(Closed) Kleinfeld's NYC – Doable with a "low" budget

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Post # 2
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Their dresses are pricey even at the clearance sales. I suggest not going because the worst possible thing you can do is fall in love with a dress you cannot afford. Trust me.

Post # 3
10400 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

Agree with PP. Don’t even go there if your max budget is the min. starting price range. You’re going to fall in love with something you can’t afford – and all other dresses won’t compare. IMO, not worth the heartache or $$$$.

Also, don’t forget to factor in the cost of alterations, which if you have done there will probably be upwards of $1k if regular bridal salons are normally in the $400-$600 range.

Post # 4
1260 posts
Bumble bee

I would skip it. You know that you don’t want to spend thousands on a dress, so I don’t recommend puting yourself in a situation where spending 2-3,000 is seen as “inexpensive.”

I think you’ll find something great elsewhere. Do you have any local designers?

Post # 5
671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I was under the impression that lovely bride dresses start around 2/3k$ as well. But honestly if you like the look of BHLDN and the dresses at Lovely bride I wouldn’t biter going to Klienfields. They have a wide selection but I felt a lot of their stuff was more traditional bridal, whereas BHLDN and lovely have a smaller but more interesting and less traditional selection– I also find the Klienfields experience to be less pleasant–  a lot of people go because of the reality show. lovely and other boutiques have better customer service and a less crowded feel imo. If you like lovely I also reccomend Schone bride in Brooklyn. I bought my dress there and they were just wonderful. They make the dresses in house (if you are buying from their collection). They have a large selection and regular trunk shows. 

Post # 6
455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Hunting Hill Mansion

Kleinfeld has a flat alterations fee of $750 if I remember correctly. I bought my dress there and still blew my budget by about $2K but it was perfect so I splurged. Most bridal salons will put you in things “around” your budget because they’ll be pulling dresses based on what you like. So I’d say skip it because if $2.5K is your max, they might still pull something that’s $3k. Plus that $750!

Post # 7
969 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I got my dress there, It was an amazing experience but it will cost you more money than you think. On top of the dress like pp said there is a flat $700ish alteration fee, plus if you don’t live in NYC you need to budget in multiple trips back to get your dress fitted and pick it up (they can ship it but that’s also kinda $$). I had to fly in and out of NYC like once a month leading up to my wedding so factor ur location into ur budget. They do have dresses around 2.5 k but that’s their lowest and I doubt there is that great of a selection at those prices. 

Post # 8
906 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Do not do it. My best friend made me an appointment and I tried on an amazing dress that I refused to purchase. And now I compare every dress to it. So…yeah. and yes, their alterations are expensive as well.

Check out RK Bridal. I tried some nice things on there and if I decide to do a wedding dress (I’m leaning towards a white/ivory off the rack something at this point), I’ll end up back there.

Post # 9
584 posts
Busy bee

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@ nowthisistaken   I got my dress at Kleinfeld’s in February. Debbie pulled 3 dresses for me; one was $1400, the second was $1,900. She never mentioned if there were on clearance or sale and the tags did not indicate that. I told her my budget was $2500. YOU CAN ALSO NEGOTIATE PRICING. I’m not talking like 50% off but they will work with you if you say you saw a dress somewhere else for a bit less. Alterations are flat fee of $795 now. If you can’t make multiple trips for fittings, you can do “express fitting” and have the dress ready in about 4 days for $1500. I am not doing that because I am on the west coast, so I found a bridal salon in my area that carries the same line of gowns (this way I know they have experience with my brand and I trust they will do a good job altering! You do not have to get your gown altered at Kleinfeld’s!) If you have your dress shipped out of state, you DO NOT PAY TAX. You can save a pretty hefty penny that way too. One more tip, GO ON A SUNDAY! I went at 430PM on a Sunday and the store had no more than 10 brides in it. It was an amazing experience.

Post # 10
2689 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

All PP’s are right. If your max is there min

1) There are not tons of dresses within their bottom range (maybe a couple)

2) You will feel the difference in trying on less expensive dresses once you try on theirs and you will be settings yourself up for a let down

Good luck bee!

Post # 11
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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@ nowthisistaken   Try RK Bridal in NYC!  I got my dress there and they were incredible.  They have as many, if not more dresses than Kleinfield.  My consultant was Malak, I would highly highly recommend her!!  Good luck in your search!

Post # 13
7 posts

I actually disagree with some of the prior posters and say to go. If you find something that you are in love with there, even if it’s out of your budget, at least you know what style looks perfect on you and what you’re looking for. So you can bring a photo of it to other lower priced stores and ask for something similar. There are a finite number of dress styles at the end of the day, so you should be able to find something similar.

I got my dress at Kleinfeld’s. I only recommend it because they have nice dresses – everything else about the experience sucked – my high pressure sales woman, the crowded store with shrieking women, the expensive (and not that impressive alterations).

Also, if you have a max budget, make sure you are firm that that is your max. To book an appointment, you’re asked to fill out your budget, but the choices are in bands of $2,000. I.e. $4,000-$6,000, $6,000-$8,000 etc. I wasn’t really sure what to make of this because while I was willing to spend up to $7,000 or so, if I could find a dress for $2,000 that I liked I would be thrilled. What happened is I filled out $6,000-$8,000 and that was the starting point of dresses they brought me. They then absolutely tried to upsell me: in addition to brining me dresses in the $6,000-$8,000 range, they also brought me dresses that cost as much as $21,000! I firmly told them that $7,000 was my max but that I also wanted to see dresses as long as $2,000 and they obliged (unhappily).

The other posters are right about having it shipped out of state to avoid sales tax. I got mine shipped to my parents in CT for that reason.

Their veils start at $300 I think so if looking to save there I wouldn’t bother. They brought me veils that “matched” my dress for $2,500+! I said I wanted something very cheap and ended up with something around $400 (not cheap but better than the original veils they brought me!).

I tried on another dress (at the Lovely Bride actually!) that I thought was wonderful and quite reasonable at $2,800. I was going to buy that one since the Kleinfeld one I liked too was $6,800 so I figured I would make the decision on cost alone, but my mom (who is extremely into my wedding) insisted that the Kleinfeld one was nicer so I should get that (she paid, so I said fine).

I also second the RK Bridal recommendation. It is not as fancy as Kleinfeld so is a different experience, but they have a huge selection.

Good luck!

Post # 14
7 posts

Also, definitely go on a weekday in the morning. I went on a Wednesday morning and it was not as crowded. I went back on a Saturday afternoon to look at veils and the place was a mad house.

Post # 15
1309 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Ugh stay away. $750 for alterations is absurd, for the record. 

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