(Closed) Running of the Brides–July 23rd on State Street

posted 8 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I almost wish I didn’t have my dress so I could come! Sounds fun.

Post # 4
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I bought my dress at it last year! I TOTALLY recommend it!!! Feel free to pm me for advice!! : )



Post # 5
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

i plan to go to this!!  and if i can’t find anything i like there i swear i’m getting my dress from china.  i may just be really cheap, but i absolutely cannot bring myself to spend thousands on a dress i will wear ONCE.


Post # 6
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Good luck! I did the Kleinfeld’s Blowout Sale and got a great price on a dress, so I think these things are worth it.

Post # 7
990 posts
Busy bee

I was going to go but ended up buying my dress…crazy that i ran across this post though because I emailed this lady a few months ago who works at Filene’s about plus size dresses and she emailed me today about the sale and tips…if anyone would like a copy of the email PM me!

Post # 8
990 posts
Busy bee

someone asked…so i am posting them…


Last Minute Tips for Success



Thursday night

  • Drink lots of water
  • Get a good night’s sleep


Friday morning, before you leave the house

  • Food is fuel–have a good breakfast
  • Dress in a sports bra and bike shorts, leotard or swim suit
  • Leave your handbag behind; you’ll want as little as possible to keep track of
  • Don’t wear make-up—it might rub off on the dresses
  • No jewelry; last year a bride-to-be lost her engagement ring when it got caught on a lacy dress.


Best time to arrive at the store Friday morning

  • If you want to be part of the ‘rush to the racks’ then you should be at the store by 6:30am

  • Otherwise, arrive later (anytime after 11:00am) when things have calmed down and you can peruse the racks at your own pace; go to Link to the arrive later landing page


At the sale

  • Be considerate and play fair; please, please, please don’t horde dresses; grab what you can, go through the dresses quickly and give up what you don’t want so other brides can get started; Filene’s Basement reserves the right to limit the number of gowns you can hold at one time.  
  • Be open-minded –try on whatever comes your way; if you focus too much on a specific style or label, you might just miss the dress of your dreams
  • Remember, gowns usually run small; don’t even look at size tags. Just eyeball the dress and if it’s close to your size, try it on. There will be experts on alterations and cleaning there to advise you
  • Take a break if you get tired and cranky; grab some water
  • Take pictures and have fun! These memories will last a lifetime.


Cash, checks with ID, major credit cards are accepted. One day sale; gowns are not returnable.

Visit http://www.filenesbasement.com  for more information, including directions to the store.


NOTE: This event will likely be photographed and taped by local news outlets and by other photographers for possible broadcast or publication. By your entrance into and presence at the sale, you give unqualified consent to record, use and publicize your voice, actions, likeness and appearance in any manner in connection with news coverage and/or publicity. If you do not wish to be photographed or videotaped, please hold your hand up and inform the camera operator of your wishes. All photographers are required to have press credentials or Filene’s Basement authorization tags visible to customers. If you have any questions, please locate a Filene’s Ba

Post # 9
25 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

Did anyone have any luck?? I went with a friend at about 3:45, and she found a GORGEOUS Anne Barge dress. We were very impressed with the selection, even that late in the day, and had a blast. I wish it happened more than once a year in Chicago! I highly recommend it.

Post # 11
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

i found my dress there too!!


and my sister and i laughed so hard at so many terrible brides.  great bonding experience πŸ™‚

Post # 13
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

i actually don’t have one!  i have no idea which dress it is (designers and whatnot at sooooo not my thing) and it’s at my sister’s house.


but it’s super pretty.  i promise πŸ˜‰

Post # 15
63 posts
Worker bee

I did the ROB in Boston in Feb and got a dress.  I paid $249 and it’s a Watters.  I found this event to be 100% worth it and only need about $100-$200 worth of alterations.

I say do it even if you don’t end up with a dress…AND try everything on you can in your size (or about your size). Best of luck.


The topic ‘Running of the Brides–July 23rd on State Street’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors