Breaking News: DB-to-Be has something to wear

7 Feb

I am very excited to let everyone know that I have a wedding dress!  It’s really great.

It was quite the journey running around stores in NYC to look for dresses and I wanted to share my thoughts on each spot.  Thanks to everyone who made various stops along with way and provided their opinions including my mom, LB, Melissa, Loewy, Rachel and Kate!

J Crew Bridal Salon – 769 Madison Ave at 66th Street, NYC

We are lucky in NYC to have access to a lot of stores in NYC and J Crew’s  bridal boutiques is  no exception.  The store is lovely and I’m pretty sure we all had a big girl crush on the bridal consultant who helped us.  They have about 20 dresses in stock ranging from super casual to princess-like, as well as bridesmaid dresses.  The selection was nice and they quality of fabrics was outstanding, but I just wasn’t feeling any of the dresses.  I didn’t feel like they were unique enough for me.

The Sample Room NY  – 40 West 17th Street, NYC

According to their website, “The Sample Room is a unique bridal shopping experience.  We sell select designer bridal samples at prices up to 50%-75% off of retail in an appointment only style setting.  These are “one of” bridal gown samples that are either discontinued or overstock.”

In true New York style, you walk into an unassuming office building and on the second floor is a room with racks of dresses.  Stacie, the owner and the consultant who helped us, was easy going, respectful of our budget and overall a pleasure.  At TSR, we tried on about ten dresses ranging in styles.  There was one dress that our team loved, but we had to turn it down.  The store doesn’t  hold items and does not do their own alterations, so it was just too much of a risk.  I would definitely recommend checking this store out because there are great markdowns on designer dresses, but you need to be prepared to make a decision on the spot!

Lovely Bride – 313 West 4th Street, NYC

Hidden away in a West Village brownstone, Lovely Bride is like the Anthropologie of bridal shops, although on a small, homey scale.  The store is two floors – the gowns live on the below-ground level and the individual dressing areas are one flight up.  The consultant who worked with us was extremely knowledgeable on their interesting range of designers, respectful of our budget and quite punctual.  She kept reminding us how many minutes remained in our appointment.  I tried on several dresses that were, well, lovely,  and more importantly to me, unique.  I would definitely recommend this charming store as a stop on your search, especially for more casual brides.

The Bridal Garden – 54 West 21st Street, NYC

Like The Sample Room, Bridal Garden is in an unassuming office building.  Once inside, shoppers are free to graze the racks of dresses (there are definitely several hundred) and try on as many as you wish.  Bridal Garden is self-serve, as in no one helps you try on or clip up the dresses, although they do have on-site seamstresses.  One really interesting and unique fact about The Bridal Garden is that they are a non-profit and proceeds benefit local NYC charities.  The dresses are donated from top stores and designers in the city.  As for our experience, we were really hot and tired (this was pre-City Bakery cookie break), and our need for sugar got in the way of dealing with the dresses.  Additionally, you would need to make a decision on the spot, which was something we were not prepared to do.

Kleinfeld – 110 West 20th Street, NYC

Post cookie, our group was really looking forward to our appointment at the world-famous Kleinfeld, of  Say Yes to the Dress fame.   We met with Lisa (who I had requested and known from my old job) and the experience was everything I wanted it to be.  The store is chaotic but fun.  Lisa took our group into her room for a pow-wow, then sat everyone down in the main room while she and I went through the racks.  Lisa was extremely respectful of our budget, and we tried on some really beautiful gowns.  She actually encouraged me to try on dresses that I wouldn’t have normally picked out but looked really nice.  Kleinfeld is a well-oiled machine, so after we found a dress we like, the “headpiece” specialist came over to seal the deal with a gorgeous veil.   It gave me that “I’m a bride” feeling for the first time all day.

A highlight of our visit was when another bride-to-be said yes to her dress, but then saw how fabulous I looked in the one I had on at the time and ended up purchasing that instead.  If you plan to visit Kleinfeld (and I highly recommend that you do), definitely ask for Lisa!  Who knows, you could end up on tv.

RK Bridal – 318 W 39th St

A bridal warehouse near Port Authority, RK Bridal has the most selection I have ever seen!  You do not need an appointment so it was a great place to walk around and check out thousands of dresses.  You put your name on a list, select what you want to try on and wait your turn. The best part is after you’ve been once, you can come back with an appointment. After two visits, Roberta and I brought back Loewy, Rachel and Kate to see all of the finalists. RK even carried some of the dresses I had liked in other stores and I was ready to make a decision.  When I came out in THE dress, it was waterworks for the girls and we knew it was time to wrap it up.  I even got applause from the other ladies waiting for their turns.  Janice, our consultant, was a delight.  While I was waiting to fill out the forms, I cried too.  WE DID IT!  My dress will be here at the end of April.

See you at the gym… xoxo db2be

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3 Responses to “Breaking News: DB-to-Be has something to wear”

  1. KGB February 7, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Awww… i love that i’m imagining how all of this went, thanks for the details lover. So sad i missed this!

  2. laura haney February 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    you were so descriptive I felt like I was there!
    I’m sad i missed it too but definitely was there in spirit!

    I am happy, however, that you said “see you at the gym” and the advertisement below is dominos pizza. ❤

    in conclusion, glad you found the one!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oxoxxoxoxo

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