Wedding Dresses

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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Gamberdella
Gamberdella
126 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Towson, MD

Gamberdella is a bridal boutique in Towson, Maryland. They are a family business that was started more than 40 years ago by mother and daughter, Rita and Mary Gamberdella. Under the leadership of Mary, the staff continues to give a personal touch and create a memorable experience for brides from... (Wedding Dresses)

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Athena's Bridal Boutique
Athena's Bridal Boutique
431 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Clearwater, FL

Athena’s Bridal Boutique is a Clearwater, Florida-based bridal shop. The boutique has bridal gowns in a diverse array of sizes and styles, from traditional and vintage to modern and romantic. The staff provides a stress-free dress shopping experience by helping clients find the gowns that best makes... (Wedding Dresses)

Donna Salyers' Fabulous-Bridal
Donna Salyers' Fabulous-Bridal
101 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Covington, KY

At Fabulous Bridal, we know that shopping for “the perfect wedding dress” is second only to your wedding day. As the bride, you deserve 100% attentiveness in selecting your wedding dress. Our consultants offer brides and their parties the most luxurious setting and best customer service for their... (Wedding Dresses)

Cinderella Bridals
Cinderella Bridals
171 reviews
· Wedding Dresses

Welcome to the Ball! At Cinderella Bridals, the party never ends! Our unique collection of wedding dresses and accessories is always growing, and every experience in our new boutique is simply magical -- beautiful designer gowns, a fairy tale experience, and gowns that leave with you when you walk... (Wedding Dresses)

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Bridal Gallery by Yvonne
Bridal Gallery by Yvonne
151 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Latham, NY

Bridal Gallery by Yvonne is a bridal store based out of Latham, New York. The Bridal Gallery is the go-to store in the greater Capital Region and beyond. They offer private bridal dressing rooms for all of their clients, giving them an elegant backdrop for friends and family to view their vast... (Wedding Dresses)

Ashley's Bridal
Ashley's Bridal
125 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Warminster, PA

Ashley’s Bridal is a bridal boutique in Warminster, Pennsylvania. They have wedding gowns and tuxedos in store and offer a variety of services. Their trained consultants work with you to understand your style, likes and dislikes to help you find the perfect dress and perfect fit for you. Services... (Wedding Dresses)

An Elegant Affair Bridal
An Elegant Affair Bridal
56 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Cedar Falls, IA

Find the dress you’ve always dreamed of at An Elegant Affair Bridal, located in downtown Cedar Falls, Iowa. This bridalwear shop has been around since 1997, and their seasoned professionals will assist you in looking your absolute best on your special day. An Elegant Affair Bridal values strong... (Wedding Dresses)

Aurora Bridal
Aurora Bridal
195 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Melbourne, FL

Aurora Bridal is the largest Bridal Boutique on the Space Coast! With over 400 different styles of bridal gowns and over 700 different styles of bridesmaid gowns we are sure to have the gown of your dreams! Dresses are available for all budgets and sizes! Tuxedos and tux rentals are also offered. We... (Wedding Dresses)

Bridal Boutique
Bridal Boutique
280 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Lewisville, TX

Bridal Boutique is a wedding attire store located in Lewisville, Texas. This business has been around since 1990, offering a huge selection of gowns to the Dallas and Fort Worth Metro Plex area. Bridal Boutique can accommodate practically any style and budget, with over 700 gowns by over 20... (Wedding Dresses)

Suburban Bridal
Suburban Bridal
72 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Omaha, NE

Suburban Bridal is a wedding dress shop located in Omaha, Nebraska. Since 1967, the company has been serving couples and their wedding parties in the Midwest. The professional team is dedicated to helping their clients find the perfect gown so that they look and feel their best on their special... (Wedding Dresses)

Esquire Tuxedos
Esquire Tuxedos
57 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Merrick, NY

About Esquire Tuxedos Esquire Tuxedos is a specialty formalwear shop located in Merrick, New York. They have been a family-owned and operated business for over 30 years. They are committed to providing high quality luxurious tuxedos and suits for your special day. The team at Esquire is there to... (Wedding Dresses)

Anjolique Bridal and Formal
Anjolique Bridal and Formal
216 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Cornelius, NC

Anjolique Bridal and Formal is a highly-rated wedding dress company located in Cornelius, North Carolina. The company has been part of the wedding industry since 2008 and specializes in wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses, mother of the bride dresses and tuxedos. Designs Offered Anjolique Bridal... (Wedding Dresses)

Classic Cleaners
Classic Cleaners
1 review
· Wedding Dresses · Indianapolis, IN

Classic Cleaners - gown care is a dry cleaning service located in Indianapolis, Indiana. They would love to use their exemplary skills to restore your gowns and garments to their original state. Allow this dry cleaning service to take care your delicate items with their eco-friendly methods. Even... (Wedding Dresses)

The Dress
The Dress
64 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Mauldin, SC

We are a chic off-the-rack | designer sample | once-wed Bridal Boutique. New inventory arrives weekly! We would love to help you say "YES" to your dream gown & become part of The Dress family! (Wedding Dresses)

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Dependable Cleaners
Dependable Cleaners
17 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Milton, MA

Dependable Cleaners is a wedding gown cleaning and preservation service located in Boston, Massachusetts. As a member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists, the family-owned company has decades of experience ensuring that wedding dresses look flawless before, during, and after wedding... (Wedding Dresses)

Champion Wedding Gown Specialist
Champion Wedding Gown Specialist
7 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Birmingham, AL

Champion Wedding Gown Specialist is a special wedding dress cleaning and preservation service located in the Birmingham, Alabama area.. From gown cleaning and preservation to restoration and alterations, Champion Wedding Gown Specialist will help keep your wedding gown looking great. Regardless of... (Wedding Dresses)

Ivory & White
Ivory & White
12 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Birmingham, AL

Ivory & White is a high-end wedding boutique located in Birmingham, Alabama. This elegant outlet carries the latest styles from up and coming designers, as well as classic fits from iconic fashion houses. The staff believes that finding a dress should be an experience worth cherishing. They are... (Wedding Dresses)

Iris City Cleaners and Laundering Company
Iris City Cleaners and Laundering Company
1 review
· Wedding Dresses · Mount Pleasant, IA

Iris City Cleaners and Laundering Company is a unique cleaning service located in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. When it comes to incomparable dry cleaning or quailty custom cleaning, Iris City Cleaners and Laundering Company takes the cake. Servicing the area since 1947, Iris City Cleaners can make your... (Wedding Dresses)

An Affair of the Heart
An Affair of the Heart
109 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Colorado Springs, CO

An Affair of the Heart is a bridal attire boutique in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This speciality shop offers beautiful dresses, veils, and other wedding accessories that are affordable to all brides. An Affair of the Heart offers in-style, discontinued designer gowns to help you reduce your budget... (Wedding Dresses)

Alterations & Veils By Beatrice
Alterations & Veils By Beatrice
58 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Austin, TX

Alterations & Veils By Beatrice is a custom gown alterations service in Austin, Texas. Beatrice has over 30 years of experience as a seamstress, your wedding dress and look. Her alterations all have a personal touch, whether that’s creating the ideal fit or changing the details to better suit your... (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!