The bridesmaid’s dress no longer has to be an object of dread and humiliation. Today’s brides and bridesmaids are conscious of time, budget, the environment and, of course, they are modern women with discerning taste. Seattle offers a wide array of bridal salons and boutiques to fit every need. From local designers to upcycled dresses from your grandmother’s era, today’s bridesmaid dresses can be anything you dream up, remake or simply find on the rack.
1218 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Luly Yang was an architect who dreamt of high fashion and then designed her dream and brought it to exquisite fruition in downtown Seattle. Those looking for an elegant, upmarket, haute couture bridesmaid dress will find it at Luly Yang. Nearly every year, this fabulously upscale bridal designer wins Seattle Bride Magazine‘s award for Best Custom Dress Designer, and has won the award for Best Dress Shop as well. The fashion-forward woman should look for Luly Yang events, such as sample sales and fashion shows. Luly Yang is also a featured designer in the premier wedding vendor showcase event, Urban Unveiled, which takes place in October at Benaroya Hall.
1230 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA 98033
On beautiful Carillon Point in Kirkland, you will find Drea K, a bridal, evening and couture dress boutique. Featured are the owner’s own elegant dress designs. Drea K has been attending her craft for over 30 years and gets her inspiration from her travels around the world. She enjoys meeting with local brides and loves what she does. Tailoring and alterations are available.
561 N.E. Ravenna Blvd.
Seattle, WA 98115
Located near Greenlake, Calla Bridal offers bridesmaid dresses by the designer Lynne Hugo. It has talented seamstresses on hand to perfect the fit. Calla Bridal has a short list of wedding vendors it recommends, which includes Gown Diva’s Liz Navarro, who helps women find the perfect dresses for their figure. This boutique occasionally hosts trunk shows so look for these events to show up on the website.
107 W. Stewart Ave., Suite A
Puyallup, WA 98371
Travel south for a visit to Something Blue, a fine bridal boutique located in downtown Puyallup. The boutique is anything but stuffy and is well-rated by its customers. Something Blue delivers personalized, intimate service in its charming bridal salon. In addition to brides and bridesmaid dresses, jewelry, hair accessories and undergarments are available for purchase.
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Blue Sky Bridal
311 N. 77th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
Though Blue Sky is a wedding dress consignment shop, the clever, eco-minded bride may choose to have her dress in color and her bridesmaid dresses in shades of pale. Blue Sky believes “weddings are about love and celebration, not stress.” This bridal boutique also partners with Twice Blushed seamstress and designer Amanda Vernell, who offers her services to turn “your mom’s dress into a wearable work of art.” The Blue Sky concept is fun, unique, budget-conscious and green. It also cares about how textile production leads to water pollution, and about reducing sweat shops that often subject their workers to poor or even dangerous working conditions.
Jerri Lien has enjoyed working in the beauty industry for most of her adult life. As a Seattle examiner, she covers all things style, beauty and more. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.