Post # 16
When I gave Debbie the budget, she the consultants will usually NEVER EVER pull anything over the bride’s budget so they don’t leave broken hearted or with something they can’t afford (but of course they sometimes do on the tv show). Also, I did not get my veil or accessories there but they didn’t push me to purchase those either.
The high alterations cost is very steep; if I was still in NY I don’t even think I would have paid for it either. But I guess it’s so high because you are working with Vera, the best of the best. And she handles dresses worth $1,500 to over $25,000. So you would be in trusted hands that’s for sure.
Post # 17
It never hurts to go take a look…but their dresses are really pricey. You may find dresses that are within your price range but there may not be much of a selection. I just remembered the episode to Say Yes to the Dress…one of the customers had a $1500 price range and their comment was the average price range is roughly $5000.
Post # 18
Another vote for skipping Kleinfeld. I went there and they were the worst. Tons of attitude. It’s the kinda place that sizes you up by the type of handbag you carry. The sales lady seemed annoyed that I said my budget was $2500. Just, no.
I had a great experience at Lovely Bride and found a gorgeous gown in my price range, no problem, no guilting, no eye rolling, etc. 🙂
Post # 19
Try Saja! I wanted one of their dresses, but unfortunately they’re totally not my husband’s style.
Post # 20
Tbh I have never seen a dress at Kleinfelds that I actually like. Don’t pay extra just for the experience, in fact, my own appointment was at a bridal store on the North Shore in Auckland, NZ, and I have never experienced customer service like theirs! They provided drinks and nibbles, made sure they were all Girlfriend because I have coeliacs, allowed me to go back as many times as I like to try on dresses, and have kept in touch regularly since I bought the dress. She even emailed me and let me know about a local cupcake store who sells Girlfriend cupcakes! My point is that you can still find a beautiful dress and experience top level service outside of Kleinfelds.
Post # 21
I went to one expensive bridal salon my first day shopping. It temporarily reset what I felt comfortable spending and suddenly $2600 didn’t look like too much compared to all the $4-5k dresses. Then I came to my senses and had to forget that dress, which took some time and probably a lot more shopping than I’d otherwise have needed. Skip it, there are plenty of salons where a $2500 budget won’t limit you. Kleinfelds will make you feel like you walked in straight from the bread line.
Post # 22
Don’t do it. From what I’ve heard, if you go shopping in Kleinfeld’s with your kind of budget, you will be wasting your time and theirs, and they’ll treat you as such. Plus, it sounds like you are more into modern/boho styles anyway, which isn’t really their thing.
Post # 23
Honestly, if you’re in NYC on a budget, you should skip Kleinfeld. There are so many other options. This blog post has a lot of info on different salons (there’s also a part 2) http://www.soyouregettingmarried.com/2015/10/25/wedding-dress-shopping-in-nyc-part-1-uk-wedding-blog/ There’s no reason for you to go to one salon just because it’s the most well known. I drove several towns over (in a suburb of the city) to a salon that I’d never heard of until my mom found it on facebook, and it turned out to be the best experience ever. Lots of great places other than Kleinfeld!
Post # 24
Hated my Klienfelds experience and would say pass. It’s the most high pressure salon I’ve been to and the selection unless you love pnina tornai isn’t all the exclusive. My consultant pulled dresses that were okay but told me that those are the only 2 that she had that fit my style (not over the top and not covered in lace).
I had a great experience at lovely bride and highly recomend it.
I also really recomend designer dress loft, most of the dresses were under 3k and I tried on a good amount under 2k.
I wound up buying my dress from Pronovias but the first time I tried it on was at designer dress loft.
Let me know if you want a list of the NYC/BK stores I visited!
Post # 25
My dress originally came from there, but I bought it in VA where I live. We have a bridal store here that raises money for women who are victims of domestic abuse and all dresses are donated. They send a ton of dresses, all of the dresses I tried on were from them. I spent $400 on my dress after tax and will be spending another $100 on a bustle(5 point) and a hem. My dress was originally around $5000. While I love it and it was a better option quality wise to a david’s bridal gown in my price range, I would not have spent that kind of money on it. I just don’t think it’s worth it. My family lived in the NYC area for a long time and we visit regularly, so going was an option but I’m glad I didn’t. It’s crowded and the alterations are insane.
In the end, it’s your call! There’s nothing wrong with making the gown a top priority but it doesn’t sound like you do. I would look around first and if you don’t fall in love with something then maybe consider them an option.
Post # 26
Yes, I’d definitely love a list! Thank you very much 🙂
I do love BHLDN, but my friend suggested Lovely Bride and they seem great, I am looking for a semi-traditional dress. I think some others were thinking I was leaning more towards bohemian, but I just don’t want to look like I’m in a stiff gown (no mermaid styles) and I don’t want to look like a cupcake (no major poofage).
I have lot of photos of what I’m interested in, but am remembering to try and keep an open mind – in my original post I mentioned I tried on a strapless gown I had seen online because when I saw it in person it was just so lovely.
I appreciate any suggestions from everyone!
An update to this: I was texting my mother about the dresses I had tried on, thanked her for being with me there and how fun and happy I was to try them on with her and my Maid/Matron of Honor and SIL when I mentioned that I had wanted to keep the cost as low as possible, between 1K-2K and did acknowledge she hadn’t set a budget, but said I wanted to talk with her to make sure she was comfortable with everything. She mentioned that she did want us to go to Kleinfeld’s and then later said the budget was 3-5K!
I thanked her, I am very freaking fortunate and my parents are able to pay for the wedding and everything with it, and they love me very much but I would like to just keep the cost down as much as possible.
Given a lot of feedback from brides about the experience, I was ready to tell her I did not want to go, but if I could find something now that I have a larger budget and it would make my mom happy, maybe I will. Who knows. I got plenty of time!!!
Post # 27
i wouldnt go, i made the mistake of going to a out of budget shop and i fell in love with a dress that i cant afford, now no dress will measure up!!!! DONT DO IT