Say NO to the Dress!

By: Briana Dixon | April 25, 2022

What about those who say NO to the dress? You know, the white wedding dress. While the traditional, yet stunning white gown is the usual go-to, it’s not everyone’s preference. Every bride deserves to feel special on their big day and what they wear has much to do with that. No one should be forced to settle during a time like this! All expectations should be exceeded, even the more unique ones. With alternative wedding ensembles growing increasingly popular, many bridal designers have stepped up to the plate. Below, you will find 5 Metro Detroit bridal boutiques that cater to those who say “I do” to a more unconventional approach.

Brides & Tailor

Dedicated to providing affordable custom wedding dresses, this boutique is a dream come true for many brides-to-be. Brides and Tailor accommodates all colors, sizes, and styles to ensure that every vision can be brought to life. They’re widely known for their beautiful black wedding dresses but are pretty limitless when it comes to their abilities. Starting with a sketch, each dress is created from scratch, and to make it even better, the sketch can be drawn by the design team, or the bride-to-be can upload her own. Their previous designs range from colored gowns to Hijabi-friendly and 2-in-1 gowns with add-on jackets and removable skirts and trains. Since every dress is sketched, sewn, and sent to the bride, there are no off-the-rack options available. To learn more about Brides and Tailor, follow them on Instagram, @Bridesandtailor or Facebook, @Bridesandtailor.


Bombshell Bridal

Inspired by the owner’s distasteful dress shopping experience as a plus-sized bride, Bombshell Bridal goes the extra mile to ensure every bride-to-be feels her best. Despite initially being a plus-size boutique, they now pride themselves on being size-inclusive. With their large selection of designers like Maggie Sottero, who creates with the non-traditional bride in mind, it’s ensured that no one feels left out when they visit the store. From modern, boho, vintage, or classic, Bombshell bridal strives to accommodate every individual style and personality. To maintain this large and unique selection, the team travels the world in search of gowns that best align with their values, bringing in new options weekly. Not to mention the various payment plans they offer, making this experience highly affordable as well. To learn more, follow Bombshell Bridal on Instagram, @Bombshellbridalboutique or Facebook, @Bombshellbridalboutique.

Joy Abendmode

Known for their custom veils and jackets, made for the ones who prefer to ditch the dress altogether, this boutique has remained committed to creating pieces that leave their customers looking and feeling like superstars. While many look here for the production of their dream wedding outfit, starting from scratch isn’t the only option. With designers like Berta and Milla Nova sold here exclusively, the possibilities are endless for the one-of-a-kind bride. Especially considering that both are also known to incorporate bridal jumpsuits, jackets, and rompers into their collections. To learn more, follow Joy Abendmode on Instagram, @Joyabendmodebridal or Facebook, @Joyabendmodebridal. 

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Dolly Couture

Specializing in vintage style, tea-length wedding dresses, Dolly Couture is perfect for those going for a retro look. Their customizable selection mostly caters to Pin-up, Rockabilly, and classic Hollywood lovers, and with prices under $1,000, there are plenty of affordable options to choose from. To learn more about Dolly Couture, follow them on Instagram, @Dollycouturexo or Facebook, @Dollycouturexo.

Ease the pressure of those unconventional desires with the help of these bridal boutiques and others like it!