Friends, today is the day of Filene's Basement Running Of The Brides. If you are not familiar with it it is a once a year bridal gown sale that began in 1947. For this event Filene's brings in 1500 to 3000 bridal gowns that they have acquired from bridal gown manufactures and bridal salons and boutiques needing to make room for new merchandise. The gowns may be samples that were never produced or from cancelled weddings as well. The original prices of these gowns range between $900.00 to $9,000.00. The sale prices of the dresses will be either $249.00, $499.00 or $699.00. They have an agreement with the vendors not to advertise the labels. The name of the sale is appropriate because it is similar to the Running Of The Bulls in Spain. The brides and their entourage begin lining up hours before the doors open at 8:00 am. Once the doors are opened the racks can be emptied within 2 minutes. Because the dresses are not organized by size the brides and their helpers grab as many dress off the rack as they can without looking for the size. The girls then try the dresses on in the aisles if the dressing rooms are full. It's good to have a strategy before going in. Let your helpers know what color and style you are looking for before hand. Also remember that bridal gowns usually run 1 size smaller than regular dress sizes. You can always take it in but not necessarily out. Have someone make a sign with your size on it and put it on a pole to hold up for others to see. This way other brides can swap dresses with you if they have your size. If you see a dress that you like on someone else stake them out to see if they will give it to you if they don't buy it. Now sales like this can bring out the worst in people. Be prepared for a little shoving and elbowing when the store first opens. If you can't be there when the doors open take heart. Later in the morning the gown selection that is left will be put back on the racks. Even if you don't arrive until later youstill have a chance to find a nice selection.

Friends, today is the day of Filene's Basement Running Of The Brides. If you are not familiar with it it is a once a year bridal gown sale that began in 1947. For this event Filene's brings in 1500 to 3000 bridal gowns that they have acquired from bridal gown manufactures and bridal salons and boutiques needing to make room for new merchandise. The gowns may be samples that were never produced or from cancelled weddings as well. The original prices of these gowns range between $900.00 to $9,000.00. The sale prices of the dresses will be either $249.00, $499.00 or $699.00. They have an agreement with the vendors not to advertise the labels. The name of the sale is appropriate because it is similar to the Running Of The Bulls in Spain. The brides and their entourage begin lining up hours before the doors open at 8:00 am. Once the doors are opened the racks can be emptied within 2 minutes. Because the dresses are not organized by size the brides and their helpers grab as many dress off the rack as they can without looking for the size. The girls then try the dresses on in the aisles if the dressing rooms are full. It's good to have a strategy before going in. Let your helpers know what color and style you are looking for before hand. Also remember that bridal gowns usually run 1 size smaller than regular dress sizes. You can always take it in but not necessarily out. Have someone make a sign with your size on it and put it on a pole to hold up for others to see. This way other brides can swap dresses with you if they have your size. If you see a dress that you like on someone else stake them out to see if they will give it to you if they don't buy it. Now sales like this can bring out the worst in people. Be prepared for a little shoving and elbowing when the store first opens. If you can't be there when the doors open take heart. Later in the morning the gown selection that is left will be put back on the racks. Even if you don't arrive until later youstill have a chance to find a nice selection.

If I had lived close to a Filene's Basement when I was planning my wedding 22 years ago I would definitely have been there. There is a fun factor to it. I would have recruited my mother, mother in law, my husbands Nana who was a professional seamstress and my bridesmaids. I love the hunt of a bargain and this would definitely bring my competitive nature out. There are some things you need to consider before making the purchase. Once you buy the dress it is not returnable. Look to see if the dress would look right if you have it altered. Alterations can be pricey so take that into consideration in the price of the dress. Your wedding day comes only once so be sure the dress is exactly what you are looking for. I wore my Aunt's dress to save money when I got married. It was beautiful but if I had to do it all over again I would have picked out my own gown. With that being said have fun! For now happy shopping!

Laurie, TheBag Lady