RK can be overwhleming, especially if you don’t have a solid idea of what you want. It’s more of a DIY type place. I was JUST there yesterday, for my second time. My first experience 2 months ago was awful, not helpful, and no one guided me. BUT!! Yesterday was truly magical and my consultant could not have been more friendly and helpful!! I too was making a repurchase (I never was wowed with my first gown, and needed to make the change) and I found my new dress at RK yesterday with the help of Josephine!! She is AMAZING!!! Request her immediately!! Make sure to call ahead to be certain she is working the day you are visiting. Even though it’s less of a luxurious “experience”, you have the ability to look at a TON of dresses at more affordable price points, and it doesn’t seem as stuffy as the more “chi chi” salons can be.
I had made an appt at Bridal Reflections, but am not sure I’m going to keep it anymore, since I think I found my replacement dress yesterday! However, to review what I know about BR: when I talked to the lady on the phone, she was very thorough, and almost did an interview over the phone to get an idea of the types of dresses I am looking for. She explained that all three locations carry different lines of dresses at diffferent price points. For example, the 5th Avenue store carries gowns priced at $2,000-$10,000++, the Masapequa carries gowns from $1,200-$6,000, and Car Place $1,500 – $10,000. Since each location has different lines, you have to be aware of what designer you’re looking for, and the price point you want to be in. If you are only considering going to the 5th Avenue location like I was, she can bring in specific dresses for your appt that you are interested in trying if they are not already at that salon location. But you would need to make sure before hand so you don’t waste your time! When you call to make your appt, be very specific, and if you aren’t sure what you want, it might not be the best salon to start with, unless you are willing to travel from location to location.
Since you are traveling into NYC specifically to try on dresses, I would recommend Kleinfeld’s because it has dresses starting at around $1500, and they carry just about every brand that Bridal Reflections carries, so if you want to eplore higher end options in a one-stop shopping setting, go to Kleinfeld’s! HUGE selection. I recommend working with Elaine. She is kind, patient and very helpful, and not at all bossy or pushy (like they often appear on the show). I was almost nervous going to Kleinfeld’s, afraid I would be pressured into buying (due to watching Say Yes to the Dress too much ahah) but I was PLEASANTLY surprised. Elaine is WONDERFUL!
Other suggestions: Designer Loft and Gabriella’s are smaller boutiques in the city that carry fewer lines of dresses, but have beautiful selections, and allow pictures. They also carry more off beat deisgner labels that aren’t so typical, which can be refreshing!!
BEST OF LUCK!! Hope this helps!!