I went to Love Boat because my friend bought her wedding dress there. I checked out other places in Korea town but to no avail (a sales girl at Bella Bridal in K-town said to me as she was helping me into a gown... "Wow, you look a lot smaller with your clothes on"... Yeah. I'm 5'7 and was a size 6/8 at the time). Anyway, Irene and Karen at Love Boat were great! This is not a place with fancy couches or free champagne. However, you will find similar dresses and designers as those fancy-pants store but at a much more reasonable price. I ended up purchasing a Mori Lee By Madeline Gardner Style 2608 for $1,000 (includes all alterations + bustle). I had the option to rent for cheaper but decided to buy instead. Note that I did buy the dress that was in-store instead of ordering a new one which would have been a little bit more. Irene, Karen and their seamstress worked with me to figure out the perfect alterations so that the dress hugged my body but was not restricting. They even removed the appliqué at my request and sewed on a crystal belt for me instead (I bought the crystal trim in DTLA for $30. Love Boat charged me $60 for the sewing). They also have a good selection of gowns in the store - perfect for bridesmaids, mothers, wedding guests or...if you're like me, a costume change. I bought a gown there for $250 which also included all the alterations. I definitely recommend putting them on your shopping list at the very least. Note that you should make an appointment beforehand. And... no pictures in store (they let me take a pic after I made the purchase though).
got two of my wedding dresses here. Irene was very helpful
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