Hands up if you love “Say Yes To The Dress”?
Hands up if you’d love to visit Kleinfeld in New York?
I hadn’t given looking at bridal shops abroad a first thought until I had a trip to New York City planned for my 40th birthday. Whilst looking through websites for tourist ideas for my long weekend I was watching Say Yes To The Dress, which is standard viewing for me whilst home alone. Then came the lightbulb moment – Kleinfeld is in New York and I’m due to visit New York, so I wonder if they’d let me visit? A few emails later I had an approximate time to visit Kleinfeld’s and instructions to ask for Nicole Sacco at reception. Nicole, as some of you may know, is a regular feature on SYTTD and one of the shop’s directors so I was excited to get the chance to meet her too.
We arrived in New York on Friday afternoon and the first thing I did was check which subway train would get us down to Lower Manhattan for our visit the following morning.
Saturday morning – first journey on the subway and first hands-on attempt at negotiating the New York mapping system. It’s mind boggling to start with but once you remember that streets go east to west, avenues go north to south and 5th avenue is in the middle separating east and west it’s a piece of cake. I’d look less like a tourist next time now I’ve got that sussed.
Here’s my obligatory main entrance photo:
Once we stepped inside my excitement didn’t wane. The main entrance was huge with high ceilings and there was a general hum of excited conversation in reception.
A few minutes after introducing myself to the receptionist I could see Nicole crossing the main salon toward reception. I greeted her like a long-lost friend and got a bit giddy with nerves and started mumbling inanely then apologised profusely slightly embarrassed at my fangirl behaviour. She introduced me to Terry with his snappy suit and sharp smile and then made her exit whilst Terry began to tell us about the history of Kleinfeld.
We viewed the main salon and then went in to one of several storage areas at Kleinfeld. Terry explained that the dresses were stored in sections depending on style and shape of the gown so the consultants know where to look. There were rails and rails of bridal gowns in storage bags squeezed into every available space and hung from the ceiling on tracks not dissimilar to those found in a large dry cleaners. I spotted a blush pink Ian Stuart dress on the end of one of the rails.
We had a brief chat about filming, they had just finished filming season 13 the previous month, and also about some of the consultants on the show when around the corner came Antonella. Cue the fangirl again. She was so lovely and seem genuinely pleased to meet a fan.
After a quick visit to the accessories department downstairs we returned to main reception via a cavernous lift accompanied by another member of staff hidden under a rather large wedding dress in a storage bag.
I lost count of how many times I thanked Terry for showing us around as I didn’t really want it to be over. I could have happily spent the whole day there.
So that, ladies and gentlemen, was my visit to Kleinfeld Bridal, New York.
For my next city trip away I intend to visit a bridal shop in that city, another tradition to go with my snow globe collection. Just don’t tell my husband!
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