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Department store, big-box or otherwise, these retailer-based bridal salons in New York City pack a stylicious punch. Their signature bride may run the gamut from the cost-conscious, prep-set or uber-glam, but no matter their mission, each retailer stocks a range of dresses and accessories to suit their core customer's every need. Note: Appointments are often necessary.
Anthro-adoring brides will find a romantic array of wedding dresses, bridesmaid gowns, jewelry, headpieces and gifts at this Upper East Side annex, which opened last year to rave reviews from the vintage-esque set. Appointments must be made to try wedding dresses, but you can swing downstairs anytime to try exclusive styles by cult-favorites such as twobirds bridesmaids and hair accessories by Untamed Petals. Read real brides' reviews here!
Bergdorf Goodman Bridal
A must-stop for the well-heeled NYC bride-to-be, the bridal salon at the storied, luxe department store offers refined and glamorous gowns from Oscar de la Renta, Naeem Khan, and J. Mendel, to name a few. Attendants legitimately dote on every design detail and are especially meticulous in multiple fittings. Got the dress covered? Be sure to check off all your bridal beauty to-dos with a visit to the legendary John Barrett salon, located on the top floor. Read real brides' reviews here!
Known as a national bridal emporium for the cost-conscious bride, David's Bridal has upped the ante in the New York market by offering White by Vera Wang and Truly Zac Posen. Both of these David's Bridal exclusive collections provide the signature aesthetic of the famous designers' bridal lines, at a fraction of their cost for the fashionista bride on a budget. The Manhattan location is a few doors down from Kleinfeld, and also carries tuxes, bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride fashions and paper goods. Read real brides' reviews here!
J. Crew Bridal
Everything the fashionista-meets-prep-set bride needs for her wedding is housed inside this lower Fifth Avenue J. Crew location. Think gorgeous gowns (starting at $650), a plethora of bridesmaid options, coveted accessories (from the likes of Brooklyn designer Jennifer Behr), and flower girl dresses that are just too cute for words. Pair all the above with consistent J. Crew fit, expansive in-house bridesmaid sample sizing, web-based inventory and a reasonable return policy, and it's no wonder many J. Crew aficionados don't flock far from (Jenna) Lyons' grip for their wedding. Read real brides' reviews here!
Saks Fifth Avenue
Tucked alongside their ninth floor collections, The Saks Fifth Avenue bridal salon is a must-stop for native NYC brides and tourists alike — that's because gowns found here can be shipped to your local Saks for alterations and what they call "a final fluff". The majorly knowledgeable staff pairs patience with on-point style advice to help brides navigate from Reem Acra to Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier to Marchesa. Once you find your dress, pay a visit to 10022-SHOE, (Saks' full-floor shoe salon so big it has its own zip code) for a pair of sparkly Louboutins to finish your look. Read real brides' reviews here!