(Closed) Dress Shopping in NYC

posted 9 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Bridal Garden is where I got my dress. They are basically like a wedding dress thrift store. They sell for charity and have donated dressed and sample dresses. I got my San Patrick 2008 season dress. http://www.bridalgarden.org

I went to RK Bridal too. Most wedding dress stores are in the west 30’s and 20’s. There are lots of options. 

Post # 4
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778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

For your wedding dress?

If you haven’t already I would make an appointment at Kleinfields.  I would also visit Nordstrom, Macys (I would recommend an appointment).  A lot of people also go to RK Bridal, but it is too much for me, they have a ton of dresses literally and you can spend all day there and can get a good deal (but it is overwhelming) and you don’t get personalized attention there. 

I don’t know what your budget is like, but I loved my experience at the Pronovias Flagship store, ask for Anadina.  They are just great there.

Post # 6
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1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My only advice (as I don’t live in NY, or in the US for that matter) is to book appointments and good luck! that will be an exciting adventure!

Post # 10
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1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Hopefully some of these threads will help:

 http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/dress-shopping-in-nyc

 http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/dresses-for-petite-brides

In NYc I shopped at:

 Mark Ingraham, Amsale, Reem Acra, Bergdorff’s, and Saks.

The people at Mark Ingraham are lovely…highly recommend it.  By far the best of my shopping experiences.  hated bergdorff’s  Reem Acra salesstaff was kind of odd, but if you want a dress from her it’s where to go.  Amsale seemed less organized/informed than I would expect.  And Saks, is well, Saks.  good selection, kind of weird salestaff, nice advantages for ordering b/c you can open a saks card and get pionts.

 

Post # 12
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548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I live in NYC, and the "shopping in New York" thing is such a production that I almost wished I was shopping elsewhere…. I shopped at RK, Bridal Garden, and Macy’s (it’s a Demetrios salon, they’re not actually affiliated) where I bought my dress.

My one piece of advice for wedding dress shopping, or any kind of "upscale" shopping in NYC is to dress nicely. Everyone’s busy, including the salespeople, and they *will* try to judge by appearances whether you’re wasting their time or likely to make a purchase. It’s unfortunate, and I don’t think that I *ought* to be treated better based on whether I look like I have money, but I’ve noticed clear differences in customer service depending on my clothing.

No one’s expecting an evening dress, though… everyone knows you’re having a big shopping day, so jeans are fine. I’m normally a sneakers and little-or-no-jewelry girl. My "nice shopping" outfit is "nice" jeans, a polo shirt or nice blouse, high-heeled boots, and pearl necklace & earrings.

One more story: I have a friend who bought her mother an Hermes scarf for her 50th birthday, and carried the bag with her while she shopped that day. She was treated so well while she was carrying the Hermes bag that now she carries it whenever she’s shopping somewhere upscale, in order to get better service.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Based on suggestions on the boards, I went to RK Bridal and got a great deal on a dress.  They have a huge selection there, and the person I worked with spent a lot of time with us and brought in a lot of dresses to try.  They don’t take appointments, but we went when they opened and were the first ones there that day, and things went really smoothly.  I highly recommend it!

Post # 14
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1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

whats the price range at RK?

Post # 16
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49 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

May I also suggest Jenny Yoo’s bridal alternatives?  I shopped at Bridal Garden, Wedding Atelier and Kleinfield’s, but bought my dress at JY.  Her gowns are simpler but priced right if you’re on a budget ($600-1200).

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