Atlanta is that perfect blend of a warm southern mindset with big city dreams. And that’s precisely what you’ll find when it comes to the city’s bridal salon selection. Whether you want a cozy shop in a historic building filled with vintage-inspired gowns or a grand two-story store with the world’s top designers, the ATL has something to suit every bride. These are the best wedding shops in Atlanta.
“Situated in a beautiful little 1920’s bungalow, the whole experience is charming, as well as a bit bad ass,” according to Jove Meyer of Jove Meyer Events. Pops of color, fringe, and sparkle found in the dresses by indie North American designers like Carol Hannah, Theia, and Jennifer Behr, brings a bit of Brooklyn to the south. The owner Gabi even serves up her mom’s famous mimosa punch instead of traditional champagne.
2. Joan Pillow
The upscale vibe of the boutique matches the Buckhead neighborhood where its located. They’re known for making debutante dresses, so you know a gown from here will make a statement whether it’s with a giant bow or a plunging neckline. The collection is so selective (think Oscar de la Renta and Monique Lhuillier), no store within a five-hour radius carries the dresses they do. “if you've got your heart and wallet set on a designer gown, this is the place to get it,” said one bride.
It’s all about creating a relaxed atmosphere for brides. Located in an old house, the room is a light teal blue so you instantly feel calm and the stylists are dressed casually so it doesn’t feel stuffy. In fact, many of the brides and their families have later become friends. “A future mother-in-law once texted me to ask what I thought about a certain pair of shoes for the wedding,” revealed the owner, Mallory.
Owner Ruby is a master seamstress. So, not only can get an off-the-rack gown to fit like a glove, but she can also design a beautiful custom dress. She’s even a pro at heirloom restyling, so your mother or grandmother’s dress can retain its sentimental value mixed with your more modern vision. And no request is too big. “My daughter ended up creating a dress with elements from three different dresses, which was a bit unsettling,” said one mother-of-the-bride. “But, it was beyond perfect!”
Talk about a one-stop shop. You can check three major items off of your to-do list by visiting this one store. The department-store-size boutique has a great selection of bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos, and, of course, wedding gowns. Here you will find designers like Lazaro, Watters Bridal, and Rivini, as well as a huge selection of immediate delivery dresses from Christos, Eve of Milady, and many more. And trying them on is just as fun. There are over 20 dressing rooms and an in-house runway for you to show off for your family and friends.
6. Suite Bridal
Planning a wedding on a budget? Then this should be your go-to shop. They don’t have any dresses over $2,000 and many start at just $750. But that doesn’t mean they don’t carry some great brands. Here you will find designers such as Casablanca, Essence of Australia, Stella York, and more. “They had a great variety of dresses that didn’t just have an off-the-rack feel,” said one bride. And all of the prices are clearly labeled and organized, so you know exactly what you’re purchasing.
Everything about this boutique is cozy and charming. The hundred-year-old building is located in one of Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods, and the dress selection is very selective. Kelly makes trips all over the world to find her collection focusing on vintage styles. “They had the prettiest dresses with lots of vintage lace and non-white colors that I didn't find anywhere else in Atlanta,” raved one future Mrs.
It’s been described as bridal heaven, and we can see why. Located on Peachtree Road, you will be handed a glass of champagne upon entering before being led through two stories outfitted with grand chandeliers, oversized chairs, and pink dressing room curtains. Then there’s the dress collection. You’ll find gowns adorned with Swarovski-crystal embellishments and dramatic silhouettes. It’s not surprising that one bride described her time at the shop as “the experience of a lifetime.”