When it comes to shopping for your dream wedding dress, there’s no better place than bridal shops in New York. While finding the perfect venue and picking out bridal bouquets from flower shops can make you rethink saying “Yes,” choosing your dress for the big day doesn’t have to be a drag. Gotham’s diverse selection of bridal shops offer brides-to-be gowns from renowned designers like Vera Wang, authentic vintage dresses and modern, alternative styles at vintage clothes shops with expert bridal consultants who make the experience as stress-free as possible. From Tribeca to the Lower East Side, find the best bridal shop for the big day.
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This place is called lovely for a reason. The intimate boutique boasts an extensive—but manageable—selection of unique designer dresses for any budget, including Project Runway’s Carol Hannah, Elizabeth Dye and Watters. Brides-to-be rave about the knowledgeable, friendly and helpful bridal consultants who won’t pressure you into the first dress you try on, even offering suggestions for your body type and budget if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. Note that you’ll have to get alterations elsewhere—Lovely Bride recommends Slate NYC and Sew Elegant Bridal—but the boutique does offer accessories to help finalize and perfect your look.
Weddings (and wedding preparations) are supposed to be a magical time, and the women at Stone Fox Bridal know that. Whether you’re looking for something traditional or edgy, trade in any cookie-cutter notions you might have had for this bridal line that delivers unique, alternative styles for the laid-back, bohemian bride. You’ll leave relaxed and stress-free after trying on dresses in the sun-drenched showroom under the care of friendly and patient staffers, who will also help you match accessories and floral headbands for a customized one-of-a-kind look.
Brides with a midrange budget should make an appointment at this traditional full-service bridal shop to try on a selection of styles from Badgley Mischka, Theia, Enzoani and more. The small boutique offers a personalized, private experience for brides-to-be and their guests, and it has an on-site seamstress to help with alterations and those last finishing touches.
Shop at this Lower East Side store for simple silhouettes in sultry and sophisticated styles for brides, bridesmaids and even party guests. Think plunging necklines, open backs and the occasional thigh-high slit for a modern take on a wedding dress that will really wow on the big day. The LA-based brand uses recycled fabrics and eco-friendly practices to craft dresses that are perfect for women on a budget, topping off at around $600.
Many dream of finding a gorgeous, romantic vintage dress to wear at their wedding. That’s easier said than done, but brides looking for a genuine, well-preserved vintage dress will find themselves in heaven at this second-floor Flatiron salon. Owner Shareen picks out beautiful, authentic vintage gowns, based on your preferences, from her collection with budget to mid-range price tags.
Brides travel from all over the world to New York for an appointment at Kleinfeld. The draw? In addition to being featured on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, the store carries the biggest selection of wedding dresses in the city. Mermaid or A-line? Chantilly lace or tulle? Choose from designers like Alvina Valenta, Christian Siriano and Monique Lhuillier, then receive an unparalleled level of service from stylists and consultants, custom fitters, embroiderers and more.
Your dream wedding dress will benefit a cause at this non-profit bridal boutique in Flatiron offering discounted designer dresses for up to 75 percent off. The shop receives donations from designers, retailers and individuals and includes a collection of designers like Vera Wang, Nicole Miller and Oscar de la Renta. While the selection varies and alterations are not included, just think of all of the money you’ll be saving.
The nation’s go-to bridal shop has three locations in NYC, including one conveniently situated near Kleinfeld for those scheduling their appointments within one day. Find deeply discounted dresses from the likes of Galina, Zac Posen and Vera Wang and periodic sales where dresses start at just $99. Various locations (davidsbridal.com)