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#1 finleys7

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    Posted 17 June 2009 - 01:57 PM

    Hey ladies,

    Just a quick little note about a bridal center I went to last week. I heard good things about RK Bridal on 39th btw. 8th & 9th. Unfortunately, my experience was not so good at all. I had the consultant Gilda, and she was HORRIBLE. Everything about the experience was bad. I told her A-line, strapless, ruching and not a lot of beadwork/lace. She had me try on 7 mermaid style dresses. My size 10 butt did not look remotely good in these dresses. After I had my sister and friend look for A-Line (on their own- because Gilda didn't guide them), the last 2 dresses I found were on the right track. Unfortunately, we wasted so much time with the other dresses, she said "No more dresses, I have to clean my dressing room before 6:45 for 7 pm close." My friend said I'll help you clean up if we can do 1 more dress, and she let her clean her dressing room...HOW HORRIBLE IS THAT!

    I just wanted to share my experience in the event any NY, NJ or CT brides go to this place, request to NOT have Gilda. She kept pushing this 1 dress and didn't listen to my feedback. She said you just need a bigger size and then it won't be as tight on your butt, meanwhile that's the style of the dress. UGH!!!

    I was a little discouraged, but I know I have time on my side. After my 5th place, I am still searching and hoping to finally fall in love. I have yet to go "OMG, this is IT!"

    Good luck to all!!!
    Shannon

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    #2 lexibride

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      Posted 17 June 2009 - 03:22 PM

      AWWWW so sorry to hear that happened to you! I was actually just going to post on here about a place in NYC for dresses that might just work for you. It's called Bridal Garden. They are a not-for-profit that sells designer wedding gowns for up to 75% off the original price and all the profits of the dresses go to help the education of children. I read on another site that they were VERY nice! It's worth a shot!

      The Bridal Garden: NY Wedding Dresses - Veils - Designer Samples - Owned by Geraldine Brower.

      #3 angruck

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        Posted 17 June 2009 - 08:08 PM

        Quote:
        Originally Posted by finleys7
        Hey ladies,

        Just a quick little note about a bridal center I went to last week. I heard good things about RK Bridal on 39th btw. 8th & 9th. Unfortunately, my experience was not so good at all. I had the consultant Gilda, and she was HORRIBLE. Everything about the experience was bad. I told her A-line, strapless, ruching and not a lot of beadwork/lace. She had me try on 7 mermaid style dresses. My size 10 butt did not look remotely good in these dresses. After I had my sister and friend look for A-Line (on their own- because Gilda didn't guide them), the last 2 dresses I found were on the right track. Unfortunately, we wasted so much time with the other dresses, she said "No more dresses, I have to clean my dressing room before 6:45 for 7 pm close." My friend said I'll help you clean up if we can do 1 more dress, and she let her clean her dressing room...HOW HORRIBLE IS THAT!


        I just wanted to share my experience in the event any NY, NJ or CT brides go to this place, request to NOT have Gilda. She kept pushing this 1 dress and didn't listen to my feedback. She said you just need a bigger size and then it won't be as tight on your butt, meanwhile that's the style of the dress. UGH!!!

        I was a little discouraged, but I know I have time on my side. After my 5th place, I am still searching and hoping to finally fall in love. I have yet to go "OMG, this is IT!"

        Good luck to all!!!
        I also went to RK bridal and liked some of them but didn't find the one. Try pronovias in NYC---you should try to go to trunk show they give discounts :mswink
        Angela & Chris

        #4 frazali

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          Posted 17 June 2009 - 08:29 PM

          Bridal Garden is great.

          I also saw last week that Housing Works on 23rd bet. 3rd and Lex. had a big wedding dress sale - the line was down the block. Not sure how often they have them - but it's worth looking into.

          #5 sunsetbride1

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            Posted 18 June 2009 - 10:46 AM

            I am so sorry that you had a bad experience at RK Bridal...

            I went to literally over 50-60 bridal stores.. almost every store in the NY/NJ metro area ranging from super high end to Davids Bridal. I had my best experience at RK Bridal. My consultant was amazing; didn't try to push the most expensive dresses on me... found every dress that I brought a picture of (at least 10) and also brought other dresses that she thought would flatter me. She was brutally honest with me about what looked good and what didn't... which I guess may offend some people, but I am brutally honest myself so I really appreciated the "your butt looks huge in that" or the "that does NOT look good on you girl" comments. LOL. They were not pushy at all for me to buy something and I ended up getting my gorgeous gown from them with the help of my consultant (wish I could remember her name, lol).

            I think that your experience depends upon who you have to work with you and your personality... but just wanted to add my two cents because I had an amazing experience with them.

            #6 finleys7

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              Posted 18 June 2009 - 05:17 PM

              Thanks, that definitely gives me hope. I could always go back and ask to NOT have Gilda. I just wish she tried to work with me. She was honest alright, but I didn't mind. I need that. But I had 5 other girls with me, maybe that helps in the bad experience, keep it a small group...

              The prices were unbeatable but the whole experience was bad =(
              Shannon

              YEAH---We Did It! **May 1st, 2010**
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              #7 Jennifer Davis

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                Posted 18 June 2009 - 06:47 PM

                Sorry about your experience. I got my wedding dress at Wedding Atelier: Shop designer wedding gowns, bridal veils, wedding shoes, and bridal accessories in our New York bridal shop. (on 5th near Union Square) and had a great experience. You may want to try there.

                #8 hunniebee724

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                  Posted 18 June 2009 - 07:13 PM

                  I haven't started shopping yet, but thanks for sharing your experiences and for the suggestions!

                  #9 KarenM

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                    Posted 18 June 2009 - 09:25 PM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by sunsetbride1
                    I am so sorry that you had a bad experience at RK Bridal...

                    I went to literally over 50-60 bridal stores.. almost every store in the NY/NJ metro area ranging from super high end to Davids Bridal. I had my best experience at RK Bridal. My consultant was amazing; didn't try to push the most expensive dresses on me... found every dress that I brought a picture of (at least 10) and also brought other dresses that she thought would flatter me. She was brutally honest with me about what looked good and what didn't... which I guess may offend some people, but I am brutally honest myself so I really appreciated the "your butt looks huge in that" or the "that does NOT look good on you girl" comments. LOL. They were not pushy at all for me to buy something and I ended up getting my gorgeous gown from them with the help of my consultant (wish I could remember her name, lol).

                    I think that your experience depends upon who you have to work with you and your personality... but just wanted to add my two cents because I had an amazing experience with them.

                    This sounds like the consultant I had, Sheryl. She's great & was totally honest w/ me about what's flattering, which I appreciated too. She's really good at finding styles that will look good on your body type. She kept pulling different dresses that I never would have tried on & some of them looked great - much better than I would've guessed. I haven't found the one yet but I'm guessing I'll go back pretty soon for round 2.
                    Thanks, girls, for the other suggestions! I'm pretty new to NY so it's nice to know about the other stores you've had luck at.

                    #10 Geralyn

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                      Posted 18 June 2009 - 09:31 PM

                      I went to RK bridal with my BM's to look for their dresses last summer. I had Sandy and she was really great. She was extremely helpful and I had a great experience.




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