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When it comes time to say "yes" to a wedding dress, a bride-to-be's first instinct may be to head to a local bridal boutique. Unbeknownst to many, some of your favorite retailers also have bridal departments that can also be the perfect place to find your dream gown and accessories. Look beyond the racks at some of our favorite stores for dynamic bridal departments perfect for your quest for THE dress.
The retail giant has an entire I Do Wedding Shop devoted to all things bridal. Additionally, at eleven Macy's full line stores throughout the country, Macy's Bridal Salon by Demetrios is a boutique-like set up nestled in the traditional department store. Featured bridal designers include Demetrios, Tara Keely by Lazaro, Watters and Watters Too, and more — and these specialty set-ups also offer bridesmaid and flower girl attire.
Nordstrom features Wedding Suite locations in 18 of their stores throughout the U.S. Equipped with stylists to assist you in finding the perfect look, you can find dream designer dresses by Haley Paige, Katie May, Carolina Herrera, and tons more. Once you've selected your gown, explore Nordstrom's wedding-specific accessory department for jewelry, veils, belts and lingerie to complete your bridal ensemble. They also feature in-store Bridesmaid Bars to help you pick your dream gown as well as your bridesmaids looks all in one spot!
Reflective of their traditionally classic and preppy style, J.Crew's bridal designs are ideal for the sleek, modern bride. Options range from chic bridal white jumpsuits to more traditional gowns with modest necklines and flowing skirts. Gorgeous veil and headpiece options enable engaged J.Crew enthusiasts to complete their bridal wardrobe with just a few clicks.
Anthropologie devotees, you're in luck. The retailer's sister store, BHLDN, housed within select retail boutiques as well as available online, is all of your wedding dress dreams come true. Oozing ethereal, bohemian vibes, BHLDN offers an abundance of jewelry, accessories, bridal gowns, and bridesmaid dresses. Vintage glamour meets Bohemia with their offerings of unique gowns by their in-house design team. With a carefully curated accessories department to perfectly compliment your ensemble, BHLDN is a haven for free spirited, hip brides-to-be.
The Wedding Shop by Bloomingdales is a one-stop online shop ready to outfit brides, bridesmaids, and mothers of the bride for their pending celebrations. While you won't find extravagant trains or princess inspired ball gowns, you will find sleek fitted silhouettes, modern embellishments and more. Bagdley Mischka, Sue Wong and BCBGMAXAZRIA are just a few of the trendy designers you'll come across as you peruse the impressive bridal selections.