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Would You Line Up For a Bridal Gown Sweep?

If you caught the Today show this morning, you probably saw every soon-to-be bride on a budget in New York City bombard Filene's Basement. Women were lined up since the early morning hours to get their hands on discounted, nonrefundable bridal gowns. And the women came prepared — they brought team members, walkie-talkies and whistles, and plans to divide and conquer the room of brand new gowns to get the right dress in the right size.

In this economy, bargain shopping is a must, but racing to snatch the gown of your dreams almost takes the excitement out of it. Since I'm not in the market for a wedding dress, I don't know how to answer this one. So tell me ladies, would you go through the trouble to get your dress on sale? Or would you rather pay a little more to have a relaxing, memorable experience?

To see the hilarious scene from this morning's shopping spree,



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RoSsB RoSsB 8 years
I wouldn't try doing it either. Planning the wedding is already stressful as it is.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
That scares me
designerel designerel 8 years
Nooo way. I don't even like shopping when it's crowded, much less an event like this! This reminds me of the Friends episode when Monica wanted to find her dress at an event like this and gave Phoebe and Rachel whistles to blow on... and Rachel hid in the racks freaking out. Hahaha.
RaCheer RaCheer 8 years
Way too stressful!
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
I would love to go to one of these .... even though I don't plan on wearing a white gown if I get married. I would definitely help a friend if they decided to do this.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I don't plan on buying my dress. Why would I? So my daughter could wear it? What if she isn't a dress size US4 like me? How bad would she feel THEN? I'll hire my dress and stay away from crazy events like this. I don't even think they have them in the UK!!
smileyface smileyface 8 years
I live in NY and one of my co-workers is getting married next year and she went to this. She didn't go in the morning when all the craziness was going on, instead she waited to go in the afternoon after work. Apparently they have a lot of dresses and not that many brides show up and no one really buys more than 1 dress. So if you go later when the madness is over you still have a chance to find something nice. Personally, I would probably go just for fun but I don't think I would go with a mission of I have to find my dress here.
Niami Niami 8 years
Easy - I wouldn't wear one of those things, so noperz!
OhMyDragonflys OhMyDragonflys 8 years
No way. That would stress me out!
bingbingboom bingbingboom 8 years
Imagine how many women might have stepped or even ripped your dream dress. They'll need to dry clean the dress as soon as you take it home.
emalove emalove 8 years
I always thought this could be so fun! Especially for someone who's on a tight wedding budget. But I didn't do it when I got married...maybe one of my friends will someday!
xxstardust xxstardust 8 years
I don't think I can handle this. I'm a dedicated 4am Black Friday-er, and this terrifies me. Thankfully, my uncle is a partner for Mon Cheri Bridals, which carries about six different bridal designers and several more of bridesmaids dresses/evening gowns, so not only will I get first choice of whatever I want, I will get it for dirt cheap. (My $950 prom dress cost me $92!!!)
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
The dress was the funnest part of planning my wedding. Even though the dress took up a huge chunk of our budget, we cut back in other areas to get the one I wanted. I am still happy with it. I went to one of those bridal dress outlets and there isn't really any service and no guarantees.
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
Never in a million years. I don't want to wear a traditional white dress on my wedding day - I want it to be one-of-a-kind and interesting and colorful, so it would be pointless for me to go to something like this, let alone any bridal store.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
GIRLS!!!! I have worked at these events before!!!!!!!! The trick is to go at 10 or 11 am. When the doors open, every gown is ripped off the racks in under a minute. But once people start trying them on and trading for styles/sizes they want/need, things really calm down, and employees start putting dresses back on the racks. Two hours into it, brides have either found their dress, or haven't, and things are relatively normal. Plus, for every group of seven women there is usually only one bride -- there are PLENTY of dresses left after the initial mania. If you're looking for a deal, take one other person with you later in the day to browse, because there are really some gorgeous things at INSANE prices. My thought is that if my dream dress was there at 8 am and not 11 am, then the woman who got it earned it.
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 8 years
I took awhile to select mine, and it showed that I bought the one I really loved. I don't want to be rushed and not be able to enjoy it. It's your wedding. ENJOY shopping for the dress, take your time, fuss over details, whatnot.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
Hell no. In that stampede, the dress you're getting for free will certainly get ripped -- and wedding dresses are really expensive to alter. You'll just end up paying for it in alterations, fixing tears, and any tailoring you have done to make it more your own style. You can find plenty of dresses without the designer price tag (sample sales that are a little less hectic, second-hand sale online, or just off the rack). I'd rather NOT be a screaming/rampaging bride, thank you very much.
care0531 care0531 8 years
It's all a little insane! A wedding is stressful enough why throw that added stress into it. I tried all these fancy dresses on for my wedding thinking I knew what i wanted by looking at magazines and I finally found something that was more comfortable that I could look good on my day and enjoy myself and it was great because not only did I do that I only paid $200 for the dress!
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
No - I'd rather get one secondhand or borrow one than deal with this - events like this terrify me. Thankfully I have a vintage gown waiting for me, but even if I didn't I'd never do this.
death-by-chocolat death-by-chocolat 8 years
No. Way. I would never *ever* have gone to such lengths for such a silly thing. I considered purchasing mine online from TARGET (oh yeah, they carry bridal wear on their website, check it) for $120, but eventually decided I liked another dress better elsewhere (still for less than $300).
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
Absolutely not. And I really could careless about their "stampede". Today shows it every year for some reason I have yet to figure out.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
I agree with Smacks83 and Lily Inferno. I want my dress to be flawless, and alot of thought put into it. I have also considered not even buying one for the big day, but designing it myself and having it hand made just for me. :)
legalbeagle legalbeagle 8 years
hahaah this is awesome... i would definetly do it, just to say i did it. My favorite part is the girl in the brown jacket who just stood there screaming after they said GO! ahahaha women are so funny sometimes
Lily-Inferno Lily-Inferno 8 years
not just no but hell no! i need my sleep..ill pay a few hundred more for my idea of the perfect dress, not the perfect bargain.
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