(Closed) PSA: Filene’s Running of the Brides in Boston

posted 10 years ago in Boston
Post # 3
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m not sure I can handle this event…I do need my dress though!

Post # 4
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I found my dress at the February Running of the Brides.  I took my cousin (the most helpful, least judgmental person) and we went after work at 5pm.  There was also a snow storm that day, so I imagine that deterred a number of shoppers.  In any case, I had plenty of dresses to choose from that I really liked!  And there was the added bonus that most of the morning runners left their mirrors there so we didn’t need to bring one. 


1. Wear spandex bike shorts or leggings and bring high heels. 

2. Don’t wear a sports bra–you won’t get a feel for the dress with that thing on, bring a strapless or just a regular and tuck your straps down.  Also, wear a button-down or zippy so it’s easy to get in and out for quick changes.

3. Don’t bring a purse.  It will get in the way when you are hauling dresses around. 

4. Check your modesty at the door!  Try to remember that nobody is looking at you, everyone is scouring the dress racks instead.

5. Bring a digital camera!  It’s always best to see how it looks on a screen instead of in a mirror.

6. Don’t wear makeup.  Even though most of the dresses could use a cleaning it’s unfortunate when makeup gets on it–sometimes it doesn’t come out.

Post # 5
267 posts
Helper bee

Just wanted to say, if anyone needs a shopping buddy to go after work with, I’m in! I got married last year but love wedding gowns, and I have a knack for finding the diamonds in the rough! Last year I found two different brides’ gowns for them, and I was just stopping by to observe the carnage!

Post # 6
36 posts
  • Wedding: November 2018


Oh I would love to go to this.  

Post # 7
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I can’t wait to go to this!!  I just got engaged only a week and a half ago, but I’ve always wanted to experience this!!  Tanya2s, I may enlist your services 🙂  I have no sisters, it’s be just me and my mom unless I can get some of my girlfriends to take a day off!!

Post # 8
4 posts

I got my Henry Roth gown at the running of the brides in Tysons Corner, Va.

I got a heck of a deal and love my dress but….. it was not worth it! Women are catty! Luckily I had my Maid/Matron of Honor who was so persistent and found my dress. But we came out with injuries which really weren’t worth the craziness!

Post # 9
8 posts
  • Wedding: May 2009

Advice please: I am in VA and missed the Tyson’s Corner Running of the Brides by a matter of days . I’m contemplating flying to Boston for their grand event but not sure if it will be worth it. My big day is in May and need to start the dress shopping soon. Is it worth making the trek and adding the extra cost of airfare (accomodation is free…)? Or should I experience the pampering of more traditional bridal shops. My favorite designers so far have been Essence of Australia and Eden Bridals (as an example of taste…)

Post # 10
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Probably not worth the hassle and expense.  You have plenty of time to shop!  Try the local stores and watch for sample sales in your area.  Many stores will be changing over their stock before your wedding and getting rid of current styles at a significant discount. 

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