A Jersey Girl knows how to stand out from the crowd. So, you know when it comes to her wedding day, her dress will be a show stopper. That’s why stores around the Garden State are filled with gowns from some of the world’s top designers and consultants at the ready to help you find the perfect one. Whether you want a custom design from an intimate boutique or an emporium of dresses to choose from, this tiny state has you covered. These are the best bridal salons in New Jersey.
1. The Wedding Store at Liz Clinton
It’s truly a family business at this Andover store. Owner Judy Fletcher followed in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother who worked in the fashion industry in the 1920s. While there have been many iterations of the boutique over the years, Judy helped open the bridal section of the store in the early 2000s. Today, The Wedding Store is a North Jersey haven for brides with a showroom stocked with designers like Allure and Pronovias. And they have more than just wedding gowns. “Not only did I get my wedding dress here,” wrote one bride. “But I ordered a rehearsal dinner dress, my mom got her dress here, and we ordered bridesmaids dresses through them too.”
2. Aleana’s Bridal Shop
Brides will argue about which details of the Paramus store they love the most. “The first thing you notice as you walk into Aleana’s Bridal is the upscale atmosphere and beautiful décor. The store is both elegant and spacious,” said one bride. “The seamstress did a phenomenal job tailoring and altering my wedding dress to fit like a glove,” said another. Of course, some soon-to-be-Mrs. raved about the collection of dresses from designer brands like Pronovias, Demetrios, Sottero & Midgley, Allure Couture, and more. You’ll have to check it out yourself to determine which aspect you think reigns supreme.
3. Rana Bridal
Despite being in business for over a decade, owner of the Englewood store, Rana, still makes a point to work with each bride to find the perfect dress. “She only takes one appointment at a time so that you can walk through the showroom with her and look through everything without feeling rushed,” said one bride. Rana Bridal's collection includes gowns by Aire, Wtoo, and Rebecca Ingram. Once you say “yes” to the dress, Rana will work to make sure it fits perfectly. “She can alter anything and everything,” boasted another bride. “I bought a size 8-sample dress, and my size is 0.” Now that’s skill.
4. L’Fay Bridal
While they do have a Manhattan location, the Chatham Township store still has all the top designers without the hustle and bustle of the city. During your 90-minute appointment at L'Fay Bridal, you can try on gowns from designers including Zuhair Murad, Pronovias, and Allure Couture while your family relaxes on the white cushion couches. They even have evening and weekend appointments available to make the process more stress-free. Just be sure to book early as those spots fill up fast.
5. Castle Couture
If it weren’t for the fact you had a dedicated consultant, you might get lost in the palatial store. The massive space, complete with a grand staircase, chandelier, and mini-runway is stocked with thousands of gowns from brands like Lazaro, Hayley Paige, and David Tutera. One bride even referred to Castle Couture's Manalapan store as a “bridal mecca.” The great thing about having such a vast collection? They carry princess-worthy dresses to suit any budget.
6. Couture de Bride
Although they’re based in Teaneck, this award-winning salon creates gowns for brides all over the world. Head designer, Tova Marc, is known for her use of beautiful fabrics like satin, taffeta, lace, organza, and chiffon, and has brides raving about how she’s “painstakingly attuned to detail.” They even specialize in creating couture gowns for both the modest and unique brides. Need something with full-length sleeves? You’re covered. Want a Medieval style dress? They’ll make that too. There’s a reason the handmade gowns from Couture de Bride have been featured in numerous magazines and TV shows.