Wedding Dresses and Gowns

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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Boca Raton Bridal & Consultants
Boca Raton Bridal & Consultants
102 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Boca Raton, FL

Boca Raton Bridal & Consultants is a bridal shop in Boca Raton, Florida. They are a full-service Couture bridal salon that features a large selection of designer dresses including Hayley Paige, Galia Lahav, Martina Liana, Lazaro and more. They want you to feel comfortable in their bridal salon and... (Wedding Dresses)

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

Your Perfect Wedding Dress Awaits You at The Bridal Gallery by Yvonne.... Our store is comfortable and friendly so you can enjoy viewing our dress collections at your own pace. You and your family and friends will enjoy the private and spacious bridal dressing rooms while you try on beautiful bridal... (Wedding Dresses)

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

Ashley's Bridal is a wedding boutique located in Warminster, Pennsylvania. Their collections include beautiful designer pieces for every size and style, from classic looks to boho and elegant beachwear. You deserve to look and feel great on your special day, and their team would be delighted to be... (Wedding Dresses)

An Elegant Affair Bridal
An Elegant Affair Bridal
58 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)

Suburban Bridal
Suburban Bridal
74 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)

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Claire's Fashions Inc
Claire's Fashions Inc
300 reviews
· Wedding Dresses

Claire's Fashions Inc is a wedding attire boutique located in Wilmington, Delaware. For over 30 years, the shop has provided a wide selection of affordable gowns, dresses, upscale casual separates, and fashion accessories for both traditional and non-traditional weddings. For bridal gowns, the... (Wedding Dresses)

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Balfurd Cleaners
Balfurd Cleaners
3 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · State College, PA

With more than 90 years in business, Balfurd Cleaners located in State College, Pennsylvania, will clean and preserve your wedding dress once your big day is over. Using MuseumCare™ preservation techniques, they create wedding dress heirlooms. The preservation comes with a 100% lifetime guarantee.... (Wedding Dresses)

Elegance Made Simple
Elegance Made Simple
10 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Troy, MO

We Offer top designer Bridal Gowns, Bridesmaids, Flower girls, Tuxedos, Suits, accessories and more! Our goal is to make every Bride feel Beautiful, Comfortable, and Confident! We offer unmatched service and a comfortable shopping experience. No pressure sales tactics and ALWAYS service with a... (Wedding Dresses)

Fifi's Bridal & Custom Tailoring
Fifi's Bridal & Custom Tailoring
126 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Elmhurst, IL

Welcome to Fifi's world where I am at your service to inspire you, guide you and perfect your look for the most important time in your life. I will guide you on your journey from finding your perfect dress, tailored suit to crafting the lines and details to accentuate your inner beauty. The bonus of... (Wedding Dresses)

Ellynne Bridal
Ellynne Bridal
109 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Lincoln, NE

Ellynne Bridal is a purveyor of wedding clothing located in Lincoln, Nebraska. With over 15 years of experience in the wedding fashion industry, this professional team can assist you in selecting your dream gown. These dedicated stylists source a broad array of couture dresses to suit all styles and... (Wedding Dresses)

Clean Pression
Clean Pression
Wedding Dresses · Spring Lake, NC

Clean Pression is a full-service dry cleaners located in Spring Lake, North Carolina. For over 30 years this company has provided outstanding service to their clients. The award-winning team consists of excellent dry cleaners and proficient tailors, happy to make your wedding garments absolutely... (Wedding Dresses)

House of Seide
House of Seide
3 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Boynton Beach, FL

House of Seide is a wedding fashion design atelier situated in Boynton Beach, Florida, specializing in luxury and elegant dresses and accessories since 2017. Founded by lead designer Lynda Seide, the boutique creates one-of-a-kind gowns and formal attire for to-be-weds and wedding guests. Graduating... (Wedding Dresses)

All About the Gown by Judy
All About the Gown by Judy
94 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Lake Geneva, WI

Our Private Bridal Suites We don't think you should have to pay for privacy which is why we offer completely private bridal suites for you and your guests to enjoy. We are by appointment only & we ask that you ring the doorbell when you arrive to be let in. We want you to be able to shop &... (Wedding Dresses)

All About the Bride - Chattanooga
All About the Bride - Chattanooga
10 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Chattanooga, TN

Located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, All About the Bride is a boutique specializing in a variety of wedding gowns. We know wedding dress shopping is an exciting time, but can also be very stressful. With All About the Bride, you are guaranteed a wonderful shopping and purchasing experience as you and... (Wedding Dresses)

Couture by Terri Tipps
Couture by Terri Tipps
Wedding Dresses · Greenville, SC

Couture by Terri Tipps is a wedding attire service based out of Greenville, South Carolina. With decades of experience, owner Terri Tipps specializes in dress alterations but can also tailor custom wedding gowns. Inspired by your preferences, Terri will endeavor to make sure that you receive an... (Wedding Dresses)

Twelve Tailoring LLC
Twelve Tailoring LLC
Wedding Dresses · Charleston, SC

Twelve Tailoring LLC is a wedding boutique and alteration studio based in North Charleston, South Carolina. Offering a highly talented team of expert seamstresses, they can help you find and adjust your dream dress with ease. With their made-to-order gowns, they can design the outfit you have always... (Wedding Dresses)

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Charles X Block
Charles X Block
9 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Tamaqua, PA

In business for nearly 100 years, Charles X Block is a landmark store in historic downtown Tamaqua. Offering the area's largest selection of menswear and accessories for all occasions, from formal to informal, Charles X Blocks offers unparalleled customer service that isn't found at mall stores.... (Wedding Dresses)

Newbury Tailoring Co.
Newbury Tailoring Co.
1 review
· Wedding Dresses · Boston, MA

Newbury Tailoring Co. is a family-owned and operated wedding attire company located in Boston, Massachusetts. The Rivas family is dedicated to providing high-quality garments to their clients ahead of their long-anticipated wedding day. The team strives to create a warm and welcoming environment for... (Wedding Dresses)

Dream Bridal Resale
Dream Bridal Resale
Wedding Dresses · Wrightsville, PA

Welcome to DREAM! We are a bridal boutique located in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. Our goal is to give our brides a once in a lifetime experience. We understand planning a wedding or event can be a stressful time...DREAM wants to take all of the stress away when you enter our beautiful, historic... (Wedding Dresses)

Kaitlyn Coufal Couture
Kaitlyn Coufal Couture
5 reviews
· Wedding Dresses · Weatherford, TX

Operating out of Weatherford, Texas, Kaitlyn Coufal Couture offers wedding attire services for couples in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and further afield. Specializing in custom bridal wear, this business has been providing soon-to-be newlyweds with delightful gowns since 2019. As a lover of all... (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?
Lauren
Lauren
5.0
I brought my dress in only 6 weeks before my wedding. I was able to have all my alterations completed and a final fitting before I went ...
Jessica
Jessica
5.0
Loved shopping here. Even though Covid made things a little more difficult I was able to find the perfect dress for me!
Amanda
Amanda G.
5.0
I had such a wonderful experience, especially during this difficult year. Erika was amazing throughout the entire process, she was very ...
Tuxego
Tuxego
193 reviews
Mindy
Mindy H.
5.0
Tuxego is the place to go if you have groomsmen from all different areas! Even more so, if your groomsmen are local!! The were very easy to ...
Emilia
Emilia L.
5.0
Mary was AMAZING. As soon as I walked in for my first fitting, I could tell she knew what she was doing. She was so easy to work with and ...
Beca
Beca R.
5.0
I bought my dream wedding dress at Lambs Hill Boutique yesterday and I cannot recommend this bridal shop enough! My stylist was Hannah and ...
LBR Bridal
LBR Bridal
2 reviews
Amelia
Amelia
5.0
By far the BEST wedding dress shopping experience in Miami! 💕 special thanks to Vilma for making the day so magical!
Victoria
Victoria S.
5.0
Such a wonderful selection of dresses! I was lucky enough to be able to wear my dress twice. With all the stress from the wedding, i ...
Modern Dress
Modern Dress
101 reviews
Anna
Anna B.
5.0
Love my dress! It was very high quality. They had a lot of dresses to try on and the people that work there are so kind and helpful!
Nitsa's
Nitsa's
113 reviews
Javonne
Javonne H.
5.0
I found my dream dress at Nitsas, and it was the very first one I tried on! Chris had picked it out for me ahead of time based on my ...
Melissa
Melissa A.
5.0
Absolutely blown away by my experience here! I definitely recommended making Sorelle your first (and only) stop! We got my dress/veil, my ...
FANTASY BRIDAL
FANTASY BRIDAL
402 reviews
Denisse
Denisse G.
5.0
The process to find a dress was so easy! they made sure I tried on dresses that I wouldn’t think I’d like just to see how I felt about them ...
Galia Lahav
Galia Lahav
6 reviews
Angel
Angel D.
5.0
Where do I begin?... I was on day three from wedding dress shopping and my mother called GL to see if we could just come in and look around. ...
Danielle
Danielle S.
5.0
I was looking for someone with the ability to alter my wedding dress sleeves when I found Alice at Bridal Heirloom. She is very responsive, ...
Renee
Renee R.
5.0
If you are looking for a bridal boutique on the Grand Strand, look no further than LWD - trust me!! The ladies of LWD exude professionalism, ...
Brenna
Brenna J.
5.0
Walking into True Society I initially became extremely overwhelmed with emotion: excitement, awe, and nervousness about finding a dress. I ...
Kristyn
Kristyn G.
5.0
Tuxedo junction is the best! Fantastic customer service and so accommodating for our out of town groomsmen and my 80 year old grandfather. ...
Samantha
Samantha C.
5.0
Amanda was AMAZING!!!!!! I tried looking for dresses online (because I don't like trying things on) and hated everything I saw. when I ...
Brianna
Brianna K.
5.0
Linda at The Wedding Embassy recently did extensive alterations on my wedding dress. After buying it in 2019, it was not my 'dream' anymore ...
Becker's Bridal
Becker's Bridal
387 reviews
Kassondra
Kassondra
5.0
Natalie was such a big help when it came to the choices of dresses I’ve had in mind. It was nice to hear that we were the easiest and smooth ...

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!