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.
97 Reviews for Something Bleu
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Danielle L. · Married on 10/15/2020
Wonderful dress experience
These ladies are the best. Trying on dresses was a wonderful experience- so relaxed and no pressure. They have a beautiful selection of dresses. The moment I put my dress on I knew it was the one. I always felt taken care of during my whole selection process (I went back in to try it on again to make sure it was the one-and it was!) I purchased a veil as well and I love it. They were extremely accommodating with all the changes due to being a covid bride.
I worked with Irena as my seamstress and she was incredible..I loved her attention to detail and her honesty. My dress fit like a glove and I couldn’t be happier.
Overall, wonderful experience and I highly suggest something bleu to anyone looking for their dream dress!!Sent on 12/08/2020
Taylor G. · Married on 10/10/2020
Somethingbleu was the most incredible wedding dress experience; it was intimate and genuine and so special. I was hunting for a new dress with the changes made to my wedding, as a result of the pandemic and Marissa was patient and understanding with my mixed emotions. The candor and kindness they showed me helped me find the right dress and I was OBSESSED with it. They FaceTimed my mom the second time I went back and helped me say YES! Somethingbleu will help you cherish your wedding dress shopping experience and cherish your dress. Photos by Zaza WeissgerberSent on 12/05/2020
Cassandra D. · Married on 10/03/2020
A Perfect Wedding Dress Experience!
All of the ladies at Something Bleu are simply amazing! I made an appointment to go dress shopping not thinking I would find anything and ended up purchasing the 2nd dress I tried on. Terry is so great at what she does and makes everyone feel so comfortable. Kathryn and Marissa were wonderful and made scheduling (and rescheduling due to COVID) a breeze. Further, their seamstress, Beth, is so talented and easy to work with. The shop itself is also gorgeous, you won't regret scheduling an appointment!Sent on 10/10/2020
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!