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Four chain stores that sell wedding apparel

Budget-friendly bridal merchandise from four national retail chains

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Nothing against fancy-schmancy bridal boutiques, but we’re intrigued by the new trend of budget-friendly chains adding wedding wear to their inventory. So we checked in on their nuptials-inspired merch—and were pleasantly surprised. Nary a cookie-cutter look in the bunch.

J.Crew
Merch

Our favorite spot for preppy wardrobe staples also offers wedding apparel in a similarly crisp, classic spirit. Come here for wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses in every hue and silhouette imaginable, tuxes and suits for grooms and groomsmen, and even flower girl and ring bearer outfits. Jewelry, hair accessories and shoes are also available.
Prices
Wedding dresses are $300–$3,500.
Our fave part
Missing your “something blue”? A robin egg blue–hued ribbon can be stitched inside any of the bridal dresses—and monogrammed with your wedding date.
Get it
Wedding attire and accessories are sold in the Mag Mile store (900 N Michigan Ave, 312-751-2739) and online at jcrew.com.

BHLDN, by Urban Outfitters
Merch
The gowns have a gorgeous bohemian vibe, and the jewelry, accessories, intimates and shoes are beautifully bridal, but also the sort of thing you’ll wear post-wedding. There is also a smattering of home-decor items for your registry.
Prices
Wedding dresses cost $600–$6,000.
Our fave part
The separates section allows you to mix and match long or short skirts with a variety of tops. Think tiers, feathers and silk. It’s old-timey and completely current all at once.
Get it
A brick-and-mortar outpost will open this spring in the Gold Coast. For now, shop online at bhldn.com.

Ann Taylor
Merch
The work-friendly label also sells a collection of lovely, simple wedding gowns and ’maids dresses. Shoes and sparkly jewelry round out the selection.
Prices
Wedding dresses are $395–$895.
Our fave part
The jewelry is appropriately glitzy without being too blinged out.
Get it
Order online at anntaylor.com.

The Limited
Merch
Classic long and short wedding-gown silhouettes—lots of strapless options—plus jewelry, hair accessories, clutches, sashes and wraps. To be honest, everything feels a little prom-ish, but if you can pull off some tasteful styling, there are some great budget options.
Prices
Wedding dresses cost $228–$398.
Our fave part
We dig the high-impact, budget-conscious accessories such as the feathered fascinator ($27) and crystal and satin head wrap ($36). Accessories range from $10 to $80.
Get it
Order online at thelimited.com.

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