6 Dress Shopping Tips for New Brides-to-Be


It’s a little known wedding fact that the height of proposal season is always New Year’s Eve. Thousands of beautiful couples have now decided to tie the knot. If that’s you, Congratulations! We can’t wait to see you here at Kleinfeld! Before you go wedding dress shopping, there are a few tips that we think you should have. There are so many important decisions to make about your wedding, and saying yes to the dress is (in our opinion) at the top of that list! We’re here to help:

1. Establish Your Budget

Yolan Cris Kleinfeld Bridal

A high neck tea-length dress by Yolan Cris

Whether you’re looking for something classic and traditional or a totally out-of-the-box tea length dress, it’s important to know your spending limits. Browse our website for pricing, look at your total wedding budget, talk to your betrothed… whatever you need to do to know exactly what you can spend at the bridal salon. It will make your dress search that much easier!

2. Choose Your Wedding Style 

Hayley Paige Kleinfeld Bridal

An embroidered chiffon dress by Hayley Paige

Are you having a black-tie only wedding? Will you tie the knot at a vineyard? On the beach? Maybe on a NYC rooftop! Whatever style and background you choose, you should take it into consideration when choosing your dress. It can be tough to walk on the beach in a satin ballgown, and a cocktail length wedding dress for a winter wedding may not be ideal. Thinking ahead can really pay off!

3. Do Your Homework

Romona Keveza Kleinfeld BRidal

A v-neck chantilly lace gown by Romona Keveza

It’s not necessary to know exactly what kind of dress you want when you arrive at the bridal salon. In fact, consultants love the process of helping you figure it out. But, it does help to have some research under your belt. Browse bridal websites, search for your friend’s wedding photos on Facebook, or try looking up some Real Weddings for major inspo!

4. Call Ahead

Lazaro Kleinfeld Bridal

A chiffon slim A-line dress by Lazaro

Wedding dress shopping is a big deal! And, unlike the typical Saturday spent roaming the nearest mall, Fifth Avenue, etc. etc., bridal salons normally require an appointment. At Kleinfeld, you can make your appointment by calling 646.633.4300 or by booking online. Don’t forget to plan ahead; Kleinfeld schedules appointments 6 weeks in advance. Pro Tip: Check KleinfeldBridal.com for the list of Trunk Shows to make sure you schedule your appointment while your favorite designer is in the salon!

5. Trust Your Consultants

Mark Zunino Kleinfeld Bridal

A tulle ball gown with a sweetheart neckline by Mark Zunino

Fun fact: Kleinfeld has over 1,200 dresses! With such a large selection, trusting your consultant is key. These women are experts that know every single dress style that is available in the salon, forwards and backwards. Tell us about your favorites, bring photos and explain what you’re imagining: this will point your consultant in the right direction. With your help, they are sure to put you in the dress. 

6. You Know Best 

Watters Kleinfeld

A lace fit-and-flare dress by Watters

As knowledgable as the consultants are, the day, the dress and the love are all for you! Whatever you need, you should have. Only you know what you’re the most comfortable wearing, what the dream of your wedding day looks like, and what style will make you feel the most bridal. Trust your instincts.


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