Monday, March 30, 2009

Details about Running of The Brides in Rockville

My future cousin-in-law, second cousin, sister, cousin, mom, and self are going to this on Friday morning - will you be there? 
This is an email from Pat, who is super helpful (and who assured me that the escalators will be turned off, which is a relief!): 
Hi Ellie – Here is more info about the Running of the Brides this week in Rockville, plus some last minute tips that might be helpful (those are attached):

·        There will be over 1400 gowns to choose from (sizes 2-26)—we will only sell a fraction of them.

·        If you want to be part of the 'rush to the racks,' then you should get to Filene's Basement at around 6am.

·        If that's not your idea of fun, plan on arriving later. Even though the line to get in at 8:00am looks long, you have to remember, most of those people are helpers, not brides-to-be.

·        By late morning, the early brides will have either made or narrowed down their selections and most of the gowns are back on the racks.

·        Definitely go later in the day if you don't like crowds and chaos or if you are shopping alone or with just one helper.

·        The quietest time is mid-afternoon.

·        If you can't shop until after work, no problem. A couple of weeks ago at the event in NYC, over 50 brides found their dream dresses between 7pm and 10pm.

·        Specialists in wedding gown cleaning and alterations will be on-site to advise you about what can or cannot be altered or cleaned and they can give you an idea of what it would cost.


  1. hiya-even if you don't get your dress there, check out 'i do, i do' in gaithersburg. it's a bridal gown consignment store, and there are hundreds of gowns from which to chose. i got my dress there, and had a wonderful, no-pressure experience.

  2. Ellie -- thanks for posting the last minute tips for the ROTB. It's my pleasure to help brides-to-be navigate this event. The more you know what to expect at the sale, the better you can plan and hopefully be successful. Let me know how you make out. You can also post your ROTB 'story' and/or photos on our Other brides-to-be would much rather hear from a veteran of the sale than me. Good luck and make some memories on Friday.

  3. I am super excited about this event. I was planning my outfit last It will be an experience to remember.