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The Best Utah Wedding Gowns

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Bride in elegant gown at the Utah State Capitol.
Find your perfect wedding gown with these helpful tips and recommendations. Photos by Claire Marika Photography

Shopping for, trying on, and finding your wedding dress is probably something you’ve been thinking about for a long time. It’s one of the most fun steps in the wedding planning process, and likely to be the moment when you truly start feeling like a bride.

You want shopping for your wedding gown to be fun and magical, not stressful. Here are some tips to help you get prepared. Knowing what to expect beforehand and having some of these ideas in mind will help the process go much more smoothly.

Shopping for Your Wedding Dress

First Things First

Many wedding gowns are ordered and made specifically for you to ensure a perfect fit and allow for customizations. Because of this, it may take six to twelve months to receive your gown. Dress shopping should be one of the first things you do after getting engaged. That way you’ll leave yourself plenty of time for dress ordering and alterations.

Are you working on a tighter timeline? Don’t worry! Utah is the capital of short engagements, so our local dress shops know the drill and should be able to work with your wedding timeframe. Be sure you communicate your wedding date with your stylist when you go in to try dresses on. That way they'll be able to show you gown options you can get quickly. Also consider looking at floor samples or off the rack dresses you can get right away. There are several great wedding boutiques that stock dresses in many sizes so that you don’t have to worry about special ordering. I’ve listed them in my recommendations below.

Set Your Budget

Depending on your style and priorities, your dress could cost anywhere from the hundreds to thousands to even tens of thousands of dollars. Lucky for you, there are gorgeous options that span the price gamut. Make sure you have a budget in mind before you start shopping so that you don’t get overwhelmed or carried away. Knowing your price range will help narrow the options as you shop.

If you’re working on a really tight budget and having a hard time finding styles you like, you should consider renting a gown or purchasing a sample dress.

Think About Style

A fun first step to prepare for wedding dress shopping is to look at lots of dress styles online. Pinterest and Instagram are great for this. Make a note of the things you keep coming back to. Do you love lace, beading, or smooth textured fabrics? What necklines and dress silhouettes are you drawn to? How would you describe the styles you like? These will give you a really handy place to start as you shop for dresses. If you can tell your bridal boutique consultant what styles you love (and don’t love), they’ll be better able to make suggestions.

That said, you should also be open to trying on lots of different styles. Sometimes the things you love in photos don’t end up being what you feel best in. Ask your bridal consultant for suggestions. You never know what you might fall in love with!

Make an Appointment

It’s best to make an appointment to try on dresses rather than just walking into a bridal boutique on a whim. Some of the best dress shops in Utah are by appointment only, and even the ones that do take walk-ins recommend making an appointment. When you make an appointment, the shop can make sure they have a bridal consultant to help you with the dresses. Many stores also offer private after hours fittings for a fee. If you go this way you’ll have the store to yourself and be able bring your favorite people to enjoy some food and drinks while watching you try on gowns. What a fun experience!

If you can, try to schedule all your bridal appointments on one day or over one weekend. It will be a whirlwind, but will also make it easier to make a decision. Your favorite options will be fresh in your mind and you won’t be waiting weeks to see what you find at the next appointment. You can make a fun day out of it with your besties. Get your hair or nails done in the morning and plan a bridal lunch date between appointments.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Appointment

There are a few things you can do to really make the most of your time in the bridal salon. First, bring the right people with you. Most shops will limit the number of guests who can attend to around 5 including the bride. You want a crew who is supportive, positive, and whose opinion you trust. You should also bring the right undergarments and accessories with you. Wear nude underwear and bring along a pair of shoes that is similar to what you plan to wear for the wedding. Once you’ve got a dress on, take lots of photos from different angles to help spark your memory later. It’s also important to move around with the dress on to see how it feels. Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion about things you like and don’t like. This isn’t the time to settle or cave to other people’s opinions. You’re the one who will be wearing the dress!

The Top Wedding Gown Designers and Dress Shops in Utah

With all of that in mind, it’s time to shop! The perfect wedding gown is out there just waiting for you to find it.

Mary’s Bridal

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Mary’s Bridal is a charming shop with a huge variety of dresses in different styles. Mary’s Bridal has been dressing Utah brides for 30 years. Carol is the owner and is so much fun to work with. Her personality just lights up a room. She has an eye for unique style and sources her dresses from designers all over the world. She and her staff have expertise and experience to help you find the dress of your dreams. Many of the gowns are very affordable and you can purchase them off the rack, which means you won’t have to wait months and months for your wedding dress to be ready.

Location

Holladay, UT

Cost Information

Turnaround Time

Gowns can be purchased ready to wear with no need to wait for an order

Fittings

By appointment only

Additional Options

Veils, Jewelry, Headpieces, Modest Wedding Dresses, Alterations, Corral Boots

Malmrose Bridal

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With hundreds of designer dresses in stock and ready to purchase, Malmrose Bridal takes the stress out of shopping for your wedding gown. Their wonderful staff provides attentive and caring service in a low pressure environment. They carry many styles and sizes so that you won’t have to wait months for your gown to be ordered.

Location

South Jordan, UT

Cost Information

Turnaround Time

Gowns can be purchased ready to wear with no need to wait for an order

Fittings

Additional Options

Menswear, Veils, Accessories, Modest Wedding Dresses

The Bride’s Shop

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The Bride’s Shop opened their doors in 1965 and have been serving Utah brides ever since. They focus on contemporary looks and an intimate memorable experience for their clients. They have hand-picked exceptional, stylish, and romantic designs that are sure to delight you. The Bride’s Shop offers a wide selection of gowns and will do everything they can to help you find your dream dress.

Location

Downtown Salt Lake City, UT

Cost Information

Turnaround Time

Varies depending on the style and your needs

Fittings

Additional Options

Alterations, Veils, Accessories, Modest Wedding Dresses

Betsy Couture

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If you’re looking for a completely unique gown and you love vintage elegance, look no further than Betsy Couture. Betsy is an expert with over 40 years experience designing and creating one-of-a-kind custom gowns. She specializes in bespoke vintage looks inspired by history and timeless fashion. Not only is she amazing at what she does, she is also fun and energetic and a delight to work with. She has a collection of designs that are sure to get you dreaming, and she can also create a completely custom gown for you based on your own inspiration.

Location

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Cost Information

Turnaround Time

5 months for a custom gown

Fittings

Additional Options

Veils, Slips, Headpieces, Accessories, Jewelry, Dress Rental, Modest Wedding Dresses, Alterations

Alta Moda

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Alta Moda is one of the premier high-end bridal shops in Utah. They offer a curated collection of beautiful gowns to match any style. From elegant modern wedding dresses, timeless looks, or playful boho gowns, they carry it all. Their staff is devoted to creating a wonderful experience and helping you find the dress you’ve dreamed of.

Location

Downtown Salt Lake City, UT

Cost Information

Turnaround Time

Varies depending on the style and your needs

Fittings

Additional Options

Veils, Accessories, Jewelry, Modest Wedding Dresses, Sample Sales

The Perfect Dress

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The Perfect Dress is an elegant bridal boutique that has been serving Utah for over 20 years. They devote themselves to the idea that your wedding dress is the most important dress you will ever buy, and that the process should be easy and enjoyable. They stock designer gowns that will make your heart race, and their lovely staff will help you every step of the way.

Location

Holladay, UT

Cost Information

Turnaround Time

Varies depending on the style and your needs

Fittings

Additional Options

Veils, Accessories, Jewelry, Modest Wedding Dresses, Sample Sales

Fantasy Bridal

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Fantasy Bridal has over 30 years experience and stocks over 1000 dresses. New dresses arrive weekly, so there’s always something unique. With so much variety and the personal service of their bridal consultants, you’ll be sure to find a dress that fits your style perfectly.

Location

Salt Lake City, UT

Cost Information

Turnaround Time

3-10 months

Fittings

Additional Options

Alterations, Veils, Accessories, Slips, Jewelry, Modest Wedding Dresses

About the Author

Utah Wedding Guide

I’m Claire, a Salt Lake City based wedding photographer. I’ve been photographing Utah weddings since 2008, and I love to share my experience to help couples.

I know that things can get overwhelming when you’re planning a wedding. It's nice to have some help from someone who has direct experience with weddings. Consider me your overly organized and highly experienced friend!

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