Denise Eliopulos has always had a flair for creating distinctive experiences and, for over 32 years, she has been sharing her vision with the women of Saratoga Springs and beyond. In 1981 having recently returned from a stint living in Hawaii. She brought the island’s easy tropical aesthetic (along with Sybil, her flirtatious singing parrot) to a new shop on Broadway. Bird of Paradise Boutique was born and today is one of the longest continually operating retail businesses in the Spa City. In the early days, the shop specialized in novel clothing and accessories for all occasions, including non-traditional bridal.
Fast forward to 1994 After searching far and wide for her own, Vintage-inspired wedding gown, Denise brought a new vision to the region – a unique salon where women could luxuriate in the magical experience of being a bride. With a focus on romance, she and her team set out to uncover the princess in every woman.
In 2001 Denise’s dream took on even grander scale when Something Bleu Bridal and Bird of Paradise Boutique relocated to their current location in a renovated Victorian Mansion in the Grant Plaza on Woodlawn Avenue. The building itself, with its dramatic staircase, fine woodwork, stained glass windows and picturesque fireplaces, sets the stage for European charm and elegance. Bridal parties meander up the grand staircase and into an elegant ballroom featuring exclusive European, American and international gowns elegantly displayed for perusal.
Denise and buyer Allison Badger meticulously select each one. They range from traditional to trendy, glamorous to demure, simple to sophisticated. Something Bleu has worked closely for many years with several designers, whom the salon represents exclusively in this region. Care is taken to choose gowns that accommodate all budgets, so that every bride can receive the royal treatment and quality wedding gown that she deserves.
In September 2013 Denise passed the torch on to, Connie Redgrave. Denise plans to focus on the unstoppable growth of Something Bleu Bridal. With the new ownership of Bird of Paradise came a new expanded location for the boutique on the first floor of Grant Plaza, just below Something Bleu.
Today, the two shops working independently continue to offer one-of-a-kind dresses, unparalleled service and a caring, personalized experience for brides, mothers, prom girls and any woman celebrating a special occasion.
Something Bleu Bridal offers gowns in three price points with non-commission stylists to assist each bride with attentive, relaxed and knowledgeable service at any price level.
First Range: $500-$1,500
Second Range: $1,600-$2,500
Third Range: $2,700-$4,900
Appointments highly recommended although our staff is happy to assist walk-in brides as well.
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Mackenzie · Married on 08/30/2019
Truly Wonderful Experience
I got my wedding dress here at Something Bleu for my wedding and I can honestly say it was such a great experience from start to finish! For the initial appointment I went wit my mom and moh and we were given our own dressing room which was very spacious! It was very private and made the whole process that much more special. Emily ran our appointment and could not have been more helpful or kind! I can't recommend this place enough!Sent on 09/26/2019
Sarah · Married on 07/12/2019
Wonderful Dress Shopping Experience
I had the most magical dress shopping experience at Something Bleu Bridal. We were given a beautiful dressing room with a window looking out at Saratoga Springs skyline. It felt like we had the whole shop to ourselves as they assisted me in pulling various dresses based on my feedback. They had a large selection of dresses to choose from that were reasonably prices. When I came back for their accessory trunk show I was able to try on my dress and veil to see how they looked with different pieces of jewelry, and one of the women who works there took a beautiful picture of my mom and I that I will cherish for years to come. I would highly recommend that anyone looking for a wedding dress go to Something Bleu Bridal!Sent on 07/31/2019
Jessica · Married on 06/14/2019
The Complete Bridal Experience
My experience at Something Bleu was absolutely incredible. The privacy of the rooms, ability to browse at your leisure, unique brands, and romantic collections really made the experience feel like something out of a fairytale. The customer service from start to finish made me feel as if I was their only customer and their genuine enthusiasm for my wedding was the cherry on top. If you are looking for a truly upscale bridal experience be sure to visit Something Bleu.Sent on 09/02/2019
A wonderful Bridal salon with a great team who will ensure you find the perfect dress/accessories for your special day. Something Bleu Bridal carries some of the most exquisite European gowns and one of a kind jewelry. A must for Brides to be!