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The reason Beautiful Brides of Wilmington is the highest rated bridal shop in the Cape Fear area?

As a mother-daughter business team, we know & value how special this time in your life is. We promise at Beautiful Brides it will be fun, relaxing, no pressure….one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime. We are so excited for you to meet you!

It all begins with simple “yes”…Maybe you want to be a princess, maybe you want to turn heads with something revealing, or maybe you have no idea at all. Whatever it is, we are so excited to be a part of your story in this special way! With over 200 gowns all carefully & thoughtfully chosen, we can’t wait to help you with your second favorite “yes” Head designer Sandra Leigh has over 40 years experience in the bridal industry. With her knowledge and understanding of fashion design, anything is possible, even if you can't find it anywhere else!

Trusted by Brides in Eastern North Carolina & beyond for over 30 years, we focus on a personalized one-on-one experience because we see the value in each Bride's individual story. Finding the gown of your dreams should never feel stressful or overwhelm you, and our goal is that you walk into our doors and feel a sense of relief.

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Frequently asked questions

What are your price ranges for full-priced wedding gowns?

$500 - $999
$1,000 - $2,499

How do you price dress alterations?

By Piece

Who do you provide services for?


Which of the following services do you provide?

Appointments Only
Full Customization
Sample Sales
Trunk Shows

Which of the following items do you offer?

Bridal Belts
Hair Accessories
Plus Size Gowns
Sample Gowns

What is the average turnaround time for a bridal gown?

Less than 6 months
6-8 months

How often do you receive new bridal gowns?


What is your return policy?

Final Sales
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Reviews of Beautiful Brides of Wilmington

4.6 out of 5 rating
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25 Reviews
93% recommend it
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Caroline Sent on 04/18/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Best Dress from the Best People

I absolutely love Beautiful Brides! They are so personal and truly care that you find the perfect dress for you in any budget small or large. They have a huge variety of styles and that makes finding your perfect dress that much easier. The staff are such nice people and they take a lot of pride in the work they do. I got to wear my dream dress on the best day ever, and it’s because of their help I found it.
Aleah Sent on 10/19/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Had an amazing seamstress

Loved my dress& my seamstress!
Alexis Sent on 08/19/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Great selection and excellent customer service experience

Beautiful brides was my last stop on the circuit of Wilmington bridal shops and I wish it had been my first. I walked in, nearly in tears, as I was not having much luck finding “the one”. The other shops had been disappointing in either service or selection within my budget range.

That all changed when I stepped in the doors for my appointment and was greeted by Sandra and Shannon. They listened to my ideas of the dress I was searching for but I had also made it clear that I would take any of their suggestions. Their selection is beautiful and suitable for various budgets. At the time, there was a seasonal clearance sale happening, which I got to take advantage of. Also, Sandra has better rates for alterations (which she does herself) then some of the competitors, so I was able to expand my budget. Sandra was even willing to make some minor alterations/additions to dresses I was considering (added fabric and accents, etc...).

In the end, they had me in a dress I hadn’t been looking for, but was prefect for me and the theme of my wedding, as well as a coordinating veil that accented the dress beautifully. I looked forward to and enjoyed the follow up appointments for minor alterations and undergarments test. Even better was their payment plan, which is worth asking about.
Everything was set in advance for pickup and the dress was perfectly pressed for my wedding day.
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