Bride-to-be Blogger Jennifer: Third Time’s a Charm

In an earlier post, I went on about how nervous I was about gown shopping. It turns out that with the right people and at the right places, it can be a lot of fun.

Something I learned early in the process is that this shopping experience is unlike any other because you go to an expert who can immediately pick dresses that will look good on you specifically. Having honest feedback from my mom and my sister definitely helped too.

My first appointment was at Kleinfeld’s in Manhattan. It was such a great time and I purposely put off watching “Say Yes to the Dress” to ease my anxiety level.

When we got there, I met with my consultant who quickly looked through photos I brought and asked me about my intended budget and brought five dresses back into the dressing room within minutes. Each one was more gorgeous than the last.

What I really appreciate about my consultant Antonella’s approach was that at no point did we talk about measurements or sizes or anything. This was an atmosphere that even the most self-conscious bride-to-be could feel comfortable. I tried on about 10 dresses and actually left there feeling confident about a front-runner.

That same day I had the opposite experience so I won’t spend too much time talking about it, nor will I throw this location under the bus. The consultant I had here was not interested in what I was looking for. Willing to try on anything, I gave her honest, though negative, feedback about the gowns she brought in for me. Instead of asking me for more information about what I was looking for, she basically told me they did not have anything there for me.  I left unhappy but hopeful because of my previous experience.

Third time’s the charm, they say. I went to the Bridal Garden in Marlton. My consultant, Diana, created a similar experience to that of Kleinfeld’s and she brought in a lot of gowns that I truly loved. She also introduced me to new ideas that I didn’t think I would like. It was here that I found THE gown! I also learned — luckily, to my advantage — that New Jersey and Delaware do not add tax to dresses because they do not consider them luxury items. That’s a nice perk as long as you can find the dress of your dreams and save a little (or a lot) of cash, too!

What were your wedding gown shopping experiences like? Did you find there were a lot of differences in the service and gown selection, as you went from place to place?

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