Post # 1
Hello bees! I am heading to new york city from upstate new york next week to find my dream dress. I am goint to kleinfeld first, and have an appointment at Saks on fifth avenue as well, in case I don’t find a dress during the first appointment.
Since I have extra time, are there any must-go shops or botiques in the city for wedding dresses that you bees loved/ had success with? I was thinking about the Amsale flagship store on Madison because the designers I am most interested in are Amsale and Kenneth Pool. I am looking for a ballgown, but one that is simple and elegant (minimal “bling”, etc).
Any advice? I am looking to spend between 3 and 7k.
Post # 3
@Bridebee13: I wouldn’t say they are “must go to” since Kleinfelds has the largest selection in NYC (so you might see the some of the same designers at these places), but here are a few I’ll throw out: Mark Ingram Atelier, Designer Loft, The White Gown, and Wedding Atelier.
RK Bridal is more of a warehouse experience where you can go through the racks yourself, although a consultant will also help you. RK is really budget friendly and no need for appointment.
Gabriella has gotten alot of great reviews, but I haven’t been there (they’re slightly out of my budget, but you should be fine).
Post # 4
I went to Wedding Atelier! Loved it!
Post # 5
I think Kleinfeld is the only “must go.” It’s fun! Although they definitely pressure you to buy that day.
I would be careful tho before I bought a dress in NYC, the prices are jacked up and then you’ll have to schlep back there for every fitting. If you find a dress you like, call around stores by you and see what they’ll sell it for. I would bet you can find it for at least $500 cheaper elsewhere.
I went to the Pronovias store, which was fun but I suppose only if you like that designer 🙂
I didn’t love Atelier, they sold my best friend a dress $1000 over what she could have paid for it locally (her fault I suppose for not calling around). She realized this about six hours after putting a deposit down and called them in hysterics and they wouldn’t refund it. Six hours later!Also this si stupid but they make you take your shoes off and walk barefoot around the store which really irritated me lol.
Post # 6
@Seaside: they give you slippy shoe things…this is to keep the dresses from dragging on the dirty floor. I didn’t mind!
But I guess i’m partial because I chose my dress from there. You can always ask for a lower price than the retail. It can be done.
Post # 7
@Seaside: thanks so much- great advice! The designers I love are actually not sold around me, which is the reason for the trip.. I wish they were! I am shopping around my hometown before going to new york though, so I have an idea of the designers they do have locally. I am flying in next week since I am only there for the day, but normally it is only about a 6 hour drive, so it isn’t too bad.
By the way… the bridal shops in my home town also make you take your shoes off! I understand their reasoning but it did feel weird!
Post # 8
Bridal Garden is kind of fun too. Al their dresses are samples and donated dresses, and all proceeds go to charity. But you do all the work yourself, including picking dresses, dragging them to fitting rooms, putting them on, and putting them back. After kleinfelds and saks, that might be a little annoying!
Post # 9
I think it really depends on what type of experience you want. If you enjoy being pampered and treated like a princess with helpful (although somewhat pushy) salespeople, then Kleinfelds and such are great. If you want to do most of the work and make your own choices without such a hard sell, then RK Bridal and Bridal Garden are quite fun. I would suggest that you mix it up and see what you like.
Whatever you do, do NOT give in to the pressure to buy the first dress you fall in love with. Get the details and say you want to think about it overnight/talk to your mother/etc. then try on a few more and really think it over for a few days. Dress regret is a very real phenomenon and the last thing you want to end up with is a $3000+ dress you no longer want to wear. Take your time, be sure, and don’t cave unless you are 110% positive that it ticks all your boxes and is your forever dress.
Post # 10
@Bridebee13: Gabriella NY!! Absolutely amazing place that I adored back when I was looking. It’s prob the same price point as Kleinfeld with more of a “vintage” feel. It’s a beautiful space and all the salesgirls pay attention to you.
Post # 11
@Bridebee13 I went to Kleinfeld’s and had a HORRIBLE experience. I purchased my dress from a store called Lovely (it’s in TriBeCa) and honestly, it was Lovely. Its a beautiful store with unique dresses and the place is just beautiful My assistant was SO helpful did not pressure me and pulled the most amazing dresses. They have a wide range in price too so there is something for everyone. Also, Bridal Reflections is another great store. Good Luck!!
Post # 12
@Lbward6: I’m not a fan of Kleinfelds either. Too much hype, not personalized enough. There is a time limit and number of gown limit. Where I purchased my gown, I think I tried on 10 gowns and a couple of them twice. No pressure. At no time did the consultant even breathe mention of another appointment or anything like that.