When I first got engaged and started thinking about THE DRESS, I really didn’t know where to start. Who were the designers? Where could I find them? While I started my search in New York City (I figured they had the best selection), I soon realized that it wasn’t really realistic to buy a dress in a city you don’t live in. Would I fly up for my fittings? That wasn’t going to happen. I looked at a couple nice stores in Nashville, but eventually ended up finding a boutique in Miami that had the dress I fell in love with. Considering I was getting married in Miami but living in Nashville, it worked out perfectly.
I wish I had a list like this when I was looking for local wedding boutiques, so I made one for you! Below is a compilation of the boutiques/salons across the country that I think have the best selection of couture wedding dress designers. Based on the designers these stores have listed, you can expect prices to range from $1800 all the way up to $10,000 and above! BUT! Don’t get scared if you don’t have a couture budget. All of these stores are bound to have sample sales (usually the sample dresses are in sizes 6-8, but this can vary widely. I’ve seen sizes 10 and 12 before) where you can get dresses up to half off or more. I got my Atelier Aimee dress from Chic Parisien, listed below. It was originally listed at $8,000, and I got it for $2,000 because it was a sample. So go and check out the selection! Not only will you get to know a bit more about which designers you like/don’t like, but you might score one of them with a major discount.