Post # 1
Have any of you girls ever had an appointment at Kleinfeld? How does it work in real life? Whenever I watch “say yes to the dress” I find it unbelievable that someone will pick a dress after having only tried a couple, sometimes they say “they love” the first dress they try on and the story ends like that. It seems to me sometimes that the “experts” are too pushy or have little patience? They call a girl hard to please because she doesn’t find “the one” after she has tried 5 dresses on? Seriously? Curious to read your comments.
Post # 3
I think that they edit some things out. I find it hard to believe that everyone only tries on a handful of dresses (that is how it seems). But then again I only tried on a couple of dresses before choosing “the one”.
Post # 4
I think I rushed to pick my dress for the same reason! I felt bad for wasting my consultants time plus I didnt feel like looking anymore so I just chose a dress on my second trip to the store….let me tell you the second thoughts run through my head EVERY DAY
Post # 5
It took me 7 months, buying one wrong dress, trying on probably 150 rejects and looking though countless photos to find mine.
Post # 6
Well, obviously the show is heavily edited and the consultants pump up the drama for entertainment value. My experience there was nothing like what I would have expected from the show. My consultant was Audrey and she was incredibly helpful, patient, and kind, and understood completely when I said I was there to try on some Kleinfeld-exclusive designs, including one I’d been in love with for months (and now, upon months of reflection, have decided to buy, even though I was basically sold on it the minute I saw it online months before I tried it on…I just wanted to be 100% sure), but would NOT be purchasing that day because my mom wasn’t there. The last dress she showed me was a sort of fusion of the romantic shift dresses and more elaborate ballogwns I’d expressed interest in; there was definitely no pressure to buy immediately as she said the last style she brought me was “something to think about when you look around”.
Maybe the experience is different with other consultants, but that’s not how mine was at all. I think maybe consultants get annoyed with brides for reasons other than what they let us see on the show. They’re probably very good at “reading” shoppers and know if they’re just there to play dress-up, if they’re wasting time at Kleinfeld because they’ve already committed to a dress elsewhere, etc., which understandably would leave them less patient. I don’t think any right-minded consultant would expect a woman to make her dress purchase after only trying on five dresses at Kleinfeld and having shopped nowhere else, though I imagine they’d love it if that happened, since they do earn commission, and the quicker they can get the bride out of the store the easier it is for them to stay on time for all their appts that day.
Post # 7
Yea, it does all seem rushed but we have to remember that they edit a lot out of the appointment and we only see a little and what they want us to see. I got my gown in a similar type bridal salon in Atlanta and my appointment went on for a couple hours, no joke and we went through at least 15-20 gowns. I did, however, know that the first gown was the one but still continued to try on.
I think Ive heard it drop a few times that appointments are like, an hour and half or so? That’s a pretty good amount of time and I’m sure they get in more than 5, depending on how fast the girl gets in and out of gowns and if shes deliberating on a few. They do seem pushy sometimes but remember, its all for tv and what they want you to see. It could seem like theyre getting irritated and wanting her to make up her mind after a couple dresses but really, it could be way more than that in real life, they just show you a few here and there.
Post # 8
Lol, we all typed something similar within a few seconds of each other!
Post # 9
I tried only ONE dress on and fell in love with it! Crazy right? But its true. I looked around A LOT on the internet trying to find a dress that I liked.. After months of searching I found Maggie Sottero Ambrosia… I was obsessed with looking at it.. but it didnt come out till March 2010 and I needed my dress before that so I found Maggie Sottero SaBelle.. I looked at it online for about month and a half.. I didnt find anything that even compared to it..
So I finally went and tried it on.. Fell in love with it.. I didnt buy it right away.. just so I can think about it.. I didnt think long and I went back and I bought it the same day 🙂 Crazy right? I would not change it for anything.
After i had my dress i went to bridal store just to look around and see if i would change my mind.. Nope.. I didnt like any other dress. Maggie was the one for me.. 🙂
Post # 10
I didn’t go to Kleinfelds but I went to another salon in NYC…I ended up with the first dress I tried on. I didn’t sleep on it or anything. I tried it on and tried on like 10 others and just kept going back to this one and in the end it was the one! The sales lady just could did a great job pulling it based on what I told her I was looking for.
Post # 11
The same thing happened to me as DVsMom. One appointment, 10 dresses. But either way, everyone’s different and you shouldn’t believe what you see on TV!
Post # 12
i’m sure it’s all edited to make it seem that short. i can totally relate, i ended up buying the first dress that i tried on, however – that doesn’t mean that i didn’t try on 14 or 15 dresses after the first… i did and still didn’t love them as much as the first, and went with it… i’m sure the girls on that show have had similar experiences but we only get to see what the producers put on the actual episode 😉
Post # 13
Keep in mind that the show is only like 30 minutes and they show 1-3 brides. If you listen to what the consultants are saying, they’ll mention how long they’ve been working with the bride – sometimes up to like 4 or 6 hours! I have to assume that they’ve tried on more dresses than the three they show on the show!
That being said, I only tried on three dresses, and the first dress I tried on ended up being “the one” for me. 😛
Post # 14
It’s edited to make it look easy and the salon to look great. I’m sure it’s not really that easy, though the consultants have experience and probably do a good job of pointing you in the right direction for your body type.
I didn’t buy mine there or in NYC. I’d looked online and had a particular style in mind, and kept going back to a specific dress. I wasn’t actually shopping for my dress when I found it. I went to a local shop, turned a corner, and there it was, so I tried it on. Done. Game over. I tried on a second dress for the consultant, who thought a second dress might be a good match, but it was NOT me at all. My mother went from being teary over the first to laughing over the second. =) I think it’s possible to fall in love with the first dress and it be the right one, but even at Kleinfeld I’m sure it doesn’t happen to everyone.
Post # 15
Actually I think it’s kinda of good to not try on too many dresses. After a while your mind starts muddling them up and you lose that excited feeling and it becomes “Yeah, another dress, fine, whatever”.
Personally the first dress I found was the dress I bought. But I did do about 5 months of research beforehand online and I’m pretty confident with what works on my body and what doesn’t so I only went out with the intention of trying on a couple dresses.
Post # 16
You know, I think it doesn’t work that way for many people, but it DID work that way for me. I LOVED the first dress I put on. I tried on a bunch of others during the appointment, but none of them made me feel the way the first one did. When I put it back on at the end of the appointment, I was even more sure.
I didn’t buy it that day – I left and “slept on it” for a couple of weeks, and definitely looked at the pictures of me in it almost daily, but I just couldn’t shake it, I knew it was the one. So I went back and bought it, and the rest is history!
I am sure that if I had kept looking, I would have found more beautiful dresses that I loved. I mean, there are so many gorgeous dresses out there! But why keep looking if I already found one that made me giddy, and that fit perfectly in my budget? Once I bought that dress, I never looked back, and I’m still really happy with my choice.