutcheson,
Sparkling Affairs by Monique

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★★★★★

Love! Love! Love! Dottie is the Best @ what she does!!! I am a professional wedding planner....and refer all my brides to her for alterations!!! She is simply the best!! I have been using her services since 2006...she sold me my wedding dress and then when my son was born she used my wedding dress to make his christening outfit....BEAUTIFUL!!!!!it is now a family heirloom!!!
Monique Hutcheson,
Sparkling Affairs by Monique

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Dottie Valentine is, hands down, the most gifted and knowledgeable bridal seamstress in the area. She knows what works and how to get things just right, and will be forthright and honest with you every step of the way. Her original designs are spectacular, and I wish I had found her before I purchased my dress elsewhere. She literally took something that was wrong in so many ways and made it elegant, classic, and simply lovely. And, did I mention she worked her magic weeks before it was even scheduled to be done? Brides, if you have your dress, do yourself a favor and take it to Dottie for alterations. If you have a design in mind, take it to her-no doubt she can bring it to life for you! Could not be more pleased. Thanks, Dottie!!

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★★★★★

Dottie Valentine is, hands down, the most gifted and knowledgeable bridal seamstress in the area. She knows what works and how to get things just right, and will be forthright and honest with you every step of the way. Her original designs are spectacular, and I wish I had found her before I purchased my dress elsewhere. She literally took something that was wrong in so many ways and made it elegant, classic, and simply lovely. And, did I mention she worked her magic weeks before it was even scheduled to be done? Brides, if you have your dress, do yourself a favor and take it to Dottie for alterations. If you have a design in mind, take it to her-no doubt she can bring it to life for you! Could not be more pleased. Thanks, Dottie!!

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She is amazing! I completely trust her. She knows what's she's doing and will not steer you wrong! Worth the drive and the money!

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★★★★★

She is amazing! I completely trust her. She knows what's she's doing and will not steer you wrong! Worth the drive and the money!

Pros: A dressmaker not a tailor!

Cons: none!

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This shop is very small and has a small selection as well. The owner is very hands on and knows a lot about alterations and sewing. Appointments were easier to get here.

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★★★★☆

This shop is very small and has a small selection as well. The owner is very hands on and knows a lot about alterations and sewing. Appointments were easier to get here.

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I called her in the morning for help with my Mother of the Bride dress. She was able to fit me in the same day. She made my dress fit perfectly. There wasn't anything major to do so she fixed the dress while I waited. The small things that she did made a huge difference....she knew exactly what to do. We had the nicest chat while she worked. It was the best experience. Her fee was half of what I expected.
Now... for all of you that say she is rude.... Here is the deal.. she doesn't tolerate rudeness. So I am going to guess those who complained were rude first. Don't miss out on this lovely lady!!!

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★★★★★

I called her in the morning for help with my Mother of the Bride dress. She was able to fit me in the same day. She made my dress fit perfectly. There wasn't anything major to do so she fixed the dress while I waited. The small things that she did made a huge difference....she knew exactly what to do. We had the nicest chat while she worked. It was the best experience. Her fee was half of what I expected.
Now... for all of you that say she is rude.... Here is the deal.. she doesn't tolerate rudeness. So I am going to guess those who complained were rude first. Don't miss out on this lovely lady!!!

Pros: Great ability and a kind person

Cons: zero

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Dottie Valentine now works out of her home. Yes, she is opinionated as others have said. BUT this is because she has a design degree and she truly has an eye for detail and what would look best. She spent 4 hours with me in total on our two visits. I purchased my gown at Carolina Bridal and Dottie made the alterations. Her attention to the detail I needed in my dress was superb. Dottie knows what she is doing when making alterations. I highly recommend her. I was open to her suggestions and they actually made my gown look fantastic on me! For the bride who knows what she wants, Dottie will do it and for the bride who needs help deciding, Dottie has a great eye and will steer you in the right direction. Don't be afraid to speak up- I wanted a particular bustle and she made it for me. She also took the time to re-sew my buttons on the back of the dress as they had a strange gap in them that didn't look "just right". Her prices are more than fair. I believe I lucked out by finding Dottie! For all you brides out there, good luck and I hope that you have as good an experience with your alterations as I did!

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★★★★★

Dottie Valentine now works out of her home. Yes, she is opinionated as others have said. BUT this is because she has a design degree and she truly has an eye for detail and what would look best. She spent 4 hours with me in total on our two visits. I purchased my gown at Carolina Bridal and Dottie made the alterations. Her attention to the detail I needed in my dress was superb. Dottie knows what she is doing when making alterations. I highly recommend her. I was open to her suggestions and they actually made my gown look fantastic on me! For the bride who knows what she wants, Dottie will do it and for the bride who needs help deciding, Dottie has a great eye and will steer you in the right direction. Don't be afraid to speak up- I wanted a particular bustle and she made it for me. She also took the time to re-sew my buttons on the back of the dress as they had a strange gap in them that didn't look "just right". Her prices are more than fair. I believe I lucked out by finding Dottie! For all you brides out there, good luck and I hope that you have as good an experience with your alterations as I did!

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it's a small little shop so it doesn't have a huge selection. but instead, you're suppposed to look through a bunch of binders with pictures of dresses and then order one you like w/o trying it on first. so strange.
i didn't pick up on the rude attitude others have mentioned, but it just wasn't the shop for me.

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★★☆☆☆

it's a small little shop so it doesn't have a huge selection. but instead, you're suppposed to look through a bunch of binders with pictures of dresses and then order one you like w/o trying it on first. so strange.
i didn't pick up on the rude attitude others have mentioned, but it just wasn't the shop for me.

Pros: location

Cons: small selection

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The owner of this store is very forward, to say the least. But, she does so with all the best of intentions. She is passionate about her work and service she provides the ladies that visit her shop. I went in looking for a specific dress and they did not have that dress available for me to try on; so the owner recommended another dress that was similar. I LOVED IT!! The next day she stayed open an extra 2 hours so my parents and maid of honor could see my dress and try on MOB gowns and bridesmaids? gowns. I never once felt pressured or rushed or insulted by the owner during any of my interactions with her. I think this store is a hidden treasure in Raleigh and I would recommend it to anyone.

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★★★★★

The owner of this store is very forward, to say the least. But, she does so with all the best of intentions. She is passionate about her work and service she provides the ladies that visit her shop. I went in looking for a specific dress and they did not have that dress available for me to try on; so the owner recommended another dress that was similar. I LOVED IT!! The next day she stayed open an extra 2 hours so my parents and maid of honor could see my dress and try on MOB gowns and bridesmaids? gowns. I never once felt pressured or rushed or insulted by the owner during any of my interactions with her. I think this store is a hidden treasure in Raleigh and I would recommend it to anyone.

Pros: Great Service, Remarkable Prices

Cons: Store is small and crowded

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I just read the reviews about Valentine's Bridal, and I am shocked! I found my dress there, and it was the first time I went shopping for dresses! I don't think the owner is pushy or rude, just honest. I would rather someone tell me a dress looks awful, then let me buy something that didn't flatter my body. And the prices? I got an extra 20% off, because because I bought my dress in December, and she allows payment plans. Try that at David's Bridal, or at Carolina Herrera. I recommend Valentine's Bridal to anyone that asks.

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★★★★☆

I just read the reviews about Valentine's Bridal, and I am shocked! I found my dress there, and it was the first time I went shopping for dresses! I don't think the owner is pushy or rude, just honest. I would rather someone tell me a dress looks awful, then let me buy something that didn't flatter my body. And the prices? I got an extra 20% off, because because I bought my dress in December, and she allows payment plans. Try that at David's Bridal, or at Carolina Herrera. I recommend Valentine's Bridal to anyone that asks.

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I didn't find the dress that I wanted. They have a small selection in the store to try, however, the people here were the nicest of all the places I went. I would highly recommend at least stopping by to see what they have.

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★★★★☆

I didn't find the dress that I wanted. They have a small selection in the store to try, however, the people here were the nicest of all the places I went. I would highly recommend at least stopping by to see what they have.

Pros: great service

Cons: small selection

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I got my wedding dress there almost a year ago. The owner never seemed to be able to remember my name or that I had made an appointment. She was abrasive and rude. I ended up getting a really good deal on a dress, and the alterations were superb, but the attitude left me not wanting to recommend anyone I know go there. When I told her (prior to purchasing the dress) that I wanted to think about it... she was almost to the point of argumentative with me.. asking me WHY I had to think about it. And oh yeah, she was very smug and almost "I told you so" when I went back to get it. It was just a miserable experience and had I found a dress I liked better someplace else I would have gotten it there.

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★☆☆☆☆

I got my wedding dress there almost a year ago. The owner never seemed to be able to remember my name or that I had made an appointment. She was abrasive and rude. I ended up getting a really good deal on a dress, and the alterations were superb, but the attitude left me not wanting to recommend anyone I know go there. When I told her (prior to purchasing the dress) that I wanted to think about it... she was almost to the point of argumentative with me.. asking me WHY I had to think about it. And oh yeah, she was very smug and almost "I told you so" when I went back to get it. It was just a miserable experience and had I found a dress I liked better someplace else I would have gotten it there.

Pros: Good Price, Alterations

Cons: Attitude

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This store is small and has a small selection of dresses. While I did find one there that I had not seen elsewhere and they did have some larger sized dresses available to try on, I was not impressed. They also would not let me take a picture of myself in the dress, wouldn't give much info on the dress, etc. which seemed odd and a bit sketchy. They were a little pushy and I did not like the salesperson helping me. I would not recommend going here unless they have a specific dress that you want. The prices were not great either.

PROS: larger sizes
CONS: small selection

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★★☆☆☆

This store is small and has a small selection of dresses. While I did find one there that I had not seen elsewhere and they did have some larger sized dresses available to try on, I was not impressed. They also would not let me take a picture of myself in the dress, wouldn't give much info on the dress, etc. which seemed odd and a bit sketchy. They were a little pushy and I did not like the salesperson helping me. I would not recommend going here unless they have a specific dress that you want. The prices were not great either.

PROS: larger sizes
CONS: small selection

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I stopped by Valentines to look for a bridal gown. They had a very limited selection and it was difficult to look at the gowns bc they were all crammed on one wall. The staff was not unfriendly, but were not very welcoming or helpful. I would not recommend this place.

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★★☆☆☆

I stopped by Valentines to look for a bridal gown. They had a very limited selection and it was difficult to look at the gowns bc they were all crammed on one wall. The staff was not unfriendly, but were not very welcoming or helpful. I would not recommend this place.

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I bought my dress here and though I love my dress, I could not stand the owner of this place. She was pushy, rude, condescending, and incompetant. She promised me one price for the alterations when I bought my dress and quoted me $150 higher when I took it back for alterations. She then made like she was doing me a favor by meeting me in the middle. Of the number of times I went in there she never remembered my name and always insulted me by saying oh are you so and so (NO), oh your wedding is in Kentucky (NO), that's right you are getting married in May (NO). She could never get anything right. Additionally, I called and told her I needed the dress in May instead of June (I called in January) and even confirmed it with her 3 times. I called in April to see when it would be ready and she had no record of me wanting it before June. The woman is too pushy and just plain rude. You deserve better for your big day!

PROS: I did like my dress...
CONS: Pushy, not true to word, insulting...

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★☆☆☆☆

I bought my dress here and though I love my dress, I could not stand the owner of this place. She was pushy, rude, condescending, and incompetant. She promised me one price for the alterations when I bought my dress and quoted me $150 higher when I took it back for alterations. She then made like she was doing me a favor by meeting me in the middle. Of the number of times I went in there she never remembered my name and always insulted me by saying oh are you so and so (NO), oh your wedding is in Kentucky (NO), that's right you are getting married in May (NO). She could never get anything right. Additionally, I called and told her I needed the dress in May instead of June (I called in January) and even confirmed it with her 3 times. I called in April to see when it would be ready and she had no record of me wanting it before June. The woman is too pushy and just plain rude. You deserve better for your big day!

PROS: I did like my dress...
CONS: Pushy, not true to word, insulting...

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I got over the attitude as mentioned by most of the reviewers because I felt the experience the owner brought to the table surely meant the alterations would be outstanding. Afterall, her store information states that it is not unreasonable to expect to pay a lot for quality alterations. My gown alterations were almost $200 which included 3 bustles (2 of which broke the night of the wedding causing a 3" tear in the top layer organza) and slight take up of the bottom of the gown - no lace or detail to work around. Bridesmaids gowns were not up to par and the tuxes didn't fit appropriately - even though she measured the men herself. Two of the gowns were not ready until the week of the wedding. Those issues along with the poor attitude really took away from the magical moments of that aspect of the wedding planning.

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★☆☆☆☆

I got over the attitude as mentioned by most of the reviewers because I felt the experience the owner brought to the table surely meant the alterations would be outstanding. Afterall, her store information states that it is not unreasonable to expect to pay a lot for quality alterations. My gown alterations were almost $200 which included 3 bustles (2 of which broke the night of the wedding causing a 3" tear in the top layer organza) and slight take up of the bottom of the gown - no lace or detail to work around. Bridesmaids gowns were not up to par and the tuxes didn't fit appropriately - even though she measured the men herself. Two of the gowns were not ready until the week of the wedding. Those issues along with the poor attitude really took away from the magical moments of that aspect of the wedding planning.

Pros: Small, Independantly-owned, Flexible Hours

Cons: Quality, Pricing, Attitude

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True, the owner has a very opinionated way of choosing dresses for you, but that's because she knows her stuff and if you are going to look ridiculous in a dress she's not going to allow you to purchase it from her without giving you a little grief. She put me through about twenty dresses in like and hour and I hated every one. I came back and we went through some more, and BOOM! I found the one. Frankly I am glad she was opinionated enough, unlike some big name bridal shops that don't seem to have time for you with a million people running around. If you like personal attention and someone with years of experience, this is the place to go.

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★★★★★

True, the owner has a very opinionated way of choosing dresses for you, but that's because she knows her stuff and if you are going to look ridiculous in a dress she's not going to allow you to purchase it from her without giving you a little grief. She put me through about twenty dresses in like and hour and I hated every one. I came back and we went through some more, and BOOM! I found the one. Frankly I am glad she was opinionated enough, unlike some big name bridal shops that don't seem to have time for you with a million people running around. If you like personal attention and someone with years of experience, this is the place to go.

Pros: Very Reasonable Price, Lots Of experience, Very straightforward

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I experienced the same overbearing attitude of the owner as the other review mentions, although I did take away a few ideas of what I ended up looking for in a dress to complement my body (at other shops). I did not buy my dress there thank goodness, but unfortunately my mom did. My mom needed a smaller size but the owner pressured her into buying the dress that came in the shop, so my mom ended up paying for alterations that cost almost as much as the dress. The alterations were also not ready on time. It was just a frustrating experience. If you do go there, you must have the attitude to stand up to the woman.

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★☆☆☆☆

I experienced the same overbearing attitude of the owner as the other review mentions, although I did take away a few ideas of what I ended up looking for in a dress to complement my body (at other shops). I did not buy my dress there thank goodness, but unfortunately my mom did. My mom needed a smaller size but the owner pressured her into buying the dress that came in the shop, so my mom ended up paying for alterations that cost almost as much as the dress. The alterations were also not ready on time. It was just a frustrating experience. If you do go there, you must have the attitude to stand up to the woman.

Pros: nice selection

Cons: pressure from owner, alteration costs

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My encounter with Valentine's Bridal turned sour immediately after the ink cooled on my credit card receipt for my dress. The alterations took longer than expected and were WRONG. The dress was altered to be too small for me and one of the straps was twisted. Needless to say, I have incurred more time, expense, and angst in the attempt to have the dress corrected. In the end, the dress may not be fixed and I may need to get another. One's wedding is a particularly emotional (and expensive) time in a person's life - I would definitely steer any brides-to-be far, far from this shop.

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★☆☆☆☆

My encounter with Valentine's Bridal turned sour immediately after the ink cooled on my credit card receipt for my dress. The alterations took longer than expected and were WRONG. The dress was altered to be too small for me and one of the straps was twisted. Needless to say, I have incurred more time, expense, and angst in the attempt to have the dress corrected. In the end, the dress may not be fixed and I may need to get another. One's wedding is a particularly emotional (and expensive) time in a person's life - I would definitely steer any brides-to-be far, far from this shop.

Pros: affordable dresses

Cons: , rude service

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This was the first store I visited in my bridal gown search, and I was extremely upset by the time I left. The woman who helped me was overbearing and rude. I understand it is her job to help me find the perfect dress, but I ended up trying on ten different dresses only two of which I actually selected. The third one I selected I was not allowed to try on because "it wouldn't look right" on me. I did not appreciate her attitude, and the way I was treated in general. It was a miserable experience.

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★★☆☆☆

This was the first store I visited in my bridal gown search, and I was extremely upset by the time I left. The woman who helped me was overbearing and rude. I understand it is her job to help me find the perfect dress, but I ended up trying on ten different dresses only two of which I actually selected. The third one I selected I was not allowed to try on because "it wouldn't look right" on me. I did not appreciate her attitude, and the way I was treated in general. It was a miserable experience.

Pros: decent selection, good prices

Cons: overbearing saleslady

 

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