I had the pleasure this morning of joining Dawn Bebout of Dawn Bebout Photography at 6am to witness and partake in the Running of the Brides at Filene's Basement.
There were brides who had driven from all over the United States to get to Filene's and yes, there were even brides who had camped out overnight, in the freezing cold weather and rain, to get a front spot in line. Billy J DJ Service was there bright and early to get the girls moving, and they did a great job.
Teams of up to 10 or more people were waiting in line with the bride, ready to grab every dress they saw as soon as the doors opened. There were special colored hats, shirts, scarves and even entire outfits so that the girls could keep track of each other. I had the chance to talk to brides from all over about their wedding dates, wedding details and dream dress. (P.S.- September is going to be a BIG wedding month)
We were given "special" badges from Filene's so we were even able to get inside and check out the store early and then get started with the girls as they came running, yes running, in. There are some amazing pictures that will be posted shortly.
When the girls and their "teams" got in it was a mad rush to grab as many dresses as they could get and get started. The dresses are in NO order whatsoever and there are strapless, pink, cream, ruffled, glitter, beaded and silk gowns galore. Everyone searched to "trade" for different styles and sizes but when someone found one they LOVED, they weren't letting it go. There was even a bride who didn't LOVE the dress she had on but refused to take it off, just in case she couldn't find anything else.
The brides and their friends used the event to do something really "fun" and unique with their friends and families before the big wedding day. If you ended up finding the perfect dress at a great price (Average Sale Cost- $250), that was probably amazing as well. It is another great memory to add to the long list of memories you make during the wedding planning and preparing process.
Look back soon for pictures!