Post # 1
Has anyone bought a dress from RK Bridal and then brought it elsewhere to be altered? The prices at RK are great but I have heard service isn’t that great so was wondering what would happen if I bought my dress there and went elsewhere for the alterations for better service…
Post # 3
I plan to buy my dress from there as well. They have a huge selection and nice prices.
I hadn’t heard bad things about their alteration services but you shouldn’t have a problem going somewhere else to have your dress altered.
Most places will charge you a fee for bringing in a dress that was bought at a different store. Make sure to factor that into your alteration costs.
Post # 4
I think RK has the “no-frills” program where you get a great price but they don’t do your alterations. I got my dress at David’s but will be doing alterations with The Wedding Dresser (Susan Ruddie) in Brooklyn. My appointment is in the beginning of May. She has great reviews and even talking to her on the phone with a photo of my dress she seemed to really know her stuff.
Post # 5
One of my BMs was in a wedding a few years back. I believe she purchased her dress from RK, then took it to Bridge Street Cleaners and Tailoring in Brooklyn (Downtown) for alterations. She’s taking her new dress there too after it arrives. She said they did a perfect job!! I think they have a Manhattan location now as well.
Post # 6
I took my RK dress to Bridge in Brooklyn. All kinds of bad. I’ll post a seperate review, but just wanted to warn any brides who my find this thread in the future (I know I found these threads very helpful when I was researching where to get things done).
Post # 7
I bought my dress there and they did my alterations. Both great experiences! Nothing to complain about! I’m actually taking my dress back so it can be professionally cleaned and preserved! They are awesome!
Post # 8
I visited RK Bridal last week keeping in mind that it would be a “no frills budget experience”. As I am a pretty low key open easy going person I really thought that this would be the place I find my dress.
My experience was horrible. I met with Nadine. I arrived at 5:30 (just before the sign in sheet was closed for the day). She had already “checked out”. She was mean and made me feel like she couldnt not be bothered to assist me. I kept looking around seeing how attentive the other bridal consultants were and wished that I was working with one of them. Nadine threw dresses at me (litterally) and tried to push a dress on me just because it fit and was in my budget. She did not take my thoughts into consideration in the least.
If you try your luck at RK Bridal:
1. Ask for anyone but Nadine for assistance
2. Remember this is not Kleinfelds.
Post # 9
I bought my dress at RK Bridal and had miz experiences with them. I agree that some of the consultants seem happier to assist brides than others but overall my experience was ok. The alterations dept. did a great job on my dress, however, they will charge you for every little thing. I already had to pay $350 for basic alterations which was fine but I was not happy to have to pay an extra $40 to get a brooch put on (seriously I could’ve done it myself). Overall, it was just an ok experience. Definitely not Kleinfled but you can get what you need there.
Post # 10
I got my dress there and worked with Cheryl. It was a wonderful experience, and she was so helpful. I would have never even thought to even try on anything similar to my dress but Cheryl picked it out and insisted I try it on. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the perfect dress. I bought mine off the rack for 50% off and then took it someplace else for alterations. It is definitely a different experience, but I would not have had it any other way. Cheryl really made me feel like a beautiful bride and was a pro at handling what I thought was almost an impossible task (I needed an in stock dress in a not very popular size that had a corset back and fit my under $500 budget). I did end up going to Felix’s Custome alterations in the Bronx so I can’t speak to alterations there, but Cheryl did talk me through what she recommended I do (for example cutting off the train instead of bustling it so it wouldn’t hide the detail on the back, a minor adjustment to the bodice, and since my dress was off the rack and didn’t have a modesty panel, she went rummaging around until she found one she could send home with me.
Post # 11
I haven’t purchased my wedding dress yet, but I did get my Maid/Matron of Honor dress for my sisters wedding at RK. They were actually great – it was a long dress which I had cut short and almost completely redesigned. We also had them take the remaining fabric and make two sashes for the flower girls. The prices were great also.
Post # 12
That’s so funny, I had to comment. I bought my dress at RK a few years ago and I also had a mean lady – I’m not 100% sure but Nadine sounds about right. After buying the dress from her, I didn’t want to do the alterations there so I went somewhere else. However, my Maid/Matron of Honor did all of her stuff there and she was pretty happy with it.