Post # 1
Who here has experience with this? I am getting super curious. The closest ones to me are in Chicago and Atlanta. Before I try to get my mom and girls on board, I wanted to find out more about it.
What was your experience? How early did you get there? How long were you there? Did you find your dress? Would you do it all again? Any tips?
Post # 3
Did you see Miss Bacon’s blog on this. It would answer some of your questions and I’m sure you could ask her about her experiences.
Post # 4
I went to the one in Atlanta last year with some friends, one of which was also engaged. We just wanted to have fun and try on a bunch of dresses to find out what worked best for us to buy at a later time. We strolled in at around noon (after having brunch and a couple of mimosas) and it was very, very crowded but it wasn’t the zoo I was expecting. Everyone seemed cooperative. Several girls saw me carrying around lace dresses and if they had similar ones they knew they didn’t want, they offered them to me. Another ‘strategy’ was to find people about the same size as you and trade dresses you didn’t want. My friend and I tried on some ridiculous dresses as well as some beautiful ones and had a blast overall. Two and a half hours later, we both walked out with dresses. Mine was only $250! Neither one of us expected to buy one right then, but the dress selection was great and the prices even greater. Neither one of us regret our purchases and would do it all over again.
Post # 5
I also went to ATL on my lunch hour last year. Unfortunatley I was just starting to look at dresses and was by myself so I didn’t buy anything. As Owlet noted, it is much less crazy a little later in the day. They have thousands of dresses but only a couple hundred brides (all others are entourage).
If you live in the city or want to make a big weekend of it, it is worth the time. In ATL, I can think of probably 10 other bridal shops within less than 10 miles of Filene’s, so that could make it a productive weekend for you.
It seemed as though most of the dresses were size 8-12. They definitely had other sizes, but a smaller selection. If they aren’t sold, they are boxed up and sent to the next city. Some of them get a little rough looking
If you go 1)Make sure you are comfortable with all of ATL seeing you in your underwear–no fitting rooms or privacy but lots of windows:). Some girls wore bikinis or slips 2)Bring your own full-length mirror. I realize it’s cumbersome but that may be the only way you see in one. 3)Try on lots of dresses beforehand so you have an idea of what you want. Otherwise too overwhelming. 4)Know your vendors and price points. Not every dress was a great deal. 5)Bring helpers