(Closed) going o NY dress shopping..need advice

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
26 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

My only dress experience was at RK Bridal.  It can be quite a zoo there, but my consultant, Olga was super friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.  I would recommend requesting her. (I think she’s off on Wednesdays).  And bonus, my dress came in after 11 days.

Post # 5
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I went bought my dress at RK and couldn’t be happier.  My dress came in, in 2 weeks. Try to go there 1st thing on a weekday morning.  I went at 11 am on a friday and received great service, there are no appts. and from what I’ve heard going on a saturday or later in the day, it can be like a zoo.  RK bridal has great prices and quality and an amazing selection, you will have lots of luck there.

I walked into a Bridal Reflections on Long Island. I didn’t have an appt. and they didn’t have time that day but I did look around.  After about 10 mins it hit me, that prices started around $2500 and I wasn’t really impressed. They didn’t fit my budget and I didn’t go back.  If your budget is higher, I’m sure they are worth checking out.

One nice thing about RK was that I didn’t need to look at price tags.  From what I saw, the majority of their dresses were between $500-$1500 so I picked what I loved and bought it. 

Post # 6
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I went to RK twice to try on gowns. I went mid-week though, so my experience may be slightly different. I would recommend knowing what dresses you want to try or at least what designers you like.  When you walk in they have you walk to the back of the shop on the left and sign up to try on gowns on this list.  My wait was always very short during the week.  The first time I went they actually called me before I was even done picking out my 5 dresses.

You are surrounded by tall racks full of white gowns and you pull your own choices.  They allowed me 5 each time I went there.  I was offered help looking the first time and I believe they said they have a little book full of pictures of their dresses, but I knew which dresses I was pulling.  When you pick out the 5 gowns you want to try they put a little ribbon on the hangers that designates they are yours and then you wait until a consultant and a room are available to try them on.  If the consultant sees your style and knows of a gown that would be perfect for you they may pull another dress.  I actually tried on the dress I will be wearing at my wedding in their shop. 

Don’t expect it to be a full service salon.  They definitely are not.  You are doing most of the legwork to find the dresses you want.  But the consultant I worked with on both occasions was very helpful and sweet.  And pulling your own dresses and the sparse decor does keep the prices down.  

Good Luck!

Post # 7
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

i bought my dress at bridal reflections, and i couldn’t be happier with the experience.  very low pressure, you can see the dresses and select which ones you want to try, and an over all easy experience.  just went in for my first fitting, and it was a breeze.  everyone there is very friendly.  i told them my price range, and they helped select a wide variety of gowns within that range ($2 – 5K).  just be upfront about your budget and they will work with you to find a dress within it.  i would also recommend Gabriella’s, which is on 14th St. and 9th Ave.  they have a lot of dresses in the $1 – 2K range that are beautiful and unique.  you also get great attention from the staff, but low pressure. 

Post # 8
9 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

I ordered my dress this past Thursday from RK briday. I was taken care of right away, there weren’t a lot of people. Olga helped me and she was great, great, not pushy, her feedbacks were honest and she was so patient love her

Post # 9
9 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

@jagboo33: I would recommend for you to go as early as possible, it can be crowded

Post # 10
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I bought my dress from bridal reflections and had a great experience there! my consultant was vasiliki, and she helped me get a great deal on my dress! I also love the seamstress there, Lee. She’s SUCH a sweetheart. I would definitely also try Wedding Atelier, if you can get an appt there. They are SO nice and so low pressure, and have a ton of dresses in less expensive price points. 

Post # 11
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

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!!

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