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Looking for the wedding dress of your dreams? These bridal shops are here to help! Read reviews of bridal shops, and start shopping for your wedding gown at least eight months before your big day. It often takes months from the time a bridal shop orders your gown until it arrives, and don’t forget to factor alterations into your schedule!

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Tuxego
Tuxego
186 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Latham, NY

Tuxego is a tuxedo rental company located in Latham, New York. This tuxedo company aims to make their clients look great, feel comfortable, and be confident for their big wedding day. Anthony Commisso, owner of Tuxego, works hard to provide a wide selection of tuxedos and formal wear in a variety of... (Wedding Dresses)

Bridal Path
Bridal Path
77 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Jackson, MS

Our Story For the past 50 years, The Bridal Path has been the best stop on every southern bride’s wedding planning journey. Like reopening a favorite storybook, The Bridal Path welcomes so many brides into our shop whose mothers and grandmothers found their dream gown on a Bridal Path rack many... (Wedding Dresses)

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J & B Bridals and Tuxedos
J & B Bridals and Tuxedos
257 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Chambersburg, PA

J & B Bridals and Tuxedos, in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, has been helping couples find the right wedding attire for more than 30 years. They have a wide selection of bridal gowns, accessories, menswear and much more, and will always go above and beyond in helping you fit just the right garment for... (Wedding Dresses)

Four Seasons Cleaners
Four Seasons Cleaners
3 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Ventura, CA

Four Seasons Cleaners is a wedding gown service based in Ventura, California that will help keep your garment safe and in good condition for future generations. As a member of the Association of Wedding Gowns Specialists, they are trained to use effective methods to alter your dress before the big... (Wedding Dresses)

Lilla's Bridal Boutique
Lilla's Bridal Boutique
109 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · York, PA

Lilla’s Bridal Boutique is a professional bridal salon in York, Pennsylvania, that provides customers with exceptional service, expertise, and warm hospitality. Lilla’s Bridal was established in 1985 and has been helping clients find the perfect gowns for over three decades. With service as their... (Wedding Dresses)

Maya Palace
Maya Palace
66 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Tucson, AZ

Maya Palace is a boutique and bridal shop located in Tucson, Arizona. For over 40 years, Maya Palace has been offering brides an extraordinary selection of bridal gowns and accessories to create a memorable wedding day. Choose from a unique and diverse selection of over 500 bridal gown options from... (Wedding Dresses)

Nu Yale Cleaners & Laundry
Nu Yale Cleaners & Laundry
1 review
· Wedding Dresses · Jeffersonville, IN

Nu Yale Cleaners & Laundry is a wedding dress and attire company in Louisville, Kentucky. After over 60 years of family business success, the core values established by founder Wilbur Horlander still remain. Environmentally responsible, quality and service focused, and community involvement have... (Wedding Dresses)

The Bridal Loft
The Bridal Loft
51 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Pensacola, FL

The Bridal Loft is dedicated to providing exquisite designer fashions for brides and her bridal party, debutantes, prom and formal gowns. We have been serving our clients in this industry for over 20 year’s. You may view our collections online and in the store. Links are available to the designer’s... (Wedding Dresses)

Biltmore Tuxedos
Biltmore Tuxedos
150 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Ridgewood, NJ

Biltmore Tuxedos is a tuxedo company located in Ridgewood, New Jersey. The company has been part of the wedding industry since the 1960s and specializes in the rental and sale of fine tuxedos. Services Offered Biltmore Tuxedos offers high-quality service options for each wedding party. As New... (Wedding Dresses)

Irini's Originals
Irini's Originals
159 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Wilmington, DE

Irini’s Originals, LLC is a family-owned and operated bridal boutique in Wilmington, Delaware. Serving brides for over 35 years in the boutique and 50 years in dress alterations, you can trust the experienced staff behind this business. Their goal is to give all brides the attention and patience... (Wedding Dresses)

The Bride's Shoppe
The Bride's Shoppe
7 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Great Falls, MT

The Bride’s Shoppe is a beautiful full-service bridal salon located in Great Falls, Montana. We love working with all couples and are proud to be celebrating our 50th year in business in 2020. Brides and grooms can expect a fun and friendly shopping experience, enhanced by our knowledge and... (Wedding Dresses)

She's the Cats Meow
She's the Cats Meow
12 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Silverton, OR

Come and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in a private studio reminiscent of a Peresien boutique for your fittings! Your family and friends are welcome to join you for this special time. Located in historic Silverton, Oregon. Making brides look fabulous since 2003! (Wedding Dresses)

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Curvaceous Couture Bridal Collection
Curvaceous Couture Bridal Collection
161 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Columbia, MD

Curvaceous Couture Bridal Collection is a wedding dress boutique in Columbia, Maryland. They specialize in plus size wedding gowns from all over the world. This designer bridal boutique, which is the first bridal salon to cater to the curvy girl, is committed to providing personalized... (Wedding Dresses)

Everthine Bridal Boutique
Everthine Bridal Boutique
89 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Madison, CT

Established in 2011, Everthine has consistently scoured the globe in search of fashionable bridal and the coolest emerging designers around. We stay committed to providing our brides with a dress that won't be seen "on every other bride" and understand how important it is to feel unique and special... (Wedding Dresses)

Chaybans Tailors Formals & Alterations
Chaybans Tailors Formals & Alterations
15 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Orchard Park, NY

Chaybans Tailors Formals & Alterations is a dress and attire business based in Orchard Park, New York. In the shop, brides will find a large selection of bridal gowns. If you don't find your dream dress in the shop, you can browse through the many in store catalogues and order one from there... (Wedding Dresses)

Larisa Style
Larisa Style
32 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Apex, NC

Larisa Style Bridal & Alterations is a wedding attire boutique for couples located in the Apex, North Carolina area. This boutique offers for brides and their entire wedding party wide spectrum of service from purchase designer gowns and dresses to custom made gown to your order, form accessories to... (Wedding Dresses)

Cristina Chiosa Bridal Atelier
Cristina Chiosa Bridal Atelier
73 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Raleigh, NC

CC Bridal Atelier provides excellent alteration services in Raleigh, North Carolina. Having over ten years of experience, this company is knowledgeable about bridal gowns and how to make them absolutely perfect for your big day. The experienced tailors at Cristina Chiosa Bridal Atelier understand... (Wedding Dresses)

Victoria Karr Fashion
Victoria Karr Fashion
53 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Columbia, PA

Victoria Karr Fashion LLC, in Columbia, Pennsylvania, is a full-service bridal boutique where brides can find ready-to-wear wedding dresses or custom design the perfect one. The business is owned and operated by Victoria, a designer from St. Petersburg, Russia, who has more than 30 years of... (Wedding Dresses)

One & Only Bridal Boutique
One & Only Bridal Boutique
48 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Orlando, FL

- A chic bridal boutique created for your one & only bridal style - We believe each of our brides has their own individual style that transcends labels and convention. Everything we do is for our brides as they quickly become our family, we understand how intimidating the process of finding "the... (Wedding Dresses)

Gilded Bridal
Gilded Bridal
62 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Raleigh, NC

Gilded Bridal is a bridal shop nestled in downtown Raleigh catering to brides in North Carolina and beyond seeking unique wedding dresses from independent designers. We believe in love. We believe in independent women who like to keep it real. We believe that finding your wedding dress should be a... (Wedding Dresses)

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How much does a wedding dress cost?

Buying a wedding dress is unlike purchasing a piece of everyday attire. You’re going to be wearing this dress on one of the most important days of your life, and so you’ll likely spend quite a bit of money on your wedding dress. While wedding dress prices do vary greatly, the average wedding dress cost in the U.S. is $1,000. It typically ranges from $280 to $1,650, but you can purchase a wedding dress for far above and below those prices.

Lower range

$ 100 or less

Average cost

$ 1000

Most couples spend between

$ 280 - $ 1650

Upper range

$ 2600 or more

Costs displayed in graph are based on spend from thousands of couples who recently reported pricing for this service within their WeddingWire review. Pricing varies based on factors including, but not limited to, vendor’s experience, level of expertise, event guest count, date, and geographic region. Data displayed represents both wedding dress and tuxedo costs.

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What impacts wedding dress prices?

There are a few factors that will impact your wedding dress cost. Most notably, an extremely detailed wedding dress with lots of beading and pricey fabric (silk, etc.) will cost more than a simpler wedding dress, as more intricate gowns require more labor and materials. So a grand ball gown with beading and detailed embroidery will cost more than a plainer sheath dress. Also, if you’re set on wearing a wedding dress by a famous dress designer, know that it will likely cost more.

What additional wedding dress costs should a bride plan for?

There are several additional costs that brides should factor into their wedding dress cost and budget. These include:
  • Alterations: If you want to drastically change your wedding dress, your alterations may end up costing more than your actual wedding dress!
  • Undergarments and accessories: Be sure to factor in your accessories— bridal undergarments, shoes, and more. These accessories will greatly affect how your gown looks and fits, so don’t forget to include them in your wedding dress cost.
  • Cleaning and preservation: Don’t be surprised if you’re still spending money on your wedding dress after your wedding! Whether you plan on wearing your wedding dress again, passing it on to a future generation, or none of the above, it’s still a good idea to have your gown professionally cleaned and preserved. Wedding dress cleaning and preservation can cost $200 or more.

How can you save money on a wedding dress?

Yes, a bride’s wedding dress will cost a lot of money—probably more than you’ll spend on another piece of attire in your life! However, there are several ways to save money on your wedding dress while still finding a gown that you absolutely love.
  • Don’t try on dresses that are over-budget: Be upfront with your bridal salon consultant about your budgets—and be sure ask about the cost of each dress you try on. Avoid the temptation of trying on a wedding dress that’s out of your price range.
  • Find a simple wedding dress, and accessorize: As mentioned, a simple and relatively unadorned wedding gown will cost less than an extremely detailed wedding dress. If you’re on a tight wedding dress budget, we recommend finding a simple gown and using a beaded sash or a brooch to give it some extra sparkle.
  • Find a dress you love as is: Any significant alterations or customizations that you do to a wedding dress will cost (a lot of!) money. Therefore, if you want to make significant changes to a wedding dress (add sleeves, change the silhouette, etc.), that gown is probably not for you. Look for a wedding dress that you love mostly as it looks off the hanger.
  • Scour sample sales: Many bridal salons offer sample sales where they sell sample dresses from past seasons. These sample dresses are typically in sizes 6 to 12, so if you fall in that size category, you may find a gorgeous gown at a low price at one of these sales.
  • Visit trunk shows: If you’re set on purchasing a gown by a specific designer, you might find a deal at a trunk show. Trunk shows are when a bridal salon features the collection of a particular dress designer—and usually offers a discount (usually about 5 or 10 percent off that designer’s wedding dress prices). Research which salons in your area carry your favorite designers, and check their websites for upcoming trunk shows.
  • Give yourself time to shop: A wedding dress can take several months to arrive after you’ve ordered it. Be sure to start shopping for your wedding dress as soon as possible —many brides shop at least nine months in advance, if not more. If you wait until the last minute, you may end up paying rush charges for your dress, which can greatly add to your total wedding dress cost.

How much does it cost to alter a wedding dress?

Wedding dress alterations can be expensive—particularly if you’re planning on making major changes to your wedding dress. Some bridal salons offer wedding dress alterations in-house. If yours does not, you will likely have to find a tailor who specializes in wedding dresses (be sure to read online reviews of wedding dress tailors before hiring). You’ll typically schedule your wedding dress fittings for at least three months before your big day—so plan accordingly. 76 percent of bridal salons charge alterations by piece rather than a flat fee, so the average cost of dress alterations can vary widely depending on the extent of the alterations. Simply adjusting a hemline won’t cost a ton, but adding sleeves or reworking a bodice will!

What questions should you ask a wedding dress tailor?

When choosing a wedding dress tailor, there are several questions you should ask:
  • How many fitting appointments will I need? How long will the process take?
  • What types of alterations do you recommend for my wedding dress?
  • Have you worked with a dress and fabric like mine before?
  • Can you provide a cost for my alterations?
  • How will you store my wedding dress?
  • What do I need to bring to my first fitting appointment?

Wedding Dresses and Gowns

As you plan your wedding, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is your wedding dress. The dress you choose should reflect your unique style and personality and make you feel like the most beautiful woman in the room. How does a bride say “yes” to that perfect dress? Here’s a quick guide to shopping for wedding dresses.

Set Your Budget

When you start browsing bridal gowns, it’s easy to fall in love no matter the price tag. Before you even pick up a bridal magazine, set a strict wedding dress budget. We suggest allocating around 10 percent of your overall wedding budget to your dress – and don’t forget to include the cost of your wedding accessories in that line item!

Narrow Down Your Style

About a year out from your wedding, start browsing bridal dresses and get a feel for how they match up with your style. Now is the time to educate yourself on silhouettes, necklines, fabrics and more. Our wedding dress style guide can help.

Once you’ve set your wedding date and chosen a venue, add these factors into your dress calculation. Are you marrying in the winter at a beautiful church? Then you might choose a dress with heavier fabric – like satin – in a more traditional silhouette like a ball gown or A-Line.

Book Wedding Dress Salons

About 10 to eight months before your wedding, it’s time to get boots (or heels) on the ground to start your wedding dress hunt. Consider wedding dress salons in your area and book appointments with your top choices – most salons do not allow walk-ins. Take a look at our complete wedding dress shopping guide to learn all the tips and tricks to finding the wedding dress of your dreams.

Trying on Bridal Dresses

As your salon appointments approach, assemble your fashion squad to give you feedback and moral support. Keep your posse small, as too many opinions can get overwhelming. When you arrive at the salon, your stylist will discuss your dress preferences and budget and help you choose options. Keep an open mind; your stylist knows what looks good on different body types. If your stylist suggests a dress, even if it’s not a silhouette you are considering, give it a try. You might be surprised.

Choosing Your Bridal Gown

When your heart leaps and you can’t stop grinning at the reflection in the mirror, you’ve found the right wedding dress. The salon will likely ask for a down payment and then order your dress. Over the next months, your dress will be created just for you. It should arrive a few months before your wedding so you have time for fittings and alterations at your salon. (See our full wedding dress shopping timeline.) You may feel like you’re waiting forever, but this is the perfect time to pick your wedding accessories and knock off other items on your wedding to-do list.

Ready to start shopping for wedding dresses? WeddingWire is here to help. Put in your location and search for the top salons in your area. Read reviews and start making appointments. Happy dress hunting!