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The Absolute Best Places To Say Yes To The Dress

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When it comes to finding "the one", the hardest part is knowing where to look in the first place. There are bridal boutiques all over the world, and each one has their own unique collection of gowns. The key is finding a boutique that fits your personal aesthetic and price point. We've rounded up some of our absolute favorite bridal boutiques to make the search a little less daunting. Now all that's left is to book your appointment–happy hunting!

BLUSH & RAVEN

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Blush & Raven offers a luxury one-on-one styling experience for the bride who values quality and authenticity. You will be greeted into a serene new space by your professional stylist and guided into a private room designed to hold an intimate experience for you and your loved ones. They have carefully selected couture designers from around the globe who specially align with their bride’s style and can only be found at Blush & Raven in Alberta. It is their absolute pleasure to share these incredible handmade gowns with you during your personalized appointment. They dedicate their time to making you feel heard and understanding what makes you feel like your best self. Book an appointment with them online to visit their brand new boutique located on 10th ave in downtown Calgary.

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We recommend to brides to keep their party as intimate as possible when wedding dress shopping. This is a very important day and it is all about you! We understand wanting to share the excitement with all of your nearest and dearest, but the smaller the group, the easier it is to narrow down your favorites and pick the one that is perfect just for you! If you are working with an ideal timeline we can make time for you to do the initial search alone, or with one other person, and then invite your party back to show them your favorite and pop bubbles with a say YES moment!

The White Magnolia Bridal Collection 

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The White Magnolia is the destination bridal boutique for chic, elegant, and sophisticated wedding gowns. With seven locations across the United States, The White Magnolia offers a one-on-one gown shopping experience tailored to fit each individual bride. Their thoughtfully curated collection of designers includes Made With Love, Kelly Faetanini, Martina Liana, Dany Tabet, Allison Webb, and many more. So, raise a glass of champagne to one of the most memorable moments, because at The White Magnolia they believe in ensuring that every bride feels like her most beautiful and confident self.

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM THE PROS

Take everything in and have fun with it! Finding your wedding dress should be one of the most fun and exciting moments of your wedding planning journey! Throughout this process, you are going to try on lots of dresses, so it's important to think about how each dress makes you feel-good and bad. And when you find the one, trust your gut just like you did about your fiancé. When you know, you know!

Loved Twice Bridal

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Located in Beverly Hills, Loved Twice Bridal welcomes brides shopping designer gowns for less without sacrificing exemplary customer service and professional guidance. Their curated collection of gowns is ever-changing with different styles and sizes always coming and going. Their gowns are priced between $2,000-$15,000 and are made by designers like Netta Benshabu, Berta, Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang and so many more. Ordering timelines are not a concern with us as all of our gowns are off the rack and ready for alterations.

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Allow yourself to find the gown. Despite some apprehension about a second-hand gown, brides are often surprised when they have found their gown with us. Each of our gowns goes through a meticulous approval process to ensure our brides are getting only the best! This translates into quality pieces with detailed craftsmanship and seamless fits, all for less than retail.

Wonderland Bridal

The Absolute Best Places To Say Yes To The Dress

Wonderland Bridal is located in sunny Margate, FL. They cater to the eclectic group of South Florida brides from boho chic to glam and traditional. Additionally, they have an amazing selection of plus-size wedding dresses for their gorgeous curvy brides. Their designers include Stella York, Justin Alexander, All Who Wander, Lillian West, Sincerity Bridal, and a very special collection of private label gowns.

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM THE PROS

Your wedding dress will make you feel a certain way. Listen to your heart when selecting it. Even if it’s not exactly what you originally envisioned

JUST GIRL STUFF

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Just Girl Stuff pride themselves on their ability to make anyone feel comfortable and confident in their own skin. In the store they carry formal dresses that range in size from 00 up to 34. They also carry a variety of styles from modest and boho to chic and classic. They are proud to carry manufactures such as Morilee, Allure, Sydneys Closet and much more.

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM THE PROS

Pick a dress that makes you feel confident and beautiful in your own skin. 

Bridal Parlour

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Founded in 2017, Bridal Parlour aims to celebrate love for everyone with a modern twist. They have sought out the most modern, exciting designers with a romantic touch, to be enjoyed privately with those nearest to you. They savor a laid-back experience where their bride is the only bride in the boutique.

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM THE PROS

When shopping for your gown, trust your personal “Yes” moment! Sometimes it’s the first gown, sometimes the last. It feels different for everyone as it can feel like fuzzies in your belly or a rush of joy in your heart; with or without tears. It’s different for everyone, but the only one who will know for sure is you.

Magnolia Laine Bridal

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Magnolia Laine is a bridal boutique offering affordable dresses, a wide variety of styles, and an exceptional experience. Created by the founders of The White Magnolia Bridal Collection, Magnolia Laine offers memorable, private one-on-one gown shopping appointments. With their curated gown collection and their expert consultants, every bride can feel confident that their dream dress is here waiting for them. A few of our designers include Madi Lane, Rebecca Ingram, Maggie Sottero, and Allure Bridals.

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM THE PROS

Enjoy the process and soak in every moment! Finding your dream dress is all about finding the dress you feel most like yourself and most beautiful in. Come to your appointment with an open mind and try on styles that might surprise you. Most importantly, trust your intuition, and when you think you have found “the one,” be confident and say, “YES!” Finding your wedding dress is like finding your soulmate, When you know, you know. - Sophie Dod, Manager at Magnolia Laine

Bridal by Viper Prom & Tux

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Bridal by Viper is the largest full-service wedding dress shop in Michigan. Their gorgeous location has over 13,000 square feet and over 25 fitting rooms located in Mid-Michigan. They carry bridal gowns and dresses for bridesmaids, mothers of the bride, and flower girls as well as tuxedos. Bridal by Viper is Michigan's best wedding dress shopping experience and their professional stylists are ready to help you say yes to the dress!

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM THE PROS

Always be prepared to find your dream dress even if it's your first time shopping, like love, it happens when you least expect it!

Kirsten Paige

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Kirsten Paige is an American-made bridal company with the perfect blend of California boho meets New York City chic. Not only is Kirsten Paige the founder/woman behind the brand, but she is the designer and seamstress herself! She understands that each bride is one of a kind, and may want a bit of personalization…which is what she offers! Each gown's top and bottom can be interchangeable, as well as, the lace and fabrics. Kirsten Paige is eager to inspire, educate, and celebrate engaged brides and help them find their dream gown!

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM THE PROS

I like to tell my brides there are no rules when shopping for a wedding dress. Everyone's term of 'bridal' is different. Your grandma might think a wedding gown needs lace. Your mother might think it may need to be all white, but that may not be your vision. Buy a dress and ask yourself, “Does this feel like me or am I playing dress-up?” If you feel like it reflects your vision of a bridal dress and your personality then that's THE ONE!

Lily Saratoga

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Brides love the charming and relaxed atmosphere of their boutique, which is set in a historic Yellow Victorian in Saratoga Springs, NY. All of their skilled stylists are committed to providing a memorable experience unique to every bride through one-on-one service and a large selection of wedding dresses that offers brides a range of styles, sizes, and price points. It is their passion to ensure every Lily Bride has an extraordinary experience from the moment they step foot in their boutique to the day they walk down the aisle!

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM THE PROS

When trying on wedding dresses always go with your gut instinct. Brides sometimes have the tendency to overthink when they are trying on dresses, so I always encourage them to focus more on how the dress makes them feel. You absolutely do not need to cry when you find 'the one', but you will likely have some sort of internal reaction and that is easier to notice if you aren't in your head!

Carolyn Allen’s Bridals & Tuxedos

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Carolyn Allen’s Bridals & Tuxedos has been serving the Central Florida area since 1993. The salon has become a one-stop-shop for couples in the Orlando area. Owned and operated by Sue and her family, they provide everything from tuxedos and suit rentals, expert alterations for the entire wedding party, bridesmaid dresses, and post-wedding garment preservation. They offer a unique selection of gowns at affordable prices. With such designers as Kenneth Winston, Gallery by Ella Rose, Martin Thornburg, and Sophia Tolli, you’re sure to find the perfect dress in your price range.

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM THE PROS

Choose who you bring wedding dress shopping wisely. We have seen far too many family members or friends take the focus off the bride. It’s better to narrow the group down to the two or three people who not only know you best but will also be constructive. Wedding dress shopping can be a deeply personal experience and we want all our brides to have a great experience!

WED Bridal Boutique

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Located in the distinctive Near Southside neighborhood of Fort Worth, they offer a specially curated collection of beautiful gowns in a variety of sizes and price ranges. From Lillian West to Elysee and Wtoo, they are sure you’ll find your perfect dress whilst enjoying a personalized and cozy experience for the bride and her guests.

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM THE PROS

Our biggest tip is if you feel you have found the one, then go for it! It is a challenging time to be searching for dresses, but we are here to help! Make sure to give yourself the appropriate time to get your gown ordered, and most importantly, allow time for alterations and any pre-wedding events such as bridal portraits. The stress-free route is to purchase your gown at least 9 months to 1 year out from your wedding, based on the designers we offer here at WED. Don’t sweat it if you are short on time! We do have options for brides that are short of that timeline including quick turnarounds and off-the-rack samples, but it is limited to designer, styles, and price points.

Savvy Bridal Collective

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They are located in Kansas City, MO and St. Louis, MO. Both shops carry a curated collection of designer bridal gowns that are customizable and range from $1000 to $4,500. Shopping for something modern? Something traditional? Something chic? Something sparkly? Something boho? Do you want a mix of it all? Their team thoughtfully chooses each and every gown and accessory carried in their shop to make sure they have the best of the best, but also a variety of styles and silhouettes to complement your unique style!

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Start reading up on all things bridal EARLY! The sooner you start learning about alterations, silhouettes, and shipping timelines, the better. Educating yourself and being prepared before your bridal appointment, will set you up for a fun and stress-free experience! Check out our blog and appointment bible to get started!

a&bé bridal shops

The Absolute Best Places To Say Yes To The Dress

After 15 years of luxury bridal experience at anna bé bridal boutique, our founder, anna walsh, was inspired to launch a new brand for the free-spirited bride. founding a&bé bridal shop in 2013, our modern bridal brand has rapidly grown to 9 locations nationwide. Find us in Austin, Boise, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, Portland, Raleigh, Sacramento, and Seattle. We attribute much of our success and whirlwind growth to the fun shopping experience we deliver. Stuffiness be damned, at a&bé, brides are met with authenticity and eagerness. Expectations are tossed out the window and sincere celebration is a constant in every interaction.

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