Skip the Local Bridal Boutique
Proposal season is over, which means that wedding season has begun. You’ve already scoped out your town’s local bridal shop as well as those big-name wedding retailers, but don’t limit yourself to just those stores. Instead, check out these 11 other places that also do bridal—and do it well!
Don’t deny it. You want every single thing sold at Kate Spade. The designer manages to make chic and ladylike clothing and accessories that retain a fresh and playful vibe. If you’re a Kate Spade type of gal, and you know who you are, her bridal offerings are spot-on.
Clockwise from left: Madison Avenue Collection Quinlan Dress ($698); Something Blue Idiom Pendant ($58); Marry Me iPhone 5 Case ($40); Maid of Honor Idiom Bangle ($58); Grano Heels ($358)
For plenty of women, J.Crew’s entrance into bridal was big—and welcome—news. The brand translated its preppy ethos perfectly. So not only can the bride and groom look modern and chic, but their entire wedding party can, too.
Clockwise from left: Eyelash Lace Cami ($248) and Ribbon and Tulle Ball Gown Skirt ($595); Mirabelle Dress in Silk Chiffon ($265); Ludlow Suit Jacket With Double Vent in Italian Worsted Wool ($425) and Ludlow Slim Suit Pant In Italian Worsted Wool ($225); Crystal Leaves Necklace ($110)
The Knot Wedding Shop
Of course you know The Knot, where many a bride turns to organize and research her big day. But you might not know that the site also has a nicely curated shop, with gifts, invites and accessories, so you can make your wedding truly unique.
Clockwise from left: Photo Booth Handmade Sign ($65); Thank You For Being My Flower Girl Card ($5); Crystal Bridesmaid Tank ($12.95); Personalized HERSHEY’S Kisses ($14.95 for 100); Eco-Wedding Popper Favors (as low as $9.60 for 12)
Timeless style options abound here. Choosing Ann Taylor is a nice way to go classic without going over budget. Bonus: The petites section is great!
Clockwise from left: Petite Goddess V-Neck Wedding Dress ($550); Silk Dupioni Strapless Dress ($129.88); Silk Georgette Flower Girl Dress ($140); Pleated Pave Turnlock Satin Clutch ($95); Strappy Crystal Sandals ($198)
With low prices and a full selection, it’s worth spending some time surfing retailer LightInTheBox. It sells wedding dresses and accessories as well as favors and fashions for the bridal party. Be advised, things are only available for a short period of time (and during that time prices will vary), so if you like something, jump on it! Never fear, LightInTheBox does have a decent return policy.
A-line Princess V-neck Tea-length Taffeta Wedding Dress ($98.99)*; A-line Princess Jewel Tea-length Tulle Flower Girl Dress ($59.99); Formal Purple Wedding Invitation With Organza Bow ($39.99 for a set of 60); Fashion Alloy Headbands With Imitation Pearl For Women ($14.99); Four Pieces Ring Bearer Suit Shirt ($29.39)
*Prices as of press time.
Visit BCBG if you’re interested in a trendy vibe for your wedding. There are loads of frocks and accessories to suit you and your badass bridal party.
Clockwise from left: Denisa Sleeveless Lace-Yoke Gown ($368); Kauri One-Shoulder Gown ($338); Peacock High-Heel Pump ($206.50); Nadja Metal Mesh Clutch ($128); Floral-Stone Earrings ($48)
Get the latest dresses from big-name designers along with all the accessories the bride needs. There are plenty of options for the VIP MOB (mother of the bride, obvs).
Clockwise from left: Vera Wang One-Shoulder Side-Bow Dress ($112); Belle Badgley Mischka Foiled Lace Dress ($149); Jayne Copeland 2T-6X Ballerina Dress ($45); Felina Seamless Hidden-Wire Bustier ($69); Alex Evenings Woman Paisley Sequined Jacket Dress ($138)
Many couples register at Macy’s, but this major retailer also has you covered for all your wedding-day needs, from jewelry to smashing outfits.
Clockwise from left: Kenneth Cole New York Laser Tag Polished Rhodium Cufflinks ($65); Victoria Townsend Cultured Freshwater Pearl Stud Earrings ($30); Calvin Klein Black Two-Button Tuxedo Slim Fit ($650); Adrianna Papell Petite Strapless Beaded Soutache Gown ($299); Mikasa Love Story Ring Holder ($19.99)
It’s all about the bridesmaid at this British retailer, which sells a range of shades and styles to fit the day’s color palette and level of fanciness.
Clockwise from left: Elegant Party Heel ($151.20); Elegant Wrap ($88); Crystal Hairclip ($25.20); Joceyln Dress ($298); Jasmine Dress ($268.20)
What can we say about Nordstrom that hasn’t been saying before? Expect the same quality and service for its wedding offerings as you do with everything else the store sells.
Clockwise from left: BLISS Monique Lhuillier Embroidered Lace & Tiered Organza Dress ($2,800; in stores only); Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge ‘Vera’ Bohemian Head Wrap ($145); Donna Morgan Print Chiffon Fit & Flare Dress ($198); Bernie of New York Organza Stole ($195); Benjamin Adams London Flat ($299)
Just because it’s Neimans doesn’t mean you can’t afford it. This fine department store has gorgeous gowns and plenty of très sexy honeymoon goodies, too.
Clockwise from left: Bobbi Brown Beach Body Oil ($31); Badgley Mischka Collection Short-Sleeve Side Peplum Tie Belt Dress ($320); Albert Nipon Metallic Jacquard Skirt Suit ($289); TOMS Silver Glitter Slip-On ($54); La Perla Camelia Babydoll & G-String Thong Set ($158)
BCBG: Through May 5, get 10% off and free shipping.
Macy’s: Shipping is free on orders of $99 or more.
Nordstrom: Enjoy free shipping and free returns.
Boden: Through May 31, save 15% and get free shipping.
Neiman Marcus: Sign up for Neiman Marcus emails to get 10% off.