Hey hey, to all of our darling brides-to-be! Have you imagined what your dream wedding dress looks like? Perhaps you have no idea, you just have a feeling you’ll *know* when you try it on… Only, you don’t know where to get started or find the one?! Well, we’re stepping in to help with our guide of Where to Shop for Wedding Dresses – Socal edition!
Jen, the GWS Founder + Creative Director shares: When I was shopping for my wedding dress, I found a few directories, but they all were out-of-date and didn’t really cater to my more boho + modern style. Plus often the shops were so sterile and just not fun….shopping for your gown is one of the most FUN parts of wedding planning, so we wanted to help our lovely readers with this handy guide on where to find those GORGE gowns you see on GWS.
To make it easy for you, and perhaps plan day trips to certain locations — we’ve categorized the list based on location: Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego – and included some of our fave local eats nearby, because shopping for your gown should be fun! Heads up, most places require an appointment to try on gowns. Happy shopping, ladies!
Lovely Bride Los Angeles
If you dig our Lovers Society X Green Wedding Shoes gowns, you’ll want to make a stop at Lovely Bride (they have another location in SD, listed later on!), as they are the only US store that sells these gowns. Plus, their bridal boutique is the absolute cutest with all the charming brick walls and the Old Town Pasadena location.
location: Pasadena // designers: Lovers Society, Rue De Seine, Alexandra Grecco, Emmy Mae, Louvienne, Marchesa Notte, Sarah Seven, Anna Campbell, Leanne Marshall, Theia, Watters // our food + coffee picks nearby: True Food Kitchen, Umami Burger, Philz Coffee (if you haven’t tried their Iced Mint Mojito, we highly recommend it!)
BHLDN at Anthro
Nestled in the heart of Beverly Hills, amidst chic boutiques and cafés, BHLDN at Anthro is an experience in and of itself. With its stone staircase, clean, industrial details, glass panel display cases — you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to bridal wonderland! Plus, with all the hotspots around like Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard, it’s calling for a girls’ trip!
location: Beverly Hills // designers: BHLDN, Katie May, Watters, Mignon, Jenny Yoo, Catherine Deanne, Etoile, Hayley Paige // our food + coffee picks nearby: Urth Caffé (healthy lunch + yummy coffee), Blue Bottle Coffee – and perhaps a nail stop at our fave, Olive & June!
Other shops are located in Carlsbad (San Diego area), and Newport Beach (Orange County)
Named by Harper’s Bazaar as the “cool girl’s bridal shop,” LOHO Bride totally lives up to its reputation. For the women who don’t identify with the mainstream aesthetic, but who seek an organic, comfortable, and easy alternative to dress shopping for their big day.
location: Melrose Avenue, LA// designers: Houghton, Odylyne: The Ceremony, Bo & Luca, Christos Costarellos, Lihi Hod, Rime Arodaky, Sophie et Voila // our food + coffee picks nearby: The Hart and The Hunter, Fig & Olive, Alfred Coffee and Alfred Tea Room
Gahlia Lahav is known for her extravagant designs with intricate beadwork — not to mention the famous illusion backs, cascading silk tulle skirts and Italian ivory lace.
location: La Brea // our food + coffee picks nearby: The Sycamore Kitchen – great food + coffee here!
Immerse yourself in a fairy tale of art and romance at the castle-like historic landmark that serves as the Claire Pettibone headquarters. Built in 1928, the “castle” offers up vintage-inspired wedding gowns, with floral flare, pops of pastel color and tons of enchanting bohemian elegance.
location: Beverly Blvd // our food + coffee picks nearby: Petty Cash Taqueria (tacos + cocktails), Milk or Sweet Rose Creamery (for desserts), Andante (coffee)
Described as modern gowns for the modern bride, and “something you’d actually wear,” Sarah Seven designs are sleek, and effortlessly cool… much like yourself. ;)
location: Beverly Blvd // our food + coffee picks nearby: Backyard Bowls (yummy acai bowls!), Kings Road Cafe (lunch), Blue Bottle Coffee
Grace Loves Lace
The Venice location serves as Grace Loves Lace’s first international showroom; with its rich textures, free-spirited flare and modern accents you’ll immediately feel the Australian warmth of this artful space. GLL designs are free-spirited and cool, utilize a lot of lace (no surprise there!), and definitely speak to the beachy boho bride.
location: Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice // our food + coffee picks nearby: Gjelina, Wabi-Sabi, The Butcher’s Daughter, Great White, Salt & Straw (the best ice cream!), Intelligentsia (coffee)
Ranging from modern and minimalistic to romantic and vintage-inspired, BRIDE is an independent shop + zen zone for women. Their philosophy? “You should be able to move, dance, eat, drink, hug, and kiss freely, all while feeling your most beautiful self.”
location: Sunset Blvd (Echo Park) // designers: Tara Lauren, Elizabeth Dye, Truvelle, Laudae, Divine Atelier, Loulette // our food + coffee picks nearby: Ostrich Farm, Sage Plant Based Bistro & Brewery, Woodcat Coffee Bar
Kinsley James‘ goal is to bring you the couture and style a bride needs. They travel to bridal fashion week in New York twice a year to hand select well known, unique designers and dresses to represent Kinsley James. They have personal working relationships with their designers and they partner with them to find the perfect dress for you! Customizations and changes can be done with most designers, in order to make the dress exactly what you are looking for.
location: West Hollywood // designers: Pallas Couture, Rivini, Anne Barge, Idan Cohen, Liz Martinez, Angel Rivera, Liancarlo, Anna Maier, Blue Willow, Marchesa, Alyne, Madeleine Fig // our food + coffee picks nearby: Son of a Gun, sweetgreen, Verve Coffee Roasters, Fonuts
Love and Lace
Love and Lace is all about fun, quirky, and slightly non-traditional brides! For those that want something a bit different and unique…not your cookie cutter dress!
location: Irvine // designers: Emmy Mae, Made with Love, Theia Couture, Truvelle, Leanne Marshall, Anais Annette // our food + coffee picks nearby: CAVA, North Italia, Union Market Tustin, Portola Coffee Lab
Dress Theory (San Diego)
above photo by Amy Lynn Photography
We’ve featured The Dress Theory (San Diego) on GWS too many times to count!! The stylists here are known for their knowledge + charm when it comes to finding rare, sought-after wedding dresses for the modern romantic.
location: Hillcrest near Balboa Park // designers: Rue de Seine, Sarah Seven, Flora, Bo and Luca, Theia, Jenny Packham, Costarellos, Alexandra Grecco // our food + coffee picks nearby: Better Buzz Coffee Roasters, Babycakes
Lovely Bride (San Diego)
If you dig our Lovers Society X Green Wedding Shoes gowns, you’ll want to make a stop at Lovely Bride, as they have *exclusive* rights and are the only US store that sells these gowns. Plus, their bridal boutique is the absolute cutest with lots of millennial pink and custom wallpaper.
location: North Park // designers: Lovers Society, Louvienne, Made With Love, Theia Curve Collection, Emmy Mae, Dear Heart // our food + coffee picks nearby: Holy Matcha, Waypoint Market, Communal Coffee
Know of a place that caters to boho-lovin’ brides + has a rad selection of modern wedding dresses? We’d love to add it to the list! And for those that are not local to SoCal… What region should we feature next?! Leave us a love note in the comments below!