Post # 1
I’m from Brazil and I’m planning on going to New York in the end of this year and I want to buy my wedding dress there!
I would like to know how it works, I mean, do I have to schedule an appointment or do I just go to the store and they’ll help me? Do the stores have like Maggie Sottero dresses ready to shop or I’ll just try them on and the store will order it for me? How long does it usually take? Cause I won’t have too much time…
And are the dresses more expencives in NY than in other states?
Please help me!!!!!
Post # 3
@jessicabh: I’ll try to answer all of your questions. Most of the information that I have is from having worked in a bridal salon. It may not be the most accurate, but I’ll do my best. Sorry for the wall of text.
As far as appointments go, I would say that almost all bridal salons would prefer that you have an appointment. Some salons accept both appointments and walk ins, but will obviously take the appointments first so you might be left waiting or have a consultant that will have to split their time between you and someone else. If you are planning to visit multiple salons appointments may also help you manage your time.
Some times it is a possibility to buy the samples that salons have if you want to take the dress home that day, but obviously it will be a sample that has been tried on by many other people and may not be in great condition. Also, keep in mind that not all stores sell their samples. If you would like a new dress, you will almost certainly have to order it.
The order time on dresses depends on the designer. I used to work at Alfred Angelo and we were able to get dresses in about 3 months, but I have heard of designers going up to around 8 months so it depends. I’m not sure about Maggie honestly, but you could always try calling a salon that carries her dresses and ask!
Dresses can vary in price depending on the state or city that you are purchasing them. For instance New York City might be more pricy than Buffalo, NY for instance because of cost of living and median income differences. However, I don’t think it would be a ridiculous difference especially if you are sticking with one particular designer.
My advice in general would be to make a few appointments, but not so many that you get overwhelmed by all of the dresses. Bring a strapless bra and underwear that you are comfortable being seen in because often the consultant is helping you into the dresses, and just try to stay flexible, keep your options open, and have fun!
Post # 4
@futuregattman: Thank you so much! You helped me a lot!
The only problem is: Here in my city in Brazil there’s only one store that sells Maggie Sottero, and there isn’t a lot of options. I’ve tryed a few on but I would like to try more options.. But if the salons in America don’t have “to go” dresses, I can’t try more dresses because of the time I would have to wait until they arrived. Ugh that sucks… It has to be THE dress, it’s so hard to decide in a situation like that!!!
Anyways, thanks for your reply! 🙂
Post # 5
You should probably go to RK Bridal. They have a large selection of Maggie Sottero dresses. I don’t know how long it will take to order, but it’s possible they might sell you the sample. You may also want to go to Bridal Garden. It’s a nonprofit that sells sample wedding dresses. http://bridalgarden.org/
Post # 7
Prices of dresses will be cheaper in America than in Brazil. I have checkout around for a few dresses and prices in Brazil are THREE TIMES more expensive than USA. Try Kleinfields in NY, but definitely book an appointment and let them know that you need to take the dress THAT DAY. Otherwise you can always look for postal forwarding services that can have you dress delivered to an American address and then forwarded overseas.