A Kleinfeld Consultant's Turn to Shine: A Q&A with Newlywed, Katie Allen!
Kleinfeld bridal consultant, Katie Allen, has helped hundreds of brides find the gown of their dreams. Now it was her turn to say yes to the dress! Here is an exclusive interview with a Kleinfeld bridal expert on how finding the dress of her dreams was a whole different ballgame.
Tell us about your dress! What did you wear?
I wore a strapless tulle and textured organza natural waisted ballgown by Lazaro. The bodice was lace lined with the organza overlay. The textured organza turned into a beautiful wavy, bubble peplum with pickups over the tulle. I had lace from my mom's veil set on horse hair and made into a belt with a big horse hair bow in the back. Drama!
Did you always know what kind of dress you wanted? Or were you surprised by what you ended up with?
I surprisingly always knew that I wanted a big dress! When are you ever going to have the opportunity to wear something like that again?! But I'm also a bridal dork, so I feel the bigger the better. I did, however, think I'd end up wearing a very timeless ballgown style like Amsale or Rivini. After I started trying on gowns, I realized that I wanted something a little more edgy or fashion forward. I wanted that classic style done in a funky and modern way.
What was your Kleinfeld experience like? Did you work with any of the other consultants to find the perfect gown?
My Kleinfeld experience was unique. As a consultant I was showered with love and support from the entire Kleinfeld family during my selection. Not only did I have my own family and friends there, but my work family was popping in and out as well. It was so fun! I had Allison as my consultant. I knew exactly what I wanted to try on, but she helped me in and out of the gowns and made it very special. Being around wedding gowns all day, and trying them on every once in a while made my dress shopping a little less "real". Even when I was downstairs in my fittings, I didn't quite feel like it was happening. I was just at work! It truly took the moment that I was putting on my gown in the venue dressing room, with my bridesmaids and my Mom around me to finally feel like a bride...and it was so emotional!!! I wouldn't have changed a thing.
As a bridal consultant was it hard to get in the mind set of a bride to choose "the one"?
As a bridal consultant, it wasn't difficult to get in the mind set of choosing "the one", but just simply difficult to actually CHOOSE it and be done. As a bridal gown lover, you know everything that is out there, and I could have honestly chosen 10 different looks. But you just have to go with your gut and follow your heart, and you REALLY do know which one is the one. I did. Instantly when I put it on. But when you love bridal fashion, it's easy to get distracted and question your choice.
Did you find yourself taking your own advice?
I definitely found myself taking my own advice…at first... I always tell my brides that this is the one decision for the wedding that is ALL about just her. No one else should have a say or an influence and the dress should be a true reflection of the woman they are! I feel that I did that too!
After the wedding, is there anything you wish your "married self" could have told you?
I wish my "married self" would have told me to be more prepared with decisions before going to vendor meetings. I thought we would just brainstorm and come up with brilliant ideas and decisions for the wedding during our meetings, and I found myself being bombarded with questions and getting really overwhelmed.
Any other advice for brides to be?
My advice to all brides that are newly engaged would be that the engagement period is BLISS, however, planning the wedding is NOT always blissful. Making big decisions with your partner, and family involved can be stressful and taxing. Do your best to make it light, fun, and easy. Make choices and then let them go. Don't second guess yourself or you'll make yourself (and your fiance) crazy. Just remember that at the end of the wedding day, the most important thing is that you are MARRIED! And married life is SO GOOD! You feel different, in a good way.
December 11, 2013
You're so pretty! I think your advice to make choices and let them go is really important, not just when planning a wedding but in general - paralysis through analysis and all that! Wishing you a wonderful future together :)
April 11, 2014
Katie the veil you wore was stunning - how can I find it?!
April 11, 2014
Your wedding venue was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!! I know it was an old opera house in Minnesota, but would you be able to tell me the name of the place? Thank you so much!!
April 12, 2014
You are such a beautiful bride ! I have one question ... What was the song that played at the end of your episode on say yes to the dress?!
April 15, 2014
What is the name of the song played at your wedding... that was shown on tv. ?? you are very pretty and looked so gorgeous at your wedding !!!
April 15, 2014
Agagnon: My veil was by designer Tony Federici style Christine. And you can get it at Kleinfeld of course! Call 646-633-4300 to book your headpiece appointment.
April 15, 2014
erikanwhite: It was the perfect venue for my husband and I! It is called Aria Mpls.
June 26, 2014
Katie, I have since looking for the headpiece you wear. Where can I find them? Many thanks! You look absolutely stunning!
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