Try It: Personal Shopper
Julie Sabatino, who graduated from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, worked for bridal gown designer Amsale before starting her wedding-gown-personal-shopping company, The Stylish Bride. “I tried 150 gowns in four months before I got married. It was a complete nightmare because I had no guidance.” For $200 an hour, she’ll streamline your search depending on specific needs and price-point, and eliminate unnecessary trips to hectic bridal salons. She accompanies clients on three shopping appointments before they find their dress (on average), and she can also do short-notice—she helped one bride find a dress in less than a month. More than 100 brides have breezed through Carolina Herrera and Bergdorf Goodman with Sabatino at their side. Also, for out-of-town clients, she provides “The New York Experience,” a shopping itinerary that includes a chauffeur and lunch. “It’s a full weekend of bridal fun,” she says.
The Stylish Bride; 212-579-7169; thestylishbride.com
From the Winter 2007 New York Wedding Guide