(Closed) Dress Shopping in NYC?

posted 10 years ago in New York City
Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2007 - Bride's family summer home in the Adirondacks

I have heard a fair number of horror stories about Kleinfeld’s but my experience was very pleasant, and it was also nice when we went back for my friend who’s now engaged.  They have a MASSIVE selection, but it’s organized pretty well so if you tell them your budget and general guidelines (ballgown/lace/etc) they can direct you to the section that’s best for you.  I bought my gown there and all in all had a great experience!  Also, my dress (not on sale) was LESS than the so-called "minimum starting point" they state on their website, so you shouldn’t have any trouble at all finding a gorgeous dress for $2500!  Good luck!!!  Oh, but call early – weekends are quite possibly already booked, but if you can go on a weekday I’m sure you can get an appointment!

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

My sister got her dress from Kleinfelds and it was gorgeous! She loved the people there. She paid $3000 though and said there weren’t many below that range. You didn’t mention when you’ll be in NY, Kleinfelds is have a sample sale this Monday, 1/18. You can also check out RK Bridal, the dresses they have are discounted.

I’ve been to both but ended up getting my dress at Bijou Bridal in Paramus, NJ. The service is really good, they take walkins except on Saturday and they’re closed on Sunday. They have really nice dresses in your range and there’s NO SALES TAX in NJ! This place isn’t too far from Manhattan.

 

Post # 7
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Worker bee

I had a great experience at Kleinfelds. Ask for Judy – she was absolutely wonderful, and was SO patient with me – I literally went there every week for a month and a half before being 100% sure of my dress and she never let me feel pressured, and was just a dream to work with. Plus, while my mom was being unreasonable budget-wise(she wanted to pretend like there was no budget), Judy did a great job steering me towards things that were in my price range and making sure that I didn’t go near a dress that wasn’t (which is very tempting).

I also suggest going to Adrienne’s on the Lower East Side, as well as Mark Ingram…

Good luck!

Post # 8
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Newbee

Mark Ingram is fabulous – although I would call ahead and find out where their price point starts at.

I’ve also heard good things about the Wedding Atlier and the Bridal Building.

Good luck!

 

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

I ordered my dress from best bridal in the bridal building, but you can’t try on dresses there.  You have to go in knowing which dress you want so I wouldn’t suggest that as your first stop.  Adrienne’s is a good suggestions as is Mark Ingram’s but they are by appointment only so you may want to call soon.  Best of luck!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I also liked Designer Loft. The girls there were very nice and the atmosphere is a little less intimidating then Kleinfelds.  Good luck!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

My experience at Kleinfelds was just ok. It was a bit of chaos actually. Kids running around, men in the waiting area as brides came out in their dresses and as i was trying on what apparently was a very popular dress, other attendants would knock on my door and ask me if they coudl borrow the dress and this happened multiple times. it wasn’t all its cracked up to be, howveer, the selection is great and people are nice. Everything i liked was in the 4K-6K range. I also loved WEdding Atelier. Its a beautiful loft space – very intimate and the people are super nice, friendly and helpful. The dresses are probably on the higher side as well.

I think your best bet is RK Bridal. It is HUGE. it will have a ton of options for you. the only problem is, you cant make an appt. you just walk in, sign your name and someone will call you. if you go on a weekday, then you should be ok. but you can find dresses of all price ranges here.

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My experience at Kleinfelds was terrible.  The service was atrocious, and the atmosphere is very intimidating.  There are tons of appointments at once, and so it is very crowded.  There are a lot of dresses, but I was not impressed with the variety.  When I told the saleswoman that it was my first time looking for dresses, her face dropped.  When I told her my budget was 3000 (!) her face dropped again.  They do so much business there, it is like a sales machine, and she new right away that the odds were that we were not going to purchase a dress then and there, so she did little to assist us.  And i guess that 3000 is a lower range budget for the store, because she kept bringing out dresses 6000 and up (!!!).  She then told me that "this was the best dress for me" and that there was "nothing else" she could do.  Well, I knew what to do:  I walked out. 

Big stores like this are a nightmare in the city.  I think it would be more fun to check out smaller boutiques.  I love the Wedding Library, and it can be very helpful to search "wedding dress" on citysearch.com and read other people’s reviews of local shops.  Good luck to you!

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