Did you get engaged over the holidays? Shopping for a wedding dress in New York City doesn't have to mean tears, bloodshed or giving the silent treatment to your maid of honor until after you get back from your honeymoon. Leave the drama to those girls on Say Yes To The Dress. We have a complete guide on where to shop for your dream wedding dress in New York City, the hottest trends - and why those sample sales might not be your best bet, after all.
Kleinfeld is a go-to for New York City brides. The store was well-known even before Say Yes To The Dress fame, and thanks to TLC, it'll take even longer for you to schedule an appointment - so plan ahead. At CBSNewYork, we've heard brides complain of a pretentiousness and small fitting rooms at the Flatiron location, but it's our guess that with over 60 designers to choose from, you'll likely be saying 'Yes' to one of their frocks.
This West Village boutique houses a well-edited collection of indie designers in a charming setting. Designers featured include a mix of up-and-comers with well-known names: David Fielden, Quail, Ivy & Aster and Badgley Mischka are among the collections offered. Visit their Web site to make an appointment.
Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier
On the other end of the spectrum, this Upper East Side store is for the high fashion bride. Featuring designers like Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrara, the consultants at Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier ask that you only bring one or two companions on your shopping trip in order to guarantee an intimate gown-hunting experience. Apparently they know what they're doing - New York City brides rave at the boutique's service.
In a city known for trendy boutiques, you might wonder why we might suggest David's Bridal, who opened their first Manhattan location just under two years ago. We're impressed with their Vera Wang-designed collection. This isn't the only department store we'd suggest when gown hunting. Wedding experts also recommend Bergdorf-Goodman, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue.
What About Sample Sales?
Bridal sample sales also abound in New York, but you need to be careful about the dress you pick. Because of the 'hit or miss' nature of sample sales, the dresses you find at a discount may end up costing you even more due to costly alterations. Also, you can't return sample dresses. If it's an impulse buy, you'll probably end up spending more than you budgeted in the end, when you have to buy another dress if you end up not liking it.
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