From the Triangle to the Coast- Team Southern Bride & Groom Reviews the Best Wedding Dress Shops in NC
You’ve probably been picturing your perfect wedding dress since you were a little girl. Though maybe your vision has changed over the years, one thing has remained the same – the excitement surrounding getting to put on the perfect gown and saying “yes to the dress!” It is a really wonderful time in wedding fashion, because there truly is something for everybody. And lucky for you, the top wedding dress styles and bridal designs are all available right here in NC. Southern Bride & Groom magazine understands the importance of the bridal gown shopping experience, and we recommend only the best wedding dress shops in Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Wilmington.
All of the bridal boutiques on our list are local and independently owned. Many of them are family businesses. They are all known for their beautiful salons, as well as providing exceptional customer service. The range of wedding dress styles and price-points vary. Most of the big-name wedding gown labels that a Southern bride could be interested in is going to be available from one of these wedding dress shops. You’ll also discover up-and-coming US made designers – so take the time to peruse all of their websites and designers.
Just like with all of the NC wedding vendors you will find on Southern Bride & Groom’s wedding planning resource guide, we have a personal relationship with each of the bridal salons. Since we are a local magazine, we have known all of these businesses for years. We work side by side with them on photoshoots, and feature dozens of weddings each year in which local brides used these various salons and wrote glowing reviews about their experiences. With that in mind, we thought it might be nice for us to share our own reviews of each of these full-service NC wedding dress shops. We’ll describe each bridal salon and their vibe below. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us personally if you have any questions about any of these wonderful local NC wedding salons!
The Best Wedding Dress Shops in Raleigh and Cary NC
400-100 West North Street, Raleigh
Alexia’s Bridal is run by a husband and wife team with an emphasis treating their customers like one of the family. This couture bridal salon in the Glenwood neighborhood of Raleigh, NC, is a classic wedding dress shop with an upscale, big city vibe. You will feel like absolute bridal royalty from the second you walk into their store. This is a boutique to visit for the quintessential wedding dress shopping experience.
Lana Addison Bridal
302 South Academy Street, Cary
Lana Addison is the sister boutique of Alexia’s Bridal. They carry different lines of bridal gowns than Alexia’s, and although they also carry high end designers, their collection starts at a more affordable price-points. Located in a lovely refurbished house in downtown Cary, from outside to inside this shop feels welcoming. Lana Addison’s staff will welcome you with a smile, years of expertise in the industry, and a glass of wine to start off your wedding gown shopping. The shop is named after the owners’ daughter, Lana.
Cameron Village, Raleigh
Coastal Knot Bridal offers a chic wedding gown shopping experience with carefully curated gowns from a variety of the world’s top designers. They opened their Raleigh location in Cameron Village last year, but SB&G already worked with their previous locations – in Wilmington and Shallotte NC. Their goal is to create a fun and relaxed environment in their shops to help brides choose their dress for their special day. Their boutiques are extremely modern and the perfect environment for any bride to feel comfortable spending an afternoon trying on all of their absolutely stunning gowns.
421 N. Boylan Avenue, Raleigh
Gilded Bridal is located in the Glenwood South neighborhood of Raleigh and is the perfect bridal shop for the bride who is looking for a gown a little different from the everyday gown. “Bohemian beauty, romantic dreamer, free spirit, or glamorous goddess – however you do you, we’re here to offer a fresh alternative to mainstream bridal,” says Gilded. From the second you walk into Gilded you feel like you’ve walked into an Indie lifestyle blog. The vibe is laid back, with a friendly team who won’t push you towards anything that is over your budget.
4035 Lake Boone Trail #103, Raleigh
Located in The Marketplace at Lake Boone in Raleigh, Traditions by Anna Bridal Boutique has a longstanding reputation as one of North Carolina’s finest bridal boutiques. With their passionate consultants and beautiful gowns, it’s no wonder that NC brides fall head over heels for this boutique. Their store is bright and airy and although this is an upscale salon, they make everyone feel at ease when they walk in.
6220 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 110, Raleigh
Savvi Bridal is the perfect Raleigh wedding gown shop for a bride with a slightly lower budget that still wants to look like a million bucks. Their lovely shop is located in North Raleigh on Glenwood Ave. Not only can you get your dream dress at Savvi, but you can also get your bridesmaids’ gowns and your groom’s suit or tuxedo. It is the perfect place to select all your wedding attire needs and not have to stress for another moment!
The Best Wedding Dress Shop in the Durham and Chapel Hill NC
Tre Bella Bridal
124 East Main Street, Durham
Did you know that there is such thing as a low key full service bridal boutique? You shouldn’t be surprised that this perfect mix exists in downtown Durham. Tre Bella Bridal boutique is owned and operated by a pair of sisters, Rachael and Becky. Their boutique will make any bride feel warm and welcome while they try on their luxurious bridal gown selection. The bridal shop is located on the top floor of their building, above their everyday clothing and gift boutique. Tre Bella is also a well known Durham florist that creates some of the most spectacular arrangements for your special day. It’s a real “one-stop-shop.”
The Best Wedding Dress Shops in the Wilmington NC Area
4113 Oleander Drive, Unit C, Wilmington
5041-1 Main Street, Shallotte
Coastal Knot Bridal offers a chic wedding gown shopping experience with carefully curated gowns from a variety of the world’s top designers. In addition to the new Raleigh location, Coastal Knot can be found in Wilmington and Shallotte NC. They have a wide variety of cutting-edge to romantic styles, all thread together by their modern and fashion-forward selections.
2516 Independence Boulevard, Ste. 101, Wilmington
If you are a coastal bride and looking for a glamorous wedding dress – look no further than The Wedding Dress Shoppe. Their goal is to bring the idea of being stunning and unique back to the forefront of bridal fashion. Their store is a classic bridal shop perfect for feeling like a princess during your hours of trying on your perfect dress. They also have a video Skyping screen set up for any brides out of town family or friends that can’t be at the appointment!
Check out our wedding dress vendor page on SB&G!