Planning a wedding is stressful enough. The last thing you want to have is a group of bridesmaids complaining about their ugly dresses or how expensive or cheap they are. Planning ahead for the best dresses with the best fit, features and price is half the battle. While some shops will have what you need ready to take right from the rack, most recommend that you order them six months before the wedding date. Here are some of the best shops in Seattle to get your bridesmaids looking their best. 
I Do Bridal
424 N. 85th St.
Seattle, WA  98103
(206) 633-7926
www.idobridal.com

I Do Bridal was an institution in the Wallingford area for 18 years. Today, you can find it on the corner of 85th Street and Dayton Avenue in the Greenwood neighborhood. Here, you’ll find hundreds of sample dresses and gowns to try on. I Do Bridal receives new gowns every week in every price range. The store’s old location is now set up as an outlet store for even more savings. This business prides itself on being a place without high-pressure sales to ensure your visit is a comfortable and fun experience.

Cicada Bridal
1003 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA  98101
(206) 652-2434
www.cicadabridal.com

Jennifer Gay and Elizabeth Klob have been the seamstresses and business owners of Cicada Bridal for over 17 years. Cicada Bridal is not the best place for large parties as it limits guests to four people or fewer at the location on 1st Avenue. However, for larger groups and for a special event, it offers private champagne appointments that include a private space for two hours, $100 credit toward the purchase of a bridal gown, champagne or sparkling cider and hors d’oeuvres.

Private Label Bridal
7207 Evergreen Way, Suite #A
Everett, WA  98203
(425) 348-4696
www.privatelabelbridal.com

Brides living up north will appreciate Private Label Bridal Boutique in Everett. It is a full service salon offering leading couture designer dresses with sizes ranging up to 28W. In addition, it carries a large variety of accessories and fashion jewelry. Most of its current business comes from referrals from previous satisfied customers, so you know that Private Label has a great reputation. The shop is easy to find right off Evergreen Way.

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Dolce Bleu
3220 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, WA  98134
(206) 420-7320
www.dolcebleu.com

Still fairly new to the wedding scene, Dolce Bleu is making an impact in the SODO neighborhood with a large selection of dresses and gowns starting at $49. The full service salon requests appointments for group events, but it encourages brides to pop in any time during the week to see what it has to offer.

Brides And Beyond
18904 Highway 99, Suite E
Lynnwood, WA  98036
(425) 275-7521
www.bridesandbeyond.com

One of the features that makes Brides and Beyond stand out is that it has an in-house alterations department so you can be fitted right in the shop. It also boasts of having a wide selection of bridesmaid dresses that look a lot more expensive than they really are but are of the same quality of similar dresses at the “other” stores. You can even preview the dresses online and then come in for a fitting.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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