Weddings are among the most special days in someone’s life and making the day many have envisioned a reality is part of the magic. A part of the magic, of course, are the dresses and tuxedos, with the bride’s dress being a truly momentous and celebrated piece of the puzzle. With photos (and dresses) preserved and cherished forever, getting exactly what you’re looking for is important. There are many places in Essex County that can help you find exactly what you’re looking for, and help make it uniquely yours. As wedding season approaches, we’ve rounded up a list of places in Essex County to get wedding dresses and suits, so you can look perfect on the special day.
Arlene’s Bridal Salon | 606 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield
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With options for both the bride and the groom, as well as members of the bridal party, this bridal shop offers alterations on the premises for both suits and wedding dresses, with a complete process for dress selection available, and dresses come in an array of prices. Alterations typically take under two months to complete and, in pandemic times, appointments are required, as well as temperature checks.
Bridal Atelier Montclair | 623 Valley Road, Montclair
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Rachel Sweebe spent years in the New York City and Italian fashion industries before opening Bridal Atelier Montclair. She discovered her passion after designing her own wedding dress and set up shop in Essex County. The team also includes dressmaker Deb Nations, who has over 25 years of experience in the industry. Private and virtual appointments are available as a response to the pandemic.
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Park Avenue Bridals | 105 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove
This upscale, family-owned bridal boutique is located in the Pilgrim Shopping Plaza and operates a full-service bridal salon. While tuxedos for the groom are not available, Park Avenue Bridals offers dresses and alterations for the bride, bridal party, and mother of the bride. Both in-store shopping and curbside pickup are available.
Rocco’s Custom Tailor | 55 Summit Avenue, Summit
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Services at this company include custom suits, off-the-rack suits, and alterations for both suits and tuxedos, as well as custom alterations for women’s garments and bridesmaids’ dresses. The company has been in business for over forty years and is Summit’s top-rated tailor. In-store shopping is available, but masks are required for in-person shopping.
Say I Do Bridal | 569 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona
With bridal dresses; mother of the bride and groom dresses; bridesmaid dresses; bridal shoes and accessories; and tuxedo rentals available, Say I Do Bridals offers a personal, unique bridal consultant for the entire bridal party. The shop offers a vast array of dresses at a variety of price points, and shoes and dresses for the bridal party. The boutique is closed on Mondays but has the largest selection of Stella York bridal gowns in Northern New Jersey. In-store shopping is available for all brides.
Suits by Hipolito Pollantis | 344 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
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With over twenty years of experience in the industry, this company designs and alters wedding dresses, groom suits, and tuxedos, as well as designing and altering bridesmaid’s dresses and groomsman’s suits and tuxedos. Private appointments are available, and the business has over 200 swatches of fabric to choose from.
Vesa Dresses | 187 Franklin Avenue, Nutley
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This wedding-focused shop offers trunk shows for wedding dresses, as well as options for bridesmaids and mothers of the brides and grooms. Vesa also has a large selection of plus-sized bridal gowns, sizes 18-24. Purchase dresses in-store year-round or at a trunk show, and have your dress altered by the company’s experts. Appointments can be made by calling the store directly.
Wander Atelier | 307 Bloomfield Avenue #203, Caldwell
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Modernizing bridal gown shopping, Wander Atelier (owned by a husband and wife duo) offers a 90-minute hangout session that allows brides to chill with their friends and family while being realistic about what they’re looking for. With dresses in sizes 00-24, the inclusive shop carries a selection of designers for both dresses and accessories.