Say Yes to the Dress

My friend, Kerrie, and I went wedding dress shopping the other day. She’s getting hitched this coming August and desperately needed to get a move on finding and ordering her gown. I was asked to go along as as a second opinion as she was having great difficulty making a final decision.

So Kerrie made an appointment and we headed over to the East Side for a fitting at the infamous Kleinfield. At this point, Kerrie had already tried on about 90 of the store’s dresses at previous fittings and to no avail. For this appointment, however, she believed to have narrowed it down to 5 favorites. 

To be honest, I’m impressed anyone could ever decide on just five dresses, let alone one; I’ve never seen so many wedding gowns, veils, belts, flowers… you name it. Kleinfield is like a glorified warehouse of bridal everything! There are so many options and so many decisions to make. But, it is beautiful—regal even. Kleinfield treats every bride like they are a celebrity or royalty. You have your own wedding consultant who works with you through the entire process, brings dresses to your personal fitting room, and basically caters to your every whim. It was really fun. 

We started with the 5 gowns, but eventually moved to a different silhouette. Originally, Kerrie was looking for a “safe” tube top with an empire waste. Kerrie is so tiny, however, that she was nearly consumed by the extra fabric. She didn’t want to go with a mermaid; after all, she hoped to be able to walk and dance on her big day. Instead her wedding consultant brought in some pretty, “beach appropriate”, tube top, fit n’ flares. Although she looked stunning in every dress, Kerrie definitely rocked the fit n' flares. Still, she didn’t feel she’d found THE dress, just the style. Her consultant left the room once more and came back with a gorgeous lace fit n’ flare gown from a one day only “trunk show” (pretty much a designer brings by his or her work for a one day sale). Before she even put it on you could tell it was THE dress. Actually, Kerrie didn’t think so until she put it on; but I died the moment I saw it. Gorgeous. Simple, sophisticated, made of delicate lace, and undoubtedly perfect for her.

 




Still, she had to be certain; dresses can be quite an investment. So in order to have a better view and to try on some accessories, we moved from her personal fitting room to the main room filled with mirrors, dresses, veils, brides, fabric, couches, and even a live filming of the show, Say Yes to the Dress! Super cool, right?!




Anyway, back to Kerrie. She’d found it! She absolutely said yes to her dress (Go ahead and appreciate my cheese. But it had to happen.). And to top things off, she even got to meet her dress designer who oo’ed and awed over Kerrie. Both of them were beyond pleased. Kerrie looked stunning! I’m so excited for her! Congratulations Kerrie!

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