Post # 1
DC Running of the brides is tomorrow, 7/30! Anyone plan to attend?
I think I’m going to make the trek to check it out just to exhaust all options… but I don’t plan to get there until about 10:30 or 11 as I’ll be completely alone and it’s pointless to be there for the mad rush and chaos.
So, anyone going? 🙂
Post # 3
GOOD LUCK!! I think I’d be too scared!
Post # 4
@jingle96: Thanks! I hear that after about 11 it’s really chill and you can browse the racks….
Post # 5
@KLP2010: But do you think the good stuff goes first? I’d be scared I’d have to fight someone..haha, just kidding! Be safe and try to have fun! I would love to see how it goes though, I’ve always been interested! Let me know how it goes tomorrow.
Post # 6
wish I would have known earlier or I would have totally gotten off of work… best of luck to you!!
Post # 7
@KLP2010: I did that last year although I went around 10 so maybe it was too early, and there were still a ton of people there with their entourages. I felt really lonely and it was also hard to find dresses because everyone was still hoarding them! I hope you have a different experience – GOOD LUCK!!
Post # 8
@elaineathon: Good to know! I’ll wait until 10:30 or 11…
@jingle96: Supposedly there’s about 1500-3000 dresses, and typically only about 100-150 brides early. The chaos is mainly because each bride has 5+ people in their entourage. At least, that’s what I’ve heard.
I figure it’s worth the look… and i really need a day away from my computer… hahah
Post # 9
so ive just returned home from ROTB and i thought i might let u guys know how it was…I came late around 12:30pm ish partially due to sleeping in…there were some dresses on the racks but most of them were still in big piles with some groups going through them…I walked around for a bit and was mostly looking for designer dresses which were all $699- plenty of reem acra and anne barge (I didnt see any vera wang or monique lhuillier), BUT be warned this dresses are OLDER stock (think 2yrs ago+) and the designer ones look like they all came from one bridal salon judging by the original tags. I didnt end up getting anything- there were some contenders though- i just wasnt lucky…this reem acra dress that i loved had these black sharpie stains and lots of beads missing, but another reem acra dress was in perfect condition but it just wasnt my style.
anyways if your on the fence wether to go or not i strongly urge you to go…
How did everyone else find it?
Post # 10
I went to ROTB too! My best friend and I played hooky from work and got there about 2:30pm. There were still tons of dresses available–I was pleasantly surprised! I didn’t see any sizes smaller than a 6, and there were plenty of dresses with straps/sleeves, which really made me happy. We staked out a spot near a mirror and got down to it, taking turns pulling dresses and me trying them on in batches of 3-4. This was my first dress shopping experience–the traditional bridal salon approach sort of intimidates me, so I was lucky that ROTB came around when it did this year.
And I found and bought my dress! I’m very excited–it’s very different from what I thought I might get, but it looked great, and the price was right. It was retail priced as “$1500 and up” and I bought it for $249–score! I will be honest though–there is some damage to the dress that will need to be fixed–I don’t know if it was from all the trying on today, or if it was sent to the sale because it wasn’t in pristine shape. Luckily all the imperfections are either small, not visible, or easily fixable. I’m talking a couple of pulled threads on the bodice, a rip on the interior lining around the zipper, and some dirt under the edge of the train’s hem. But given how far under budget I am with the dress, a few hundred on cleaning and fixing/altering is no problem.
I’d love to tell you what designer and style I got, but I don’t know! There was no original tag, no size, nothing on this dress! It had a handwritten “as-is” on the inside of the dress, but other than that, nothing identifying.
Anyway, I had a great experience and recommend giving it a go if you are in the market next time around. Everyone who was there in the afternoon seemed to be in a great mood, and it wasn’t at all chaotic like I thought it might be.