From flipping through old family wedding photos to binge-watching Say Yes to the Dress, wedding dresses have taken a mythical place in modern culture. Whether you are searching for a casual off-the-rack dress, a tailored suit, or a traditional white gown, Austin has a bounty of bridal shops for every style of wedding.
Many of these shops are either by appointment only or suggest scheduling time with a consultant to ensure an optimal experience, so planning ahead is encouraged.
Blue Bridal Boutique
Blue Bridal Boutique, which has been open since 2011, recently moved from its South Congress Avenue locale to new digs at 4036 S. Lamar Blvd. This by-appointment-only shop offers collections including Anna Campbell Designs, Lillian West, and Calla Blancha, in price points ranging from $1,000-7,000.
4036 S. Lamar Blvd. Ste. 100 — 512-441-7700
Linda Asaf Design
For a truly unique look, consider having your dress custom made. Austin's own Linda Asaf constructs one-of-a-kind gowns from her sweet West Austin shop. Prices for a custom gown range from $3,000-10,000, and an array of unique accessories are also available for purchase.
1405 W. Sixth St. — 512-619-3303
There's a reason Unbridaled has been a local favorite for over a decade. Housed in an airy, modern space on South Lamar Boulevard, Unbridaled bills itself as a destination for the "bohemian bride." There are racks to peruse and plenty of seating for your bridal party to sip champagne while you try on dresses from designers like Nicole Miller and Claire Pettibone (the only retailer in Texas to carry her gowns).
701 S. Lamar Blvd. — 512-444-2743
Belle Saison Bridal
With hundreds of gowns in store, Belle Saison Bridal offers classic styles at a relatively affordable price point. Brides on a budget should check out Belle Saison's Closeout Sale, which features dozens of designer (and some couture!) dresses marked down to nearly half-off. It may take some patience (and a few adjusted expectations) but looking fabulous on your big day doesn't have to mean breaking the bank.
2203 W. Anderson Ln. — 512-452-1199
It took serendipity to find your perfect person, so maybe Serendipity can help find the perfect dress. For more than 30 years, this campus-area shop has offered designer and couture dresses — including plus-sizes and hard-to-find designers — in prices ranging from $1,200-7,000 per gown. Serendipity also hosts trunk sales and bi-annual sales, so check back often to see when your favorite designer is coming through Austin.
2905 San Gabriel St. Ste. 102 — 512-374-9492