Fortunately, I now live in a part of the country where I know the name Filene's Basement. For my fellow southerners, it is a TJ Maxx on steroids! They carry designer name clothes on a regular basis, but once a year in some of their larger stores they have a huge one-day bridal event. This was started back in the 1940's, and somewhere along the line picked up the name The Running of the Brides. Aptly named from the nature of what this event has turned into: a free-for-all grabfest of designer wedding gowns that will be marked no more than $700 (some with a retail tag of up to $10,000!). There are multiple web pages dedicated to giving future brides advice on how to come out as winners at these event:
I know most sane people wouldn't want to go near a place like this, but I think this event was made for me! For one, I am my mother's daughter as I am always looking for a deal. I have always had an eye for expensive things without the pockets for them. But, I have learned that with patience, thrifting and consignment shops are a gold mine. Second, I am a closet competitor. You better believe that I will be first in line for this. I am already getting the air mattress and tent ready to go for the night spent outside of the store!
The videos are what are really crazy exciting!
The last video is from the one in Cleveland. Thankfully, it is only the 3rd year for the one in Cleveland it isn't as big or as intense as the one in Boston or New York.
I have a very good feeling that I will find the right dress, mainly because I have an open mind!
Here is some wedding dress porn to round out this entry: