Post # 1
Any recommendations for a great ‘first place’ to start your dress hunt in the city/brooklyn/queens? i really don’t want to spend more than $2000 on the whole outfit (i.e. shoes, acessories, dress, alterations) so maybe Klienfields is out.. any suggestions???
Also i am thinking of doing Running of the Brides in Feb – am i crazy???
Post # 3
I went to RK Bridal yesterday and I think it’s a great place to start. You don’t need an appointment and they have a zillion dreses! MANY are under $1000 I worked with Gilda and she was awesome! I’m 99% sure I’ll be buying from her!.
Post # 4
@brklynmmbb: I second RK bridal. GREAT place and they have TONS of dresses as well as bridesmaids, mother of the bride, accessories, etc.
My recommendation is to go on a weekday morning if you can as I hear weekends get crowded.
I’ve also heard the bridal garden is really good.
Post # 5
I had a great time at the Pronovias flagship and I had a similar budget. Plus you get a glass of champagne while you shop.
Post # 6
@LGenz: Pronovias Flagship is fantastic too. And their dresses look and feel MUCH pricier than they are.
I never got a glass of champagne though. I went there twice.
Post # 7
A friend of mine did the running of the brides. She actually went a little later so she missed the big rush and there were still dresses. She got her dress for a steal! It’s not crazy at all.
Post # 8
I second Pronovias! I got my dress there – it ended up being a dress that someone never picked up so I got it for 40% off too!
Post # 9
@brklynmmbb: I third RK Bridal! They have a HUGE selection of gowns at all price points, and they have bridesmaid and MOB/MOG dresses as well. Also, if you order your gown from them, you get a discount on all of your accessories (if you purchase from them), a free pair of shoes (if you like a pair that they have in stock, in your size, when you pick up your gown), and they will only charge a MAX of $350.00 for any and all alterations.
They also have a pretty large selection of discontinued/sample/sale dresses.
if you go, make sure that you get there 90 minutes before they close in the evening, because they stop taking people back after that time, to make sure there is enough time to get everyone in.
Post # 10
Demtrios at Macy’s – I bought my gown for 1300. They took a few hundred off from the original price.
Post # 11
I went to the ROB in Atlanta. I went a couple hours later to miss the crush, no big deal. They have thousands of dresses and only a fraction of the people are actually buying since people bring an entourage. Some recommendations:
1 – Wear undergarments that you don’t mind the entire world seeing–NO privacy. One girl wore a bikini, another wore a slip
2 – bring a full length mirror or you may have to wait in line to see in one
3 – most of the dresses were sample sizes–bridal 8-12 which translates into street 4-8/10. There were many dresses that were smaller and larger, just not as large of a selection
4 – bring at least one person with you. If you know someone knowledgeable about alterations, that is helpful. Since these dresses travel from city to city, some of them are a little beat up. If you know what can be fixed and what can’t, that is helpful
5 – know your brands and prices, includng the second hand market. There are many good deals there but less expensive brands could probably be purchased elsewhere for less.
Post # 13
RK is great as a starting point, esp if you’re not super sure what you’re looking for. they are very no pressure there, and I worked with Jo, who is FABULOUS! love her!
and i cannot recommend the White Gown in DUMBO enough!!! it’s a lovely little salon, the dress size range they had was impressive, and all of their consultants and seamstress are so so friendly and helpful and full of ideas and willing and patient. i probably went there like 4 times and they seemed to happy to see me even though i didn’t end up buying anything there. they always seem to be having sales too and they are very good about telling you what they have or if they will get a paricular style for a sample sale or trunk show.
Post # 14
thank you!!! I am aiming to hit most of the above over my search, its daunting but i can’t wait until i find my dress!! everything for me feels like its held at a standstill until i find it!
Post # 15
Don’t count Kleinfeld out completely…I did the same thing and here’s what ended up happening.
I bought my (first) dress at RK. 4 months later when it arrived in July, I HATED it. I went to Kleinfeld on a whim and JB was able to get the EXACT dress I wanted for under $2000. AND it was a rush order (I needed it by October!) It happened to be a Henry Roth trunk sale and my dress was $1600. I went to M&J Trimming (best store ever!) and made a sparkly belt for $80. I also got my veil at M&J for $200 (though I’m sure you could get a veil cheaper somewhere else).
I HIGHLY recommend shopping at Kleinfeld and particularly JB. She never made me feel bad for having such a small budget. She was a great mix of savvy new yorker and sympathetic mom 🙂 When I went to Kleinfeld to pick up my dress I gave JB a big hug to thank her. All the staff were just lovely from start to finish. JB also gave me a recommendation of an alterations lady so that I wouldn’t have to pay the $500 minimum at Kleinfeld (in the end, I had her sewing on the belt that I had made so it ended up costing me around $450, but still cheaper than Kleinfeld).
You can see the belt I made and the dress in our wedding highlight video. We just got it and I’m still reeling with excitement!
Post # 16
Have any of the NYC bees been to Birnbaum and Bullock? They have a sample sale coming up and there’s a dress of theirs I absolutely adore (based on website pictures), so I’ve made an appointment and am crossing my fingers that it’s available in my size and deeply discounted. 😉 They have great reviews on Yelp, etc. but I’m curious if anyone has first-hand experience.