1180 Central Ave, St Petersburg, FL | Directions 3370527.771002 -82.650846
Great Bridal Shop! – I have had 2 wonderful experiences at Malindy Elene Bridal Boutique. 2 years ago, my daughter found her dream gown at Malindy Elene. Lindy and Traylor were so sweet and helpful to us. The alterations were perfect and we were so happy with the gown!
Now my son just got married and I returned to Malindy Elene and purchased my gown there. It was beautiful, the alterations were reasonable and done right.
I did go to another nearby dress shop just to check out what was available and they were so high pressure and telling me I had to rush order, which turned out not to be true! I am so happy I got my dress without any hassle or pressure. Lindy made it happen with ease!
Best bridal salon in Tampa Bay! – I bought my dress at a Badgley Mischka trunk show, and the entire experience was great. Malindy and the designer Rep took measurements and arranged to have the dress custom sewn so all I had to do was add a bustle. Such great service! And then when it came time to take care of the alterations, Lindy and her alterations person were very easy to work with, and everything went really smoothly. She even packaged and shipped my dress to my out of town destination for me. All in all, it was a great experience.
The space is lovely and you get wonderful, focused attention. It's one of only a couple upscale bridal salons anywhere near this area. I was very well taken care of. Even after the wedding, when I needed to order some replacement buttons from the designer, Lindy was completely on top of it and had them shipped directly to my mother's house, where the dress was. My dress experience could not have been better. I have recommended the salon to many people and will continue to do so.
Best Bridal Boutique in Pinellas! – At Malindy Elene, they treat you like a princess The staff at this boutique truly make you feel special as you search for the perfect dress for your special day! They do not pressure or make you at all feel like you need to make a decision, but take the time to help you find exactly what you are looking for. I cannot imagine having bought my dress anywhere but here!
Absolutely Wonderful! – Lindy and the rest of her team at Malindy Elene Bridal Boutique are absolutely wonderful! Malindy Elene is not just a boutique where you find your wedding dress, but a place where you feel special, beautiful and the excitement for your special day is shared by everyone there. Lindy helps you find exactly what you want
Fabulous Experience, Loved it! – I was so pleased with my experience at Malindy Elene that I ended up buying my wedding dress, veil, shoes AND the mother of the bride gown. Everything arrived on time and in perfect condition! The staff was extremely welcoming, genuine, friendly and patient. They kept me updated throughout the entire process, so I never had to worry. The store is just precious with a great atmosphere. They really made me feel special. The owner Lindy ended up becoming a friend after the wedding. I highly recommend Malindy Elene!
Fit for a Queen – I purchased my wedding gown from Lindy and Traylor who were both outstanding to work with. I was treated like a queen and the service was impeccable. I had been to several other bridal stores in the Tampa bay area and Malindy Elene's was by far my favorite! I could not have asked for a better experience which continued far past just my wedding date. I have and would continue to recommend this boutique to anyone who values outstanding service and beautiful gowns.
This shop Rocks!! – I went for my final fitting and my bridal gown is so perfect and the service was so amazing, I had to write about it! My Mom bought her gown at this magnificent boutique as well, and she looks fabulous!! We are so excited for the big day!! The owner, Malindy and her staff were so attentive, and in touch with every detail. I would highly recommend anyone to this bridal shop.
Don't waste your tme, unless you feel like being insulted – I must say, when mae the appointment, the sales girl took lots of time with me, she encouraged me to try on many dresses, which my mother really enjoyed.
I was in a time crunch, so I knew I would have to rush order my dress. And their dresses are expensive. I was given a budget of 5k, the dress I loved was 8k. Th ownerwas drinking, and seemed desperate for a sale, I explaned that had a daytime wedding and that the dress I had chose was too fluff. She wanted to "make a deal", right there on the spot, while I was inthe dress, which didn't zip, and the shoulder straps were hanging.
Well she looked down at my engagement ring, which was 5 carats, and said I could have that floor model for 5k...... It would need major alterations, a cleaning, the jewels were comming off......nasty.
I didn't have the nerve to say how insulted I was, but my mther got me out of the store asap.
The next stop, The dressingRoom, on the same road, much better pricing, a true expeirence.
Don't give up in St.Pete, but give up on this shop.
They called me for days afterwards, until I lied ad said that I purcased another gown, even before I had!!
Awful, Awful Service – From the very beginning of working with this place of business, I was treated poorly. I was grudgingly given an appointment by the person who answered the phone, and upon arrival was treated like dirt.
I ended up going down to Miami to look for my wedding gown. Not working with this establishment was the best decision I've made about my wedding, so far!
Run, run away – The employees and owner of this shop (Malindy Elene Bengston, "Lindy") created so much stress in, and ruined so much of, my wedding planning, actual wedding, and time after my wedding (through me trying to get them to make it right). Shame on them.
Some of the gowns they carry are beautiful (although most are outrageously expensive), but you can find them elsewhere. I wish I had known that before I put the 50% deposit on my gown at this shop; I overlooked a lot of things because I liked the gown so much. It was a huge mistake.
Take your money someplace better. Within a ten-minute drive of this vendor, you can go to the Dressing Room or CC's -- both reputable stores where they treat customers with respect. (I didn't get my gown from CC's, but did shop there for gowns and have shopped there in the past; it was a lovely experience for wedding dress shopping. I did get my bridesmaids' dresses from the Dressing Room; also a lovely experience, feel free to read my previously-posted review on Wedding Wire (I will be posting it on citysearch soon); this review of Malindy Elene will also be posted on Wedding Wire soon).
There are many other shops in the area as well where I'm positive you will get better treatment and a much less expensive, but still very beautiful, well-made gown.
If I could take anything back about planning my wedding, I would NEVER NEVER have purchased my wedding dress at this shop. I would post more details, but am considering my options in addressing what happened with this vendor through other available means. I may revise this post in the future to expand on my story with this vendor and the ultimate result.
My advice: whatever you do, don't shop here.
EDIT: editing the review to reflect the end-result of the debacle surrounding my wedding dress, caused by this vendor:
1) The Dressing Room in St. Petersburg (where both my mother and my husband's mother purchased their gowns and where we purchased our bridesmaids' gowns) fixed my butchered wedding gown for free;
and 2) the designer/manufacturer of my dress, when I contacted it about the series of events that happened with Malindy Elene regarding my gown, cleaned and preserved it for free.
Hope this helps in making your decision where to purchase your wedding gown. It should be one of the most fun things about your wedding planning, and certainly not ruined by, what in my opinion, is the most poorly-run business with which I've ever dealt.
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