Kleinfeld bridal consultant, Katie Allen, has helped hundreds of brides find the gown of their dreams. Now it was her turn to say yes to the dress! Here is an exclusive interview with a Kleinfeld bridal expert on how finding the dress of her dreams was a whole different ballgame.
Tell us about your dress! What did you wear?
I wore a strapless tulle and textured organza natural waisted ballgown by Lazaro. The bodice was lace lined with the organza overlay. The textured organza turned into a beautiful wavy, bubble peplum with pickups over the tulle. I had lace from my mom's veil set on horse hair and made into a belt with a big horse hair bow in the back. Drama!
Did you always know what kind of dress you wanted? Or were you surprised by what you ended up with?
I surprisingly always knew that I wanted a big dress! When are you ever going to have the opportunity to wear something like that again?! But I'm also a bridal dork, so I feel the bigger the better. I did, however, think I'd end up wearing a very timeless ballgown style like Amsale or Rivini. After I started trying on gowns, I realized that I wanted something a little more edgy or fashion forward. I wanted that classic style done in a funky and modern way.
What was your Kleinfeld experience like? Did you work with any of the other consultants to find the perfect gown?
My Kleinfeld experience was unique. As a consultant I was showered with love and support from the entire Kleinfeld family during my selection. Not only did I have my own family and friends there, but my work family was popping in and out as well. It was so fun! I had Allison as my consultant. I knew exactly what I wanted to try on, but she helped me in and out of the gowns and made it very special. Being around wedding gowns all day, and trying them on every once in a while made my dress shopping a little less "real". Even when I was downstairs in my fittings, I didn't quite feel like it was happening. I was just at work! It truly took the moment that I was putting on my gown in the venue dressing room, with my bridesmaids and my Mom around me to finally feel like a bride…and it was so emotional!!! I wouldn't have changed a thing.
As a bridal consultant was it hard to get in the mind set of a bride to choose "the one"?
As a bridal consultant, it wasn't difficult to get in the mind set of choosing "the one", but just simply difficult to actually CHOOSE it and be done. As a bridal gown lover, you know everything that is out there, and I could have honestly chosen 10 different looks. But you just have to go with your gut and follow your heart, and you REALLY do know which one is the one. I did. Instantly when I put it on. But when you love bridal fashion, it's easy to get distracted and question your choice.
Did you find yourself taking your own advice?
I definitely found myself taking my own advice…at first… I always tell my brides that this is the one decision for the wedding that is ALL about just her. No one else should have a say or an influence and the dress should be a true reflection of the woman they are! I feel that I did that too!
After the wedding, is there anything you wish your "married self" could have told you?
I wish my "married self" would have told me to be more prepared with decisions before going to vendor meetings. I thought we would just brainstorm and come up with brilliant ideas and decisions for the wedding during our meetings, and I found myself being bombarded with questions and getting really overwhelmed.
Any other advice for brides to be?
My advice to all brides that are newly engaged would be that the engagement period is BLISS, however, planning the wedding is NOT always blissful. Making big decisions with your partner, and family involved can be stressful and taxing. Do your best to make it light, fun, and easy. Make choices and then let them go. Don't second guess yourself or you'll make yourself (and your fiance) crazy. Just remember that at the end of the wedding day, the most important thing is that you are MARRIED! And married life is SO GOOD! You feel different, in a good way.