Seattle might not have the runway shows of New York or L.A., but its selection of bridal salons rivals any major fashion-centric city. You’ll find everything from cozy husband-and-wife shops with a handful of designers to huge spaces filled with popular budget-friendly gowns. One Asia-born designer even chose the Emerald City as his home base to create custom dresses for area brides. With this selection of stores, you won’t have any trouble looking perfect on your wedding day. These are the best bridal shops in Seattle.
Leave it to a husband-and-wife team to open one of the top bridal salons in the city. Dung (pronounced young) and Derek Watanabe carefully curated their collection to include four of their wedding designers: Winnie Couture, Kitty Chen, Saison Blanche Couture, and Chic Nostalgia. And Dung will personally spend 90 minutes with you during your one-on-one appointment to find the perfect dress. “The entire store is closed just for you,” raved one bride. “I applaud Dung for her patience and passion; her store is a gem.”
Owners Jennifer Gay and Elizabeth Klob realized they had a knack for wedding gowns after creating a number of them for friends and family. Plus, Jennifer made her own. Now, 19 years later, their adorable shop still features gowns handmade in their workshop. But don’t expect just a few dresses to try on. They have more than 100 samples in sizes 2 to 22 suitable for all budgets. “I never thought to have a handmade custom gown was in my price range,” said one Mrs.-to-be. “But Cicada made it happen for me.” Oh, and the price includes alternations!
Don’t come here if you’re looking for a traditional silhouette like mermaid or ball gown. This shop is dedicated to handpicking unique modern romantic style gowns from designers like Sarah Seven, Jenny Packham, and Flora. And the décor matches the vibe of the dress styles with one bride describing the showroom as “Anthropologie, West Elm, and a little bit of someone’s cozy home, all in one.” Think a Craftsman-style house converted into a chic store with wood floors, a fireplace, floral accent walls, and boho rugs in each room.
4. I Do Bridal
The warehouse-style store in Greenwood has a huge collection to match its size, making it impossible not to find the perfect dress. It stocks gowns by designers such as Justin Alexander and Stella York in sizes 2 to 28 with prices ranging from $900 to $3,000. Whether you’re looking for rustic, modern, classic, romantic, or boho, they have you covered. And brides love the 180-degree curtain in the dressing room to make a dramatic entrance for family and friends.
5. Calla Bridal
Although it has the largest selection of sample sizes in Seattle, Calla Bridal still wants the bride to have a personal experience. “I had my private area and attention,” said one bride who was able to try on gowns by Essence of Australia, Martina Liana, and Wtoo. The store even boasts about expanding its collection to include more plus sizes and hosts a curve-friendly trunk show every season to ensure every bride in the area can say yes to the dress in this shop.
Owner Kiko might have gotten his start as a fashion designer in Manila, but he’s been dressing Seattle brides in customs designs since 1990. An appointment begins with you describing your dream wedding, silhouette preference, and budget, and him sketching a gown. You then decide on fabrics together and wait for the magic to happen. “Kiko is a true artist,” said one bride. “My gown turned out better than I could have ever hoped for. The material and craftsmanship are gorgeous and immaculate, and the finishing is stunning.” He was even able to incorporate the lace of the shirt one bride was wearing when her husband proposed.