The Bridal Garden

So I am toying with the idea of having a traditional gown. For the first time I tried one on–and liked it. It had a straight neckline, beaded waist, and long train. I went to The Bridal Garden a non-profit used wedding dress boutique. Riding up the elevator on 21st street, my co-worker and I approached the door a bit confused. We thought we were in an office building, but when we got near the door in the hallway we had second thoughts. Were we going to a person’s apartment? Buildings in NYC are a bit unpredictable so we were a bit anxious to see what was on the other side of the door.

Once we buzzed in we saw three other brides-to-be quickly moving back and forth between the make-shift dressing rooms–separated by curtains but somehow having permanent doors. I forgot about the appointment in the morning so I didn’t have the right undergarments on–nude panties and a strapless bra. But I wasn’t too worried because all the places I had been to before always told me that they have all these for you–well the bra’s and shoes. Not so in the non-profit boutique. But hey, they make up for it with discounted dresses!

The dress I ended up liking–after trying on half-a-dozen or so was by La Esposa. I instantly liked it when I put it on. This was even before I walked outside to the mirror. The wedding dress was used but in good condition. I presented it to the clerk to evaluate so she could put a price on it. With its imperfections, anticipated desirability, and name brand she quoted me at $1050. Good for the amount of fabric involved, but in my budget not really a “steal.”

It is really nice. It feels really good on. But will this dress be too much like a “princess dress”? I may need something a bit more sheath and simple. What do you think, Boho Brides?


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