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Dress & Attire in Virginia Beach, VA,
(757) 962-1466
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4.6 out of 5
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  • 92 Reviews


    courtney

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  • With my future wedding anniversary coming up i go back to that perfect memory of my perfect dress I’ll never forget it and i owe it to Ava Clara couture !!! Best of the best !!!!!

    Liz

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  • Ava Clara has an incredible selection, friendly staff and beautiful space! You'll feel seriously bridal as soon as you step into the salon.

    Megan

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  • Ava Clara Bridal made my dress shopping experience amazing! My first consultation was with Alex, the owner, who truly has a passion for what she does. I didn't realize she was the owner until I asked her how long she had been working there haha. She has such a knowledge and love for what she does and it shows. She choose the first gown that I tried on and it ended up being the dress that I chose. She ensures that you feel comfortable during the entire process and never pushes you to make a decision you aren't ready for. I didn't purchase the dress on my first visit. I visited a couple more bridal salons and tried on way too many dresses but kept going back to that first one. I even tried on the dress at a few other bridal salons but decided to go back to Ava Clara to purchase the dress based on the amazing experience they provided on my first visit. The rest of her employees are very nice and knowledgeable as well. I used their in house seamstress for my alterations - she was great and... Read more

    Sarah

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    5 out of 5
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  • I had originally found THE dress in NC where I live with one of my bridesmaids. I wanted my parents there to see the dress so I made an apt at Ava Clara and brought my family with me. They knew which dress and which designer I had in mind instantly. No second guessing I had found the dress. I was an out of state bride and they worked with me and referred a seamstress who was perfect! They even recombed my veil that was my mom's. The whole experience was incredible and I got the obligatory "YES" picture!

    Chavon

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  • Being a bride and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints meant that I was looking for a modest wedding gown that had class, style, made me feel beautiful, and most importantly honored God and my husband to be on my wedding day. After visiting several other studios I was fearful I might not find such a gown and then I went to Ava Clara. Melinda was wonderful and took the time to understand my needs and desires and to help me find the perfect gown for me. Her suggestions were right on and she definitely knew what I wanted even before I did! I love this studio and will continue to recommend them.

    Reegan

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    5 out of 5
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  • Ava Clara was a life saver for me!! I was in a pretty big bind only a couple months out from my wedding when I found out I was not going to be getting what I ordered. I went to them and not only was the customer service outstanding but the quality of my attire was amazing! They expedited my order so I could have it on time and I couldn't be more thankful! Great place to shop for all your wedding needs!!!

    Amber

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    5 out of 5
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  • Ava Clara Couture went above and beyond to make sure my wedding dress experience was exceptional. The first time I came in I told Alex my budget and what I was looking for and she found the perfect dress within those parameters. It was literally the first dress I tried on and I fell in love. I ended up losing some weight throughout the next few months and had to get a considerable amount of alterations. Alex and Melanie worked with me to help me keep everything within budget with the veil and the additional alterations. They were beyond accommodating and even made additional alterations to the dress at no extra charge just two days before the big day. The dress was perfect, and fit me great! I couldn't have been happier with my experience at Ava Clara and have already been telling everyone I know looking for dresses that that is the place to go!

    Charlotte

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    5 out of 5
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  • Alex saved my wedding day! After finding out that I could not get my dress nor my bridesmaids dresses; I saw Ava Clara online and went into to discuss dresses. They not only recouped my two bridesmaids dresses, but they found a better dress for my Matron of Honor. A bride's nightmares are for something to happen to her dress and/or for the dress not to fit; well both happened to me. I was so anxious when I first walked into Ava Clara, but Melinda and Alex helped to relax and stayed open later until I found the perfect dress. Alex found the dress of my husband's dreams and made my day more special than I could have imagined.

    Andrea

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  • I went to 3 other places before coming here, and I wish it was the first and only place I went to! I wanted a modest dress with sleeves which was a little tougher to find given the love for strapless, skin exposing dresses out there. My consultant Melinda instantly was able to find me exactly what I was looking for and was very calm and encouraging throughout the process without making me feel any kind of pressure or need to buy. She encouraged me to find a dress where I didn't want to change anything about it rather than finding a good dress but modifying it a lot. It was the best advice, and I knew I found "the one" when there wasn't anything I disliked about it! I went back a second time to show my mother, and she absolutely fell in love with my dress too! Melinda is an excellent consultant, and I encourage anyone looking to meet her at least once :)

    Casey

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    5 out of 5
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  • I had the absolute perfect experience with Ava Clara. All of the staff, especially Gina, were so helpful and wonderful to work with! They had so many beautiful gowns to choose from in all different styles and price ranges. Ultimately, I found my absolute dream gown with their help, and I couldn't have been happier in it on my wedding day. Thanks for such high-quality customer service and for helping make my wedding day perfect!

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    Thank you so much for the kind words and sharing your lovely photos! We loved working with you, Casey! You were a beautiful bride!

    Kate

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  • Beautiful selection but disappointing customer service. I found my dream dress, ordered, paid the deposit and waited patiently for it to come in. When it arrived, it was two inches too short - you could see the top of my feet! The sales associate responded that I "must have been looking down when they measured me". As a professional, I'd expect them to tell me to stand up straight if that was even the case. They refused to order a new dress, but did cover the cost of adding additional lace at the bottom (It looks great, but I was devastated that they had to band aid the dress). I then won tickets to a bridal show from a giveaway they posted on Instagram. I was out of the country for the holidays, and asked if I could pick it up a day later than what they had posted, and they declined, stating I'd have to have someone pick them up for me. I had hoped, with the trouble with my dress, they'd extend that courtesy to me, and was surprised when they didn't. I went in yesterday to pick up my ... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    We sincerely apologize for any undue stress. The appointment you were scheduled for was a pick up only. We understood that you wanted to try on your gown again; however, we had pressed the gown earlier that day and discouraged putting it on before the wedding day. We were under the impression that you had a final fitting with a seamstress outside of Ava Clara, eliminating the need to try everything on again. As for the steaming of your belt, we do not press items that were not purchased from our store for liability reasons. We have no record of your mother calling to ask for such. Melinda was simply giving you instructions on how to press the belt. To address your other concerns, we felt that you were quite pleased after the initial purchase of your gown, especially after receiving a discount on the gown and veil. When your gown arrived, we immediately offered to fix the hem, which turned out to be a design issue. Nevertheless, we sprung into action by having our referred seamstress add lace to the front at no cost to you. We felt certain, and still do, that you cannot notice that there is added lace at the bottom, thus resolving the situation. In regards to the bridal show tickets, we were given an end date by the host of the bridal show to give away tickets. Of course we would have extended the pick up date for you, however that was simply not in our control. We pride ourselves here at Ava Clara for going above and beyond for our brides, as we understand the stressors a wedding brings. To say that we are interested in just the sale is completely false and frankly, defamatory. We understand your frustrations and we absolutely were here the entire time to listen and help in any way we could. Again, we apologize for having a family emergency that caused us to close early. Best wishes on your wedding day.

    Katherine

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • I loved working with Alex and everyone at Ava Clara. I had different ideas in mind for what I wanted in a wedding dress and they were able to turn those into a complete vision. My dress was customized to include a built-in corset and three-quarter sleeves, things I didn't even know could be done! Additionally, when the designer did not follow the proper measurements and my first fitting was a nightmare, the staff at Ava Clara took care of everything to make it absolutely perfect. The one thing I wish had been different would be that when I made an appointment to first see my dress after the designer shipped it, that appointment was not an alterations appointment. I wish that had been better communicated and/or given as an option because I was driving several hours from DC to be there. That being said, their seamstress did a wonderful job fixing the designer's mistake and creating a beautiful bustle.

    Rachael

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    4 out of 5
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  • We enjoyed our experience with Ava Clara. Gina was very sweet and helpful and we were able to find a beautiful dress that in the end I loved. My only complaint would be the sales people should know the type of dress that is best for each body type and make recommendations based on that. Sometimes the dress you love will fit you differently when it comes in and the difference between the showroom dress and your dress should be talked about. I have a very small bust and the dress I chose was very wrong for my body. I also was extremely disappointed with their alterations recommendation, if you buy a dress from Ava Clara, look elsewhere for alterations. The woman (very nice) didn’t know how to fix the problem without adding 2 DD padded cups into my dress. I don’t have a bust, how does adding that much padding even make sense? Overall the experience was good, and now it’s the only high-end shop in town.

    Kirsten

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    4.7 out of 5
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  • They were so helpful and amazing to work with! They were great about staying within my budget and had incredible dresses in their showroom. It didn't take long before I found my dream dress at an amazing price point.

    Karen

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  • I enjoyed my experience at Ava Clara sooo much.... I went to three different shops and this was the last one.... I told Melinda that i loved Sophia Tolli dresses and together we found the perfect gown for me....

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