Emory by Anne Barge from Unveiled Bridal Collection
Selecting a gown for the big day—and outfitting the wedding party—is a time-honored tradition, and for many, one of the most enjoyable parts of planning a wedding. In anticipation of wedding season, we tapped our editors across the country to recommend their top picks for local bridal shops. From dreamy dresses for the bride to chic attire for the attendants to elegant options for the mothers of the bride and groom, this collection of independently owned boutiques cater to every need, guaranteeing not only a stunning ensemble, but also a memorable shopping experience.
SHOP: Unveiled Bridal Collection
LOCATION: Little Rock, Arkansas
WHAT THEY STOCK: Unveiled Bridal Collection specializes in outfitting brides-to-be, mothers-of-the-bride, and mothers-of-the-groom. They are also the premier place to shop for women’s formal wear for special events in the state of Arkansas.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Betsy Manning, the owner of Unveiled, provides a unique experience for brides-to-be by styling them in timeless and sophisticated dresses,” reports Valerie Shively, the editor of The Scout Guide Little Rock.
COVETED DRESS: Emory by Anne Barge
LOCATION: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
WHAT THEY STOCK: Nitsa’s is the premier bridal boutique in central North Carolina. Celebrating their 50th year, Nitsa’s has dressed generations of families for their weddings, debutante balls, and other special occasions.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Nitsa’s is a luxury destination for those with special occasion needs in the Triad, specifically weddings, debutante balls, and charity galas,” says Ashley Nosek, editor of The Scout Guide Triad–Greensboro, Winston-Salem & High Point. “They carry a wide range of excellent designers, and you can find everything from an outfit for an afternoon tea to gowns for your white-tie events.”
COVETED DRESS: Legends Romona Kaveza Style L2058
SHOP: I Do Bridal Couture
LOCATION: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
WHAT THEY STOCK: Named one of the top 50 best bridal boutiques in America by Brides magazine and one of the best in Louisiana by The Knot, brides come from near and far to experience all that I Do Bridal Couture has to offer. Exclusive wedding gowns from the world’s most renowned wedding dress designers await brides in their pampered bridal suites, allowing an enjoyable and relaxing experience for brides and their families.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “The moment I stepped into this elegant bridal boutique, I was immediately greeted with breathtaking bridal gowns,” says Kaleigh Porcelli, editor of The Scout Guide Baton Rouge. “Through a personalized approach, owner Ramsey Robert Sims and her team of stylists are passionate about helping brides select a dress that matches their individuality, style, and vision.”
COVETED DRESS: The Luxemburg
SHOP: Rosi’s Bridal Studio
LOCATION: H0-Ho-Kus, New Jersey
WHAT THEY STOCK: This is an intimate shop where personal service is prioritized. Owner Aida Mejia curates a great collection from Aire Barcelona, Rosa Clara, and Pronovias. Each bride receives individual, one-on-one appointments with Aida where she ensures they have a magical shopping experience while customizing their gowns to their exact vision.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “We love the bridal robe she carries from Creatonari. It’s the perfect accessory for the pre-wedding bridal suite photos,” says Chris Doherty, co-editor of The Scout Guide Bergen County.
COVETED DRESS: Rosa Clara’s Corfu
SHOP: Sarabeth Bridal
LOCATION: Boise, Idaho
WHAT THEY STOCK: Sarabeth Bridal specializes in finding couture looks at affordable prices. Owner Monica Sailor sources lines not otherwise available in the Boise area and also stocks a line she has designed.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Monica knows every bride is different and she strives to make sure the personality of the bride is reflected in her gown,” says Allie Mann, editor of The Scout Guide Boise.
COVETED DRESS: Goldie
SHOP: Palm Bridal
LOCATION: Naples, Florida
WHAT THEY STOCK: Palm Bridal is a curated collection of beautiful bridal gowns for the modern bride, located in the heart of downtown Naples. Beyond wedding dresses, they offer a selection of coordinating accessories, colors, and styles for bridesmaids—and the owner, Kersten, will even create a custom suite of wedding stationery to fit your wedding vision.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Palm Bridal is owned by the sweetest mother-daughter team who go above and beyond to offer a personalized experience for every bride,” says Jennifer Adams, editor of The Scout Guide Naples.
COVETED DRESS: Madi Lane
SHOP: Francesca’s Bridal
LOCATION: Lutherville, Maryland
WHAT THEY STOCK: Francesca’s Bridal Salon is a luxury boutique that is known for their highly trained consultants and seamstresses, as well as our exceptional customer service. At the salon, clients will find bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, veils, jewelry, belts, and other accessories. Francesca, along with her daughters and staff, have assisted brides and their families for 20 years. In addition to the bridal salon, Francesca opened Francesca’s Atelier in the Fall of 2014, a boutique that solely focuses on mother-of-the-bride and groom attire and special occasion gowns for formal events.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Francesca’s Bridal carries the best designers for wedding gowns,” says Oriet Milmoe, editor of The Scout Guide Baltimore & Annapolis. “She has something unique and special for everyone. The personal attention and service each bride receives from Francesca and her staff is unparalleled.”
COVETED DRESS: Blue by Enzoani Mayelle with detachable skirt