Before you can say “I do
,” you have to say “yes” to your dream dress. Fall in love at first sight with the gowns at these bridal boutiques, specializing in everything from traditional designer dresses to “anti-bridezilla” attire. Because every bride needs that something new, here come the best bridal boutiques in New York City.
For the Francophile bride, the French couture gowns at The Mews are sure to lend your special day a certain je ne sais quoi. Mother-and-daughter team Gail and Lauren specialize in “bridal, à la mode,” curating the most fashionable French designs from just four dress designers, handpicked for their individual styles. Parisian designers Rime Arodaky, Laure de Sagazan, and Margaux Tardits are all accounted for at The Mews, where “fashion meets bridal.”
The Mews, 49 W 28th St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 689 4702
A member of wedding expert The Knot’s “Hall of Fame,” Designer Loft is the bridal boutique to beat. At the home of one of the largest Rosa Clara selections in the country, gowns start at just $1,600, and everything from jackets to jewelry to dress alterations can be handled on-site. Befitting of its Garment District address, the Loft’s stock features top wedding dress designers, including Pronovias, Eddy K, and Aire Barcelona.
Designer Loft, 226 W 37th St, Second Floor, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 944 9013
Even if you aren’t familiar with Kleinfeld Bridal from its hit TLC series Say Yes to the Dress, you’re bound to recognize the retailer’s designer selection from magazines and wedding blogs. At 35,000 square feet, the Chelsea salon is the world’s biggest luxury bridal retailer, stocking designers including Vivienne Westwood, Christian Siriano, and more.
Kleinfeld Bridal, 110 W 20th St, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 690 2446
If you prefer frills on your gown, not with your service, then meet your match with RK Bridal. What this salon lacks in formality, it more than makes up for in expertise—the third-generation family-owned business has served New York City brides since 1953. Browse through endless racks of dresses priced between $1,000 and $5,000, and if you find a better price elsewhere, RK Bridal will give you a 5% discount.
RK Bridal, 619 West 54th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 947 1155
Billing itself as “the O.G. indie wedding dress boutique,” Lovely Bride is undoubtedly the preferred bridal shop for New York’s downtown crowd. The Brides-recommended boutique stocks designs from both emerging and established indie dressmakers, along with vintage-inspired headpieces for a big day ensemble that’s “as unique as you are.”
Lovely Bride, , +1 212 924 2050
Practice your walk down the aisle on the signature red carpet at Bridal Reflections’ Fifth Avenue salon. Here, you’ll find high-end designs by Galia Lahav, Ines Di Santo, and more priced between $4,500 and $25,000+. Tip: Those willing to venture outside the city to Bridal Reflections’ other outposts will be rewarded with lower prices in Massapequa ($1,700 to $10,000) and Carle Place ($2,000 to $15,000).
Bridal Reflections, Various locations, NY, USA
Stone Fox Bride
For the “anti-bridezilla,” there’s Stone Fox Bride. Founder and creative director Molly Guy’s collection of gowns, crowns, and engagement rings is designed with “stylish, mellow mamas” in mind—and nary a rhinestone in sight. Tip: Throughout winter 2018, you can try on the entire Stone Fox collection by appointment only at Brooklyn’s Schone Bride.
Stone Fox Bride, 611 Broadway #613b, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 260 8600
The Sarah Seven bride “loves love and drinks champagne with abandon.” Sound like you? Visit the designer’s New York City flagship salon (you can also shop Sarah Seven in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago) to find a dress as special as you. Styles range from “dreamy” and “romantic” to “sleek” and “modern.”
Sarah Seven, 180 Lafayette St, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 838 7089
For the City Hall set, the down-to-earth dresses at Los Angeles-transplant Reformation will work for brides, bridesmaids, and invitees alike. Recycled fabrics and eco-friendly practices are used to create modern styles with simple silhouettes, all for under $600.
Reformation, Various locations, New York, NY, USA
Forever Amour Bridal Boutique
Take a cue from those who’ve been in your shoes (and have worn them down the aisle), and visit the salon that New York brides have rated as the city’s best shopping experience for four years running. The intimate Forever Amour Bridal Boutique feels “like shopping in your living room.” That is if your living room comes equipped with exclusive and custom options (including suits for same-sex couples) priced from just $3,600 to $4,000.
Forever Amour Bridal Boutique, 1089 2nd Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 486 2900