Guest Post by Moon Goddess, Translated by: Sunny
About a year ago, when I got married, I got a headache because I have no idea where to buy or rent a wedding dress. People wear the wedding dress only on wedding day so they only wear it for once. Even though for me I have two wedding parties - one in China and the other in America, that's only twice I would need the dress. Therefore, I decided to rent one at first.
Later, I did lots of research online and made an appointment to try on the dress in store, but only to find out that American brand wedding dresses, expensive or cheap, were not for rent. Besides, I could not take one on the spot unless it was a sample sale. I also went to some Chinese owned stores where I could rent one, but the rental price was half of the sale price and the styles were limited. So my husband and I decided to buy a wedding dress.
In America, the price of the wedding dress ranges from $1000 to $10,000. Most of the good-looking and affordable ones cost $3,000 to $7,000.
Vera Wang, like many other brands, is not so legendary because the dresses sold there cost around $4,000 to $10,000. Generally, it takes three to six months to get the dress customized, the more popular the brand is, the more time it takes. So, give yourself six months to get your dream wedding dress.
I tried about 10 different brands, so I would like to share the experience and give you some suggestions.
1. Atelier Aimee
An Italian brand full of European taste, is really beautiful. (By the way, I got my wedding dress there and i was completely attracted by its website at the first sight.) If you want to be a real princess on your wedding day, you should choose Atelier Aimee with $3,000 - $6,000. Since there is only one store in New York, you can get your dress within 2 - 3 months because they don't have a lot of customers.
2. Junko Yoshika
A Japanese brand of Asian taste, totally different from Atelier Aimee. The style is very simple and elegant. It is the only one that fit me perfectly. I know one store lies in Soho, New York. The price is $2,000 - $6,000.
3. Monique Lhuillier
A big brand, provides not only the wedding dresses but also red carpet dresses which are very modern and stylish, especially the ball gown and mermaid styles. The price is more than $5,000. There are many stores in the USA.
A stylish, modern, mature and elegant brand. It makes you look more mature and sexy. From time to time there are some sample sales in the store. You can get one with $1,000, but the style is limited. The original price is $3,000 - $7,000. Its flagship store is at 52 St., New York.
If you have ever watched "Say yes to the dress", you must have known this brand. The TV scene is made in their bridal salon. There are a variety of brands in the store. If you want to try them out, you'd better make an appointment first because they are really popular and has lots of customers. Anyway, it's a good choice if you don't have interest in any particular brand. They are located in West 20th St, NY.
6. Vera Wang
Chinese name is "Wang Wei Wei". It is a legendary wedding dress brand. Many celebrities choose it for their wedding dresses. In fact, the price is not that expensive. Like Lhuillier's, Vera Wang's wedding dress costs more than $4,000. Recently, the styles are getting better with their new collections. Very eye catching with chiffon and good cut. However, it costs about half a year to have your dress custom made.
7. Priscilla of Boston
A relatively small brand, their style is simple and elegant. They provides not only the wedding dresses but also bridesmaids dresses with affordable price ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. This salon is closed.
Lastly, there are some other good bridal gown stores:
The Knot Wedding Shop
You can find almost anything there relating to wedding needs.
List of Wedding Brands and Their Stores
Family Owned Bridal Salons
Good dress for bridesmaid
If you decide to buy a wedding dress, you should go to the store and have a try there because you may get it changed for 1-2 times even though it is customized. The process of selecting wedding dress is pleasant. The dress may look similar when it's hanging in the store but looks quite different when on your body. You will definitely get touched by the first try because at that time you truly understand the meaning of marriage.
Hope it's helpful and bless lovers to get married!