‘Tis the season: Wedding bells are ringing, but for the recently engaged, plans are just starting to come into motion for the big day. While the wedding ceremony and reception are of utmost importance on the planning to-do list, brides-to-be can’t wait to begin shopping for the most important dress of their lives. Today, brides have a variety of dress options. Bridal shops cater to the fashionista, the couture-minded and the traditionalist, all in a wide range of budgets. Orange County brides who are ready to try on wedding dresses have these five best bridal shops right at their very fingertips.
Mon Amie Bridal Salon
355 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Mon Amie Bridal Salon has been catering to brides, bridal parties and mothers of the bride/groom for more than 35 years and has a personalized philosophy making each bride feel special. As a must visit in Orange County, this elegant boutique carries premiere designer dresses from all over the world including Berta, Suzanne Neville, Alvina Valenta and Lazaro. Plus sizes are available, too. Appointments are absolutely necessary at Mon Amie primarily so that each bride has the proper amount of shopping time and is given the attention she needs for her first go-around at the store.
298 E. 17th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Local California girl, Erin Cole, is an inspired designer with a bridal dress collection as her namesake. Shopping at the Erin Cole store allows brides an exclusive shopping experience, giving them the opportunity to select from the Erin Cole collection of dresses that are not available anywhere else. Cole, who has a love for organic silks, handcrafted fashion and exquisite detailing, wants her brides to feel beautiful. The Erin Cole team fits brides and their bridal parties with designs she creates locally in Costa Mesa. Her collection also features couture veils, modern vintage-style jewelry, sashes, tiaras and hairpins.
Mariposa Bridal Boutique
316 N. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
Mariposa Bridal Boutique owner Kacey Elkins found her true calling in helping brides find their perfect wedding gown after a personal experience of her own. What makes Mariposa Bridal stand out from all the other salons is Elkins personal service. She and the Mariposa style team understand how even the most calm bride can feel overwhelmed, thus welcoming her and noting exactly what she wants and needs. With an array of styles and prices, Mariposa Bridal focuses on the timeless nature of each bride. Allure, Love Marley, Enzoani, Mori Lee and Shopia Tolli are just a few of the designers offered at this store. Brides are encouraged to check out the Mariposa Bridal website for sample sale announcements, which often promotes dresses for just $500!
320 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Suite #C
Placentia, CA 92870
Showcasing hundreds of gowns, ranging from informal to extravagant, Pebbles Bridal features several dress designers including Atelier Pronovias, Modeca, Stella York and Kenneth Winston. Gowns are priced competitively and Pebbles believes brides can find a dress for all budgets. This family-owned and operated shop invites brides to just walk-in without an appointment, with a promise to accommodate them. Entire bridal parties (bridesmaids, mothers and flower girls) prefer shopping at Pebbles for the big day because the family-style service they receive. Gown orders take about 4-6 months to arrive, and rush orders are also available.
Lovely Gem’s Bridal
3007 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Lovely Gem’s Bridal is a diamond in the rough for brides shopping for wedding gowns. As one of the best discount wedding dress stores in the area, Lovely Gem’s gives brides runway designer gowns at a 30 to 70 percent discount from its original retailer. Plan on spending at least an hour sifting through the samples and overstock items. From trumpet style gowns and drop waists to ballgowns and a-lines; wedding dresses from Lovely Gem’s have all sizes and styles. No returns are accepted after dresses are purchased. Alterations and gown preservation services are offered at additional costs.