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Where to Shop For Your Wedding Dress (& Suits and Tuxes!)

April 25, 2022

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You've watched Say Yes to the Dress, but now it's your turn. Other than booking an appointment at Kleinfeld's, do you really know where to shop for your wedding dress and/or other bridal attire? As New York wedding planners, helping couples choose wedding attire they love is just a small part of the job, but one we take very, very seriously. After all, when you look good you feel good. And you should absolutely love the way you look on your wedding day! We have shared a lot of advice when it comes to choosing and shopping for your wedding dress on the blog but today we are going to take it one step further and show you a few of our favorite places to shop!

If you are currently planning a wedding in New York and are looking for a wedding planner to guide you through every step of the way, you can learn more about working with Verve Event Co here. We work with couples getting married all over Upstate New York: from the dreamy Finger Lakes region, Hudson Valley, Rochester & Beyond. We love to help our couples plan weddings that not only look and feel like them but are also filled with timeless touches and sophisticated details. To connect with Desiree directly, reach out here. For more wedding inspiration on the regular, make sure to follow us (and say hi!) over on Instagram.

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Lovely Bride

If you've followed us for a while, you know how much we love Lovely Bride. Considered the “original indie bridal shop”, Lovely has been around since 2010 and has redefined the wedding dress shopping experience by being the first to stock undiscovered designers who offer the freshest bridal fashion. Discovering ingenious designers is still what they are known for today, and with a wide variety of price points and stores in 22 cities, they are often one of the top places we recommend when couples ask where to shop for their wedding dress. We also love that they celebrate body positivity and self-love and carry an inclusive size range. Really, there isn't anything we don't love!

Curious about 2022 wedding dress trends? Listen to this episode of our podcast where we interview the owner of Lovely Bride in Rochester!

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Photo Credit: Laura Rose Photography

Silk Bridal

Silk Bridal wants to romance you as you start to shop for your wedding dress and we definitely approve. Based in Rochester, NY, Silk Bridal carries several lines of luxurious yet affordable wedding dresses that embody, as they put it, Elegant Simplicity. At their store, they offer a wide selection of gowns, designed by top brands such as Marchesa Notte, Bliss Monique Lhuillier, Pronovias, Enzoani, Paloma Blanca, Mikaella Bridal, and Casablanca Bridal. They have been based in Rochester for over 40 years and their attentive bridal consultants are truly second to none.

elegant wedding dress at NY wedding

Photo Credit: Moe B. Photography

Made by Anatomy

Ali, the owner of Made by Anatomy, is an absolutely phenomenal wedding dress designer and seamstress. Based in Buffalo, New York, she is well worth the trip no matter where you are. Although we love some of the wedding salons we work with, a custom wedding gown is a completely different experience. Whether you have a vision and want to start from scratch, or you wish to revitalize an heirloom dress and make add more modern touches, Ali can help you create something truly one of a kind and unique to you. Trust us: bring your wedding gown wish list and let her work her magic.

Interested in a Custom Gown? Make sure to check out this post here.

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Photo courtesy of Made by Anatomy. Photo Credit: Seventh Arrow Studios

Adrian Jules

As wedding planners, we always encourage our grooms to spend some time really considering their wedding attire and choosing something they can make their own (whether that's a completely custom suit or a fun necktie!). If you are looking for a custom suit,  Adrian Jules is one of our top recommendations in Rochester, NY. They are a worldwide leader in custom clothing, combining time-tested traditional approaches while staying current with the latest technology and techniques. They believe a suit is more than just a well-fitted garment; it's a representation of your lifestyle. We love the vision!

groom puts on custom suit at New York wedding

groom wears custom grey suit from NY tailor Adrian Jules

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One Custom Clothier

One Custom Clothier is a third-generation tailor based in Rochester, NY. Vincent DiGiorgio learned the craft of suitmaking from his father, who learned from Vincent’s grandfather, an Italian tailor. They don't take any shortcuts here – whether you are looking for a custom suit, shoes, or even belt. The amount of time spent on each suit is unbelievable and absolutely top quality with the finest fabrics from Italy and England.

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Photo Credit: Moe B. Photography

Chemistry Neckties

In case you haven't realized it by now, we believe all the details on your wedding day matter. Chemistry Neckties is a sister company to Made by Anatomy, and we adore working with them to create fun and custom touches for our grooms and other members of the wedding party! Most recently, we worked with them to create custom ties for this vineyard wedding in the Finger Lakes of New York. We adored what they created (and the process of working with them as well!). If you are looking for a place to have a little fun with your wedding attire, we highly recommend checking them out!

Want to see more details of this vineyard wedding? Click here.

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Photo Credit: Alexandra Elise Photography


Ready to Book Your Wedding Attire Shopping Appointments?

We hope this has been helpful as you start to put together a list of where to shop for your wedding dress and other attire. Remember, you don't have to have your wedding dress chosen in a day. You also likely don't need 50 different appointments (which can lead to major overwhelm – even for the most type-A couples!). If you are ready to start shopping for your wedding attire, book an appointment with one or two places from this list and start there! Be open-minded and let the consultants surprise you. To help you feel a little more prepared, you can also check out a few tips before you start shopping here.

Remember, like every wedding planning decision, we believe you should choose your wedding attire intentionally. The details matter and you deserve something that truly reflects who you are, and what you love. Wedding attire is never a place to settle. At Verve Event Co, we truly believe your wedding day becomes a part of the legacy you leave for your family and friends. Make it count! If you are planning a wedding in Upstate New York (or beyond!), you can find more ways to work with us here (helping you look and feel great on your wedding day is truly just the tip of the iceberg). If you are reading this and already know you want a beautiful wedding day AND want to enjoy the process it takes to get there, connect with us directly here. We are waiting with champagne and macarons!

Curious what wedding dress trends designers wish will go away? Here's a little more wedding dress shopping inspiration. 

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