Member Since: 9/4/2012
The wedding dress buying process can be terrible and stressful. Luckily, Amy Kuschel makes it easy!
If you want a classic, simple type wedding dress, this is the place to go. I don't think there's anything with beads, sequins, sparkles, etc in the shop. Everything is high quality silks, lace, etc. It's the kind of dress you won't look back on in 20 years and say "What was I thinking??"
Everyone at the shop was always so great in helping me out. Alexis was my sales person - and she really helped me understand the dresses and helped my find the one that was best for me (it wasn't one of the ones I had my eye on, but it was perfect). Then, the fitting process is great with the seamstress team and took way less time than I had anticipated.
Thought, I did have a last minute freakout that the dress was actually a little too tight under my arms, so I went back 10 days before the wedding, we changed undergarments, and decided to actually make one more round of alterations to the dress. Teresa (the sales floor manager) was AMAZING through that process in helping to calm my fears about the dress and got the changes done with just days before the wedding.
Overall - I couldn't have asked for a better experience in buying my wedding gown. Considering the service and experience, the cost of the dresses are SO reasonable compared to other places.
The only negative about anything was that during my wedding, the bustle on my dress didn't seem to hold while dancing. (Maybe I was just dancing too much!) The buttons ended up popping off, and we had to safety pin the dress up a couple different times. Unfortunately, that meant that the lining of my dress is now pretty damaged. But - I was only planning on wearing it once, so I'm not too bummed about it.
Thanks again to the Amy Kuschel team!
Member Since: 9/14/2011
Every bride should have an Amy Kuschel experience. They make you feel soo special and very important, their dresses are absolutely beautiful!!
Member Since: 4/12/2012
I didn't end up buying my dress here, but it was wonderful to visit their shop. Excellent service, beautiful dresses, and they are made locally. They are even willing to help you make adjustments to the dresses--small custom touches so you can make the dress your dream dress. As far as prices go, it is probably in the middle--not your $6000+ price tags, but definitely more than $1000, so it is no bargain but you get great value.
Member Since: 8/14/2009
Not only did I find the dress of my dreams at Amy Kuschel, the experience here is like no other. They create the dress FOR you at their boutique which is such an amazing and unique experience. Each time I got to go up there it was so much fun and everyone was always so sweet I will really miss going up there. Now on to my dress- I have never received so many compliments in my life. My dress was so different and unique no one had seen anything like it and people just told me I looked like I was out of a magazine, even my photographer who has been in the industry for 30 years said he had never seen anything like it. In other words, go to Amy Kuschel they will make your dreams come true!
Member Since: 1/9/2011
As soon as the elevator doors opened into the sunny 5th floor I knew I was going to buy my dress there. I had tried on about 30 dresses prior to finding a picture of the Viva dress online. I went in specifically to try on that dress, and it was just what I was looking for! Romantic, elegant, modern and classic all at the same time! I had it altered to a sweetheart neckline. I worked with Katrina throughout the entire process, and she is absolutely wonderful! Very sweet, attentive, helpful and has an amazing attention to detail. She listened to what I wanted, and made sure that my dress was PERFECT for me-and it was! At Amy Kuschel they custom make their dresses, so I didn't have to worry about buying a size to fit my petite frame. The dress was constructed FOR ME. The proportions were perfect. I could not be happier with my dress and my experience!!
Member Since: 6/29/2011
The entire experience at AK was just amazing, from my first appointment trying on dresses to picking it up the week before my wedding. Just walking into the studio makes you feel like you're trying on gowns in a movie. Hope was fabulous to work with and they are all so attentive and helpful. I ended up buying some jewelry as well as my veil from AK and the entire experience was simply perfect.
Member Since: 1/22/2012
I chose Amy Kuschel because I wanted the experience of a couture dress, and they had a few options that fit my budget. Amy Kuschel was the first store I went to and the experience was lovely. I ultimately ended up choosing a dress from there after trying on at least 50 dresses from 6 or 7 stores.
The reason I don't give 5 stars is because on my first fitting with the 'real' dress I was paired up with a junior dress designer whose work had to be corrected on my next visit. My advice is that even if you're assigned a junior designer, make sure her work is checked by the older Chinese women while you're wearing the gown. My junior person tried to get their attention and when they didn't hear her, she forged ahead. On my next visit the older, more experienced women had to fix her work.
My other piece of advice is to know that the jewelry and hair pieces they carry are not heavily stocked. If you see something you like on the floor, grab it because it may be the only one. Or at least ask. I wasn't told this (by that same junior dress designer) and when I returned to buy the hair pins I liked, they were gone. I was lucky that they were having a trunk show the weekend before I was to leave for our wedding and there happened to be one set of hair pins that I liked, which I purchased. But that was a bit of a close call.
The dress fit perfectly. It was strapless, I'm very small on top, and not once on my wedding day did I feel the need to adjust or push up the dress.
The bustle didn't stay up all night. I have a photo of a friend adjusting it part-way through the reception, and it came down again later on. I was holding it up for the final portion of the night. Not sure if that's normal or not for bustles.
I give 4 stars for value only because I feel wedding dresses are obscenely priced based on the value of the materials, but these materials are locally sourced so I have to give AK props for that.
Member Since: 9/26/2011
I absolutely loved this store and really like a lot of the gowns. The service is so personal and there are so many options for customizing since they are the shop and the designer. The person who helped me was so fantastic and brought me so many different styles. It was an absolutely wonderful experience and I would highly recommend it to someone who is interested in classic designs.
Member Since: 8/29/2011
They made the dress in less than two months notice. My husband absolutely adores the dress!!
Member Since: 1/10/2011
Purchasing a dress from Amy Kuschel Bride was the smartest thing I'd done in finding the look for my wedding! Not only is the browsing experience pleasant (a quiet loft near Union Square, beautiful atmosphere, calm vibe), but so is trying on all of the unique options the designer has to offer. Rather than having 5,000 dresses in one size (usually a 0 or 2), Amy Kuschel has several sizes in stock for each of her 40+ designs. I found it made a huge impact to be able to actually try on the dress before purchase.
However, that was just the beginning. Because they make the dress upon order, I was able to modify it (lengthen the train, add buttons), and better yet, visit and try on the dress while it was in progress for various fittings. It made the whole experience so much more special, and it made the dress feel much more personal.
For a dress that I got to wear for only some hours on one day, I appreciate even more now the time I got to spend with the dress beforehand. It just made everything feel much more special!
Member Since: 5/17/2010
I spent and entire day shopping in the city with 8 family members. Not the ideal situation for most bridal stores to face. I found many amazing dresses. But, nothing can compare to my experience at Amy Kuschel Bride. Not only do they hand make their dresses just upstairs from the salon, but their staff is fantastic. I worked with Katrina, who we just adored. She and the other girls were so wonderful. They treated me and my family like their own family. They care so much about creating your dream dress. It felt amazing to have a dress made to my exact measurements. My dress came out perfect. It's also nice that their prices were very reasonable. Alterations are also included in the dress price.
Member Since: 4/8/2008
I loved my dress from Amy Kuschel and received so many compliments! They were a little more expensive than I wanted to spend it was amazing to have the dress custom made to fit me exactly. The employees are all very very as well though a few of them were a little to cheesy for me.
Member Since: 2/11/2011
I absolutely love my dress! So did everyone at the wedding!! I had a great experience shopping with Amy Kuschel Bride. They were friendly, professional, efficient, and most important - awesome quality with affordable price! I highly recommend them - definitely the place to find your dream dress without breaking your bank.
Member Since: 6/19/2011
I am not a typical bride, I have a 2 year old, am 45 years old and never really thought "The BIG Day" was the most important thing in the world. However, that said, I realized how important it was to me to feel pretty and comfortable. I picked Amy Kuschel because most of the dresses looked good on me, I liked the idea of someone making a dress just for me, and it's a local SF company who employs people right here. The dress I chose was stunning and the designer, Rung who helped me was incredibly professional and kind. From the moment you walk in, you don't feel pressured but offered assistance and advice if you want it. True, it is not cheap, but it comes down to how you want to spend your money on a wedding.
Member Since: 5/14/2010
I LOVED my dress and the entire experience of getting the dress, from having one individual work with me from start to finish, to getting to meet and work with the actual person making my dress, to having Amy herself help me decide which jewelery to wear with it. LOVED it!
Member Since: 1/1/2011
This was my third and final stop in my search for a dress. I spent countless hours browsing gowns online before making appointments so I could articulate what I thought I wanted. The one thing I knew with certainty was that I'm not a poofy princess/cupcake gown type of person. I soon fell in love with Amy's clean, timeless and unique gowns.
Her styles are chic, streamlined and not overworked. I went to other salons where I asked for simple and chic and got polyester & over-beaded, over-embroidered and over-crinolined. I knew before stepping foot in this place that Amy & I were dress soulmates.
Katrina was a great consultant - patient, honest and focused on making the experience great and productive. Keep in mind that your dress will be custom made, and being involved in the demi-couture process involves 3-4 fittings. But it's totally worth it because at the end of it all you'll have a custom gown that fits you better than you could ever imagine.
Hands down the best dress shopping experience I had. And yes, I found "the one" here - Kendra. She was beautifully tailored & fit like a glove. It was perfect.
Member Since: 11/11/2010
After hitting serval more traditional bridal salons in SF I was thrilled to find Amy Kuschel. Since they design and make all their dresses on site I was amazed to find that I didn'd need to order a dress 6-8 months in advance of my wedding. I was trying very hard to tone up and loses weight before they wedding and they were incredibly accomodating in holding off the start of the dress to the last possible minute. It was a good thing as I lost about two dress sizes from my first appointment. At any other salon that would have resulted in very expensive alteration charges. Not at Amy Kuschel, the dress is made for you and there really ar eno alteration charges. I also was pleased at the range of styles and prices - there is soemthing for everyone. Check out their web site all of their current styles are there and easy to view.
I also loved being in the salon itself - it is the great mix of SOHO loft and bridal fun. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
Member Since: 5/28/2010
My experience at Amy Kuschel was DIVINE. I have very simple taste and wanted an elegant dress without the fru-fru lace, beads, poofs, etc. Dresses like these are actually hard to find, and Amy Kuschel was chucked full of them! It's also a couture salon so after you select your gown, they build your very own dress according to your measurements. The sample I tried on and decided to ultimately buy looked pretty darn good, but when I tried on the dress made for me, it was breathtaking. It fit like a perfect glove. They are so patient and help you find THE dress according to your taste. And while they aren't cheap, if you're a 'decisive' bride and purchase your dress during the first 2 appointments, they'll knock $150 off the price. Excellent! I gave them 4/5 stars for value because their simple dresses without all the embellishments are affordable (at least by couture San Francisco standards!) I would go back to them in a heartbeat.
Member Since: 11/13/2009
I ordered my dress from Amy Kuschel bride and it was one of the best decisions I made! They had my dream dress and when you make your selection the alterations are included (unlike other bridal shops) because all dresses are made from scratch. Before they start cutting your dress they also bring you in for a second measurement which is great if you are fluctuating bride. This is really key so you have a great fit day of. They are very accomodating with schedules and I had a number of fittings - one just a day before I left for my event. They even had to make some tweak and didn't bat an eye. My dress was stunning and I could not have been more pleased with my experience and how I looked on my wedding day.
Member Since: 6/9/2010
Amy Kuschel was actually the first bridal shop dress that I went to after my best friend recommended her dresses. It was also the last dress shop as well. I worked with Katrina Horne, she was so sweet and helpful. I ordered my dress that night. Looking at the pictures, the dress was even more beautiful then I imagined. It was definitely on the more expensive side, but it was so incredibly worth it.
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Experience couture in our creative design studio environment located in San Francisco's Union Square. Begin by viewing our entire collection of elegant and modern custom-made bridal gowns. They're rich in luxurious silks and cleverly crafted to flatter more than just your figure with prices ranging from $1,500 to $2,300. Our highly skilled team will construct your dress specifically for you - from prototype to finished gown - to ensure the ultimate in couture fit and style.
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