(Closed) Starting wedding dress hunt in NYC

posted 11 years ago in New York City
Post # 18
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m starting my hunt this weekend too! Similar budget – under $2k. 

I made appointments at Pronovias, Lovely Bridal and Birnbaum and Bullock. I’m also going to swing through RK Bridal because you don’t need an appt. I’ve heard great things about all of them so I’m psyched!

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Hi guys!  I’m not sure if you’re into the sample store thing, but the Bridal Garden is amazing!  That’s where I found my dress (went to Kleinfeld too).  The best part is that all of their proceeds go to the New York City school system.  The consultant I had was super knowledgable and sweet and we had a great time picking our own dresses.  They have a lot of designer gowns and apparently they do alterations too (I’m in cali so I just brought mine back with me unaltered). It was only a couple blocks from Kleinfeld at 21st and 6th. 

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Post # 21
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Another vote for RK! That place is amazing; went in this past weekend and walked out less than 2hrs later with my dream dress — way under budget, too. Nicole was my consultant and she was fabulous. Gave her honest opinion about the dress, the designer, and the overall quality/price of the situation. I picked my 5 dresses, she picked a few more for me to try on, and wouldn’t you know, “the” dress ended up being one of the ones she pulled!

 

I disagree with others though–you should know, if only generally, what kind of style you’re going for. RK easily had as many dresses as the previous 5-6 shops I’d visited COMBINED. If I hadn’t gone in with a vague idea of what I was looking for, I’d probably still be there…..

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I absolutely HATED RK Bridal. I went first thing in the morning on a Saturday and I worked with the worst saleswoman. They had me pick 6 dresses to try on, but after I tried them on, the woman was basically like “Well, that’s it.” She said because they get so busy on the weekend, she couldn’t spend any time with me at all, which I was so not expecting. It was awful. She said weekends at RK Bridal are really only meant for women who have already tried on dresses or know what they are looking for.

I bought my dress from Bridal Reflections in Massapequa, LI. It’s about an hour away. They have a Fifth Ave store but they say that’s for their higher-end designers. The Massapequa location has the sub-$2K dresses. I had a whole hour carved out for me, it was not rushed, the two women I worked with (especially Christina) were super nice. They have a pretty good selection, but they didn’t have everything so my advice is if you want to try on something specific, make sure you ask if they have it!! Because they might not.

Post # 23
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Hi girls, I had an awesome experience at Gabriella’s (14th and Hudson) and at Lovely Bridal in the Village. The staff made me feel like a queen, and there was no pressure at all… my consultant at Gabriella’s (Leah) actually encouraged me to continue shopping around and come back when I was ready to commit, and wrote down all the info for the dresses I liked so I could reference it. I loved my time at each shop. Heading to Designer Loft on Saturday and Kleinfeld for the sample sale on Monday.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee

@psudopoddy: I also went there and she was awesome. I think I worked with the owner. I should check out RK Bridal but time is running out. My wedding is in July and I have no idea what I want. I wanted a lace dress but they were not as stunning on me as I thought they would be. I’ve gone to POB and Pronovias and Amsale. Now I am facing the others. Maybe I will see you at Kleinfeld’s on Monday OR at the Running of the Brides next month.

Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@psudopoddy: I bought my dress from Leah at Gabriella. I LOVE that place and they are SO amazing.

I actually talked to Gabriella herself last week and she suggested I get my dress altered at the designer’s studio and that they would organize everything for me.

I went to Gabriella THREE times before deciding on my dress and they were lovely EVERY time!

Post # 26
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Another recommendation for RK Bridal!! Went in to just poke around a try a few dress on, ended up buying one that day for almost half my budget. Great place!!

Post # 27
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26 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Going to Lovely this weekend! Hoping to find something but my mind is so cluttered with dresses I can’t decide!

Post # 28
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Bumble bee

@AJoy77: I feel the same way. I have tried on way too many dresses. I didn’t think it was going to be that hard. Um, I went to RK Bridal. I didn’t really like their dresss though :(?

Post # 29
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@Frog E.: I’m getting my dress from Birnbaum & Bullock for my wedding next month.  Robert is fabulous.  You are basically working w/ the designers, so they know everything about how a dress is made and how it should fit on you.  The personal care and attention they give to their clients is unique – no hard sell.  I checked out several other places before deciding on B&B and they were not nearly as knowledgeable about their dresses.  I highly recommend checking out the boutique.  Hopefully, you’ll find something wonderful at the sale!

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mallard: Eep, I bought my dress at the Birnbaum & Bullock sale!  Amazingly enough, they had the dress I loved from the website in what turned out to be my size. Not quite as big a discount as I had hoped for, but still. ๐Ÿ™‚  You’re right, the guys were really nice and I’m looking forward to doing the alterations with them in the future.

For anyone else who’s going or thinking of it, there were a lot of dresses in 6, 8 etc. but not much in larger sizes (I’m a street 12 and saw only a few dress in 12 or larger). Worth checking out if you’re in that range, though!

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