Getting married is one of the most exciting times in a couple’s life together, and finding just the right things to wear is a key part of that celebration. But wedding dresses and outfits for the groom and the wedding party can often break the bank if you’re not careful.
While some people may have a healthy spending limit, others may need more budget-friendly alternatives to get their wedding wardrobe. Thankfully, Metro Detroit has a wide array of wedding-dress retailers as well as seamstresses that can stick to your budget yet also create the dress that you are dreaming about for your event.
The important part of this process is getting ahead of your scheduled event. Dresses can take months to find and then months to come in at your size. Then, you typically have to go through fittings and other tailoring issues. You should budget as much as you want to spend, but you definitely will need to allow as many as nine to 12 months to get everything ordered and ready.
If you are looking to stay on budget, check out resale shops, Facebook Marketplace and other bridal stores for their regular sales. There are ways to ensure you have the funds to get married, and that includes finding the dress you want at the right price. Many dresses come in a variety of styles, so you will be able to find the one you want quickly if you jump into dress buying before the wedding season, which is typically summer, begins.
Here are five Metro Detroit stores that offer a variety of dream-worthy wedding dresses.
If you have ever watched “Say Yes to the Dress” on the TLC channel, then you might be familiar with celebrity bridal stylist Keasha Rigsby. If you check out her Detroit store, you can find her carefully curated collection of dresses, including some sample gowns that are affordable as well as beautiful. Be forewarned: You may need to shop on the web as the store is doing online sales only at this time.
If you can picture exactly the dress you want for your wedding but you have been unable to find it in a store, then go to St. Clair Shores for Jules Joyner to help you out. This custom bridal shop is where Joyner designs dresses for brides at all price points. It is fun and relaxing to hang out with the designer as she goes to work and you can likely find something you can work within her shop thanks to her vision for wedding trends.
If you want to have something no one else will have at their wedding, then drive over to the Pink Poodle to see its collection of wedding dresses. This boutique in Detroit features a large number of specialty dresses in nearly every style. Plus, if you are working with a tight budget, you can check out its Wednesday walk-in sample sales, which offer dresses at great prices for any bride-to-be.
Berkley is home to this classic wedding store, which features more than 800 different wedding dresses in its inventory. You can find anything from traditional styles to plus sizes to couture lines from the top brands. They carry sizes 6 to 28 and dresses range in price from around $1,200 to up to $8,000 and beyond.