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We're kicking off Weddings Week 2014 with the most important component of any wedding, second only to the vows: the dress. Cost per wear, this is likely the single most expensive item of clothing you'll ever purchase, which is why you'll want to be sure that it'll really put asses in their seats—after they rise to see you walk down the aisle, of course.

Whether you're in search of something beaded, boho, lacy, traditional, or some combo of the above, we've mapped out the Philly area's 11 best bridal boutiques, all of which can have you looking and feeling like a million bucks for your big day.


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1. Elizabeth Johns

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46 Saint James Place
Ardmore, PA 19003
(610) 649-8100
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Elizabeth Johns fills the space formerly occupied by Priscilla of Boston in Ardmore's Suburban Square. If you're in search of a fresh-off-the-runway gown from the likes of Marchesa, Lela Rose, Elie Saab, and Carolina Herrera, this boutique is a good place to start.
[Image credit: Elizabeth Johns/Instagram]

2. Lovely Bride Philly

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237 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-1800
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With more DIY charm than you can shake a peony at, Old City's Lovely Bride fills its racks with ethereal gowns from hard-to-find designers like Anna Campbell, Elizabeth Dye, and Leanne Marshall. Some gowns for sale here are exclusive to Lovely Bride. Tip: Ask for Ivy as your sales consultant.
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3. Nicole Miller Philadelphia

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200 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 546-5007
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If frou-frou gowns with gratuitous ornamentation make you cringe, Nicole Miller's classic, architectural gowns are for you. Make an appointment at the designer's boutique at The Bellevue or out in Manayunk.
[Image credit: Nicole Miller]

4. The Sample Rack

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918 Pine St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 925-2997
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Sample bridal gowns at The Sample Rack enjoyed a glamorous past life on the runway or on a photo shoot. Translation: You can score an authentic designer gown at a fraction of its original price.
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5. Bijou Bridal

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102 East Montgomery Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
(610) 642-3888
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Watters, Cristiano Lucci, and Martina Liana are just a few of the bridal designers on offer at this sizable (10,000 square feet!) special occasion shop in Ardmore.
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6. Sabrina Ann Once Worn and Never Worn Bridal

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24 Ardmore Ave
Ardmore, PA 19003
(610) 642-6228
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You'll be surprised by how many gowns are on display at this cozy 10-year-old bridal boutique in Ardmore. Gowns on consignment are the draw here, so the inventory is ever-changing, but you can always snag a gown at a deep, deep discount. Tip: Don't bring a posse along to shop here, and don't expect a lot of elbow room in the dressing rooms.
[Image credit: Sabrina Ann]

7. Alfred Angelo Cherry Hill

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2010 Marlton Pike W
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
(856) 665-5110
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For the bride on a budget, Alfred Angelo's gowns begin at just $400, with no gown over $2,400. True, the dresses are now made in China, but the Alfred Angelo brand got its start right here in Philly. The more you know.
[Image credit: Alfred Angelo/Facebook]

8. The Wedding Shoppe

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503 W Lancaster Ave
Wayne, PA 19087
(610) 293-1299
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Tucked within Wayne's Eagle Village Shops, The Wedding Shoppe is the only bridal boutique in the area to carry gowns from London designer (and Kate Middleton fave) Jenny Packham. Also for sale at this decades-old boutique: gowns from Monique Lhuillier, Judd Waddell, Romona Keveza, Francesca Miranda, and more.
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9. The Wedding Suite at Nordstrom

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190 N Gulph Rd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 265-6111
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One of 18 Nordstrom Wedding Suite locations across the U.S., the KOP Mall's Nordstrom store hosts gowns by Amsale, Watters, Anne Barge, and BLISS by Monique Lhuillier. Accessories (veils, belts, jewelry, hair pieces), shoes, and cosmetics are on offer, too, which a Wedding Suite stylist will help to coordinate with your ensemble—free of charge.
[Image credit: Nordstrom]

10. J.Crew at the KOP Mall Plaza

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160 North Gulph Road, King of Prussia Mall
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 265-0210
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If you're hesitant to commit to a J.Crew gown or bridesmaid dress sight unseen, take note: The brand's store within the King of Prussia Mall is one of only nine J.Crew wedding stores in the U.S. where you can check out the goods in person. Appointments are complimentary but need to be made in advance.
[Image credit: J.Crew]

11. The Wedding Pavilion

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72 East Lancaster Avenue
Paoli, PA 19301
(610) 647-5085
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When off the rack simply won't due, this Paoli boutique designs custom gowns on-premises. Gowns by Watters, Mark and James, Badgley Mischka, Jovani Couture, and others are also on the menu here.
[Image credit: The Wedding Pavilion/Facebook]

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1. Elizabeth Johns

46 Saint James Place, Ardmore, PA 19003
Elizabeth Johns fills the space formerly occupied by Priscilla of Boston in Ardmore's Suburban Square. If you're in search of a fresh-off-the-runway gown from the likes of Marchesa, Lela Rose, Elie Saab, and Carolina Herrera, this boutique is a good place to start.
[Image credit: Elizabeth Johns/Instagram]
46 Saint James Place
Ardmore, PA 19003

2. Lovely Bride Philly

237 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
With more DIY charm than you can shake a peony at, Old City's Lovely Bride fills its racks with ethereal gowns from hard-to-find designers like Anna Campbell, Elizabeth Dye, and Leanne Marshall. Some gowns for sale here are exclusive to Lovely Bride. Tip: Ask for Ivy as your sales consultant.
[Image credit: Lovely Bride/Facebook]
237 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

3. Nicole Miller Philadelphia

200 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
If frou-frou gowns with gratuitous ornamentation make you cringe, Nicole Miller's classic, architectural gowns are for you. Make an appointment at the designer's boutique at The Bellevue or out in Manayunk.
[Image credit: Nicole Miller]
200 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

4. The Sample Rack

918 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Sample bridal gowns at The Sample Rack enjoyed a glamorous past life on the runway or on a photo shoot. Translation: You can score an authentic designer gown at a fraction of its original price.
[Image credit: The Sample Rack/Facebook]
918 Pine St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

5. Bijou Bridal

102 East Montgomery Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
Watters, Cristiano Lucci, and Martina Liana are just a few of the bridal designers on offer at this sizable (10,000 square feet!) special occasion shop in Ardmore.
[Image credit: Bijou Bridal/Facebook]
102 East Montgomery Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003

6. Sabrina Ann Once Worn and Never Worn Bridal

24 Ardmore Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003
You'll be surprised by how many gowns are on display at this cozy 10-year-old bridal boutique in Ardmore. Gowns on consignment are the draw here, so the inventory is ever-changing, but you can always snag a gown at a deep, deep discount. Tip: Don't bring a posse along to shop here, and don't expect a lot of elbow room in the dressing rooms.
[Image credit: Sabrina Ann]
24 Ardmore Ave
Ardmore, PA 19003

7. Alfred Angelo Cherry Hill

2010 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
For the bride on a budget, Alfred Angelo's gowns begin at just $400, with no gown over $2,400. True, the dresses are now made in China, but the Alfred Angelo brand got its start right here in Philly. The more you know.
[Image credit: Alfred Angelo/Facebook]
2010 Marlton Pike W
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8. The Wedding Shoppe

503 W Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087
Tucked within Wayne's Eagle Village Shops, The Wedding Shoppe is the only bridal boutique in the area to carry gowns from London designer (and Kate Middleton fave) Jenny Packham. Also for sale at this decades-old boutique: gowns from Monique Lhuillier, Judd Waddell, Romona Keveza, Francesca Miranda, and more.
[Image credit: The Wedding Shoppe/Facebook]
503 W Lancaster Ave
Wayne, PA 19087

9. The Wedding Suite at Nordstrom

190 N Gulph Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406
One of 18 Nordstrom Wedding Suite locations across the U.S., the KOP Mall's Nordstrom store hosts gowns by Amsale, Watters, Anne Barge, and BLISS by Monique Lhuillier. Accessories (veils, belts, jewelry, hair pieces), shoes, and cosmetics are on offer, too, which a Wedding Suite stylist will help to coordinate with your ensemble—free of charge.
[Image credit: Nordstrom]
190 N Gulph Rd
King of Prussia, PA 19406

10. J.Crew at the KOP Mall Plaza

160 North Gulph Road, King of Prussia Mall, King of Prussia, PA 19406
If you're hesitant to commit to a J.Crew gown or bridesmaid dress sight unseen, take note: The brand's store within the King of Prussia Mall is one of only nine J.Crew wedding stores in the U.S. where you can check out the goods in person. Appointments are complimentary but need to be made in advance.
[Image credit: J.Crew]
160 North Gulph Road, King of Prussia Mall
King of Prussia, PA 19406

11. The Wedding Pavilion

72 East Lancaster Avenue, Paoli, PA 19301
When off the rack simply won't due, this Paoli boutique designs custom gowns on-premises. Gowns by Watters, Mark and James, Badgley Mischka, Jovani Couture, and others are also on the menu here.
[Image credit: The Wedding Pavilion/Facebook]
72 East Lancaster Avenue
Paoli, PA 19301