An Out-of-Towner's Guide to Wedding Dress Shopping in New York City

NY, NJ and CT, Planning Tips, Wedding Dresses
Wedding Dress Shopping TIps

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You've found the perfect person to marry, so now it's time to find the perfect wedding dress to wear when you say "I do." Whether you're looking for couture, an under-the-radar designer, or a moment in the spotlight, the gown (and salon) of your dreams can definitely be found in New York City, so why not go all-out and head to the fashion mecca for the ultimate wedding dress shopping experience?

For an out-of-towner, the City can be pretty overwhelming — not to mention hard to navigate. So we've put together a guide to help you get the most out of your trip, as well as really enjoy the process. Here's how to eat, drink, and shop like a local, no matter how far you've come for your wedding gown.

If your appointment is at Kleinfeld Bridal
110 W 20th St.
Will you be saying "Yes!" to the dress at the largest bridal retailer in the world? Located on the eastern fringe of the Chelsea neighborhood, the salon is a quick walk to all sorts of restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques to finish your bridal look. Start your day off with breakfast and a caffeine boost at The Grey Dog (242 W 16th St.), where lighter, protein-filled options will have you full and energized for a morning browsing the racks. Once you've found The One, celebrate with a gooey chocolate chip cookie from The City Bakery (3 W 18th St.), or toast your success at the bar at ABC Kitchen (35 E 18th St.). Stick around for dinner, or splurge on the American fare at Gramercy Tavern (42 E 20th St.). Looking to complete your ensemble? Pop into Kate Spade (135 5th Ave.) for playful pumps with a big city vibe.

If your appointment is at Mark Ingram Atelier
110 E 55th St.
This quiet uptown salon, 8 floors above Park Avenue, is expertly curated by Mark Ingram himself, and is a couture bride's dream. Fuel up at the Australian Little Collins Cafe (667 Lexington Ave.) before your appointment, then start dreaming about those wedding-day shoes as soon as you're done — you are a few short blocks from both Saks Fifth Avenue (611 5th Ave.) — where the shoe floor has its own zip code! — and Bergdorf Goodman (754 5th Ave.). If you head to Bergdorf's, be sure to grab lunch and a cocktail at BG Restaurant on the 7th floor (we recommend the Passionista, a combination of passion fruit and vodka, topped with a float of champagne). For dinner, the Greek fare at Nerai (55 E 54th St.) is hard to beat.

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If your appointment is at Stone Fox Bride
611 Broadway
This sunny downtown salon is part bohemian, part edgy, and totally romantic, not to mention squarely in the heart of SoHo! Take a quick trip to Paris for breakfast at Balthazar (80 Spring St.) before you make your way to the salon. You've got endless options for lunch, from comfort food at Delicatessen (54 Prince St.) to Italian-American classics at Parm (248 Mulberry St.). Shoes and accessories are easy to come by, ranging from Aldo (579 Broadway) to Miu Miu (100 Prince St.), and Agent Provocateur (133 Mercer St.) will have just the thing to wear under your gown. Reserve a table at La Esquina (114 Kenmare St.) for killer margaritas and authentic Mexican cuisine.

If your appointment is at Wedding Atelier
72 Madison Ave.
Just north of Madison Square Park, this centrally located salon is a moment of zen amidst the city's bustle. Penelope (159 Lexington Ave.) is a local breakfast favorite, and Swedish cafe Fika (303 Park Avenue South) makes a phenomenal latte. Just around the corner from the salon, the NoMad Bar (10 W 28th St.) is the perfect spot for a celebratory glass of champagne. Cap your day off at The Breslin (16 W 29th St.) — don't miss the amazing lamb burger! — or throw caution to the wind and put yourself in the hands of the chefs with the seasonal tasting menu at Eleven Madison Park (11 Madison Ave.). Want something a little more casual? Decide whether you want pasta, pizza, or an antipasti feast as you browse the aisles of Italian goods at Eataly (200 5th Ave).

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