My favorite thing about Texan brides is that no matter what style of wedding they plan, they go all out: the small backyard wedding lit by candlelight is an ethereal dream; the vintage ballroom wedding complete with a jazz band is truly intoxicating; the outdoor villa with 300 guests and a huge dance floor is the definition of fun!
Watching their dreams come to fruition is an art like no other. They have their own brand of “go big or go home” because everything’s bigger in Texas, right?
(It’s a bad joke, but I couldn’t resist! Sorry, Texans!)
But with all the other amazing plans beginning to take shape, it can be exhausting trying to figure out what shops to put on your “must” list. So let us take the pressure off the dress hunt – if you’re seeking a gown that’s as unique as you are, these are the bridal boutiques you definitely need to visit.
Just grab your “I Do Crew” and let your dream dress find you.
a&be bridal shop – I have to confess, as a former a&be stylist myself, I’m a little biased towards this shop! Serving as both advocate and confidant, the stylists here are the best in the business and are sure to give you the most fun experience while you find the gown for you. From clean and sleek designers like Alyssa Kristin and Anais Anette to boho and lacy like Rue de Seine and Made With Love, you’ll see a wide range of styles (and sizes!) that are carefully curated for the modern, free-spirited bride.
Grace Loves Lace – In this loft-style boutique space, Grace Loves Lace is the haven for the lace lover who prioritizes comfort (after all, you will be in your gown for a good eight hours!). With beautiful open back lines and intricately-detailed necklines, these gowns are sure to be a showstopper in which you’ll dance the night away!
Lovely Bride – Lovely Dallas is the cutest little boutique with blush-colored walls and couches to match! This shop is perfect for the bride looking for something a little different – say, a jumpsuit or a dove grey gown? With designers like Alexandra Grecco, Katherine Tash, and Rime Arodaky, you’ll find that fashion-forward vibe you’ve been swooning over.
Unbridaled – Can I just say I’m obsessed with the mid-century modern style in Unbridaled’s Houston shop? It’s absolutely darling, and the perfect atmosphere to say “yes” to the perfect dress for you. Carrying structured, modern gowns from Rose + Williams as well as the romantic and bohemian from designers like Rue de Seine, throw your cares away and let the “unbridaled” bliss of finding your dress wash over you.
Belle Âme Bridal – Belle Âme Bridal was started by a trio of sisters who are dedicated to bridal wear, and it’s so clear that they’ve poured their hearts and souls into this beautiful boutique! Their collection includes dreamy, ethereal pieces from Birenzweig, Alessandra Rinaudo, Noya by Riki Dalal, and two lines specifically designed for fuller-figured brides!
Lovely Bride – The ‘OG indie bridal shop' has another Texas location in Houston that’s just as “lovely” as their Dallas shop! Be sure to put this shop on your list so you can try their effortlessly sophisticated styles.
Liv and Love Bridal – Liv and Love Bridal is the best shop in San Antonio for the stylish, modern bride. Here, in their bright studio styled with vibrant flowers and luxurious pillows for your guests to lounge, you’ll find romantic designers such as L’amour, Pronovias, and Watters that will make your heart soar.
Serendipity – Serendipity is Austin’s original independent bridal shop that packs one hell of a punch with their collection. Around for over thirty years now, this shop carries avant-garde and couture designers such as Chantel Lauren, Chic Nostalgia, Katya Katya London, and Gatti Nolli. If you’re a trendsetting bride who is looking to make a fashion statement with bold colors, ostrich feathers, or hand embroidered Swarovski crystals at your wedding, this is the shop for you.
Second Summer Bride – Second Summer Bride is for brides who want to find an amazing dress for an amazing deal, and likes being green too! This shop carries designer store samples, upscale resale and pre-loved consignment gowns in a wide variety of styles, sizes, and prices. You’ll find the perfect dress that both you and your bank account will love! (Check out their immaculately-curated Instagram for new arrivals each week!)
Blue Bridal Boutique – This adorable boutique with barn-style dressing room doors has a huge collection for the romantic and ethereal. If you’re head-over-heels for intricate embellishment and delicate beadwork, Blue Bridal has your name written all over it. Come in and sample the best curation from the likes of Calla Blanche, Anna Campbell, Essence of Australia, and Justin Alexander.
Unbridaled – Unbridaled has a sister shop in Austin, and it’s just as darling as their Houston location! However, they carry a slightly different array of designers than their other location – including effortlessly romantic and light-as-air gowns from Goddess by Nature and Marchesa Notte.
Not a Texas-based bride? Or are you perhaps thinking of making an unforgettable trip out of dress shopping? Look no further – here are our top bridals salons in New York, Los Angeles, London and the Pacific Northwest!
If you’re still not quite sure what your style is, take a look at our wedding dress section and be endlessly inspired! And be sure to check out our tried & true dress shopping tips to be sure you’re getting everything out of your experience.