CALLING ALL BRIDEZILLAS…or just buy the dress the day will COME!
1. Arrive at Filene’s Basement as the line starts forming hours before the store opens at 8 a.m. for the wedding dress sale.
2. Bring a team of at least two helpers with you. While it may be tough to talk a guy friend into joining you, if you can, you’ll be glad for the help, as wedding gowns can be heavy!
3. Devise a way to keep track of your team once you’re in the store. You might all wear bright colored sweatshirts or hats, carry flashing light sticks, don silly headbands with springy antennae or wear whistles around your necks.
4. Visit a bridal salon or study bridal gowns in magazines and on the Web to decide in advance what type of gown you prefer. White or ivory? Simple or elaborate? Sheath or full-skirted? Be sure to show your team pictures of what you have in mind. Also be sure your helpers know what sizes to look for, keeping in mind that most bridal gowns run small, so you’ll need a size larger than what you normally wear. A good seamstress will have little trouble altering a gown that is too large, but you should avoid gowns that are too snug.
5. Wear comfortable shoes and a bodysuit or bathing suit under a sweatsuit. It’s not likely that you’ll find a dressing room, so you’ll have to try on wedding dresses in the midst of the chaos.
6. When the doors open, be prepared to grab up as many wedding dresses as you can in the first several minutes. Once the racks are emptied and brides begin trying on wedding gowns, bartering begins, so the more dresses you score up front, the better your chances of swapping for “the one.”
7. Don’t be afraid to try on a dress that isn’t exactly what you had in mind. You may be surprised once you see the gown on you instead of on a hanger.
8. Bring along a small mirror, as it may be difficult to get a place in front of the store’s full-length mirrors. It won’t be ideal, but it will give you a sense of whether the gown’s neckline is flattering and help you decide whether to hold onto a dress or pass it along.
9. Be patient. As more brides-to-be either find their perfect dresses or give up, there will be additional gowns to try.
10. Keep in mind that no dress is a bargain if you don’t love it. Filene’s Basement won’t allow you to return a wedding dress purchased at the sale, so save your money if you don’t think you’ll be completely satisfied. That said, if you do find a spectacular dress, run straight to the registers. Filene’s Basement’s wedding dress sale is a one-day event.
Gone and get you DRESS ON…..