Your bridesmaids have been your best friends through thick and thin. You've laughed, you've cried, and you've cried laughing together. Now that they've added "wedding-planning confidante" to their ever-growing list of amazing attributes, you definitely want to make sure they sparkle and shine on your big day, too. If you're about to embark upon a fun, NYC-based bridesmaid shopping trip with your besties, here are the not-to-miss spots to check out. These in-the-know NYC bridesmaid dress salons carry a plethora of dresses to suit every personal style and body type. Not only will you leave relieved that your girls feel great, but they might actually want to wear the dresses again after your wedding!
Bella Bridesmaid New York carries the lion's share of the national chain's offerings, from Donna Morgan and Aidan Maddox to twobirds, Monique Lhuillier and more. Because there is a Bella in 43 cities, it's a great solution for bridal parties with out-of-town bridesmaids—each bridesmaid can get fitted at her local store and give measurements to the bride for group orders. While the majority of brands require custom order with three to six month lead time, Bella Bridesmaid also carries a number of designers offering quick ship dresses that can be in your hands in one to two weeks.
The Wedding Library
The Wedding Library is a chic NYC shop for stylish bridesmaids, carrying the broadest assortment of dresses in New York as the flagship for Amsale, Milly and Coren Moore, as well as complete collections from Monique Lhuillier, Lela Rose, Dessy, After Six, Alfred Sung and Johanna August. Owner Claudia Hanlin also stocks bridesmaid accessories and gifts for the home, making the Wedding Library a one-stop-shop for every bridesmaid on your big day. The Wedding Library operates by appointment only, with a request to shop at least 3-4 months before the wedding day.
Owner of twobirds Bridesmaid, Ariane Goldman, created the convertible wrap dress concept for her own wedding, and now shares the love with brides citywide via her airy, expanded Soho loft space. (The company also has offices in Toronto, Sydney and the UK). The brilliant, no-alterations-needed dress can be wrapped over 15 ways, comes in 20 colors, three fabric options, and is bump-friendly for pregnant bridesmaids. A unique twobirds app takes the stress out of twisting the dress, or a twobirds stylist can come to your wedding to dress your maids for $150. What's not to love about that?
Whether she's dressed in their bridal, bridesmaid or ready-to-wear collection, a Sarah Seven girl has a distinct, boho-chic look (think romantic, ethereal, and flowy silhouettes, and even the occasional crop top). The once indie-line began with a signature, soft sweetheart bridesmaid dress with swaths of silk chiffon, and has grown exponentially to include fashionable dresses that work just as well for bridesmaids as they do for brunches, rehearsal dinners or honeymoons. Be sure to call in—appointments are required.
Jenny Yoo Collection
Jenny Yoo designs a variety of feminine bridesmaid dresses in silks, chiffons, and cotton, all with a focus on beautiful fit and an elegant and refined look. The designer won't shy from in-the-moment trends, such as soft metallic details, lace, or prints. Her midtown studio also includes a capsule collection of flower girl dresses and bump-friendly bridesmaid gowns specifically for chic expecting moms. As with most ateliers, appointments are required.
This two-story space is J. Crew's first boutique dedicated to its adoring bridal and bridesmaid fans, with a private lower level for bridal and bridesmaids appointments. J. Crew bridesmaid customers gravitate to the consistent fit of the dresses, all which have the prep-meets-fashion punch of their women's line. While out of town bridesmaids can always peruse the J. Crew website and catalog for styles, their New York City bridal boutique also carries a few exclusive dresses and accessories not available elsewhere.
This national chain known for value-driven bridal dresses and insane sales also carries bridesmaid dresses. The stylish New York City bridesmaid on a budget could gravitate toward David's Bridal's White by Vera Wang collection, a grouping of fashion-forward, somewhat edgy chiffon, jersey and satin styles with drop waists, illusion necklines, and long sleeve scoop necks. The brand's in house designs also include a variety of styles to suit the most glamorous of bridesmaids.