Yes, you read that right. This Friday, August 14, Filene's Basement in Manhasset will be holding their traditional "Running of the Brides," where hundreds of women race to get their hands on a deeply discounted bridal gown. But this time they've upped the ante and spiced it up a bit by offering a chance to win a trip to Jamaica and two $249 gift cards to the brides displaying their best "Jamaican Chic." Can't you just imagine the outfits that are going to show up?
Brides start lining up at 6:15 a.m. (most people get there the night before), the costume judging begins at 7:15 a.m., and the doors open at 8:00 a.m. If the past is any indication, the running and grabbing of gowns will be over in less than a few minutes. So wear your sneakers, be quick on your feet, and bring lots of helpers...preferably dressed in matching "team T-shirts"...who are willing and able to fight for your dream dress. Anything for a great deal on a designer gown, right? Plus you may also win a free honeymoon!
Seriously, all kidding aside, this "sale" is not for the faint of heart, but can result in the purchase of a gown up to 95 percent off. More than 1,700 dresses, in sizes 2 to 26, from designer and famous-name bridal houses will be priced at $249, $499, and $699. And then throw in the prospect of a free Sandals honeymoon in Jamaica, and this just might be worth the trip to Long Island! Let me know if you plan on going. And good luck...you're going to need it!