gowns on the brain, apparently.

9 Jul

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i promise that i do more than think about wedding gowns all day. really.

my dear friend/former bandmate/brideslady suggested that we go look for wedding gowns. i’ve only tried them on in a bridal shop once, and it was a pretty bizarre experience — my sister surprised me with an appointment at nicole miller when she was in town, and while the gowns were lovely, it’s just strange to have a veil popped on your head and have a big to-do made about how you look every time you say that a gown is nice. chalk that up to WIC, i guess.

while googling decent places to shop for gowns in nyc, i came across the bridal garden — it’s a not-for-profit bridal salon in nyc, where designers and brides donate new and gently-used gowns to resell to brides at up to 75% off (we’ll see how gentle “gently” is when i go next week). the proceeds from each sale go to nyc public schools, which i think it great. the stock varies wildly from day to day, from what i’ve read, but for someone like me who a) doesn’t want to spend a ton, b) doesn’t care to throw thousands more at the WIC, c) loves a good cause and d) has a lot of time to shop before my wedding, i’m willing to put in the time and effort to dig through their racks for an afternoon.

so, we’re set for a visit on the 18th. i will report back, with photos.

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11 Responses to “gowns on the brain, apparently.”

  1. liz @ chic on the cheap July 10, 2009 at 1:27 am #

    we have a similar type thing in philly. 🙂 win-win situation… cheap couture, plus a good cause. hollaaa.

    don’t get sucked into the dress trap i did, tho. because we were at a discount place, i allowed myself to be pressured into buying because “what if it’s not here next week?!”

    • bazookastuff July 10, 2009 at 2:49 am #

      hollaaaaa.

      excellent tip. i know that i have a tendency to fall for the the “it might be gone later!” trap (ruelala.com knows the exact right buttons to push…), but not when it comes to really expensive things, thankfully.

      what happened with your dress? did you keep it?

  2. anna and the ring July 10, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    Oh, it’s such a good idea. Although I have to admit I am one of those sniper buyers! Hence I just bought a dress of ebay!

  3. Bridechka July 10, 2009 at 1:07 pm #

    Can’t wait for the full report! I am with you Anna, bought one at a sample sale, they totally got me!

    • bazookastuff July 10, 2009 at 2:03 pm #

      that’s how i got my current cheap dress, too — nicole miller sample sale on ruelala.com. oy vey.

      it was $250, though. i think if it had been more, i wouldn’t have taken the risk.

      will have to post comparison photos, once i have options to compare it to. 🙂

  4. anna and the ring July 10, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    Feel free to invite me to ruelala!!

    • bazookastuff July 10, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

      sent!

  5. Bridechka July 10, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    Oh man! 250!? There is just no way to resist that! They are cruel over there at rue, they know just how to get us.

  6. Chic 'n Cheap July 11, 2009 at 2:27 am #

    I really liked Bridal Garden. It was relaxed and they had some decent dresses. I tried on a $500 Badgley Mischka and a $800 Pronovias. They always give you a little extra discount off the list price, but $500 is as low as they go.

    Good luck!

  7. Chic 'n Cheap July 11, 2009 at 3:30 am #

    btw, I tagged you on my blog!

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