05/17/2012 02:28 pm ET Updated May 18, 2012

Wedding Dresses: Say Yes To A Different Dress

Two months after getting engaged, I started the process that is supposed to thrill every bride-to-be: the hunt for a wedding dress. I scoped out some modestly priced New York boutiques and a few places that offer discounts on sample dresses, knowing that I didn’t want the full Kleinfeld experience -- an elaborate and expensive process, often involving crying and clouds of tulle, that is meticulously documented on the TLC reality show "Say Yes to the Dress." I just wasn’t willing to spend thousands of dollars on a gown I’d wear once.