There is nothing more personal to a bride on her wedding day, than the dress she’s picked to wear. The dress that makes you feel fantastic, look stunning and is forever immortalized in your wedding pictures. You know the dress as soon as you put it on, it’s just a matter of finding it. I’ve gathered five of my absolute favorite dress shops in Seattle that you should definitely stop by on your search for THE dress. In no particular order…
30 Lake Shore Plaza
Kirkland, WA 98033
MeaMarie Bridal Altelier is a must have in my top five. Proudly boasting as Seattle’s Premier Couture Bridal Experience, MeaMarie has the class and style to back it up. Run by Rachelle Witt and Mea Mendez, MeaMarie carries some of the most gorgeous wedding dresses I’ve ever head to good fortune of photographing. With decades of experience between the ladies, Rachelle and Mea have taken a private-suite and transformed it into an experience in and of itself.
“My love for bridal started over 20 years ago. I had a strong passion with playing dress up and was mesmerized by beautiful gowns. When we purchase dresses from designers from all over the world, we don’t just see dresses we see the art and design of that dress.”-Mea
Looking through the walls of gorgeous dresses you can take your pick of designers, from Eve of Milady, Cristiano Lucci, Pedram Couture, and Anny Lin, just to name a few. If you are looking for that fairytale wedding dress, MeaMarie needs to be on your short-list. MeaMarie is by appointment only, which means you will get their undivided attention, and you can give your undivided attention to finding that perfect dress.
Dress range: $2000-$10000;
most range between $2500-$5000
1400 N State St, Ste 102
Bellingham, WA 98225
My top five list would be completely amiss without including my favorite Bellingham based bridal shop. After all, Alicia’s is where I knew I had to shop when it was time for me to pick the dress I’d been dreaming about since I was a little girl, and where I really started in the industry. A family-owned business for over 60 years, Alicia’s wide selection of designers, not only in dresses, but tux’s as well, makes it a top contender in the industry. Pam Reed and her team of bridal consultants have all the know-how of a big city bridal shop, with a small-town feel.
“I love what I do…working with the brides, hearing their vision for the wedding and making it all happen! Over the past 30 years I’ve formed such close bonds with our designers and our brides. We honestly love what we do, and just want our brides to feel the same way about us!”
To top it off they support on of my favorite designers, and Bellingham local, Heidi Hull who designs absolutely stunning, one-of-a-kind jewelry, accessories and veils. Alicia’s also has a fantastic outlet right next door if you’re on a more modest budget! So, take a trip up north, check out the city of subdued excitement (oh, Bellingham, nothing but love for ya) and check out Alicia’s! And by the way, no appointment needed!
Dress range: $700-$2800;
most range between $1400-$1800
1212 First Street
Snohomish, WA 98290
Celebrating their 10th year in business this year, LaineeMeg is an Instagram worthy bridal studio located in the Historic Snohomish Shopping District. Ladies, it is a must-see. Seriously, grab your girls, grab you Mom and plan a girl’s day in Snohomish because you are going to need to grab lunch after to GUSH about how much you love LaineeMeg. Aside from carrying gowns from top designers, LaineeMeg boasts their own line, Ma Nani Anake, which is designed by studio owner, Zerlinda and her fabulous team. These ladies are going to make you feel like you found a part of your family you hadn’t realized you were missing. Their passion to make your experience as perfect as it can be is evident from the moment you walk in.
“We believe in honesty, kindness and want you to leave feeling like you have made new friends! My favorite part of what we do is when a bride leaves having found the perfect dress, gives me a hug, and says she loved the experience, us, and most importantly, her dress.”-Zerlinda
The store is by appointment only, so be sure to plan ahead and reserve your private bridal suite.
Dresses start at $1100
90 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104
If you are looking for a custom gown, come to Cicada. I’m talking, you’ve created a vision board and aren’t sure how to put it into words kind of custom gown…Jen and Elizabeth are who you need. These ladies know how to decipher your hard to express ideas and transform them into THAT dress. Of course, you can also book an appointment, take a look at their sample dresses and get started there as well. Either way, all you need to do is be honest and they’ve got you, girl! Cicada offers you the flexibility to have complete creative freedom, and you can rest assured that you’ll have a one-of-a-kind gown on your big day.
Dress range: $2000-$5000, depending on fabric type, amount, design time etc.
($10 3-hour valet parking available through Alexis Hotel next door)
1423 N 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
Last, but definitely not least, we have to talk about The Dress Theory. Their site boasts that their dresses (or maybe their brides?) are “commanding, comfortable, & very, very cool.” Either way, I couldn’t agree more. This isn’t the store you go to for that “classic” gown. This is the store you go to for a romantic, free-spirited, fashion-forward, classy yet bohemian gown. Yes, I’m aware there are a lot of adjectives going on there, but you have to trust me, their dresses encapsulate them all. The Seattle location is one of three sister-owned locations (San Diego and Nashville being the other) by Camille & Summer Wynn. These ladies have traveled far and wide to find the absolute best of the best when it comes to designers, and it shows. If you are looking for a timeless dress, make an appointment at The Dress Theory. They won’t disappoint.
Dress range: $2000-$8000; most range between $2500-$4500