(Closed) Boston Running of the Brides!!

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Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@pinkshoes: I did in Boston last February! I posted about it in the dress section of my bio. It would be fun for any bride, but I would especially recommend it to any brides-to-be who don’t like being fussed over. The thought of a pressuring bridal consultant and an entourage of people gawking at me while I tried on dresses made me too anxious. This was a more laid back fun experience, and I got to try on a lot more styles than I would have at an appointment at a boutique. 
It’s not necessary to show up so early though. We got there just after the doors at opened, so we did witness the craziness and we had a solid hour – hour and a half of bartering, which was fun but not so productive. Around 10am the quality of dresses went WAY up as the early risers started putting their rejects back onto the racks. It didn’t take long for me to find THE ONE after that! 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I got my dress in February at this event at the Hynes!!!

Ditto on what MrsMcGyro says…I went around 2pm, and there were LOADS of dresses to choose from!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@pinkshoes: Few more tips- bring snacks and water. It gets very tiring for you and your ladies! Also, choose your outfit wisely. There’s no privacy when you’re trying the dresses on so you want something that covers your bits and isn’t too bulky under the dress. I wore leggings and a spandex tank, but some girls were comfortable walking around in their bra and undies too. Good luck and be sure to post pics after you go!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

I always wanted to do this (like for years before I was even engaged) but I already bought my dresses so hopefully I can talk a friend into doing it one day! Have fun and good luck!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

So there is still a selection after the craziness? I think the whole idea is fun but I can’t see myself RUNNING and grabbing to find a wedding dress, that’s just me.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@PinkPinstripes: I’m the same way. My mother thought it might be fun, but maybe we’ll go in and check it out in the afternoon. I don’t have any bridesmaids to do the whole matching-pink-shirt thing, but perhaps it would work if we went after all the crowds.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

So I called my mom about this (as she is by #1 shopping partner) and she said “GAME ONE” and that she had always wanted to go to this with me just for fun….I had no idea she would want to go.

 

@BostonBaby: I agree with you on going later on and seeing what’s there. I think that’s what I’ll end up doing

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I went to the one at the Hynes this past August. My friend and I were both looking for dresses. We got there at 11am and by 2pm, we both walked out with dresses! There is still a HUGE selection, even if you miss the 8am rush!

Good luck to those who are doing it! 🙂

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper

I went to a similar event in Kansas City. It was so much fun! Minus the whole getting naked in a room full of people thing. lol. I got two-hand pushed into a rack by a HUGE woman. Ridiculous.

Post # 13
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Worker bee

I found my dress at the Feb ROB in Boston after the 8am rush (although I did do the 8am rush, too). My BFF and I went back around 1pm and that’s when I found my dress. We only did the 8am craziness for the expierence, but it was WAAAAY better after lunch and a power nap. Laughing

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I had a really discouraging time when I went this past February.  My mom and I got there around 10, and although the “craziness” was over, the bitchiness certainly wasn’t!  A lot of brides were still hoarding dresses that clearly did not fit them; I got pushed by a helper when I started pulling a dress off of “their” rack (that they were standing about 20 feet away from.  It’s also just really overwhelming to look through that many dresses in search of “the one.”  

There was very little there for petite brides (almost everything was a size 10-16), and a LOT of the dresses were damaged from the running and people just being careless when trying them on.  There was one dress I loved and would have considered altering with lipstick all over the front.  I saw one group that had their dresses piled all over the floor, and were walking on top of them in their street shoes, with no concern for the fact that someone else might want to wear them someday.  

I also did not feel like the dresses–overall–were that great of bargains.  I only saw 1 Maggie and 2 Lazaros all day, and absolutely nothing by the higher end designers (no Vera Wang, no Jim Hjelm, no Priscillas); a lot of the dresses were by Emerald Bridal and other low-range gowns that only cost $400 for a new dress, so why pay $295 for one that is dirty and damaged from the Filene’s sale?  

Honestly, I would not go again, even if I still were looking for a dress, and we do not plan on going for my sister’s wedding.  

Post # 15
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Newbee

@Leprechaun:

 

I’m planning on going to this event in Boston at the Hynes coming up on August 20. Does anyone else know who has gone or who is going know if there will be mirrors set up since it is at the Hynes? I heard that people bring their own full length mirrors..but that will be rather cumbersome especially if you go then want to leave for lunch or something and come back…

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@rednerite: There were some mirrors, but not enough for all of the people there. We brought a $5 mirror from walmart, and just brought it with us when we went to lunch (there is a food court at the Prudential, just the next building over). In the afternoon there are more mirrors to go around, so you could always just leave it at lunch and hope for one when you get back.

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