“The immediate calm atmosphere of the showroom and the full attention of Mr. Bullock, instantly put me at ease.”
“Also, they have a wide variety of dresses for every bride's unique style & shape.”
“Mr. Bullock was attentive, thoughtful and supportive.”
“Not only are their dresses stunning, there's a wide price range, they're warm, have incredibly fast follow up (emailed the very next day to confirm the 1st dress fitting appointment), and made my decision easy.”
petite princess. Kleinfelds was my first stop and they treated me like dirt. When I heard about the B&B sample sale, I for sure thought they would be worse! My sister forced me to go and I went there ready for a fight. To my surprise, both Steven & Robert along with their support staff treated me with such professionalism and class. The studio itself feels so glamorous without being stuffy. After trying several dresses, Robert hand picked a dress he thought would be best for me. I am 5ft, 100lbs at a sample sale where everything was meant for a larger/taller crowd. Within seconds he pinned me up and like magic, my wedding dress was found! My dress had lace & beadwork; it was stunning. I purchased the matching veil which completed my look… I felt & looked amazing!
Blushing Bride Gushes about Gown.
When I got engaged I was terrified of purchasing a wedding dress. I envisioned the horror of being Moby Dick like proportions enshrined in white while guests laid in wait to harpoon me. Scary to say the least.
But now, married not quite a week, I can say I looked beautiful and didn't have a single a whale or marshmallow moment my entire wedding day.
As a non skinny bride to be I began my search as many plus sized girls do, feeling disheartened and devoid of many choices. I went to a few salons and tried on their dresses but everything looked so over the top and nothing like me. Plus, since I'm allergic to Polyester I was breaking out in hives just trying some of these monsterous dresses on!
However, while flipping through "Elegant Bride" I found my saving grace. An ad for Birnbaum & Bullock, boasting custom sizing and all silk dresses. I quickly did a search for them and found out they were having a trunk sale the next weekend in their salon on W 25th. A call was placed, an appointment was made, a quick train ride on the LIRR, and a wedding was saved.
Meeting with Steven Birnbaum was one of the truly great moments of the whole wedding process. He was so sweet and patient and helped me visualize how the dresses could be adjusted for my voluptuous but short frame. He was so understanding and genuine with me I knew he was "the one." The one designer to work with and create my gown. With a toast of Champagne shared between my mom, my sister, Steven Birnbaum & Robert Bullock and myself, the deal was struck and the dress was purchased.
Steven Birnbuam was with me the whole process and even customized the top of the dress for me so that I could wear a regular bra . He made the singularly most beautiful dress I have ever seen and the realization that this beautiful dress was mine was almost more than I could bear.
I felt so incredibly beautiful on my wedding day (not always an easy feat for me) and I was greeted with constant praise of my dress. Everyone was awed by it.
It was so comforable and fit me like it was made for me (because after about 6 fittings - it was!) I didn't want to take it off. I wore it from 9:30 am until 11:30 pm and could have slept in it. I loved/love it so much.
As for the price - I don't have a lot of money. I didn't have a huge budget but I would gladly have spent even more on my beautiful gown. Birnbaum & Bullock may not be the cheapest but they don't work with the cheapest either. Every detail, every fabric is the best and they don't charge you through the nose for it.
All in all, I had an amazing experience and couldn't be happier with the outcome. I wish I could thank them every day for making me feel like the blushing bride I'd always dreamed of one day becoming. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Steven & Robert. You are both artisans and deserve tremendous success.
A must for any NYC bride-to-be....
There are SO. MANY. places to shop for wedding dresses in New York that it can be a bit overwhelming, even for a skilled shopper such as myself. I searched high and low---literally, from Vera to Watters---and, frustratingly, couldn't find what I was looking for, despite the fact that I thought my wish-list was pretty reasonable:
I wanted something that was going to make jaws drop, but I didn't want it to be overtly sexy. I wanted it to be somewhat modern and fashion-y (as opposed to an uber-traditional bride-y look), but I didn't look back on myself in 5 years as a fashion victim on the big day. I didn't want to spend an obscene amount of money (what can I say, I'm a practical girl), but I didn't want something run-of-the-mill made of cheesy fabrics in China. I wanted to look like ME, just in a wedding dress.
TOTALLY reasonable, no??
Anyway, after nearly giving up, I visited Birnbaum & Bullock and fell in LOVE. These guys make some ahhhmazing dresses, and what's so cool is you work with them directly---no "sales associate at your service!" business here. Makes perfect sense, because who knows their dresses better than they do?
Robert listened to what I was looking for, added in his suggestions based on what he thought would work, we had some fun playing dress up and just like that, I found the dress. It's exactly, exactly what I was looking for, and I'm so excited at the thought of wearing it.
Dresses range from the ultra-reasonable (under $2k) to the high-end (I think they max out around $10k), but they're all beautiful---the less expensive dresses didn't FEEL cheap, which is not always the case.
The very next friend of mine to get engaged is getting dragged to B&B by yours truly...
For a wonderful wedding dress experience!. I wanted to be sure to write to tell any bride-to-be, who would like to wear a beautifully designed and crafted dress, work with a courteous, kind, professional, knowledgeable staff, and have an overall pleasant experience, without stress, drama or any unpredictability, please do not complete your wedding dress shopping without an appointment with Birnbaum and Bullock. Planning a wedding is never easy and to compound some of the difficulty, I am a bride that is completing medical school, applying for residency (as is my fiance) and our wedding is on the west coast! The immediate calm atmosphere of the showroom and the full attention of Mr. Bullock, instantly put me at ease. I felt relaxed and really listened to as I tried to explain what I was interested in, as a person who does not know the "lingo" of fabrics, designs and cuts. Mr. Bullock was attentive, thoughtful and supportive. He really conveyed an understanding of how important this decision was for me and, really, for every bride and what a special occassion it is to be shopping for your wedding dress. Birnbaum and Bullock was the first place I went and after a few other pushy, crowded, stressful experiences, I practically ran back to Birnbaum and Bullock! I chose the Parker, the fourth dress I ever tried on and I have absolutely no regrets and better yet, I had an experience that will be a part of my cherished wedding memories!!!
Wonderful Salon. I did A LOT of wedding dress shopping and was having trouble finding a dress that felt just right, until I went to Birnbaum & Bullock. I tried on 6 dresses and the first four all looked amazing and felt like they were made for me (and I do not have anywhere near a perfect body). They were also very patient with me and answered all of my questions, as I am, frankly, a high-maintenance shopper. I came back a second time to look at the dress I liked most again, and I never felt pressured at all. Robert Bullock, the designer of the dress I chose, helped me every time I came into the showroom and even indulged my family's prolonged photo session and incessant questions. Even though I picked one of their less expensive styles (which was incredibly reasonably priced), when I was in their showroom, I felt like I was the only bride in the world. I can't say enough about this place - they made my wedding dress shopping experience one of the highlights of the wedding planning process.
Best experience. I went with my friend and other bridesmaids and we had the most wonderful experience. The dresses are gorgeous, Bullock was very kind and helpful, and the whole experience was exactly as it should be.
Amazing Experience !.
I can't describe what a pleasure it was to deal directly with Robert Bullock! As soon as I walked into their amazing loft/studio, Robert looked at me and knew which of his dresses would work for me. He was right ! His sample dress fit me beautifully and it felt so light and wonderful on.
Robert responded to all my e mails immediately and worked with me to get my wedding dress to fit perfectly. And it did! It was beautiful ! The personal service and care shown by Robert Bullock made the whole wedding dress experience wonderful !
You'll never regret choosing B&B.
Robert and Steven are the most amazing people who make the most beautiful dresses a bride can ask for. They were accommodating to my budget and my specific requests, which a bride can't get enough of. They have a variety of designs, which can be also altered to the brides taste and wishes. Book an appointment to see them and you'll never regret it. You'll fall in love with the beautiful dresses and the designers!
P.S. The showroom is quite cute that you'll want to stay there forever!
Exquisite dresses, unsurpassed service!.
After having spent an enormous amount of time in vain going through big bridal stores and designer boutiques in Manhattan, my search for a perfect wedding gown led me to the stylish attelier of Birnbaum & Bullock.
I was searching for an elegant, sophisticated yet simple gown that I would wear to our church wedding ceremony followed by a reception at a sleek, upscale Manhattan restaurant.
The process of working with Robert Bullock and Steven Birnbaum was like a collaboration with two close friends who were entrusted with something they are masterful at. Robert, one of the designers with whom I initially met only eight weeks before the wedding date, immediately understood what I needed and presented me with seven possible choices. Even though I was running out of time (several other stores would not work with me on such a tight schedule), Robert and Steven were patient, focused and gave honest feedback aiming solely at helping me select the dress in which I would look great, in which I would be comfortable and which I would wear effortlesly. They took care of every aspect of the gown with no worries. Each personalized appointment gave us plenty of time for tryouts. At my last appointment, my gown looked and felt amazing. I walked down the isle in a perfect wedding dress whose superb craftsmanship could not be but noticed by everyone present.
Every sophisticated bride’s wedding gown should be exquisite, it should be flawless. It should be by Birnbaum and Bullock!
Best Wedding Dress Shop, No Question.
I went to A LOT of bridal dress shops (at least 6) and no experience came even close to my experience at Birnbaum & Bullock.
Firstly, they have gorgeous dresses that are timeless yet unique. The dresses are made from really beautiful fabrics (which was something I was picky about & really disappointed with at other shops). Also, they have a wide variety of dresses for every bride's unique style & shape. I'm short & curvy and found a few dresses there that made me feel like a movie star.
Secondly, you won't getter better customer service ANYWHERE (don't even get me started on the nightmare at Kleinfelds!). I had my appointments with Robert Bullock, one of the designers himself, and other than being really nice, he was very honest in choosing styles that looked good on me. Plus, he showed me dresses all that were in my budget and below. I was not pressured to by a dress at all and was treated like a fabulous bride. This is not the norm at other bridal dress shops in Manhattan.
Thirdly, for the budget conscious bride, their dresses range greatly in price so any bride could find something great there. I wasn't sure I would find something I loved in my budget (under 2K) and I was really pleasantly surprised with the quality for the prices and the variety.
I bought my dress from Birnbaum & Bullock and I absolutely love everything about it and can't wait to wear it on my big day. If you are wedding dress shopping, you MUST check out Birnbaum & Bullock!
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