(Closed) Dress shopping in NYC – Shops like RK Bridal

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Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Lots of stores carry multiple designers, so I’d say figure out which designers you’r most interested in so that you seek those out in particular. When I shopped in NYC I went to Amsale, Wedding Atelier, Lovely Bride, and Gabriella, which all carry a selection of different designers. Good luck!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

When you’re looking, be sure to check out price points. NYC has everything from most expensive to sample stores.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I don’t have any other suggestions for stores in NYC but just wanted to give you a heads up that RK Bridal gets really crowded on the weekends so make sure you get there early. I waited for about 3 hours just to try on during a Monday holiday. Also, make a list of dresses you want to try on because the selection is quite overwhelming.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Depends on the style you’re looking for but Lovely Bride is great for the boho bride. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Plum4getful:  you can try the Bridal Garden.  I ended up getting an Oscar de la Renta wedding dress there at 85% off that fit me like a glove – total dream dress!  They have a limited selection but it’s worth checking out – there is another consignment place called The Sample Room – when I went they had a lot of Jenny Packham, etc. at very discounted prices.

Both those and RK Bridal are a little warehouse-y though – for more of a bridal shopping experience, I’d check out Lovely Bride (you can see on their website if you like their dresses) – they are so nice there, not high-pressure at all…

I had a horrible, horrible experience at Wedding Atelier.  The salesperson was so pushy, trying to make me believe I had to buy the dress yesterday, overcharging me for it, telling me I had to pay extra for hollow-to-hem even though with heels I was going to be over 5’9″, etc… I ended up finding the same dress at a bridal salon in New Jersey where they were sooooooo nice, let me take pictures, etc – anyway, I would not go back to Wedding Atelier if you paid me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Incidentally, I know you are flying in for the weekend and need to stay in the city, but for any nyc brides reading this, I Do I Do Bridal in Morristown was 1000% worth the train trip out there!  They are walking distance from the station, and so, so nice!!!  They have a huge selection, will stay with you for ages, let you take pictures of the dresses you try on in front of a huge mirror, and just miles away from the high-pressure sales tactics that you find at so many nyc bridal salons! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

I was shopping a bit too close to my wedding to go there but I have heard great things about the Pronovias showroom.

You can also check out the Macy’s bridal salon – a friend found her dress there after going to a dozen other shops!

BHDLN also has a showroom in NYC – I know that they don’t have to many of them, so if you are interested in their dresses it might be worth checking out ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Plum4getful:  I went to Angelique Bridal for their essence of australia.  It’s in midtown manhattan, and is a small one-on-one experience.  Sarah Jassir, the owner, is also a designer, and she was very helpful answering all of my questions 

I also went to the Designer Loft, but I didn’t like too many of them, and the woman assisting me was kinda of snarky about my body and budget.  She’s probably why I didn’t like the dresses.

 After a few other stores outside of NYC (while visiting family), I ended up at RK Bridal.  It is big, and you basically choose 5 dresses out of…thousands.  Be sure to have your list in mind!  Other than the overwhelming number of dresses, I have had a great experience with them.  They will also give you a discount if you do not get it tailored there, which is handy because I wanted to do the tailoring elsewhere anyways.  That said, I was there on a weekday morning, and it was very calm, not crowded. 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Plum4getful:  I got my dress from RK, and it was such an awesome experience.  We went on a thursday and got there around 11 when they opened and it was very slow so the consultant was able to spend alot of time with me.  ( over 2 hours!! ) Her name was Malak if you end up going ask for her!  I am a dress regret bride (and had a few absolutely terrible experiences at both Davids and some small shops on long island) and was on a bit of a strict timelime when considering alterations and the owner was able to speak with the designer directly and get a rush on the order for no charge.  He also had his alteration department move stuff around to get me in for appointments in time. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

The two best places I went were the pronovias flagship on fifth avenue and the designer Loft (where I got my dress)

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I went to RK, Lovely, Wedding Atelier, and Bridal Garden and did not find what I wanted at any of those shops. Plus I felt kind of out of place and rushed at all of them. Ended up going across the river to Park Ave Bridal in Verona, NJ. Super no-frills shop with terrible lighting. BUT an awesome selection of dresses (the largest selection of Allure gowns in the tri-state area) and I had a great experience. I ended up finding my dream dress and didn’t have to pay NYC sales tax. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

NOLABride2015:  That’s too bad you had that experience at Wedding Atelier–I had just the opposite! I actually bought my dress there. I guess it really depends on who your consultant is. :-/  I found them to be really accomodating to my needs. I actually bought one dress, had regret, and then changed to a different style two days later and they were super understanding and helped to make sure it all worked out and didn’t charge me extra (and the one I switched it to was cheaper, so they were losing about $1500 when they agreed to make the change). Anyway, just wanted to share that alternate experience there, but I’m sorry you had such a bad one. That sucks!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Plum4getful:  I went to RK bridal in NYC! It was enormous. But with only an hour with the consultant and so many dresses, I felt overwhelmed and didn’t pick anything. I also went to the Pronovias Flagship store in NYC, where I fell in love with the dress I already had in mind (the Primadona). ๐Ÿ™‚ RK was too busy for me, and Pronovias- I spent over an hour, the consultant was really accomodating despite the time allotment. We also got coffee and champagne after I said yes to the dress. Both are great stores. 

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