For more than 70 years, thousands of brides have traveled to Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City to find their wedding day looks. From the moment you walk through the doors, you’ll feel the magic of Kleinfeld. Not only does Kleinfeld have 30,000 square feet filled with the largest selection of wedding dresses in the world, it also has the greatest professional staff of over 200 employees who are dedicated to finding and perfecting your bridal look.
If you’re a fan of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, then you’re no stranger to the unexplainable magic in the air at Kleinfeld. After 20 seasons (and more new episodes coming soon!) there’s a ton of speculation about shopping at our salon. We rounded up our top debunked Kleinfeld myths so you can get the scoop on what it’s really like shopping for your dream wedding dress with us—find out, below.
Myth: Appointments are booked out weeks in advance.
Fact: While the majority of brides book their bridal appointment weeks or months in advance (especially if they’re traveling from far away), there’s always the chance of snagging an appointment the same week or same day at Kleinfeld. While we recommend booking an appointment in advance if you plan to shop on the weekend, there’s often available appointments during the week to come and find your dream wedding dress! Plus, pro tip: besides being able to snag a last-minute appointment, shopping during the week tends to be a more quiet, intimate experience as there are fewer appointments per hour, and you’ll get a chance to shop exclusive weekday-only trunk shows.
Myth: Everyone experiences “that” moment.
Fact: While many brides experience that “ah-ha!” moment when they say “yes!” to their dream wedding dress, many do not, and that’s perfectly fine! “Not all brides cry when they find the perfect dress,” says consultant Debbie. Whether they cry and jump for joy, or feel totally at peace because they can finally stop their search, each bride’s reaction is unique to them. At the end of the day, consultant Mindy says, ” all that matters is being able to envision yourself getting married in it and seeing yourself in pictures for years to come,”
Myth: There are slim pickings for plus-size brides.
Fact: Kleinfeld has the largest selection of plus-size wedding dresses in the country! With over 200 styles to try on in-store in a bridal size 20-22, and thousands of styles available to order in sizes 2-32, there’s no better bridal salon in the world to shop for a size-inclusive wedding dress than at Kleinfeld.
Myth: Brides shop for their wedding dress with no time to spare.
Fact: While you might see brides shopping even two weeks prior to their wedding date on the show, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, our bridal managers and alterations experts recommend shopping 9-12 months before your wedding date, to account for ample time for the fabric to be sourced, your dress to be made to your largest measurement, shipped to Kleinfeld, and then altered over the course of 8-12 weeks, right up to your wedding date. This way your dress can be altered to your exact specifications and you can look and feel your very best on your wedding day. Still need to find a dress in a hurry? We do carry a selection of dresses off the rack—including gently loved samples and brand new cancellations—so there is a chance you could take your dream wedding dress home same day.