Happy weekend loves!
I’m so excited to show you a behind the scenes look at my appointment with BHLDN last weekend! I showed a few peeks on snapchat, but I really to show the whole experience here on the blog! Last Saturday my mom, my best friend and I headed to to Upper East Side to the gorgeous Anthropologie there for my BHLDN bridal appointment. I made my bridal appointment in January, so if you’re thinking of just heading there to try some dresses on, definitely call ahead of time! After a few hiccups (a 20 minute taxi drive taking 1+ hour), we finally made it to the store!
BHLDN (pronounced “beholden” – I kept spelling out each letter until my photographer told me how how it’s supposed to be said, haha!) is Anthropologie’s wedding brand. A specially curated wedding shop with all the Anthro, effortless, chic bohemian vibes. All things which I want my wedding dress to embody! And I’m all for effortless without being overly princess-ish. Yes and yes.
What To Expect:
Honestly, since it was my first time even touching a wedding dress in person, I had no idea what to expect. I know this might sound strange, but before this appointment, I hadn’t given a lot of thought to what type of wedding dress I would like! I created my Pinterest “wedding board” only within the past few months, and y’all…I had no idea how lost you can get pinning wedding stuff. Anyways, I went into the appointment with an open mind on what styles to try on. The only style I had an aversion to was a dress with too much tulle (and go figure the gown I tried on with tulle was one of my favorites! see below).
Everyone whom I encountered in the store was just beyond sweet and so genuinely excited for all the bride-to-bes that walked in! Nothing better than having a few cheerleaders right off the bat as soon as you enter, since sometimes the search for the perfect dress can be a little intimidating. Not the case at all here! I loved the warm, environment and the gorgeous decor. I mean, can I just take that lavender couch and barn house door home with me?! Also, you have to walk through the candle section to enter the BHLDN part of the store. Dangerous territory. I just needed to pick up another Capri candle, right?
We picked out a few dresses for me to try on (we as in me, my mom, my best friend, my photographer and my bridal appointment consultant – hah!), which was great since I needed all the guidance I could get! Another thing I love about BHLDN is that the the price points of their gowns are so so good. Every dress I tried on was under $1800! The girls who help you also just get it. They aren’t going to try and force you to get something out of your price point and will really work with you to help you find a style that you love! Plus, I love that BHLDN isn’t just an in-store. The online shop is just as amazing and is always updating with fresh styles. I mean can we talk about this amazing frock as a reception dress? Or this cute number for bridesmaids? Love it all!
Tell me which style y’all love! XO!
— picking out pieces to try on with my wonderful bridal consultant Jessica, who helped me during my appointment! (with the wrinkliest top, courtesy of the 1 hour traffic filled uber ride. it wasn’t too bad since he played ‘teach me how to dougie’ & ‘fergalicious’) —
— adorable reception dress option! —
— they give you mini champs cans! so cute (p.s.: i wear a ring above my engagement ring since it’s still a little big for me after getting it resized!) —
— dreamiest lace gown! —
— this ‘rosalind gown‘ was one of my favorites & i went in thinking i’d hate tulle! (& excuse my bra lines #reallife) —
— LOVE the pearl lined straps on the ‘elise gown‘ —
— prettiest details and subtle pink ombre on the ‘cate gown‘ —
If you’re ever in the city and looking to visit the gorgeous Upper East Side location (I would recommend making an appointment ahead of time,) here is all the info — click the links to be taken to an exact map:
1230 3rd Avenue | New York, NY 10021
photography by: Sophie Kawalek